A special issue of the Comparative American Studies journal, bringing together the work of Fulbright Alumni, has been guest edited by a group of academics including Christ Church Senior Lecturer, Dr Chris Pallant.
Dr Pallant, who works in the Department of Media, Art and Design, jointly conceived of the collection whilst attending a Fulbright Special Programme in America.
The four-week Programme, which was devised by the United States Embassy (based in London) in collaboration with New York University, incorporated roundtable discussions with US intellectuals, extensive exploration of New York City and travel across the Eastern Seaboard.
The journal special issue explores the Latin motto of the seal of the United States of America, ‘E Pluribus Unum’, which means ‘Out of the many, One’, and questions the validity of this motto in the US today.
Dr Pallant, alongside Dr Michael J. Collins, University of Kent, and Dr Sarah Trott, Swansea University, seek to show how the concerns of this creed manifest themselves in an extraordinarily diverse series of settings within American culture and politics.
Dr Pallant said: “The Fulbright exchange proved to be an exceptionally positive experience. Not only did we get to fully immerse ourselves in American culture and tradition, but we also met like-minded individuals who we are now proud to call colleagues as well as friends. The publication of this Comparative American Studies special issue feels like the perfect culmination of what was a richly nourishing programme.”
Dr Pallant remains an active peer-reviewer for the Fulbright Commission, and will also serve as Treasurer for the British Fulbright Scholars Association in 2014.
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