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ONU to Host Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Jan 9, 2009
Ohio Northern University will host Fulbright visiting scholar Juan Manuel Guerra Hernandez beginning Jan. 20.

Guerra Hernandez, an educator and dancer from Mexico, will teach at Ohio Northern through the beginning of May. He is one of approximately 800 foreign professionals who will teach and conduct research in the U.S. through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.

Guerra Hernandez will work with ONU students to create a lecture/demonstration on Mexican culture and the dances of at least three areas of Mexico. To ensure authenticity, tailors in Mexico will make the presentation's costumes. This lecture/demonstration will have one on-campus performance and will then tour area schools during spring quarter. Guerra Hernandez also will serve as guest lecturer in other University departments, including modern languages and music.

Guerra Hernandez began teaching in 1977 and, since 1979, has worked in the city of General Escobedo in the state of Nuevo Leon, a suburb of Monterrey. He has extensive experience working with students of all ages, teaching English and folk dance. He was a member of the State Folkloric Ballet for teachers and a founder of the Fiesta Mexicana Folkloric Ballet, where he has danced and served as a consultant for over 20 years.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is America's flagship international educational exchange program. The program operates in over 150 countries worldwide.

For more information about Guerra Hernandez's visit to ONU, contact Laurie Bell, associate professor of dance, at l-bell@onu.ed

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