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UWFox Professor Awarded Fulbright-Hays Grant

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The summer of 2007 is bound to be a memorable one for Frank Zetzman, professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. Zetzman was recently notified that he has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright-Hays grant that will take him to Morocco from June 30 to August 1.

The Fulbright-Hays program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.Frank Zetzman

Zetzman, who has been teaching at UWFox since 1988, will start his experience in the North African nation with a three-day orientation program in the city of Rabat. He’ll move on to studying Arabic at the Islamic Institute as well as the Islamic/Moroccan culture in the city of Fez. The entire experience will come to a close with a two-day seminar in Marakesh at the end of the program. Zetzman’s wife, Lynn, was awarded a similar grant and will be in Morocco with him.

“There are always the unexpected things that show up in my own art work after an experience such as this. I never really know what will evolve out of surrounding myself in a new environment, with the people, architecture and landscape…but something always seems to come from it,” he explained.

Zetzman is no stranger to world-travel and is a long-time student of diverse cultures. “I am quite well traveled in Asia, having journeyed to and studied cultural topics in India, Sri Lanka, Bangla Desh, Burma, Thailand, Java, Bali, Lombok, Hong Kong, and Japan. I’ve also traveled quite a bit among the native tribes of the southwestern United States and have been on a few different tours of Europe.

“I’ve not taken part in any program like this before, although I had a sabbatical [leave] to Nepal during the academic year of 1997-98. That included studying the Nepalese culture and putting my knowledge of the Nepali language to practice, along with the study of metal casting and pastel on location,” he said. “I also had an NEA-type grant to Haiti during the summer of 1983 to research voodoo practice and performance.”

Reflecting on his upcoming opportunity, he said, “I’m pleased to have this opportunity, but with reservations. One the one hand, I really like the combination of travel and studying cultures. This will be the first time I’ve been to North Africa. However, my primary professional work is making sculpture and drawings. The summer is a period of interrupted time for me to really work on those things, and I’ll be giving that up to study in Morocco.”

Zetzman tried to put his opportunity into an overall perspective. “The knowledge gained [from this experience] will directly show up as an inclusion in my World of Art, ethnic studies, lecture course that I’ve been teaching the past few years. I’m team teaching an interdisciplinary studies course to India next winter, in which Islamic culture is part of the on-line component of the class work.”

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Posted 06/25/2007