FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Date:  April 25, 2001

                                                                                      Contact:  Lezli Austen

UIS sociology professor receives Fulbright grant

SPRINGFIELD – Proshanta Nandi, professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award for the Russian Federation for the 2001 fall semester. Nandi is one of approximately 2,000 U.S. grantees announced by the U.S. Information Agency and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board who will travel abroad for the 2001/2002 academic year through the Fulbright Program.

Consistent with UIS’ commitment to diversity and its mission to internationalize its curriculum, Nandi will serve at the Moscow International University at Moscow. He plans to teach social psychology with an emphasis on symbolic interaction and to lead seminars on conflict resolution. Nandi spent the summer of 1998 as a visiting professor at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China.

This is the second Fulbright grant for Professor Nandi. Born and raised in India, he joined the University of Minnesota as a Fulbright Scholar for graduate studies leading to a doctorate in sociology in 1968. Nandi’s teaching and research interests include formal/complex organization, social psychology, comparative education, ethnicity, quality of life, collective behavior, and non-violence. He is currently engaged in research on fundamentalism, quality of life, and ethnic conflicts.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency, an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch of the U.S. government. USIA promotes mutual understanding among nations and peoples through a number of educational exchange activities. It explains and supports U.S. foreign policy through a wide range of information programs.

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