Arts and Humanities student Jan Andres receives Fulbright grant
Jan Andres, a doctoral student in the School of Arts and Humanities, has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Program grant to research and teach in Poland for the 2011-2012 academic year.
The Fulbright Awards are part of the Fulbright Scholar Program, the US government’s flagship effort to promote international research, teaching, and collaboration. Fulbright awards are prestigious and career-enhancing for recipients, who can choose their country of destination from a list of 144.
Andres is departing for Łódź, Poland, in September. She will teach English at the Institute of English at the University of Łódź, where part of her duties will also include educational advising for university students who want to study in the United States.
While in Poland she will also conduct research relevant to her dissertation on the complicated relationship between celebrity and secrecy in cultural productions of the Cold War. A portion of this work will examine Cold War jazz tours and the international community’s perceptions of these jazz ambassadors – such as pianist Dave Brubeck, who visited Poland in the 1950s. These ambassadorial efforts in Poland have outlasted Communism, with events such as the American Film Festival in Wrocław continuing to bridge the cultural divide.
In her free time, Andres also plans to attend local cultural, film, and music events with her students to discover the vitality of Poland’s artistic communities while attempting to comprehend the continuing legacy of US cultural ambassadorship.
“I’ve been watching Polish movies and furiously learning Polish to prepare,” she said.