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Caldwell receives Fulbright Scholarship

Barry McNamara
Amy Caldwell, associate professor of history at Monmouth College, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique.

Caldwell is scheduled to teach courses about the history of ideas, Brazilian history and black rebels in the tropics. The latter course will include information she gathered during a selective summer program a year ago that was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She participated in a five-week seminar titled “Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels: Currents of Black Resistance in the Tropical Atlantic, 1760-1888.

“All my classes will be conducted in Portuguese,” said Caldwell, who lived and worked in Brazil from 1992-2002 and joined the Monmouth faculty in 2005. “I will also teach a seminar based on the book I published in Brazil a few years ago about a 19th-century revolt (“Immersion in the River Lethes: A Politico-Historical Reinterpretation of the Confederation of Equator”). Finally, I will train graduate students to do archival research.”

She said that her goals during her Fulbright experience are to “to explore the very tangible connections between Brazil and Mozambique and to further my training as a global educator.”

In addition to her Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American history from Catholic Pontificate University, Caldwell holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Manchester College and a master’s degree in Latin American history from Indiana University.

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 scholars and professionals each year to more than 150 countries, where they lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Now the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, it was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by Sen. J. William Fulbright. In the aftermath of World War II, Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the other countries of the world.”