Fulbright Grants for New Grad and Professor

Jayson-Debora Hinderliter ’98 and anthropology professor Barbara Johnson have been awarded Fulbright grants to work and conduct research overseas.

Hinderliter, who designed her own planned studies major [see story, page 12] in international communication and minored in German, was awarded a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant to teach English in the former German Democratic Republic. She will also use her time in Germany to continue earlier research pertaining to women’s issues. In 1993–94, Hinderliter lived in Denmark as a Rotary exchange student, and in 1996–97 she spent a full year in Germany interning as an English- language specialist at the East-West European Women’s Network and teaching English as a second language to Russian immigrants. She also collected data in Germany that she eventually developed into a senior honors paper on women in post- unification Germany. She was awarded the Fulbright based partly on a proposal focused on teaching English in the German secondary school system. "She really impressed the campus Fulbright committee with her knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the former East Germany and how they have changed since unification," says Martin Sternstein, an IC math and computer sciences professor who helps students and faculty who apply for the grants. "It’s a pleasure to work with students like her."

Johnson, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Regional Research Fellowship to facilitate the translation and analysis of Indian songs sung by elderly Jewish women in Israel. She has been conducting research on Cochin Jewish women’s songs in India and Israel for more than a year. She will use her grant to translate to English and eventually publish the Malayalam songs brought to Israel during a migration from southern India long ago. "There are very few women left in Israel who know the songs, which have been preserved only in little notebooks and manuscripts. The songs are in danger of being lost," says Johnson, who will be affiliated with Hebrew University’s Jewish Music Research Center and Department of Indian Studies during a five-month stay in Jerusalem. She will also spend two months in India working with linguists to verify the accuracy of the translations.  

Table of ContentsIthaca College Home PageICQ Home Page

Web pages created by Andrejs Ozolins. 19 Oct 1999