UMass Amherst Afro-American Studies Professor Steven C. Tracy Named Fulbright Senior Specialist

Will teach and perform at Germany’s University of Konstanz

AMHERST, Mass. - Professor Steven C. Tracy of the Afro-American studies department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named a Fulbright Senior Specialist assigned to the University of Konstanz in Germany.

The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide.

While in Konstanz for a six-week stay from May to June, Tracy will teach two classes on American and African-American literature, lecture, and perform on vocals and harmonica with local musicians.

The University of Konstanz was founded in 1966 and, as one of nine German Excellence Universities today, has a strong reputation as a research institution. The Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation aims to promote cutting-edge research and to create outstanding conditions for young scientists at universities, to deepen cooperation between disciplines and institutions, to strengthen international cooperation of research, and to enhance the international appeal of excellent German universities.

Last fall, Tracy was awarded the Chu Tian Scholar Fellowship Award ("The Sky of Chu Kingdom Award") by the Hubei Provincial Department of Education in China and officially named Lecture Professor of the Chu Tian Program. In that capacity, he will be in residence at Central China Normal University in Wuhan for two months a year through 2017. Working with well-known literature scholar Lianggong Luo, Tracy will teach, lecture, conduct research, perform (vocals and harmonica), advise graduate students on their work, and consult with faculty regarding departmental curricular matters.

The author, editor, co-editor or writer of introductions for 30 books and numerous book chapters, articles, reviews and CD or LP liner notes, Tracy has performed on Johnny Carson’s "Tonight" Show and appeared on the bill with B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and many other leading international blues, jazz and folk acts, in addition to recording with his own band, a variety of blues performers and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.