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Bentley Professors Receive 2005-2006 Fulbright Scholar Grants for Lecturing and Research

January 11, 2006

Bentley College professors Evelyn Shakir and M. Lynne Markus are recipients of 2005-2006 U.S. Fulbright Scholar grants, awarded yearly to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities. Fulbright Scholars are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and for having demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

Professor Emeritus Shakir spent the fall 2005 semester teaching American Literature at Damascus University in Syria and, as part of a research component, generating material to use in her writing, both personal essay and fiction. She just returned in January after the conclusion of the university's final exams.

"It was certainly a wonderful and enriching experience," said Shakir upon her return. "I was charmed by the Syrian people, in general, and by my students, in particular."

Markus, John W. Poduska Senior Professor of Information Management, is at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, from January to June 2006, where she will be researching Knowledge Management in the New Era of Enterprise Accountability: the Canadian Experience.

Each year the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 scholars and professionals to more than 140 countries, where they lecture or conduct research on a wide variety of academic and professional fields.The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Schools (CIES), a private organization and division of the Institute of International Higher Education.

Since the program's inception, more than 250,000 participants - chosen for their leadership potential - have had the opportunity to observe each other's political, economic and cultural institutions. Of these participants, 42,200 have been overseas academics and professionals who have conducted research or taught in U.S. universities as Fulbright Visiting Scholars; more than 40,100 U.S. faculty and professionals have engaged in similar activities abroad.


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