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2/14/2007 Fulbright scholars share thoughts on international education

McMINNVILLE - Five Linfield College graduates, all former Fulbright scholars, will take part in a panel discussion, "Celebrating Excellence in International Education at Linfield College," on Thursday, March 1, at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Staci Bryson, Lynsey Farrel, Angie Jamison, Alexis Lien and Seth Otto will participate in the panel.

Bryson graduated in 2000 from Linfield with an English major and minors in German and European studies. During the academic year 2000-2001, she lived in Halberstadt, Germany, where she served as a Fulbright teaching assistant in a secondary school. Bryson earned an M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2006 and is currently living outside of Philadelphia, working as a hospital chaplain for a year to complete her clinical residency.

Farrell, a 2001 Linfield graduate, majored in anthropology and minored in art. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to examine “Harambee” schools in post-colonial Kenya. She is currently in her fourth year of graduate studies in anthropology at Boston University, focusing on East Africa, urban studies and youth. As her dissertation topic, Farrell plans to examine the role that cultural production, in the form of community theatre, plays in mediating ethnic conflict among the youth of Nairobi, Kenya.

Jamison completed majors in philosophy and communication as well as a minor in history at Linfield. After graduating in 1999, she spent a year in Nicaragua on a Fulbright grant, studying the relationship between Nicaraguan newspapers and politics during the period of the 1930s-1980s. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at UCLA. Her dissertation focuses on workers' rights, and recent efforts to reframe these as human rights in garment factories in San Salvador and Los Angeles.

Lien, a 2005 Linfield graduate, completed a Fulbright grant in Austria in June. A political science and German major with a minor in European Studies, she researched the political and social position of Turkish women in Vienna. She also served part time as a teaching assistant in two Austrian secondary schools. Lien now works for a non-profit organization supporting an orphanage in southern Mexico, and has been accepted into Harvard Law School.

Otto, a 2000 Linfield graduate, spent the academic year 2001-2002 in Bolivia, studying indigenous social movements and taking courses at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz. At Linfield he completed sociology and Spanish majors as well as a minor in Latin American studies. After completing a master's degree in community and regional planning at The University of Texas in 2005, Otto works at WRG Design, a multi-disciplinary development consulting firm in Portland.

The panel discussion is part of a week-long celebration in honor of the inauguration of Thomas L. Hellie as 19th president at Linfield. For more information, contact the International Programs Office at 503-883-2222.