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Students receive Fulbright awards

Two Binghamton doctoral students will spend the academic year overseas on Fulbright awards.

Susan Pietrzyk, 40, holds a bachelor’s degree from Knox College and worked for 15 years in Washington, D.C., in international development. She earned a master’s degree in anthropology from Binghamton in 2005 and expects to receive a Ph.D. in anthropology in 2010.

Pietrzyk, a native of Iowa, will go to Harare, Zimbabwe, to undertake ethnographic research concerning HIV/AIDS, gender and sexuality there.

Vern Walker, 27, expects to earn a doctorate from the comparative literature department in December 2007.

He’ll go to Vienna, Austria, and write his dissertation, which is tentatively titled The Poetics of Pacifism. He plans to concentrate on the post-World War II Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann and how her works were influenced by the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Pietrzyk and Walker are among 1,200 U.S. citizens who will go abroad in 2006-07 through the Fulbright Student Program.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08