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Moravian College Applauds Two More Fulbright Scholars

Teaching, Research Fellowships Awarded for Placement in Germany

Fulbright FellowshipsBethlehem, Pa., April 14, 2005—Moravian College announces two recipients of Fulbright fellowships, both to be used in Germany, bringing the College’s tally of Fulbright scholars to six in the past six years—five of them students of German.

Julie E. Anderson ’05, Bethlehem, a double major in English and German, has been selected as a teaching fellow for a German high school. (The location is yet to be determined.) An Honors student whose project was a study of Sylvia Plath, Anderson hopes to continue her analytical research into the poet using German critical sources that she will be able to explore during her fellowship year.

Leigh Ann Caruso ’04, Saylorsburg, the first student to take advantage of an exchange agreement between Moravian College and the University of Erfurt in Germany, has received a Fulbright research fellowship. She received a scholarship to Erfurt in 2002 from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for her contribution to a student-faculty research project with Heikki Lempa, assistant professor of history, on the emotional culture of Colonial Moravians. She plans to return to Erfurt to continue research in this area, with the idea of enlarging it to a master’s thesis.

Three previous Moravian students have been Fulbright scholars in Germany: Marianne Zwicker ’99, Daniel Byrne ’00, and Courtney Rice ’01. Zwicker spent a year in Berlin studying the Sinti and Roma (Gypsies) after these tribes were targeted by Nazi racial extermination policies. She has spent the past three years working in Berlin as an English tutor and playing Celtic fiddle in a band. She plans to enter a program in creative writing at the University of Edinburgh in the fall.

Byrne, a teaching fellow in history in a German high school, also did additional research on Nobel Prize-winning writer Heinrich Böll. Rice taught English at a middle school in Oberschönau in Saxony and pursued research on 18th- and 19th-century Moravian education. She currently teaches at an elementary school in Nazareth.

All three were students of Hans Wuerth, professor emeritus of German. Anderson and Caruso have worked with Josef Glowa, assistant professor of German. Anderson’s honors project advisor is Theresa Dougal of the English Department.

Glowa and Lempa are members of the advisory board to the new German Studies major at the College, established in 2004. Students who choose this major will be able to take advantage of the Bethlehem area’s rich Moravian heritage. The Moravians were the earliest Protestants, predating Martin Luther, and were named for their province of origin, Moravia, which has been German as often as it has been Czech in the past millennium.

Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley also have a strong Pennsylvania Dutch component (Colonial-era settlers from the German states who came to the New World for political and economic reasons rather than religious ones). This heritage, too, is available for German Studies majors to explore.

Moravian has one other recent Fulbright scholar: M. Leslie Smith ’02, whose Honors project was a study of a short-lived but influential magazine for women published during the Franco era. She spent her Fulbright year in Madrid, studying literary influences on Spanish women at the Universitario de Estudios de la Mujer.

The recent success by Moravian students in attaining Fulbright scholarships was preceded by two students who received the prestigious award during the 1960s. Patricia McAndrew, class of ’68, an honors history student received a Fulbright to work with a well-known Danish ballet master, and Helen Kovach Bachochin, class of ’65, received a Fulbright for study at the University of Madrid.