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Wenger earns Fulbright

Emily Wenger, a Cornell College senior double-majoring in English and creative writing and theatre, has earned a Fulbright Award and will spend 9 months in Turkey.

Emily Wenger

Emily Wenger

Wenger will teach English in Turkey as part of the Fulbright-Turkish Higher Education Council English Teaching Assistantship Program. While there, she also plans to study theatre and writing, including the work of Turkish playwright and novelist Adalet Ağaoğlu.

“I have always been intrigued by the culture and the religions of Turkey,” she said, “and after discovering  Adalet Ağaoğlu I became interested in the literature and theatre culture, as well.”

Wenger is the eighth Cornellian to earn a Fulbright in the past nine years. Others include Will Dinneen ’12, who also taught English in Turkey, and Chris Stadler ’12, who taught English in Germany.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Laura Farmer, director of the writing studio, regularly assists students with scholarship applications, including Fulbright applications, and Robert Givens, professor of history, is campus Fulbright Program Adviser.