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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: November 1, 2004


Costello Wins Prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award
English professor Karin Costello has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award to be a lecturer at Intercollege in Nicosia, Cyprus next January through May. She will lead a workshop where Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot students read and write about family, culture, customs, conflict and choices to gain intercultural understanding.

Costello, who has taught at SMC since 1986, will accompany her husband Ed, an arbitrator who will also be on a Fulbright, working in the Cypriot legal community on issues of conflict resolution and introducing arbitration and mediation as an alternative to litigation.

Costello, a Santa Monica resident, received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and her master’s and doctorate degrees in English from Columbia University in New York.
Her honors include Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa, Faculty Fellow at Columbia and Anne Sampson Honorary Scholarship at Berkeley.

Aside from SMC, she has also taught English at UCLA and UCLA Extension. From 1979 to 1985 she developed and administered UCLA Extension’s Communications and Learning Skills Program, as well as the Writers Program.

Publications include Overcoming Writing Blocks (co-authored with Eric Skjei) and Gendered Voices: Readings from the American Experience.

Costello is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries this school year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator William J. Fulbright of Arkansas, the program seeks to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other nations.

Prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni include Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corp.

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