HIGH POINT, N.C., May 17, 2011 ? Dr. Nahed Eltantawy, assistant professor of journalism at High Point University, recently received the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. With the grant, she plans to teach journalism courses in the spring of 2012 in the United Arab Emirates.
While there, Eltantawy will conduct research on the use of social media in the UAE. She also is interested in learning how students in the UAE perceive Americans and American culture. She will discuss her findings in classes she teaches at HPU, which include convergent journalism, feature writing and opinion writing.
?Most of my research focuses on stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in Western media, so it will be interesting to look at the issue from the other side,? Eltantawy says. ?Specifically, in this case, how does the Arab media portray Americans??
Eltantawy says she?s excited about the opportunity to visit a new country and experience teaching students from a different cultural background.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, approximately 300,000 people ? 114,000 Americans and 186,000 from other countries ? have participated in the program. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
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