2007 Grantees

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and mtvU have announced the winners of the 2007-2008 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships, awarded to promote “the power of music” as a global force for mutual understanding. These five grantees will conduct research abroad for one academic year on projects of their own design, around an aspect of international musical culture. They will share their experiences during their Fulbright year via video reports, blogs and podcasts.

Fulbright-mtvU 2008-2009 Blue Ribbon Panel 

Blue Ribbon Panel

Mold-breakers from all corners of the music industry, including The Shins’ James Mercer, hip hop artist Common, singer-songwriter Fiona Apple and Perry Farrell from Janes Addiction have signed on to help us pick the mtvU-Fulbright fellows below.

Alexis Tucker 

Aaron Schneyer

School: Georgetown University
Major: Anthropology
Country Visiting: Israel

Aaron Shneyer, earned a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from Georgetown University, and traveled to Jerusalem to develop a year-long music program bringing together Israeli and Palestinian high school students to write and play music together, culminating in performances in their own communities.

Larnies Bowen

School: New York University
Major: Individualized Study
Country Visiting: Panama

Larnies Bowen, who graduated, cum laude, from New York University with a B.A. in Individualized Study (Deconstructing National Identity in the Hispanophone Caribbean) traveled to Panama to study Spanish Reggae music as a vehicle for understanding West Indian-Panamanian identity, culture, and collective experience. She culminated the academic year by producing an audio-visual history of Panamanian Reggae music to be used as an educational supplement in Panamanian and American schools.

James Collins

School: Harvard University
Major: Visual and Environmental Studies
Country Visiting: South Afria

James Collins, graduated from Harvard University in June 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies, and traveled to South Africa to create a documentary film exploring the impact and influence of marching band music on underprivileged South African youth.

Phally Chroy

Phally Chroy

School: Temple University
Major: Film and Media Arts
Country Visiting: Cambodia

Phally Chroy, graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts at Temple University in Film and Media Arts, and traveled to Cambodia to make a documentary examining the reclamation of Cambodia’s lost musical heritage of the 1950s and 60s – music outlawed during the reign of the Khmer Rouge regime – and how the post-Khmer generation has used this music to reconstruct their identity and rediscover their cultural roots.

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