Boston University Student Receives U.S. Fulbright Award

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases, Student News
July 24th, 2006

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(Boston) — Scott Marr, a student in Boston University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship to study in France by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Marr is one of over 1,200 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2006-07 academic year through the Fulbright Student Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world.

While in France, Marr will conduct research for his dissertation which is focused on religious coexistence in France in the 16th and 17th centuries. Specifically, he will be studying in Saumur, a town in the Loire River Valley in western France that was divided religiously between Catholics and Protestants during this era.

“In other communities in France, there was sometimes great animosity and violence between Catholics and Protestants,” Marr states. “In Saumur, they lived together in relative peace. I’m looking at the social and economic relationships that bound together Catholics and Protestants in Saumur and provided a basis for coexistence, even though they remained separated by religious beliefs and practices.”

Because religious violence is a persistent phenomenon, Marr believes that his research will have resonance to the modern age.

In addition to his dissertation studies, Marr will be affiliated with the History Department at the University of Angers, where he will attend seminars and research discussion groups.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has exchanged approximately 273,500 people – 102,900 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 170,600 students, scholars and teachers from other countries — who have engaged in similar activities in the United States. The program operates in over 150 countries worldwide.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

Scott Marr (GRS '07)
Scott Marr (GRS ’07)

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