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2010 Graduate to Study in St. Petersburg as Fulbright Student Scholar


Wheeler will work under the direction of scholars at Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia who specialize in the literature of the Russian Silver Age.


Portland, Ore (July 19, 2010)--Piper Wheeler graduated from Reed in May with a degree in Russian after defending her thesis, Like a Severed Head: Apocalypse in Isaac Babel’s Konarmiia. Soon after she accepted her diploma, Wheeler was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship. Wheeler will study in St. Petersburg, Russia at Smolny College, where she will translate into English annotated excerpts from Vladislav Khodasevich's 1939 volume of memoirs, Necropolis.

While at Smolny, Wheeler will work under the direction of scholars who specialize in the literature of the Russian Silver Age. She also plans to complete course work on literature, theory, and translation.

Fulbright Program scholars are chosen for their academic and leadership potential. The program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and currently operates in 155 countries.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State administers the Fulbright Program. Since its establishment, more than 113,000 Americans and 186,000 participants from other countries have benefited from the Fulbright experience. Currently, the U.S. Student Program annually awards approximately 1,560 grants to U.S. citizens to study overseas.