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NMSU history professor awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Jon Hunner, director of the Public History Program at New Mexico State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to assist Vaxjo University in Vaxjo, Sweden, with development of its public history program.

Jon Hunner, director of NMSU's Public History Program. (NMSU photo)

Hunner will be in Vaxjo, the center of Sweden's glass-making industry, from January to May 2001. He will conduct curriculum development workshops with Vaxjo faculty and train history students to document and preserve the heritage and culture of southern Sweden.

Public history deals primarily with history from a local perspective. "It's an exciting type of history," Hunner said. "Proximity matters to people."

In Las Cruces, Hunner is working with a local neighborhood association, Las Esperanzas, to preserve the Mesquite Historic District, the city's oldest neighborhood.

Considered one of the premier scholarship programs in the world, the Fulbright program offers academics and professionals opportunities to lecture or do advanced research in nearly 130 countries. Awards range from two months to a full academic year and most assignments are tailored to the needs of the award recipients.

Awards are funded through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those in other countries.

Photo is available at http://kiernan.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/hunner.jpg.
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CUTLINE: Jon Hunner, director of NMSU's Public History Program. (NMSU photo)

Ivan Chavez
Oct. 9, 2000