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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: York College of Pennsylvania Faculty Member/Writer Receives Fulbright Award

Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia.
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Jennifer Semple Siegel, adjunct faculty at York College of Pennsylvania and author of Are You EVER Going to be Thin? (and other stories), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje in Macedonia during the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Siegel will teach Creative Writing and American Studies; she also plans to develop a Macedonian Literature website, which will focus on publishing traditional and modern Macedonian literature in English translation. A bio of Siegel appears on her website. She has also posted excerpts from her latest work I, Driven: memoir of a teen’s involuntary commitment.

Siegel is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 240,000 people – 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught, or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars, and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Among the thousands of prominent Fulbright alumni are: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006; Javier Solana, Foreign Policy Chief, European Union; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation; Shamshad Akhtar, the first woman to hold the position of Governor, State Bank of Pakistan; Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization; Raoul Cantero, Justice, Florida Supreme Court; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Gen, Writer; Daniel Libeskind, Architect; Aneesh Raman, CNN Middle East Correspondent; and Sibusiso Sibisi, President and CEO, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.

More Notable Fulbright Alumni.
Fulbright recipients are among 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (C.I.E.S.).

For more information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit the State Department website or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-453-8531, or e-mail

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