Humanities and Fine Arts Students Garner Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Seven University of Massachusetts Amherst undergraduates, graduate students and an alumna have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to travel abroad as English teaching assistants or to perform research projects they designed. Among this group are three students and one alum with concentrations or certificates in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA).
Ross Caputi of Lowell, Mass. is a doctoral student in history. He is headed to Italy for a research project that combines oral history and linguistics to document and describe the critically endangered dialect of a single, southern Italian village, Grumento Nova. Caputi will create multimedia resources to aid future language revitalization efforts. The grant will allow Caputi to do community-engaged scholarship that he hopes to continue throughout his career.
Lily Clemente of Newton Center, Mass., graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a secondary major in communication disorders and a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Clemente has accepted a teaching assistantship to Brazil where she will be a language learning assistant for public university students studying to become English teachers. In addition to her time on campus, she plans to volunteer with organizations serving immigrant communities in order to understand immigration in Brazil in an experiential way.
Carly Longman of Plymouth, Mass., who will graduate May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and a Bachelor’s Degree of Individual Concentration in Romance language and interpretation. She has accepted a teaching assistantship to Brazil. As a member of the UMass Amherst International Scholars Program, Longman has previously studied in Paris and San Paulo, Brazil. She will use her Fulbright grant to work toward her goal of increasing language access and aiding in the English language acquisition of her Brazilian students.
Lily Tang of Braintree, Mass., who will graduate May 14 with bachelor’s degrees in political science and global studies, along with certificates in civic engagement, and Asian and Asian-American Studies. Tang has accepted a teaching assistantship to Taiwan where she will teach English and U.S. history and culture through the lens of anti-racism and anti-U.S. imperialism. She plans to teach her students U.S. history by highlighting the struggles and contributions made by the BIPOC communities.
Two HFA students were named alternates by the Fulbright organization, meaning their applications were excellent, but they have to await possible funding:
Kelsey (Ell) Davis, an MFA candidate in English from Gahanna, Ohio, and Madeline Scott of Milton, Mass., who graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in French and Francophone studies.
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