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Professor Terrie Epstein Is Named a Fulbright Senior Scholar

Terrie Epstein, a professor at the Hunter College School of Education, has won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. Epstein is the coordinator of Hunter's Adolescent Social Studies Education Program and teaches courses on secondary social studies methods.

The Fulbright supports Epstein's spring 2013 appointment as a visiting professor at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. In that position, she is completing the project "How the Past Informs the Present: New Zealand Adolescents' Views of the Treaty of Waitangi." Her research examines how young people's social class and ethnic identities shape their understandings of New Zealand's founding document, a historical text that is considered a unifying symbol by some and a divisive one by others. 

Only six New Zealand Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards are granted by each year, three in the sciences and three in the humanities/social sciences.  Less than 10 percent of the applicants in the humanities/social sciences receive the award, which supports three to five months of research or teaching, or a combination thereof.

Sponsored by the Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the U.S. government, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, Fulbright Scholars have the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns

"It's an honor to represent Hunter College within the New Zealand academic community," Epstein said.

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