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Loyola’s History Professor Zouhair Ghazzal named Fulbright Scholar
CHICAGO, January 6, 2004 Zouhair Ghazzal, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Loyola University Chicago, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to research the Syrian judiciary and its procedures in Syria during the current academic year. Ghazzal will also lecture at the University of Aleppo in Syria.
Ghazzal, who began teaching at Loyola in 1992, will focus his lectures on “The Ideal of Punishment: Crime and Punishment in the Contemporary Syrian Legal System,” and “The Modern Middle East, History and the Social Sciences, Comparative Law.” In his proposal, Ghazzal stated that little research has been done on penal law in contemporary Syria. “Moreover, studies on the Syrian legal system in general are also crucially lacking, so that it is impossible to relate my own research to anything similar in the field of Arab, Islamic and legal studies,” he said.
Ghazzal is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for the current academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 56 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. They are among more than 250,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers and university faculty and professionals who have participated in one of the several Fulbright exchange programs.
Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in the fields. Among thousands of prominent U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in Economics; James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel Laureate in Medicine; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corp.
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