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Michael E. Harkin, professor in the University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair grant to lecture during the 2010-2011 academic year at Karl-Franzens University of Graz in Austria.
Harkin will hold the Distinguished Chair in cultural studies and teach courses in American studies and ethnology, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
He is among approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2010-2011.
A UW faculty member since 1993, Harkin has conducted field research in British Columbia, France, North Carolina, and Wyoming. He wrote "The Heiltsuks: Dialogues of Culture and History on the Northwest Coast (University of Nebraska Press, 1998), has edited three books and two special issues, and written dozens of articles and chapters.
He serves as editor of Ethnohistory and on the editorial board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. Harkin has received many awards, including the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program builds mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.
The program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.