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Vanessa Wagner Wins Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award

Congratulations to Vanessa Wagner for winning a Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award! Over the course of a career spanning nearly two decades, she has led the entire range of cultural programming at the US Embassy in Lima, secured $2.5 million to conserve dozens of heritage sites and led the repatriation of some 2,000 artifacts from …

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Fatma Souidi Wins Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award

Congratulations to Fatma Souidi on winning a Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award! Her work to protect and preserve Algerian cultural artifacts culminating in the region’s first Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Property and updated cultural preservation legislation and training. What an impressive achievement!

Elena Broszkowski Wins Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award

Elena Broszkowski won a Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award for her contributions to promoting mutual understanding, through the arts, between citizens of the U.S. and Venezuela. She managed the Performing and Visual Arts Portfolio at the US Embassy in Caracas for 12 years as well as programs aimed at social transformation through the arts, which …

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Dr. Gözde Doğan Yalçıner Wins Gill Jacot- Guillarmod Award (Honorable Mention)

The Lois Roth Foundation congratulates Dr. Gözde Doğan Yalçıner on receiving the Gill Jacot- Guillarmod Award (Honorable Mention). Her superior diplomacy skills helped link the Turkish government, NGOs and academic institutions to advance cultural heritage preservation, a mission that Turkey and the U.S. share. She brought the two countries together which resulted in the signing …

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Elina Akhtiyarova Wins Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award

Elina Akhtiyarova earned the Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award for her extraordinary efforts in shaping exchange programs at the US Embassy in Kazakhstan. She shaped over 12 exchange programs from inception to fruition, developing what will be ongoing relationships that benefit both Kazakhstan and the U.S. When COVID cancelled the in-person event celebrating the 80th anniversary of …

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Elizabeth Schmidt wins Australia Project Support Award

Elizabeth Schmidt Wins 2022 Australia Project Support Award

The Roth Foundation provides supplementary support to one American Fulbrighter working in Australia each year, in collaboration with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. The 2022 Australia Project Support Award was presented to Elizabeth Schmidt. She will use this award to conduct a policy and media analysis of Australian policy on the rights and safety of LGBTQ …

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Join the Educational Gag Order Webinar on June 21st

According to PEN America, in the first 9 months of 2021, 24 legislatures introduced 54 bills that would restrict academic discussions and dictate teaching instructions in k-12 schools, higher education institutions, and state agencies. But what do you know about the impact of these legislations on students and academic professionals? Join representatives of PEN America …

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Congratulations to Illchman-Richardson Honorable Mention Awardee Charlotte Titus

Charlotte Titus received the Lois Roth Foundation’s 2021 Ilchman-Richardson Award Honorable Mention in recognition of over 30 years of principled leadership and distinguished service to the State Department’s flagship International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). As Branch Chief of IVLP’s Europe/Eurasia Branch, Charlotte provided real-time guidance to keep exchange participants safe during the pandemic, while also …

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Fugl (Bird) by Peter Kujooq Kristiansen, 2000, Qaqortoq, Greenland

Dr. David Norman Wins Denmark Project Support Award

The Roth Foundation offers supplementary funds to a grantee of the American Scandinavian Foundation traveling to Denmark. This prize was instituted in honor of Lois Roth’s friend, Sonja Bungard-Nielsen, long-time director of the Danish American Foundation. The 2022 Denmark Project Support Award went to Dr. David Norman. He will use this award to conduct research …

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Congratulations to Ilchman-Richardson Awardee Toni Bowser

Toni Bowser, Director of IT at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), received the Lois Roth Foundation’s 2021 Ilchman-Richardson Award in recognition of her dedication and creativity in adapting technologies in response to the seismic workplace shifts brought by the pandemic. Her principled leadership led to the multi-year Vision21 Project, permitting ECA to …

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Raisa Dukas Wins Lois Roth Award Honorable Mention

Cultural Affairs Officer Raisa Dukas’s exemplary support of her peers during the pandemic earned her the 2021 Lois Roth Award (Honorable Mention). Based at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, her strategic outreach initiatives to coordinate programs among neighboring posts have had a lasting impact on regional CulturalDiplomacy efforts. Our congratulations, Raisa!

Roth Foundation- ECA Awards Ceremony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWR2mOo_MDw Congratulations to the recent recipients of the Roth Foundation ECA Awards for excellence in cultural diplomacy! These nine individuals embody Lois Roth’s spirit of building cross-cultural understanding in their career achievements and/or special initiatives. Meet them in this video and then follow us in the coming weeks as we spotlight their achievements in areas …

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Kathleen Maris Paltriner wins 2022 Norway Project Support Award

Kathleen Maris Paltriner Wins 2022 Norway Project Support Award

In collaboration with Fulbright Norway, the Roth Foundation grants an award to an American Fulbrighter in Norway every year. The 2022 award went to Kathleen Maris Paltriner. Kathleen is translating an anthology of ecopoetry to be published in the US where there is a lack of Norwegian poetry in translation. She will translate a total …

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2015 Ilchman-Richardson Awardee Lorie Nierenberg Wins Edward R. Murrow Excellence in Public Diplomacy Award

The Roth Foundation extends hearty congratulations to 2015 Ilchman-Richardson Award recipient, Lorie Nierenberg, on her selection for the State Department’s Edward R. Murrow Excellence in Public Diplomacy Award. This prestigious award recognizes Nierenberg’s long service to U.S. educational and cultural diplomacy, at both the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State. Practitioners of U.S. …

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Margaret Jull Costa and Patricio Ferrari Win Honorable Mentions for The MLA-Roth Translation Award

At its annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC, the Modern Language Association of America presented its MLA-Roth Award for Translation of a Literary Work.  In addition to the award to Clint Bruce, the MLA conferred an honorable mention to Margaret Jull Costa and Patricio Ferrari for their translation of Fernando Pessoa’s The Complete Works of …

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Joel Scott Wins an Honorable Mention for the MLA-Roth Translation Award

At its annual awards ceremony on January 2022, the Modern Language Association presented the MLA-Roth Award for Translation of a Literary Work, awarding Joel Scott, of Berlin, Germany, for his translation of Peter Weiss’s The Aesthetics of Resistance (Vol. II) into English (Duke Univ. Press). The Committee’s citation for Scott’s translation reads: Joel Scott’s translation …

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Clint Bruce Wins 2021 MLA-Roth Award for Literary Translation

On January 8, 2022, The Modern Language Association of America presented the MLA-Roth Award for Translation of a Literary Work to Clint Bruce for his translation of Afro-Creole Poetry in French from Louisiana’s Radical Civil War-Era Newspapers: A Bilingual Edition, published by the Historic New Orleans Collection with University of Virginia Press. This translation highlights …

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2022 Recipient of Finland: Roth‐Thomson Award Announced

A generous gift from Ann O. Thomson provides supplementary project support for American Fulbrighters in Finland every year, in cooperation with the Fulbright Finland Foundation. For 2022, the award was presented to Kathlyn Elliott. Kathlyn is researching the important role of teachers in preventing extremist ideology in Finnish schools. With the Roth-Thomson Award, she will …

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2022 Recipient of Sweden: Roth‐Thomson Award Announced

A generous gift from Ann O. Thomson, whom Lois referred to as her Swedish adoptive mother, provides supplementary project support for American Fulbrighters in Sweden every year. The 2022 Roth-Thomson Award was presented to Radhika Purandare. Radhika is conducting research on the inequities in maternal health among immigrant populations in Sweden. She will use the …

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Translators of Hafez in Love Awarded 2021 Lois Roth Persian Translation Prize

The 2021 Persian Translation Prize, awarded by the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) to Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi and Patricia Higgins for their translation of Iraj Pezeshkzad’s historical novel Hafez in Love, perfectly embodies Lois Roth’s conviction of the essential role of literary translation as a vehicle for cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. The translators selected a …

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