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Reed Fulbright Scholar to Explore Research Interests in St. Petersburg


Meador joins the more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad in the coming academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program


Portland, OR (September 8, 2009)-- James Meador, class of 2009, is the most recent Reed College graduate to receive a coveted Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship. Meador will spend the 2009-‘10 academic year at St. Petersburg University studying religion in contemporary Russia. In a recent Reed magazine article, Meador explained his thesis, Moscow Tantric Blues: Bidiya Dandaron's Letters to Nataliya Kovrigina 1956-1959, as an attempt to capture love with ideas.

Professor of Russian and Humanities Lena Lencek, who acted as Meador’s thesis advisor, described Moscow Tantric Blues as a “massive, excellent thesis on a thoroughly original topic,” and went on to recognize Meador as “a superb researcher and a creative scholar.”

Meador joins the more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad in the coming academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and the approximately 294,000 people—both American and foreign—who have studied, taught or researched abroad through the Fulbright program since its inception.

The Fulbright program provides students with the chance to exchange values, knowledge, and ideas with citizens and institutions abroad. It was founded under legislation drawn up by the late Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, and is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Today, the Fulbright program operates in more than 150 countries and its scholarships are among the most highly coveted academic awards worldwide.

For more information on the Fulbright program:

http://us.fulbrightonline.org/ or http://fulbright.state.gov/

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Kevin Myers, Reed spokesperson, 503/517-7815