May 24, 2013

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By Matt Hughes

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Four Bucknell University professors will bring their knowledge and expertise to universities around the world as recipients of 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar Awards.

Administered by the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright is the government's flagship international educational exchange program. It aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by sending American faculty to lecture and study abroad and by bringing foreign scholars to lecture at American universities for up to one year. Scholarships are also offered to students, primary school teachers and professionals.

"These awards are both an honor and a recognition of the commitment of our faculty to scholarly excellence," said Provost Mick Smyer. "As a Fulbright alum, I congratulate them, and look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return."

The winners are:

Paula Closson Buck Paula Closson Buck


Professor of English Paula Closson Buck will travel to the Republic of Cyprus to teach at Near East University in the north of the Mediterranean island nation. She will craft a new series of poems in collaboration with Greek Cypriot painter Andros Efstathiou, who teaches at Cyprus College of Art in the south.


"It is my hope that, in working collaboratively, Efstathiou and I will achieve a kind of cross-pollination and synergy between the written word and the visual image, and that each of us will end up creating work that we would not otherwise have created," Closson Buck said.

Jim Buck Jim Buck


Adjunct Professor of English Jim Buck will also travel to Cyprus to teach American literature and creative writing.


He plans to teach one course in the spring semester of 2014 at the University of Cyprus in the capital city of Nicosia and a second course at a university in the northern portion of Cyprus, which is controlled by Turkey.

Robert Rosenberg Robert Rosenberg


Associate Professor of English Robert Rosenberg will travel to India through a Fulbright-Nehru Teaching/Research award.


He plans to teach fiction writing at the National Islamic University in New Delhi while conducting research for a new novel about Holocaust refugees who found safe haven in India during World War II. Rosenberg's great-uncle managed such an escape from Poland.

Alexander Tristan RileyAlexander Tristan Riley


Professor of Sociology Alexander Tristan Riley received a Fulbright Scholar award to travel to Paris, France. Riley's work has focused on the symbolism of how people process tragedy and the role of religion in shaping identity. He has also written extensively about Émile Durkheim, considered the French father of sociology.