Amy Levin, Chair of NIU’s English Department, spent the month of February as the first US Fulbright Scholar in a public university in Myanmar (Burma) in almost thirty years. Asked to bring graduate students and faculty up to date on US literature and pedagogical techniques, she focused on texts by women and minorities. She also presented to a Muslim women’s empowerment group, gave a Black History Month lecture, and heard Desmond Tutu speak. As the month progressed, she witnessed democracy emerging in ways that intersected with and illuminated the literary works she was teaching on a daily basis.
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