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Release: July 15, 1999

Four UI students win prestigious Fulbright grants for research abroad

IOWA CITY, Iowa —- Four University of Iowa students have been awarded Fulbright Grants for research abroad, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the United States Information Agency has announced.

The following are UI Fulbright winners: Michael Dumanis, an M.F.A. graduate in creative writing from Pittsford, N.Y.; James Farmer, a doctoral candidate in film studies from Provo, Utah; Kathleen Man, an M.F.A. graduate in film and video production from Honolulu, Hawaii; and Salvatore Scibona, an M.F.A. graduate in creative writing from Zebulon, Ga.

Dumanis plans to spend half an academic year attending lectures on Bulgarian literature and history, and learning Bulgarian at the University of Sofia. He will research the social customs of Bulgarian youth and will interview Bulgarian Jews in order to begin writing his first novel Various Passings. He will also complete a poetry manuscript, When I Was Pol Pot..

Farmer will travel to Munich, Germany to study how opera is used in the New German Cinema. Specifically, he will study the way four German film directors - Werner Herzog, Alexander Kluge, Werner Schroeter, and Hans-Jurgen Syberberg - use it in their work. He hopes to conduct interviews with Kluge and Syberberg and to screen rare films.

Man plans to study at the University of Paris III (La Sorbonne-Nouvelle). She wishes to study film as a "continually-evolving language" and will produce an original film in France. In it she will reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the French New Wave. She hopes to deepen her understanding of French film tradition, which has greatly influenced her academic and artistic career.

Scibona will live in Rome while doing research for a novel he has been working on for three years and will study Italian at the University of Rome for part of the academic year. He will then travel through Italy to research its economic conditions, dialects, sexual mores, building practices, cooking, church politics and Catholic rituals in order to "find the substance of his characters' memory."

Under the Fulbright Program, some 4,200 grants are awarded each year to American students, teachers, and scholars to study, teach, and conduct research around the world, and to foreign nationals to engage in similar activities in the United States. Individuals are selected on the basis of academic and professional qualifications, plus their ability and willingness to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures.

The program is administered by the U.S. Information Agency under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, whose members are appointed by the President, and in cooperation with a number of private organizations. Scholarships are awarded through open competition. More than 40 foreign governments share in the funding of these exchanges. More than 220,000 grants have been awarded since the program began in 1946.

For more information, contact the UI Fulbright Program Advisor, Philip Carls, 335-0353 or visit the Fulbright Web sites at or