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Pitzer College’s Sebastian Dettman Receives Fulbright Fellowship

Sebastian DettmanSebastian Dettman ’05 has been named a Fulbright Fellow to Indonesia to teach English as a Foreign Language. Sebastian majored in International/Intercultural Studies with an Asian focus. He participated in the Pitzer in Darjeeling, India, external studies program.

“Teaching English and interacting with Indonesian middle school or high school students is a fantastic opportunity to learn about a new culture, society and educational system in a deep, sustained way, while challenging me personally to adapt and learn in a new environment,” Sebastian says.

Sebastian plans to spend as much time as possible learning the Indonesian language and exploring Indonesian music in its native environment. This is the first year the teaching assistantship program will be run in Indonesia, Sebastian says, and “having been part of the first group of students to participate in a homestay and language study in our village outside Darjeeling, we were acutely aware of our role as cultural ambassadors.”

“I would use my interest in the guitar and performing music as a means through which to communicate with people and immerse myself in the myriad musical traditions of Indonesia,” Sebastian says. “I was exposed to the use of guitar in Indonesia by an incredible CD of field recordings I heard in class. The guitar is extremely popular at many levels, from its use to accompany religious popular music to its thorough incorporation in folk and popular music.”

Sebastian says he may enter the nonprofit sector after the completion of his year of Fulbright study and teaching.

He attended Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts.