John B. Linsley '04, of Topsfield, Massachusetts, has been awarded a
Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad scholarship for intensive Swahili,
allowing him to participate in the prestigious program's summer component.
It is directed by the African Studies Institute of Georgia.
Linsley is one of only three undergraduates to be awarded funding; the
additional 14 participants are currently in graduate programs, at
institutions including Boston University, UCLA, Michigan State University
and the University of Georgia.
In addition to studying Swahili in Tanzania, the program will also enable
participants to travel to a number of places where Swahili is spoken,
including Zanzibar, and the historic site of Bagamoyo, formerly one of
East Africa's largest slave-trading depots. Participants will also spend
time living with host families who speak Swahili as a first language.
Linsley, a government major with minors in African studies and history,
credits Visiting International Lecturer in Modern Languages and Literatures
Mahiri Mwita as "fundamental" in preparing him for participation in the program.
"This year I completed an independent study under his guidance," Linsley says,
"which I will present at the Eighth Annual Conference of the African Language
Teachers Association. I am currently taking Intermediate Swahili 103 with
Mahiri, which is the fourth Swahili course I have taken at St. Lawrence."
An article by Linsley, about market day in Kenya, was published in the Spring
2004 issue of Abroad View Magazine. It is based on his observances and
experiences while studying in the University's program in Kenya during his
junior year at St. Lawrence. He also received a travel research grant from
the University's Center for International and Intercultural Studies, allowing
him to conduct research along the Nile River in the summer of 2002.
In recent years, two other St. Lawrence undergraduates received awards from the
Fulbright program. Thomas McFadden '97 received a J. William Fulbright Foreign
Scholarship Board award for the academic year 1997-98, to study the Bavarian
dialects of German in and around Munich and take classes in linguistics at the
University of Munich. Brendan T. O'Dell '00 was awarded a Fulbright grant
to study in Germany, at the University of Leipzig, taking graduate-level
courses in mathematics.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946, at the end of World War II, to
increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other
countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Its primary
source of funding is an annual appropriation made by the United States Department
of State. Participating governments and host institutions also contribute
financial support through direct cost-sharing, as well as through tuition
waivers, university housing, and other benefits.
Posted: April 16, 2004