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Two Distinguished Professors from Asia Soon to Join HWS Faculty

Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Hobart and William Smith Colleges receives two visiting scholars through Fulbright programs

(Aug. 24, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–This fall, visiting scholars Birty Gajameragedara of Sri Lanka and Nur Ahmad Fadhil Lubis of Indonesia will join the Hobart and William Smith Colleges faculty thanks to two grants received from the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Gajameragedara will be responsible for two classes, the first investigating South Asia since the end of the Cold War and the second investigating the region's politics, with a focus on Sri Lanka. In addition to teaching courses, he will participate in symposiums and discussions on campus, from the Human Rights and Genocide lecture series to discussions at movie showings. He will be at HWS for the entire year through Fulbright's Scholar-in-Residence program.

Lubis, professor at the State Institute of Islamic Law in Medan, Indonesia, will guest lecture in classes covering Islamic religious traditions and gender issues. He also will make recommendations on additions to the Colleges' library collection on Islam and Southeast Asia, assist in the selection of materials for the Asian Studies Resource Room and participate in the planning of the spring 2005 Provost's Symposium on International Affairs. He will be at HWS for six weeks through Fulbright's Visiting Specialists Program titled “Direct Access to the Muslim World.”

The addition supplements the Colleges' already robust international studies and Asian languages and cultures curriculum by offering HWS students a better view of the Muslim world in Southeast Asia.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, under a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of State, administers the Fulbright Scholars Program for faculty and professionals. Each year, the traditional Fulbright Program sends more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries to lecture, do research or participate in seminars. Under its auspices, some 800 foreign faculty come to the United States as well.