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Faculty Fulbright Scholars Share Experiences Abroad

Professor Robert Coburn and Professor Cathy Peterson recently returned from serving as Fulbright scholars in Japan and Malawi
Sep 26, 2012

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites Pacific faculty members to a joint presentation on Tuesday, October 2, from 4 - 5 p.m. by Professors Robert Coburn, Ph.D. and Cathy Peterson, PT, Ed.D. regarding their recent experiences as Fulbright Scholars this past year.

Dr. Coburn is a Professor of Composition and Music Theory and Chair of the Department of Music Studies at the Conservatory of Music.  He will speak about his experiences in Japan.

Dr. Peterson is an Associate Professor and Interim Director of Clinical Education at the Department of Physical Therapy, and will speak of her experiences in Malawi.

Here are short abstracts from each presenter:


Eleven months living, teaching, and composing in one of the most culturally exciting cities on the planet can change your perspective on many things.  From Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, Noh Theater, and gagaku to high tech performances, anime, Shibuya culture, and Mos burgers, Japan offers an extraordinary intersection of deep and complex cultures, all fundamentally Japanese.  In this presentation, I will share some of my experiences finding my way through the many layers that are contemporary Japan. -- Robert Coburn, Ph.D.  


Academia is what it is and Malawi is no different: there are hidden agendas, organizational issues, and challenges with time.  But when most students don't have pencils and paper, one student can't afford glasses she desperately needs, and a staff member confides that he "has a problem with hunger," a different perspective is born.  I will discuss my experiences serving for five months as a visiting lecturer in one of the most under-resourced countries in the world. -- Cathy Peterson, Ed.D.

The CTL is located on the second floor of the Main Library.  Light refreshments will be served.  For further information, contact the CTL at 209.946.7685.

Read the news release about the Fulbright award for Drs. Peterson and Coburn.

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