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FAU Professor Douglas T. McGetchin Receives Fulbright Award

JUPITER, Fla. (April 22, 2013) - Douglas T. McGetchin, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director of Peace Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University has received a Fulbright-Nehru grant to conduct research in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. This grant is awarded by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (ECA), and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).

“It is a great honor to return once again to the vibrant land of Gandhi, Tagore, Vivekananda, and Bose,” said McGetchin. “I eagerly anticipate continuing my research there, exploring the history of links between India and the West during the 20th century struggle for independence from British colonialism.”

McGetchin will spend four months in Calcutta, beginning in November in order to avoid the monsoon season. His Fulbright-Nehru research topic is “The Boycott or the Bullet: Debates over Nonviolence in Indo-Western Anti-Imperialist Struggles, 1893-1964.”

 McGetchin specializes in historical connections between modern Europe and South Asia. He received a B.A. in history and political science from the University of Rochester, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of California, San Diego. He currently conducts research and teaches classes at FAU about world history, including South Asia, Germany, Europe, and the connections between them. In 2012, McGetchin became director of the Peace Studies Program at FAU.

McGetchin’s publications include Indology, Indomania, Orientalism: Ancient India's Rebirth in Modern Germany (2009), which examines the historical context of South Asian texts, literature, and culture, and the diffusion of this knowledge about ancient India within modern Europe from 1790 to 1914. He is the co-editor with Peter K. J. Park and Damodar SarDesai of Sanskrit and "Orientalism": Indology and Comparative Linguistics in Germany, 1750-1958 (2004).

For more information on the Fulbright program, visit www.cies.org.

For more information on FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, visit www.fau.edu/artsandletters

For more information on FAU’s Peace Studies program, visit www.fau.edu/peacestudies.

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About the Fulbright Program :
The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.

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