10th August 2005

 

LINCOLN HISTORIAN GOES STATESIDE

 

A lecturer at the University of Lincoln is flying out to the United States on Monday to spend a year researching and teaching after being awarded a Fulbright scholarship.

 

Dr Philip Swan, principal lecturer in History, will be the Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Lecturer in British History at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri.

 

“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, and damaged by German bombs in the Second World War.

 

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

 

Dr Philip Swan has worked at the University of Lincoln and its predecessors since 1980. His research interests are the social history of medicine in 19th century Britain and in recent years the history of RAF Bomber Command in Lincolnshire.

 

Spokeswoman for the University of Lincoln, Kate Strawson said: “It’s an extremely prestigious award programme and we’re delighted Dr Swan has been chosen as the successful applicant. It’s a fantastic personal achievement and will benefit the university by helping to establish relations between the two institutions.”

 

The Fulbright Programme promotes peace and understanding through educational exchange. More Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes than those of any other academic programme, including two in 2002.

 

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Kate Strawson                                    Assistant Press Officer

01522 886244                         kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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