California State University, Long Beach Professors Margaret Costa, Elaine Haglund and Susan Rice will spend part of this summer in Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Israel, respectively, through the Fulbright-Hays Summer Abroad Seminar grants.
The awards cover round-trip airfare, room and board, tuition and fees and program-related travel within the host country.
The seminars, from four to six weeks in duration, provide U.S. educators with a unique and intense study/travel opportunity to improve and enhance their knowledge and understanding of historic and contemporary issues facing the countries they visit.
Costa, director of CSULB's Interdisciplinary Studies Program and professor of kinesiology and physical education, will travel throughout Brazil and participate in a seminar on "Celebrating Brazil's 500th Birthday."
While there, the Huntington Beach resident will also gather material for a project on women and culture. Along with several Brazilian authors, she is collaborating on a book titled "Icons of American Women in Sport," which will be published in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
"As Brazil is the major nation in the Mercosur (Common Market of the South), an examination of the roles of women and, in this case, of women in sport is most timely," Costa said. "Brazil's social and cultural influence on its neighbors and vice versa has to be factored into any study on women. I believe the Mercosur is the most exciting area for research focusing on women."
Haglund, professor of educational psychology, will travel to South Africa. As part of the seminar, "Managing Reconciliation in a Diverse Society: South Africa at the Dawn of the 21st Century," she will meet with officials from the government, industry and education, particularly universities and secondary schools.
"I can't think of a more exciting place to visit than a country that is undergoing such revolutionary change via a new, extraordinary constitution that is committed to inclusiveness-that of all groups' equal access to opportunity," Haglund said.
A resident of Costa Mesa, Haglund received two prior Fulbright-Hays fellowships to serve as a senior lecturer in Nigeria for two years.
Rice, director of Cal State Long Beach's Peace Studies Certificate Program and professor of social work, will participate in a seminar titled "Egypt and Israel-Between Tradition and Modernity."
"My purpose is to study non-violent conflict resolution in these two countries, looking at how individuals deal with conflict in their own communities and between communities," Rice said. "I teach an undergraduate and graduate elective course in conflict resolution, so this experience will have relevance to my work at CSULB when I return."
Rice previously received a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship in 1992-93 and spent five months in India. During the 1998-99 academic year, the Long Beach resident was in South Africa on a Rotary Teaching Scholarship where she focused on non-violent conflict resolution.
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