Two MLCL Students Win Fulbright Awards!

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April 15th, 2014

We are excited to report that two German Language and Literature Majors have won prestigious Fulbright Scholarships.  Congratulations Matthew Egger and Alex Williams!

 

Matthew Egger

Matthew Egger

 

Matthew Egger, graduating senior was awarded a Fulbright grant for next year.

He will be attending the first year of a Master’s program in classical archaeology and ancient numismatics at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.  The research area of focus is a site on the Western Anatolian coast dating to the Hellenistic Period called Herakliea on Latmos.

During the summer months Matthew will be engaged in archaeological excavations under direction of Junior Professor Richard Posamentir, where he will apply the technical skills and cultural-historical knowledge gained at Tuebingen working directly in the field with a German research team.

Matthew has spent his undergraduate career preparing for the Fulbright application process by pursuing a degree in German language and literature. German and American practices of archaeology are quite different; Americans approach the practice of archaeology through an anthropological lens, whereas in Germany, archaeology is its own unique discipline.  The goal of this project is to help to bridge the disciplinary gap between German and American styles of archaeology, while coming to more accurately understand our shared Western material heritage.

 

 

Alex Williams

Alex Williams

Alex Williams, a graduating senior majoring in German Language and Literature and Linguistics, has won an English Teaching Assistant Fulbright. Alex will teach English in Turkey in the coming year. He plans to use classics of American theater, such as Death of a SalesmanRaisin in the Sun, and M. Butterfly, to help his students strengthen their ability to use the English language and also to gain a better understand of past and contemporary issues in American society. He is still waiting on pins and needles for his placement in Turkey, but knows he will be sent to a top-notch university.  As a cultural ambassador, Alex aspires to build on skills he gained while studying in Turkey through the Critical Language Scholarship and at the TU Dresden through the BU Study Abroad Program.