The Catholic University of America

Dec. 1, 2006

3 CUA Faculty Members Receive Fulbright Scholar Awards

Three professors at The Catholic University of America have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture and research in various countries during the 2006-2007 academic year. CUA also has been selected to host Fulbright Visiting Scholar Maria Cruz Gonzalez Ayesta from Spain for the academic year.

Margaret Martin Barry

Margaret Martin Barry, an associate professor at the Columbus School of Law, will lecture on clinical legal education and family law at the University of Montenegro in Podgorica, Montenegro, from January to July 2007. She plans to expose students there to client representation and case development skills relevant to the common law system in the United States. While in Montenegro, she also will research a range of family law issues.

Barry has been at CUA since 1987 when she began teaching in the law school's Columbus Community Legal Services' clinical program. She has taught in the CCLS Families and Law Clinic since its inception in 1993. She also has taught family law at CUA and the litigation process in CUA's American Law Institute in Crakow, Poland.

Katherine L. Jansen, an associate professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences, will conduct archival research on her book project, The Practice of Peace in Late Medieval Italy, at the University of Rome III in Rome, from January to May 2007. Her book argues that to fully understand the violence and civil disorder - which both afflicted and characterized the urban centers of northern and central Italy in the later Middle Ages - one must investigate the peninsula's peace-making institution: the notarial peace instrument, a legal contract drawn up by a notary for the purpose of making peace between two parties.

Jansen has been on the CUA faculty since 1995.

Daniel Saalfeld
Daniel Saalfeld, a lecturer in the English department and Metropolitan College, began lecturing

in September on modern and contemporary American poetry and poetry writing at Volgograd State University in Volgograd, Russia. He will continue lecturing there until July 2007.

Since 1997 Saalfeld has taught Catholic University courses in poetry-writing, literature and English as a second language. He says those experiences - including the teaching of international students - will prove helpful in Russia, as will his own experience as a poet whose work has been published in several literary journals.

At Volgograd State University, he will be teaching students majoring in American studies.

These CUA professors are a few of the approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to about 150 countries for the 2006-2007 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Among those who have come to the United States from abroad on the visiting scholar program is Maria Cruz Gonzalez Ayesta, an assistant professor of philosophy, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, who is researching her project "Scotus on the Naturalization of Understanding and the Transfer of the Rationality to Will" at CUA from October 2006 to September 2007.

Gonzalez Ayesta is one of approximately 800 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals the Fulbright Scholar Program will bring to the United States to teach and do research this school year.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.


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