Scholars Teach and Research Around Globe
September 15, 2010 – Emily Langer (C’06) is in Trieste, Italy, doing research on the country’s only Nazi concentration camp. Alexander Orona (C’09) is in The Hague examining law equity in the international court systems.
These scholars join 13 other Georgetown students and recent graduates spending this fall abroad as part of the Fulbright Program.
Scattered across the globe, the scholars are studying a wide variety of topics, including religion and national identity in Oman, climate change and weather near Africa’s Lake Victoria and whether the arts help integrate minorities into German society.
A resident of Dayton, Ohio, Langer hopes to write a book following her studies that contributes to the extensive body of Holocaust literature.
“Little in Italian and next to nothing in English has been written” on the concentration camp, Langer says.
Orona, of Encinitas, Calif., says his research is valuable because “holding states accountable before international forums may help facilitate the rule of law and human rights abroad.”
Also among the Fulbright scholars is journalist Moises Mendoza (SFS’07), who is following minority artistic groups to see how they may contribute to solving integration problems in Germany.
Daniel Porterfield, Georgetown’s senior vice president for strategic development, says he’s confident that Mendoza, who has written for the Houston Chronicle and other newspapers as a Hearst Newspaper Fellow, will “provide new insights about the role of the arts in both the United States and Germany.”
All 15 Fulbright scholars are “remarkable young men and women,” according to President John J. DeGioia. “They are putting their knowledge to work to make a difference around the world, and we take great pride in their accomplishments.”
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is the flagship international educational exchange program designed to build mutual understanding and respect between the United States and the rest of the world.
The Fulbright Scholarship Board selected Georgetown students and alumni based on their academic achievement and leadership potential. The other 2010-11 Fulbright award winners are Abed Bhuyan (SFS ’08), Laura Cocas (G’11), Angela Crandall (SFS ’10), John D'Angola (B’10), Patrick Dowd (SFS ’09), Grace Erdmann (C ’10), Jay Gonzalez (C ’09), Maria Iliakova (G ’10), Courtney Ivins (SFS ’10), Aakib Khaled (C ’10), Jess Kuntz (SCS ’10), Tom Odell (L’10) and Colin Richard (L'10).