To read the full article on Naz's Fulbright Scholars from the Spring '13 issue of "Connections", click here.
The Religious Studies program at Nazareth College prepares students to work and travel to interesting places around the world, with a broad understanding of religion and culture. Our students are well-prepared for such opportunities as the Fulbright Program, the largest U.S. exchange program, which offers students the chance to enhance and apply their learning in the field.
Read about some of our Fulbright Scholar's below.
Eric Eggleston - Delhi, India
Eric Eggleston ’03, who majored in religious studies and sociology and minored in literature and honors, was based in Delhi, India, during his Fulbright venture.
“It was 2003, we’d just invaded Iraq, and here’s this very suspicious white boy turning up seeking to learn about Islamic education movements,” says the Binghamton, N.Y., native. “Understandably, it took time to build trust with my contacts in that environment.”
Eggleston spent nine months in India doing a comparative study of the philosophical and practical implications of secular and religious indoctrinations, inspired by one paragraph of a book that mentioned Indian Muslim philosopher and social activist Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. In that time, he found residents to be “amazingly hospitable” despite suspicions about his political agenda.
Building on that experience, and those at Nazareth that shaped his view of the human condition (studying the Holocaust through the inaugural March of Remembrance and Hope, for instance), Eggleston then spent a year in an intensive Arabic program in Cairo, received a six-month internship at a joint Israeli-Palestinian non-governmental organization in Jerusalem, and earned a master’s degree in peace and conflict studies at Notre Dame University. No longer harboring longtime plans to earn his doctorate and stay in academics, he now works with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide, and with the Responsibility to Protect Working Group, jointly organized by the museum, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Brookings Institution. In the future, he hopes to move into conflict management, conflict mitigation, or transition initiatives with a government agency such as the U.S. Department of State or the United States Agency for International Development.
“I see myself working with amazing people in some of the most difficult places to operate in the world,” he says. “That definitely wouldn’t have come out of my mouth before I went to India.”