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Students Earn Fulbright Awards

Students Earn Fulbright Awards

For the first time ever two Creighton University students have been selected as recipients of Fulbright grants in the same year. Melissa Olson, a December 2006 graduate from Blair, Neb. and Catherine Homan, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., will both conduct research in Germany.

Olson will attend the University of Dortmund to study with Dr. Walter Grünzweig, a leading scholar in Whitman studies. She will analyze art and literature as products of a transnational dialogue, specifically early 20th century German-American cultural transfer. Her focus will be the reception and interpretation of Walt Whitman's poetry by German Expressionist artists.

Homan will conduct research at the University of Freiburg on how the system of hermeneutics, developed by German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, and the method of inter-subjective interpretation espoused by American philosopher Donald Davidson can be used to examine the relationship between art, truth, and culture. She will be working with Dr. Günther Figal, a member of the philosophy faculty at the University of Freiburg and a leading expert on Gadamer.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) is a presidentially-appointed 12-member Board that is responsible for establishing worldwide policies for the program and for selection of Fulbright recipients. The grants are made possible through funds that are appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress and, in many cases, by contributions from partner countries and/or the private sector.

As Fulbrighters, Olson and Homan will join the ranks of more than 279,000 alumni of the program. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. They have been awarded 36 Nobel Prizes.

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