Mount Professor Visits India Through a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship

April 13, 2010

Dr. Jamie Capuzza, professor of communication and director of the honors program, received a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship and traveled to India last summer to study the changing roles of women in contemporary India.

 

Dr. Jamie Capuzza

Capuzza was one of the 16 educators in this national competition that was chosen for this award. The trip was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the United States Education Foundation in India.

The six-week trip included visits to eight cities in India and meetings with politicians, businesswomen, activists and professors.

"It was amazing to see so many different regions of the country and to learn about how each region is so cultural distinct from the others," said Capuzza.

In each city the group visited women's studies centers at various universities and met with activists at non-government organizations devoted to improving the lives of women and girls.

Capuzza and the group found that the women's movement is very active in India and that the women's studies programs are well-established.

"In some ways India has so far to go in terms of women's rights; in other ways, they are ahead of the US," said Capuzza, "They have a long way to go, but the infrastructure for social change is now in place."

Capuzza plans to incorporate her project completed after the trip on the women's movement in India for her GS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies class this semester.

"I learned more than I could ever imagine and I am still processing the experience months later," said Capuzza, "I've traveled a lot and I must say that India is one of the most complex places I've ever visited."

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