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Akyeampong serves on fellowship screening committee

Albert Akyeampong, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, was invited by The Institute of International Education (IIE) to serve on The Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship National Screening Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 2, 2015.

The Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant theme. This fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

Through the Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, Fulbright fellows undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders.

Using a collection of digital storytelling tools, including photography, video, audio, text, graphic illustrations and/or social media, fellows tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet and publish their work on a dedicated blog hosted on the National Geographic website. Fellows are paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period. Fellows provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term.

Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows 2014-15 winners of the award include:

Botswana: A filmmaker based in New York City will film a documentary on the San living near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, focusing on the loss and change of their culture.

Cambodia: A Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at American University will explore the emerging culture of deaf Cambodians. She herself is deaf.

Canada: Ann Chen, an artist and researcher from New York City, focuses on mapping the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Canada through collective storytelling and citizen science.

Mexico: Michael Waldrep, a documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles as well as multimedia artist and researcher, will travel to Mexico City to document the city, its neighborhoods and its 22 million inhabitants through writing, mapping, data visualization, photography and video.

United Kingdom: Mimi Onuoha, a New York City-­based researcher, artist and educator, will explore the chasms and overlaps between the online and offline lives of a demographically diverse group of Londoners.