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Chase Isbell–US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute

Name: Chase Isbell

Class Year: 2021

Hometown: Amarillo, TX

Major(s): English

Minors or Concentrations: Film and Visual Cutlure, Creative Writing

Opportunity and Year: US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates, Summer 2019

Project Summary: Brief Project Summary: I will be attending the University of Bristol from June 1 to June 30 to participate in seminars, workshops, and study visits based in the academia of social justice. The program–“Arts, Activism and Social Justice”–is designed to confront the areas of racial justice, feminism, environmentalism, anti-colonialism, and other fields of activism through the lens of artistic analysis. We will confront both the history and the contemporary usage of art of various media as a means of social and cultural change in traditional academic settings as well as through excursions and interactive workshops with artists and activists in England.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? W&L’s community of activists and current culture of confronting historical and contemporary institutional inequalities has directly prepared me for this opportunity. By providing me with opportunities to confront systemic oppression at this university through extra curricular and in classroom activities, I felt comfortable and well equipped to apply for this Fulbright Institute. My Humanities classes have also prepared me for understanding and analyzing art at the personal, social, and cultural levels, an invaluable skill for this program.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I applied for this program for a number of reasons. Firstly I am incredibly interested in art criticism/analysis and its relationship to social justice and activism and firmly believe this program is appropriate for my academic curiosities. I also consider myself a writer and an activist and hope for my future to involve promoting social justice through the creative written word. I believe this program will benefit my activism and artistic output. Finally, I have never had the opportunity to leave the country and visiting the UK through this Fulbright Summer Institute will provide me with exposure to cultures outside of my own and a greater awareness of global experiences and the means through which social justice is handled in other countries and cultures.

Post-graduation Plans: As of now I plan to attend graduate school likely studying Literature/Art with special emphasis on feminist and queer theory.

 

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? Participating in a Fulbright Summer Institute increases my chances of receiving a Fulbright or other fellowships and grants later on in my education to support my work and research at the graduate level. The knowledge I gain from the program, as well, is incredibly relevant to any potential post-graduation work.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Editor-in-chief of the Vigil
Vice President of General’s Unity
Assistant Director of Voices
LGBTQ+ Peer Counselor
Student Reporting Advisor
Secretary of Mindbending
Member of the Ampersand Magazine team

 

Off-campus Experience:

I will be doing research for the rest of this upcoming summer with Dr. Bell in the SOAN department, contributing to her work on Eugenics, Institutionalization, and Displacement.

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