July 1, 2014
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VITERBO UNIVERSITY MAY GRADUATE SONJA LARSON AWARDED
FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY HOLOCAUST MUSIC IN POLAND
CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University graduate Sonja Larson has been awarded a
prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study in Krakow, Poland, from October
2014–June 2015. Larson will study the music of the Holocaust with University of
Warsaw Professor of Musicology Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek.
Larson graduated from Viterbo in May
with a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance. This will be Larson’s
second trip to Europe in researching the topic. As a Viterbo student, she
traveled to Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and England as part of her
research project, “Music of the Holocaust: A Means of Survival,” which she
presented at the Fifth Warsaw Conference for Young Jewish Studies Researchers.
In addition to the educational
opportunity, the Fulbright Scholarship will provide Larson with a $1,700
monthly stipend, air ticket reimbursement up to $1,500, a research/book
allowance up to $500, a conference fund up to $1,500, a relocation fund
reimbursement up to $800, and a private medical care package.
During her time in Poland, Larson
will collaborate with the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Culture
Festival in Krakow to research the role of music in restoring and revitalizing
the Jewish culture and community in Krakow from post-World War II to the present.
She will also create a multimedia blog to document her experiences and research
results and present a lecture series upon her return to the United States.
“It is my hope to create a model of
community building and cultural revitalization that can be applied to
international communities damaged by genocide and war as well as
underprivileged communities within the U.S.,” she said.
The extremely competitive and flagship international
educational program sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Scholarship
program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the
U.S. and the people of other countries.