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Marshall Eakin, professor of history, will use his recently won Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship to study the formation of Brazilian national identity in the 20th century. “I am looking at Brazilian national identity to see how it is that the peoples of Brazil come to identify with a common set of symbols that are now widely perceived to be essential to Brazilian identity—soccer for example,” he says. Eakin will be in Brazil until August 2010 (with visits back to Nashville) as he researches and writes Becoming Brazilians: The Making of a Nation and a People, 1930–1992.

Edward H. Friedman, Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish and director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, has also been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship, his in the area of American literature and cultural studies. He’ll research Spanish literature while teaching classes at the University of Madrid on U.S. culture. Friedman says he is especially looking forward to the challenge of reversing his usual practice of teaching Spanish literature to speakers of English.

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