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Graduate Student in Music Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Ioana Sherman to be Honored at May 13th Ceremony

(April 21, 2004)

Ioana Sherman

Ioana Sherman

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Ioana Sherman, a graduate student in UC Riverside’s Department of Music, will go to Romania on a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2004-05 academic year.

She will be studying at the Archives at the National University of Music in Bucharest and doing fieldwork that will include interviews and attending festivals.

Sherman, along with other students studying abroad next year, will be recognized at a private event on May 13th at UC Riverside’s Watkins House.

“She is the first graduate student in the department to receive such a distinguished award,” said Deborah Wong, an ethnomusicologist. “While in Romania she will look at folk music before communism, particularly the songs that have to do with rituals, festivals, and rites of passage, and examine how folk music after 1989 has been affected and changed by communist repression, popular resistance, and western cultural imperialism.”

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. It was named for Senator J. William Fulbright, a Democrat from Arkansas with a distinguished career in the Senate from 1944 until 1974.

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Fulbright provides funds for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools around the world. Nearly 800 people are selected each year to travel to one of more than 140 different countries.

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