ITHACA, NY — Graduating senior Andrew Fry and alumnus Sujin Kim of Ithaca College have won Fulbright grants for 2010–2011. Fulbright grants are among the premier fellowships for postgraduate international study.
After graduating in May with a bachelor’s in English and minors in German and writing, Fry will travel to Germany to teach and conduct research on teaching in German high schools. He will also do research on “die Mauer im Kopf” (the wall in the head), a term that describes the social and mental divisions that continues to divide those Germans who lived in the former West Germany from those who lived in the Communist East. Fry plans to do graduate work in education and further his study of cultural relations.
Sujin Kim graduated from the college in 2009 with a major in cinema and photography and a minor in anthropology. She will travel to the Czech Republic to teach and conduct research on teaching in Czech high schools. Kim will also pursue interests in community work and art and plans to share her culture as a Korean American as she incorporates art into the curriculum. Kim plans to pursue graduate work in nonfiction filmmaking.
The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. The program is designed to give young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.