Written by Jessica Benham
Laura Beard also teaches courses in Brazilian literature and is on the faculty of
Comparative Literature, Women's Studies, and Latin American and Iberian Studies.
An associate professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures,
received a Fulbright Scholar grant to study at the University of Alberta in Canada
during the 2008-2009 academic year.
researches autobiographical narratives of the Indian residential school experience.
While in Canada, she will continue research on her book titled, “Killing the Indian
in the Child: Narratives of the Indian Residential School Experience,” where she explores
narratives from former students of different residential schools in the United States
“I am interested in exploring how the residential school narratives contribute to
native intellectual and political struggles and how they participate in the healing
of native communities,” Beard said.
She said her work on Indian residential school narratives grew out of her many years
of work on native literatures and cultures.
“Much of the work that has been done on the Indian residential schools has either
focused on one particular school or has looked at the works written about the schools
from a historical or an ethnographic perspective,” said Beard. “A Fulbright grant
in Canada will give me access to a wealth of persons, materials and resources not
available in Lubbock.”
Beard said many professors can do their jobs from their offices, but those who research
a particular culture or community must conduct their research outside of their own
“The opportunity to do international travel and research is crucial to our ability
to do our job,” said Beard. “We depend on Fulbright grants and other external grants
to support our research.”
The Fulbright Program
, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the
United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since
its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 273,500
people with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, educational
and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance
to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.