Pitzer College Faculty Member Awarded Fulbright Scholar Award

Claremont, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2004) Harlan Victor Koff, visiting assistant professor of political studies at Pitzer College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to research the unintended consequences of the economic transformation of Nord-Pas de Calais at the Lille Center for Sociological and Economic Study and Research in Lille, France.

Koff is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to nearly 140 countries for the 2005-2006 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. During its 58 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. They are among more than 250,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers, and university faculty and professionals who have participated in one of the several Fulbright exchange programs.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar swards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Among thousands of prominent U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in Economics; James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel Laureate in Medicine; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation.

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