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Zeina Salame Awarded Eric Englund Research Fellowship

Congratulations, Zeina!

Zeina Salame, doctoral candidate in Theatre Arts, has been awarded the 2019 Eric Englund Research Fellowship from the UO Graduate School. Salame is the first Theatre Arts student to be selected for this prestigious award, which provides funding for an entire year of research and writing. A faculty selection committee evaluated the quality of written proposals and the potential impact of applicant projects on the broad fields of literature, history, and philosophy of the Americas. Salame’s dissertation, “Carried in One Woman: Survey, Analysis, and Reflection on Arab American Female Solo Performance” addresses the work of American women of Arab ancestry, who explore various questions of home, trans-nationality, and bi-cultural identity through solo plays and performance.  Theatre Arts department head Harry Wonham commented that, “Zeina has already distinguished herself as an outstanding teacher and director for University Theatre productions; now, it is exciting to see that her scholarship is receiving the attention it richly deserves. The entire department is incredibly proud of her.”

In addition to teaching and directing for the department of Theatre Arts over the last several years, Salame’s current GE position is as the Coordinator of Improvisational Science Communication Training Activities, facilitating workshops and coaching STEM researchers across fields in improv theatre practices to support their public speaking and communication goals.

You can find more information on this award here.