English Professor Jules Chametzky of UMass Amherst Wins Fulbright to Teach in Denmark

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts emeritus professor of English Jules Chametzky has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach American studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, for the academic year 1998-99.

A pioneer in the field of ethnic studies, with a special emphasis on Jewish-American literature, Chametzky has served in many administrative positions during his 30 years with the University.

From 1981-92, he was director of the campus’s Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, and since 1958, he has been on the editorial board of the scholarly journal The Massachusetts Review. In 1994, he was awarded the Vincent Dethier Civility Award in recognition of his commitment to civility issues on campus. Among his many contributions, Chametzky was instrumental in bringing the W.E.B. Du Bois papers to campus, and in helping to recruit distinguished minority faculty such as African-American writer John Edgar Wideman and Puerto Rican poet Martin Espada.

Although he officially retired from the University in 1992, Chametzky continues to teach one class each semester in the English department. During the past year, Chametzky has also been serving as one of four co-editors currently compiling the first Norton Anthology of Jewish-American Literature. The anthology, which is expected to be released in 1999, is part of the prestigious Norton series used in college and high school classrooms nationwide.

Chametzky is one of approximately 2,000 grantees who will travel abroad for the 1998-99 academic year through the Fulbright Program. Established in 1946 under congressional legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program is America’s flagship educational exchange program and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.