Year: 2013

Anne Mathieson

While working on prostitution issues with other activists in the U.S., Anne Mathieson learned of an anti-prostitution policy being pioneered in Sweden, which modeled new international standards by: a) decriminalizing the activities of individuals selling sexual services, and b) criminalizing the activities of those purchasing sexual services or living off the earnings of prostituted persons. …

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Maya Meredova

A Cultural Specialist at the Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Meredova uses cultural and educational programs to inspire people to reach higher levels of dedication to mutual understanding and service. She also heads of a committee liaising between Embassy leadership and local staff – similar to the kind of professional advocacy work that Lois Roth did …

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Julia Walters

In recognition of her work as a Senior Program Officer in the Office of English Language Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In particular, Walters won the award for invigorating and modernizing English language programs by recruiting and supporting top English Language Fellows and English Teaching Assistants who serve abroad, and for …

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Sozopol Fiction Seminar, 2013

Fellows: Aurora Brackett, Diana Spechler, Hristos Hartomatsidis, Marianna Georgieva, Michael Hyde, Momchil Nikolov, Natalie Bakopoulos, Rita Ciresi, Stoyan Nenov, Todor Todorov.

George Beukes

In recognition of his work in Windhoek, Namibia, where he developed programs to destigmatize HIV/AIDS, reduce discrimination against disabled youth, build gender equality, and roll back pervasive anti-Americanism. Beukes has had a positive, long-term impact on how the U.S. Embassy approaches cultural and educational programming in Namibia.

Anna Oreshkova

For her translation of Cheat and Charmer, by Pulitzer Prize laureate Elizabeth Frank.

Lubomir Nikolov

For his translation of The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes.

Harold Varmus

In the third annual Fulbright Legacy Lectures, Harold Varmus spoke on “International Relations in Science and Medicine” at Kings College London, Edinburgh University and Pembroke College Oxford, where Senator J. William Fulbright studied from 1924-48. His talks expanded and elaborated upon themes discussed in his book, The Art and Politics of Science. Dr. Varmus is …

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Nicholas Richard

For his groundbreaking translation of Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker, which he entitled Enig marcheur. Hoban, who died in December 2011, was known for the spectrum of genres in which he wrote, including a very popular children’s series. Riddley Walker, his award-winning 1980 science fiction novel, presents a particular challenge to the translator, as its first-person …

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J. Nicholas Napoli

Research project on “Trust, Industry, and Justice” at the Certosa di San Martino, a unique historic monument in Naples, to be conducted in the Italian Architectural Drawings and Photograph Collection at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts of the National Gallery.

Christa Vogelius

Project on the Danish-American literary press and transnational identity, beginning when Americans “discovered” Scandinavia through international travel at the end of the 19th-century. Her Roth Foundation award will help Vogelius complete her research for scholarly articles and a book on the relations between the Danish literary press and American publishers.

Kerry Greaves

Project on the group of avant-garde Danish artists that coalesced around the journal Helhesten during the years of Nazi occupation and WWII. Greaves’ work debunks the theory that World War II sundered postwar European culture from pre-war avant-garde art movements. Her Roth Foundation award will help her undertake archival research required complete her dissertation, which …

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Lindsay Whorton

Project on how teachers’ unions participate in and impact the education policy-making process in Finland. Whorton focused on the involvement of teachers’ unions in reforming compensation packages, in part as the role of labor relations in K-12 education reform is an area of growing controversy in the U.S. Her Roth-Thomson Award helped fund the translation …

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Sophie Knowles

Project on the elements of Finnish culture and education contributing to high rates of student success in mathematics. As a mathematics teacher in Brooklyn, Knowles is acutely aware of the obstacles her students face, including: a social disconnect from school in general, and mathematics in particular; lack of self confidence, nutrition and exercise; low levels …

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Ani Alana Kainamu

The Winks Award winner for 2013 was Ani Alana Kainamu, who proposed to compare the natural resource management of customary fisheries in New Zealand and Hawaii. She planned to assess contaminant levels of trace metals and microbiological elements in ecologically significant and culturally important species of fish in two key estuaries. Her methodology integrates scientific …

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Janet Connor

Janet Connor’s project explored how immigrant children are socialized to the complex language ideologies that exist within Norway. Unlike most other European nations, Norway has two standard written languages, each of which allows for much internal variation. Spoken Norwegian is made up of a large variety of regional dialects, and the use of a specific …

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Daniel Chavez

With Roth Foundation project support, Daniel Chavez undertook a holistic study of lighting incorporating the perspectives of architecture, urban planning, public health and interior design. His research culminated in a series of design projects and presentations. Historically, architects and electrical engineers have treated lighting as a secondary consideration. In recent years, however, a dozen lighting …

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Julia Fendrick

In recognition of her work as the longest serving public diplomacy officer in Pakistan in over ten years. In particular, Fendrick showed courage and commitment in carrying out programs, in the utility of her proposals, and in her leadership of staff, originality and energy, decisiveness, and positive outlook and can-do attitude.

Courtney Beale

In recognition of how, in the face of budget cuts and security threats in northeastern Mexico, Beale used grace, energy and ingenuity in nurturing an imaginative program that deepened U.S. ties to local communities and upheld a positive image of the consulate as a community participant.