Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 3/6/02

MARLBORO, VT - The Freeman Foundation has awarded Marlboro College $423,635 to strengthen the undergraduate curriculum. This grant will be used to stimulate undergraduate research, broaden the experience of faculty teaching courses with Asian components, establish an Asian studies resource center in southeastern Vermont, and provide learning opportunities for the community and for area K-12 schools.

The Freeman Foundation's major objectives include strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and Asian countries, through developing a greater mutual understanding and appreciation of cultures, histories, and institutions. Established in 1992, the Foundation is also very involved with environmental preservation and protection in the state of Vermont, and has offices in Vermont and New York.

"The Freeman Foundation grant is part of a concerted effort on the part of the college to make substantial resources available for faculty and students who seek a more international perspective on our nationally recognized liberal arts program," says Marlboro College President Paul LeBlanc. He continues, "The grant supports faculty and student travel to China and Vietnam over the next four years and touches every part of our curriculum."

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies Seth Harter and Professor of Dance Dana Holby will lead 11 Marlboro students to four cities in China from March 16-27. The Marlboro students are part of a performance group and include: Emily Amanna of Larchmont, NY; Shura Baryshnikov of Stillwater, MN; Jennifer Bilodeau of Easthampton, MA; Margot Fivash of Sammamish, WA; Elizabeth Garofalo of Millbrook, NY; Rose Anna Harrison of Solvang, CA; Emily Hood of Lake Bluff, IL; Daniella Martin of Palo Alto, CA; Kyle Nuse of Johnson, VT; Cullen Schneider of Blue Hill, ME; and Julia Slone of Congers, NY. Also accompanying the students will be Associate Dean of International Studies Louise Zak and Digital Årts Assistant Hilary Baker.

Harter says, "The Freeman Foundation grant gives Marlboro's Asian Studies program a tremendous boost. This grant will sponsor a lecture series that will bring leading Asian studies scholars to campus. These lectures will be complemented by performances and exhibitions of Asian art. Grant-funded opportunities for faculty and students to do joint research in Asia will make possible exciting additions to the curriculum in fields such as Asian art history, ethnomusicology, third-world development, and the Vietnam War. Finally, the grant enables the College to dramatically increase its library resources in Asian studies."

According to Holby, "The performance group, consisting of student dancers and singers, is rehearsing a repertory of modern dance works and songs to perform in two cities Jiangmen and Qufu. The Women's Chorus ensemble is also arranging songs with American roots to perform. We are proposing a collaborative dance, to be performed by the Chinese dancers and our dancers using a song which we have sent to them in advance. We plan to teach several workshops of both dance and singing, and hope to learn some Chinese classical dance and singing as well."

About 15 percent of Marlboro's enrolled students are in the World Studies Program which requires study abroad, language competency, and work on international issues. In 2001, 32 percent of Marlboro's graduating class had spent at least one semester abroad, compared to a national average of under four percent.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 300 undergraduate students enjoy a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro's nearby Brattleboro-based Persons School features four master's degree programs -- Systems Integration Management, Internet Strategy Management, Teaching with Internet Technologies, and Internet Engineering. The Brattleboro campus is located in the Marlboro College Technology Center, which brings together education and entrepreneurship, while offering technology resources to the community.

For more information, please contact Marlboro College at (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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