30th March 2005

 

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP FOR LINCOLN HISTORIAN

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A Lincoln historian has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship which will allow him to spend a year researching and teaching in the United States.

 

Dr Philip Swan, principal lecturer in History at the University of Lincoln, will be the Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Lecturer in British History at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri from August 2005.

 

“The post provides the opportunity to carry out research and a small amount of teaching in the United States,” said Dr Swan,

 

“The intention is that it is very much a cultural visit and I will be giving public lectures around the United States.”

 

Established in the 1850s, Westminster College is a liberal arts institution and home to the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library.

 

Its most striking feature is the 12th-century Church of St Mary the Virgin which was built in Aldermanbury, London, re-designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1677 and damaged by German bombs in the Second World War.

 

The church was rebuilt on the campus of Westminster College as a permanent reminder of Sir Winston Churchill's visit to the college and his ‘iron curtain’ speech which he made in 1946 at the invitation of President Harry S Truman.

 

Sir Winston's speech was one of the John Findley Green Lectures, a distinguished series on economics, social and international affairs.

 

Dr Philip Swan has worked at the University of Lincoln and its predecessors since 1980.

 

Hi research interests include aviation history and the social history of medicine and he is the editor of the International Journal of Regional and Local Studies.

 

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