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UTSA's Debbie Lopez receives Fulbright award

(Nov. 7, 2008)--Debbie Lopez, UTSA associate professor of English, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture this fall at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. In Greece, Lopez will teach two courses on 19th and 20th century American literature.

Lopez earned Ph.D. and A.M. degrees in English and American literature at Harvard University. She has an M.A. from Middlebury College and a B.A. from University of the South. Her areas of specialization are British and American romanticism, 19th century British poetry, 19th century and early 20th century novels, and U.S. ethnic literatures.

She is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar 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 people around the world.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. 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 more than 150 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 30,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 40 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and other countries.

For more information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit the Fulbright Program Web site or contact Heidi Manley, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, at (202) 453-8534.

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