Patrick Fisher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, has been selected by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) as a Fulbright scholar grantee to the Slovak Republic for the 2009-2010 academic year. As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Fisher will lecture at Comenius University in Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic. Comenius University is the largest and most prestigious university in the Slovak Republic. Professor Fisher's responsibilities as a Fulbright scholar will include teaching courses on American political culture and institutions.
Dr. Fisher's current research and teaching focus has been on demographic divides in American politics and he plans on utilizing his research in this area to base a course on American Political Culture tailored to Slovaks. The premise of this course is that American political conflict is significantly motivated by the effort to define certain beliefs, ideals, and values as appropriately American, while at the same time defining other beliefs, ideals and values as “unAmerican.” He will also be teaching a second course on American Political Institutions, a course studying the institutional dynamics of American government customized for Slovak students.
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The Slovak Republic is in a fascinating transitional period and Dr. Fisher is anxious to live and work in a country that has gone through remarkable changes over the past couple of decades. The Slovak Republic's transition as a part of a communist-ruled Czechoslovakia to an independent country in the European Union offers an exciting opportunity to experience life in a young democracy.
The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government's flagship international exchange program, is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The Fulbright Program is an important element of bilateral relationships in which the U.S. and foreign governments jointly set priorities.
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