Baylor Prof Designated As Fulbright Scholar for 1996-97

April 24, 1996

WACO, Texas - Dr. Wallace L. Daniel, professor and chair of Baylor University's Department of History, the Ralph L. and Bessie Mae Lynn Professor of History, and director of the Honors Program, recently has been designated a Fulbright scholar under the 1996-97 U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program.

Daniel's proposed project, "Religion and Democracy in Post-communist Russia," is an examination of the Russian Orthodox Church and its role in Russian society since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The research and writing for this project will be conducted for three months in Moscow and one month at Oxford University in England from April to August 1997.

According to the Fulbright office, this is one of only two projects funded for the United States concerning all of Eastern Europe and Russia.

Founded in 1947, the Fulbright scholarship is a national award. It was created for two main purposes: (1) to enable Americans to learn first hand about other countries and cultures, and to enable the people of other cultures to learn more about the United States and its citizens; and (2) to promote professional development at the international level.

"The Fulbright award will enable Baylor to gain greater exposure to the historic changes taking place in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union," Daniel said. "Because the Fulbright award is given nationally, it is intended to give faculty greater international experience in certain key regions of the globe."

Daniel will use the award to develop the project on religion, politics and society that he has already been writing.

For more information, contact Daniel at (817) 755-2667.

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