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06-30-2000

Clarkson University Prof. Joseph Duemer Awarded Fulbright Grant To Vietnam

[A photo of Joseph Duemer for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/duemer.jpg]

Joseph Duemer (DEEM-er) of South Colton, a professor of liberal arts at Clarkson University, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to Vietnam for the 2000-01 school year. duemer

Duemer, who has been at Clarkson since 1988, is one of approximately 2,000 U.S. recipients of the award, which was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.  The Fulbright Program seeks to build mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the rest of the world.

“When I went to Vietnam for the first time three years ago, I not only began to learn something about a culture, but I had a great sense that I was learning something of my own,” says Duemer.  “Vietnam is a mirror that Americans can hold up to look at themselves in.  My work on Vietnamese literature and culture over the last three years has prepared me for the Fulbright, and I’m grateful to all of the different people in Vietnam and the U.S. who have made it possible.”

As a poet and teacher of classes in creative writing and literature, Duemer has taught courses on the culture, history and literature of Vietnam, where he served as a United States Information Agency specialist offering courses at Hanoi National University and working with poets at the Vietnam Writers Union on translation and publication projects.

Duemer is the author of The Light of Common Day (Windhover 1985), Customs (Georgia 1987) and Static (Owl Creek 1996).  His poems and criticism have appeared in New England Review, Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Quarterly West, The Journal and others

Duemer has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities for writing and research, and is currently editing a book on collaborations between musicians and writers, Making MusicsPrimative Alphabets, a chapbook of poems set to music by David Rakowski, was recently published by White Heron Press.

Duemer is the poetry editor of the Wallace Stevens Journal and book review editor of Poetry International.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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