Sixteen Recent Columbia Alumni Win Fulbrights
Written by Bwog Staff
A new record for old Baby Blue, if that’s what that color is.
Adam Bazari, a CC’10 Anthropology major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia. His prior teaching experience has been focused in hospitals and clinics. He plans to expand upon these interests by promoting health education in the communities and schools where he lives.
Jonathan Blitzer, a CC ’07 English major and Philosophy concentrator has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain. He will be located in Madrid and exploring the legacy of Uruguayan and Argentine writers on the Spanish publishing world.
Amanda Erickson, a CC’08 Urban Studies major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Azerbaijan. As a practiced journalist, she is interested in sharing the English language with high school and college students. Intrigued by the expanding role of young local bloggers and non-profit organizations, she will work outside of the classroom to explore this new generation.
Matthew Franks, a CC ’09 English major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Scholarship to Germany. Matthew will be placed in a German secondary school where he will instruct his students on English language and American Culture. Matthew was a previous winner of the Henry Evans Traveling Fellowship which took him to Paris to study design and print-making in the works of Ionesco among others.
Alexander Harris-Hertel, a CC’10 German Literature and Cultural History major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. With a passion for learning and sharing languages, Alex is fluent in Spanish, French, German and Finnish. In addition to teaching English, he plans to volunteer with local outreach organizations to help marginalized communities, Turks in particular, in Germany.
Paige Johnson, a CC ’10 Drama and Theater Arts Major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia. This opportunity will allow her to teach English to Indonesian students at the secondary level. While at Columbia, Paige was a recipient of the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.
Jamie Johns, a CC’10 History major, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to China in Modern History. Her research will focus on breast binding – the practice, the movement against it, and the introduction of the brassiere. She plans to use this topic to explore womanhood and national identity in 20th century China.
Alex Jung, a CC’07 Anthropology major, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to South Korea in Anthropology. His research will be focused in the Jongro, both a financial hub and a traditional Korean neighborhood. He plans to write and uncover the ethnography of one of the most overlooked gay centers in Seoul.
Caitlin Lynch, a CC’10 Anthropology major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil. She will be placed in an advising center or community college removed from the major metropolitan centers. Outside of the classroom, she will work on an ethnographic study on the social role of music in the community.
David Nee, a CC ’08 English major, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Austria. While there, he will be examining the papers and archives of writer Robert Musil. Since graduation, David has been working as an editor at a publishing house in New York City.
Natalie Neumann, a CC ’10 History pre-medical concentrator, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Mongolia. While in Ulaanbaatar, Natalie will be researching the intersections between traditional, homeopathic and Western medical regimens. Upon completing her Fulbright, Natalie plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a doctor.
Deysy Ordonez-Arreola, a CC’10 Anthropology major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Macau. This opportunity will further her Portuguese and Mandarin skills. She plans to take the Foreign Service Exam and work in the Foreign Services upon her return.
Zoe Towns, a CC ’07 Comparative Ethnic Studies major and Creative Writing concentrator, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom. While there, she will pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at King’s College London. Her area of research is on how bail functions in the judicial system. While at Columbia, Zoe was also the recipient of a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.
Rachel Vishnepolsky, a CC’10 Math major and English concentrator, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Poland in Philosophy. She will be investigating the role of intuition in the practices of Mathematics and Logic. Her study will be based around the work taking place at the unique Lvov-Warsaw School, a Polish intellectual movement in Logic.
Emily Wright-Rosenblatt, a CC’08 double major in African-American Studies and English, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Venezuela in Women’s Studies. She will explore marronage as a method for Afro-Venezuelans to gain political recognition in Barlovento. She is interested in supporting their efforts to continue the promotion of economic equality and empowerment.
Menachem Kaiser, a GS ’09 Economics-Philosophy major, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Lithuania. While there, he will study the current state of Yiddish Studies in the country’s universities and examine its future within Lithuania.
*Lusia Zaitseva, a CC’10 double major in Creative Writing and French, was recommended by the IIE National Screening Committee and has been awarded by the French Ministry Teaching Assistant program. She will to organize writing workshops in order to share her passion for the French language and writing with her students. Lusia plans to eventually pursue a career in teaching.