Ben-Ur Speaks on ‘European Dimensions Panel’ in Germany

UMass Amherst Fulbright Awardees Convene at Berlin Fulbright Conference
From left: Bryn Rothschild-Shea, Aviva Ben-Ur and Canaan Asbury
From left: Bryn Rothschild-Shea, Aviva Ben-Ur and Canaan Asbury

Aviva Ben-Ur, associate professor of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, attended the Fulbright Berlin Seminar March 26-30, where she was nominated as a speaker on the “European Dimensions Panel,” convened at Berlin City Hall. Ben-Ur spoke about life in the Netherlands, where she is a spring 2017 Fulbright teacher/scholar, hosted by Leiden University.

Also in attendance were Bryn Rothschild-Shea and Canaan Asbury, both UMass Amherst alums.

Rothschild-Shea holds a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and is a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Logroño, Spain. After her Fulbright year Rothschild-Shea intends to continue in education as a speech-language pathologist and will pursue a master’s degree.

Asbury earned a master’s in history with a focus on German history. He is currently a Fulbright English teaching assistant and history teacher in a high school in North Rhine-Westphalia. He hopes to enter a Ph.D. program after the Fulbright year.

Established 71 years ago by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

In 2016, for the second consecutive year, UMass Amherst was named a “Top Producing Fulbright Institution.”