Yudit Kornberg Greenberg: Rollins professor receives Fulbright grant

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Source: Heritage Florida, 8-15-11

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Professor Yudit Kornberg Greenberg, George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Endowed Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College, recently received a Fulbright Scholar grant. Dr. Greenberg will be teaching and conducting research during the upcoming fall semester at the University of Bucharest in Romania.

This September, Greenberg will travel to Romania to teach courses in Jewish studies and religious studies. As an expert in these disciplines, she will have the opportunity to share the knowledge and passion she has amassed in her accomplished teaching career. “My scholarship and teaching, my role as the director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College, my leadership roles at the American Academy of Religion, and my international teaching and lecturing have well prepared me for this undertaking,” says Greenberg.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

“Immersion in foreign cultures has been a high priority in my professional and personal life. I consider travel both a privilege and an educational necessity,” Greenberg says. “Given my Eastern European family origins, I am interested in participating in Romanian multiculturalism, and in contributing to its academic life. I have followed with great interest the development of the field of Jewish studies in Eastern and Central Europe in the last decade and believe that my areas of expertise suit its goals.”

Greenberg is also particularly excited about expanding her knowledge of Romanian multiculturalism, religious traditions, history, and academic life. “This experience will forge academic associations with my home institution, and contribute to Rollins College’s internationalization and its commitment to global citizenship of its students and faculty.”

For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

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