Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant for 2008-2009 Academic Year

Laura Beard will continue her study of Indian literatures and cultures while in Canada.

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. Laura Beard 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 and Canada. “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 universities. “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.

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