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Brady receives Fulbright-Hayes grant

Barry McNamara
01/08/2010
MONMOUTH, Ill. — Monmouth College’s Heather Brady, associate professor of modern foreign languages, has been accepted into the Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Program in Mexico.

Brady will participate this summer in “A Comparative Study of Mexican Cultures: Ancient, Colonial and Contemporary,” a five-week program that will focus on five cultures related to Mexico – Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec and Aztec. Visits will be made to cities representative of ancient culture and modern development, including Oaxaca, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Merida. The project is designed to provide higher education faculty and high school teachers with rich content as they develop curricula in Mexican studies.
Primarily based in Mexico City, the seminar will also include a series of lectures at Tecnologico de Monterrey on NAFTA, U.S.-Mexican relations and the Mexican economy.
“The United States is connected culturally, socially, and economically to Mexico,” explained project director Gemma Beckley of Rust College. “Educational institutions and social welfare agencies have to be prepared to meet the needs of an increasing bilingual population with a better understanding of cultural sensibilities.”
“I’m looking forward to bringing back my new knowledge about Mexico to Monmouth so that I can better understand the forces of globalization and migration at work in our community,” said Brady, who joined MC’s faculty in 2003 and began a tenure-track position two years later. She received her master’s and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Texas after earning a bachelor’s degree in French at Kalamazoo College.
Separate from, yet as competitive as the Fulbright Scholars program, Fulbright-Hays programs receive their funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program is open to educators and administrators responsible for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages and area studies. Seminars are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country or countries and are geared towards educators with little or no experience in the host country who demonstrate the need to develop and enhance their curriculum through short-term study and travel abroad.