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Frindéthié receives Fulbright Award

Frindethie_t.jpgBOONE—Dr. Martial Frindéthié has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research at the University of Mauritius during the 2011-12 academic year. Frindéthié is an associate professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Frindéthié will lecture on American cultures through films, postcolonial studies and intercultural communication, and will collect some cultural information in Mauritius and Reunion to be included in a book in progress about intercultural communication focusing on the social anthropology of Francophone Africa.

Mauritius and Reunion are islands located in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa.

Frindéthié is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011-12, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit