Three SBU Faculty Named Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood, Kenneth Lanzetta and Pablo Calvi Were Awarded Grants for 2024-25

Three Stony Brook University faculty were recently named Fulbright U.S. Scholars and have been awarded teaching grants for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Prof. izabela kalinowska blackwood
Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood, associate professor in the Department of English and affiliated faculty in the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies; Kenneth Lanzetta, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; and Pablo Calvi, an associate professor of journalism at the School of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ), are among roughly 800 faculty members, researchers, administrators and established professionals selected for the 2024-2025 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Kalinowska-Blackwood will engage in teaching and research at the Centre for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw, a leading institution known for its significant contributions to regional academic discussions and for its journal publications. While in Poland, she will focus on post-coloniality and decolonization in her teaching and research activities. Additionally, Kalinowska-Blackwood is co-authoring a book titled, Conversations about Poland and Ukraine after February 2022, aiming to shed light on the wave of migrations to Poland in the wake of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

“I am honored and I greatly appreciate this opportunity to be affiliated with the Centre for East European Studies,” Kalinowska-Blackwood said. “Fostering academic collaborations between the United States and Poland is particularly important today, at a time of growing political tensions in the region. Humanities and social sciences can play a vital role in helping the public understand complex cultural and political issues and in facilitating informed dialogues.”

“This is a highly prestigious award, sponsoring research on some urgent issues, and we are proud of Professor Kalinowska-Blackwood for this achievement,” said Benedict Robinson, professor and chair of the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s also a significant boost for the international visibility of humanities research coming out of Stony Brook. This is not only great news for Professor Kalinowska-Blackwood, but also for the Department of English and for Stony Brook University as a whole.”

Read more about Kalinowska-Blackwood’s award.

Professor kenneth lanzetta, stony brook university
Kenneth Lanzetta

Lanzetta, who has been part of Stony Brook’s Department of Physics and Astronomy for more than 30 years, will spend the next academic year in Chile, where he will collaborate with the Astronomy Department at the University of Concepción (UdeC) and deploy a new telescope in the Atacama Astronomical Park.

The “Condor Array Telescope Atacama” — or Condor Atacama — is an expanded version of Professor Lanzetta’s “Condor Array Telescope,” which was deployed in New Mexico three years ago and has since detected several galactic and extragalactic phenomena too faint for other telescopes to pick up on. His new, enhanced version will take advantage of the Atacama Desert’s extreme altitude, clear weather conditions, and dark environment, which make it highly suited to astronomical observation. According to Lanzetta, Condor Atacama could potentially become the world’s most sensitive astronomical imaging telescope.

“I am delighted by the selection of Professor Lanzetta as a Fulbright US Scholar for 2024-2025. This recognized the potential of the ‘Condor Array Telescope’ that is based on a possibly paradigm shifting astronomical telescope technology,” said Chang Kee Jung, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. “Deploying Condor in Atacama, a premier site for telescopes, opens up a greater opportunity for discoveries. I am looking forward to receiving exciting news that Professor Lanzetta will deliver from Chile.”

“I am very much looking forward to spending the next academic year in Chile on a Fulbright Scholar award,” said Lanzetta. “Condor Atacama is a very exciting project, and this visit will allow me to work on deploying the telescope to the Atacama Astronomical Park, which is among the very best astronomical sites in the world. And I am especially looking forward to meeting new people and forming new friendships among my new colleagues at the University of Concepción.”

Read more about Lanzetta’s award.

Pablo Calvi
Pablo Calvi

Calvi is the first SoCJ faculty member to receive a Fulbright Scholar Award.

Calvi will go to Chile to teach a version of his popular seminar, “Comparative Latin American Literary Journalism,” and conduct further research and interviews about the literary journalists he has studied for years without ever being able to visit their country for a significant amount of time.

“I am delighted that Pablo will have this experience and this incredible opportunity to expand his work and our understanding of literary journalism in Latin America,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the SoCJ and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “Understanding the different ways communities and cultures engage with the world around them, and how the press supports that process, is critical in building a fairer, more just, more rational world. Pablo’s work brings a more nuanced understanding of journalism not only to those of us at Stony Brook, but to all who engage with his work as a journalist, a scholar, an author and a teacher.”

Calvi’s research primarily focuses on the development and impact of different forms of literary journalism across Latin America in the 19th and early 20th centuries. During his time in Chile, he will expand his research to explore the work, lives and lasting impact of Chilean literary journalists from the final decades of the 20th century to the present day.

“We sometimes think of journalism as one universal, stable, continuous set of practices with a clear goal: to inform the public about the present, the current developments in our town and world, our daily culture and life,” said Calvi. “But it’s far more complex, and how these different traditions develop and change all depends on the different historical conditions, including activism, protest, pedagogy, and relationships with power.”

Read more about Calvi’s award.

Fulbright is the flagship international academic exchange program sponsored by the United States government. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Fulbright Program, which operates in more than 160 countries annually.

The Fulbright Program provides opportunities for participants to engage in a cultural and educational exchange in a country abroad, bridging host countries and scholars that facilitate international dialogue and foster connections while researching and teaching in a field of the scholar’s choosing.

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