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Two A&S Professors Earn Fulbrights

Don Bogen of English and Steven Bowman of Judaic Studies will travel abroad in the flagship international educational exchange program.

Date: 8/2/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Kim Burdett
Phone: (513) 556-8577

UC ingot   Continuing on in the tradition of international collaboration and research at the University of Cincinnati, two professors in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) have been named Fulbright scholars for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Judaic Studies Professor Steven Bowman and English Professor Don Bogen.
Judaic Studies Professor Steven Bowman and English Professor Don Bogen can each add (another) Fulbright Fellowship to their list of honors. Bogen will travel to Northern Ireland while Bowman visits Israel in 2011.

Professor Don Bogen of the Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professor Steven Bowman of the Department of Judaic Studies join four UC students as this year’s Fulbright recipients.

Professor Don Bogen, English and Comparative Literature
Bogen will travel to Queen’s University, Belfast in Northern Ireland as the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing. He will spend six months at their Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre giving readings and lectures, collaborating with Irish poets, and working on his fifth book of poetry, tentatively titled “Immediate Song.”

“I’m really honored to be at the Seamus Heaney Centre,” Bogen says. Heaney was one of the first poets Bogen ever met and his work is regularly taught in Bogen’s poetry courses.

“Just working with all the poets at the Heaney Centre will be special. It’ll be interesting working with them because even if we work in the same language, our cultures are tremendously different.”

Bogen, UC’s Nathaniel Ropes Chair in Comparative Literature, is already a Fulbright recipient. He earned a Fulbright Senior Lectureship to Spain in 2003 and multiple other awards from the Poetry Society of America, Camargo Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, among others. He’s published five books, more than 100 poems, and multiple translations. He is also the poetry editor for the Cincinnati Review and recently received the 2010 Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award by UC’s Graduate School.

Professor Steven Bowman, Judaic Studies
Bowman will return to Jerusalem as part of the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program. The award will allow him to lecture and conduct scholarly work in the United Kingdom and Israel for a manuscript about the Book of Yosippon. The book, a Hebrew rewriting of Josephus’s account of the Jewish War, was translated by Bowman and will be published by the Harvard University Press next year.

“I’ve already prepared the translation; this Fulbright will help me with the manuscript materials and scholarly monograph,” Bowman says. “My goal is to complete the manuscript and visit a few manuscript collections in France and Hungary.”

He will also lecture at different locations during his time abroad.

Bowman is having a great year. Not only did he receive Fulbright funding, he has been awarded a Lady Davis Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his book “The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945” was recently optioned to become a movie by filmmaker Dimitri Vorris.

He, too, has already earned a Fulbright. In 1972 he was a Fulbright Fellow to Greece, visiting again in 1995 as a Senior Fulbright Professor. He also acted as a Fulbright Fellow in 1987 as part of the Western European Regional Research Program. Other awards Bowman has received include two grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Koerner Fellowship at Oxford University.

Read more about past A&S Fulbright recipients:

A Happy Accident: Tales from a UC Fulbright Fellow
When Michael Hutchins visited Germany as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow, his journey off the beaten path helped bring life to his subject matter.

Staging the War on Terror
English PhD student researches cross-cultural perspectives on terrorism through performing arts.

Fairhurst Earns Fulbright
The professor of communication spent April 2009 discussing leadership at Lund University in Sweden.

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