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Larry Lutchmansingh Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant

Story posted January 09, 2004

Associate Professor of Art Emeritus Larry D. Lutchmansingh has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research on "Modernity, Modernization, and Modernism" at the University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka, during the 2003-04 academic year. Fulbright scholars were announced last month by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Lutchmansingh is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries through the Fulbright Scholar Program this year. 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. Over its 56 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, 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 awards 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.

Larry D. Lutchmansingh came to Bowdoin in 1974 as assistant professor of art history, and was named associate professor of art history in 1981. He served as director of the art history program from 1977-79, and chaired the art department from 1981-85. He retired in 2001 and was named associate professor of art emeritus.

In 1987 he visited Sri Lanka as one of four Bowdoin professors taking part in a six-week program to develop South Asian studies in ISLE (Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Educational) Program schools.

A native of Trinidad, he is a graduate of McGill University, earned his master's degree from the University of Chicago, and his doctorate from Cornell University. Before coming to Bowdoin he taught at the University of Denver, Cornell, Indiana University, and Presentation College in Trinidad. He was also a Fulbright professor at the Graduate Institute of Art History at National Taiwan University (1991-93), and is the recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities grants, Fulbright-Hays Research and Travel grants, and Mellon Research and Ford Foundation fellowships.

Lutchmansingh has written extensively and published widely on Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, Kevin Pemberton, Lai chi-man, Chih Te-Yi, Luis Chan, Yang Mao-lin, William Morris, and the Arts and Crafts Movement, among many others.

He has presented many lectures and papers across the United States, as well as at the University of Peradeniya; throughout Taipei, Taiwan and New Delhi, India; at La Salle College of Art, Singapore; Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea; University of St. Andrews, Scotland; and the Tate Gallery, London.

To learn more about the Fulbright Scholar Program click here.

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