Colorado State Professor Named Fulbright Scholar for Germany; Two Fulbrights Visiting University Next Year

A Colorado State University English associate professor has been selected as a 2002 Fulbright Scholar to teach American studies in Germany. Chip Rhodes, senior lecturer and past director of American Studies at Colorado State, will teach two classes at the University of Dortmund from March – August 2003. One class concentrates on the past, present and future of Hollywood while the other focuses on the Harlem Renaissance.

"I am so honored to be named a Fulbright Scholar and chosen to teach international diplomacy," Rhodes said. "This is such wonderful opportunity. It is my hope to not only teach, but to learn as well, and bring new knowledge back with me to Colorado State."

Fulbright Scholars are chosen for leadership in their areas of expertise and are encouraged to go beyond their fields of knowledge to observe and share political, economic and cultural ideas with their host country. Rhodes is the fourth faculty member honored with the Fulbright scholarship from Colorado State’s English department.

Rhodes, a recognized expert in American Studies and Literary Theory, has published essays in American Literature, Prospects, Modern Fiction Studies, the Journal of American Studies and other related journals. In 1998 he published the book "Structures of the Jazz Age: Mass Culture, Progressive Education and Discourse in American Modernist Fiction," a work about U.S. fiction in the 1920s. While in Germany, Rhodes will also be completing his newest book, "Setting Hollywood Straight: Novelists in Hollywood."

The Fulbright program, established in 1946 and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was created to promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and people from other countries throughout the world. Fulbright Scholars are awarded grants to lecture and conduct research in more than 140 countries in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The competitive program sends approximately 800 U.S. scholars and professionals abroad each year.

Colorado State has also been chosen to host two Fulbright Scholars this year. Dita Drazilova, a doctoral candidate in environmental studies at Masaryk University in Bruno, Czech Republic, was awarded the grant and is currently conducting research at Colorado State about zoological gardens and biodiversity.

Azra Jaganjac, associate chemistry professor at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia, will also be visiting Colorado State in January to lecture on the management of natural resources in developing countries in post-war conditions.