A Postmodern Moment for Steinhardt’s Fulbright Scholars

Jonathan Nosan, an actor and contortionist, broke through the boundary between audience and speaker at a seminar on postmodernism, lecturing on French acrobatic performer Jules Léotard (1842­1870), while standing on his hands.

The seminar was part of a summer curriculum for eighteen Fulbright scholars, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Its purpose is to promote research and teaching about the United States at foreign universities. The American Embassy in the U.K sponsored a similar program for a group of ten British academics.

Stacy Pies, professor at the Gallatin School moderated the panel that included Steinhart professor of humanities and arts education, Joy Boyum, and Tisch associate professor of drama, Bob Vorlicky.

Philip M. Hosay, professor and director of Steinhardt’’s Multinational Institute of American Studies, has run similar programs since 1983, receiving more than $6,500,000 in funding from the United States Information Agency, the U.S. Department of State, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and various Fulbright commissions.

(Pictured from left to right): Stacy Pies, Johathan Nosan, Joy Boyum, Philip M. Hosay, and Bob Vorlicky.