New Fulbright award will bring Brazilian music scholar to IU

Indiana University and the Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States and Brazil recently signed a memorandum of understanding that will create an annual Fulbright award to bring a Brazilian scholar in music, musicology and related areas to the Bloomington campus.

Each year, the Brazilian Fulbright Commission and IU will select a Brazilian scholar, performer or researcher to teach, perform or conduct research in music, musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition or another related field, including scholars with a social, cultural or interdisciplinary approach to music.

From left, Maria Bucur-Deckard, associate dean for international programs with the College of Arts and Sciences; Luiz Valcov Loureiro, executive director of the Fulbright Commission, Brazil; and Gwyn Richards, dean of the Jacobs School of Music, sign paperwork related to the MOU.

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies — a federally funded area-studies center within the university’s College of Arts and Sciences — and the newly launched School of Global and International Studies will act as principal host for the Fulbright fellows, who will interact with students and faculty in both the College and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

“This annual award will place IU among a small handful of institutions directly named in the Fulbright recruitment materials,” said Larry Singell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Institutions throughout Brazil are home to some immensely qualified musicians and scholars of music, and IU will benefit from housing one of these individuals each year through the Fulbright award. This will also expand our recruitment possibilities for talented undergraduate and graduate students from Brazil.”

Luiz Valcov Loureiro, executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Brazil, met with faculty and staff on the Bloomington campus in September to discuss plans for implementing the new program. Brazilian fellows who visit IU through the program will receive a monthly stipend, travel costs, local housing and work/rehearsal space on campus. The first fellowship recipient under this new program is expected to arrive on campus for four months during the 2013-2014 academic year.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie plans to visit Brazil in November, where the signing of this annual award will highlight the university’s new and continuing ties with the country.


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