Congratulations to Professor Dickinson on her Fulbright Award!

Professor Jennifer (“J”) Dickinson has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Ukraine from the U.S. Department of state and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  Her research topic is “Lviv’s Deaf Community:  Language and Identity in a Time of Transition,” a project that combines ethnographic and oral historical research to understand continuity and change in the identity of members of the Deaf community in a mid-sized Ukrainian city.  Professor Dickinson’s research is focused on adult Deaf Ukrainians and their work lives.  To better understand how use of Ukrainian Sign Language (USL), professional training and work history, and recent political changes in Ukraine all contribute to identity, Professor Dickinson will be in the field for four months, spending time with adult Ukrainians in professional training courses, at a factory owned by the Ukrainian Society for the Deaf, and at events for retired members of the community.  She will also work with graduate students and faculty in the Department of Social Pedagogy at Ukrainian Catholic University.  Her sponsor at UCU is Dr. Ihor Kobel, a leading advocate for USL use in the Ukrainian educational system.

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