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University of Montevallo welcomes Fulbright Scholar

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MONTEVALLO—The University of Montevallo has been selected to host a Fulbright scholar-in-residence from Brazil during the 2012-2013 academic year. Marli Rosa, an expert in Brazilian studies and applied linguistics and former visiting professor at Federal University for the Latin American Integration (UNILA), was awarded the Fulbright grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Rosa studied Portuguese and Literature at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), where she received a Ph.D. in linguistics. She is a member of the research group Visual History, Artists and Intellectuals at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) and formerly a Visiting Professor at Federal University of Latin American Integration in Paraná, Brazil.

Rosa will teach courses in Brazilian Portuguese, Brazilian culture and civilization, and will assist in establishing a student exchange program. Additionally, she will share her research about the role of popular Brazilian music – mainly the samba – in the construction of Brazilian national identity. She recently presented a paper titled “Brazil: The Nation Through the Music” at the annual meeting of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

Rosa is one of approximately 850 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals who will teach and/or research in the United States through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program in 2012-2013. The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings scholars and professionals from abroad to U.S. colleges and universities to significantly internationalize campuses and curricula.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.