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Distributed Octrober 14, 2004
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Bernstein and Hopmann awarded Fulbright Scholar grants

P. Terrance Hopmann, professor of political science, and Susan Bernstein, associate professor of comparative literature, have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants for the 2004-05 academic year. The program will also bring two visiting scholars to Brown this year: Talal Wehbe of Lebanon and Luis Nuno Valdez Faria Rodrigues of Portugal.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two members of the Brown University faculty have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants for 2004-05 to study international and cultural issues. Susan Bernstein, associate professor of comparative literature, and P. Terrance Hopmann, professor of political science, are among approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries during the 2004-2005 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

In addition, Talal Wehbe, assistant professor in languages and translation at the University of Balamand in Tripoli, Lebanon, and Luis Nuno Valdez Faria Rodrigues, assistant professor of history at the Higher Institute of Labor and Business Studies in Lisbon, Portugal, will be visiting scholars at Brown this year. They are among a similar number of international scholars receiving awards to come to the United States, primarily as researchers.

Bernstein will travel to Germany to conduct research at the Technical University of Berlin for an upcoming book, tentatively titled Housing Problems: Writing and Building in Goethe, Walpole, Poe and Freud. From March through July 2005, she will investigate the relationship between building and writing, working in collaboration with Suzanne Doppelt, an avante-garde Parisian photographer whose work will illustrate Bernstein’s book. Bernstein’s work at Brown has focused on German, French and English literature from the 18th century to the present, romanticism, music history and literary theory.

Currently on sabbatical as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., Hopmann will spend March through July 2005 at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria, where he will lecture on international relations, conflict and conflict resolution, and security studies. He will also write a book based on his 30 years of research on the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, a regional security organization based in Vienna, focusing on its role since 1992 in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts in the former Soviet states of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Balkans.

This year’s Fulbright recipients join approximately 82,000 U.S. and foreign scholars who have participated since the program was established in 1946 by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and the demonstration of extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Among the thousands of prominent alumni of the program are Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in economics; James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel Laureate in medicine; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation.

Additional information about the Fulbright program is available at


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