Dr. Martin Halpern
May 1, 2012
Dr. Martin Halpern, professor of history at Henderson State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the University of Munich in Germany in 2012-13. This is Halpern’s second Fulbright Scholarship. He was a senior lecturer at Tohoku University in Japan in 1998-99.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship program in international educational exchange. It was proposed in 1945 by Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year where they lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
While teaching in Japan, Halpern was a member of the faculty of economics and the Department of American Studies. He taught both graduate and undergraduate students. “I also conducted a monthly discussion group for faculty and gave public lectures in Sendai and other Japanese cities including Tokyo and Kyoto,” Halpern said. “My younger daughter, who was then in the eighth grade, accompanied me for the entire year, and my wife and older daughter joined us for the summer.”
In Germany, Halpern will be teaching in the English and American Studies Department at the University of Munich. Courses will include: Race, Class and Gender in 20th Century Labor History; Recent America; and Envisioning Depression Struggles and New Deal Culture.
In his project statement, Halpern said, “I have a long-standing interest in the history of Germany from my undergraduate study at City College of New York with Professor Walter Struve, my early reading of Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, Engels and Brecht, and my interest as a student of 20th Century history in understanding Nazism and the struggle against it.
“Moreover, as a scholar of recent U.S. labor and political history, I found teaching in Japan a useful opportunity for comparing distinctive advanced capitalist economies and look forward to learning about Germany’s cultural, political and economic life,” he said.