Professor travels to Venezuela to study and lecture on cinema

PLATTSBURGH - Dr. Isabel Arredondo, associate professor of foreign languages and literature at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research on Venezuelan cinema at the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela, during the 2008-09 academic year.

Arredondo has already traveled to her host country and is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity.

"I never expected my research in Venezuelan cinema to be such an enriching experience and the Venezuelan people to be so welcoming," Arredondo said.

An expert in minority discourse, especially gender and ethnicity, Arredondo's dissertation focused on the representation of the Mayas in 1940s' Guatemalan literature. Thework was published as a book titled "De brujos y naguales: La Guatemala imaginaria de Miguel Angel Asturias."

Arredondo teaches courses on Latin American culture and film, and Spanish language and has actively participated at the Latin American Studies Association, where she organized the program on Arts and the Media in 1998, chaired panels in 1995, 1997 and 2000, and presented papers from 1995-2000. She received her master's degree from the University of Madrid and her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature, from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Jay Stein, provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh, had high praise for Arredondo.

"I congratulate Dr. Arredondo on her Fulbright grant. A Fulbright is one of the most prestigious academic awards given to scholars," he said. "The award is testimony to not only Dr. Arredondo's achievement, but to the outstanding faculty we have at SUNY Plattsburgh. I wish Dr. Arredondo great success with her important work in Venezuela."

Arredondo is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

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