April 18, 2017
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WTAMU Professor Named Fulbright Specialist to Austria
CANYON, Texas—As director of West Texas A&M University’s Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) with a keen interest in environmental studies, Dr. Alex Hunt has proven to be a perfect fit for the Fulbright Specialist Program.
Hunt, a professor of English, has been named a 2017 Fulbright Specialist by the US. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals like Hunt with host institutions abroad to share their expertise while building relations, honing skills and gaining international and cultural experiences. Hunt will travel to Austria in June as a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Graz.
The program offers these experiences as short-term projects. Hunt will spend approximately two weeks at the University of Graz, where he will share his expertise as director of CSAW and as the WTAMU Haley Professor of Western Studies. As a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Graz, Hunt will be a presenter at an international conference on literature and environmental studies. He also will serve as a guest lecturer for several undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Graz.
“It doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in, people are fascinated with the West and Western history,” Hunt said. “The museum, Cornette Library and the CSAW office are full of information about the American West, and I’m excited about the opportunity to showcase and promote these stories as a Fulbright Specialist.”
With CSAW, Hunt is charged with promoting the teaching and research of the American West. Programs, lectures, internships and research opportunities benefit the students as well as the community. In addition to CSAW, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and Cornette Library, as well as the Haley Family Western Heritage Program and the Westerners International organization, all support evidence of a growing energy and interest in Western American Studies at WTAMU.
“The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Cornette Library and the WTAMU faculty have a great deal to offer on the subject of the American West,” Hunt said. “I’m excited that CSAW can help promote and showcase this area of strength. Having the Fulbright gives me the opportunity to take WTAMU, PPHM and CSAW abroad for an international audience.”
Hunt joined the WTAMU faculty in 2002. He edited a book of essays on the works of Annie Proulx titled The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx. Other works include books on postcolonial ecocriticism and 19th century British investment in the American West. He also has numerous articles to his credit on topics ranging from the Texas Panhandle history to Native American and Chicano studies.
More than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialist Program.