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Bard College Graduate Molly Anders Wins 2009–2010 Fulbright Award For Study in Jordan

Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Molly Anders, a 2009 Bard College graduate from Frankfort, Kentucky, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship to Jordan, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Anders, who received a bachelor of arts degree in literature, the Writing Program in Fiction and Poetry, and Middle Eastern studies from Bard College on May 23, plans to study media and democracy in Jordan. She is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2009–2010 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Recent Fulbright scholars from Bard College include Gergely A. Lodinsky ’09 (Austria, 2009–10), Mary K. Donovan ’08 (Spain, 2009–10), Siobhan Churchill ’08 (Korea, 2008–09), Abigail Weil ’08 (Russia, 2008–09), Japanese photography critic and independent curator Mariko Takeuchi (Bard College, 2008–09), Jane Wong ’07 (Hong Kong, 2007–08), Bard High School Early College faculty member Mary Ellen Lennon (Burkina Faso, 2007–08), and Taun N. Toay ’05 (Greece, 2005–06).

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the 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 294,000 people—111,000 Americans who have studied, taught, or researched abroad, and 183,000 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; exchange ideas; and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
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 Jen, 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.
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-453-8531, or e-mail

Since 1860, Bard College, located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, has maintained a commitment to liberal arts and sciences education. The College offers the bachelor of arts degree with majors in more than 50 academic programs in four divisions: Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies; as well as graduate degrees in fine arts; curatorial studies; the history of the decorative arts, design, and culture; environmental policy; teaching; vocal arts; and conducting. In addition, it offers a dual-degree program in which students receive a B.S. in economics and finance and a B.A. in another academic field. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a dual-degree program earning students a bachelor’s degree in music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard has developed a new vision of the liberal arts college as a central body surrounded by significant institutes and programs that strengthen its curriculum.

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This event was last updated on 07-24-2009