AUBURN — Karl Trautman, Ph.D., social science chair at Central Maine Community College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to serve as a visiting lecturer at EUC Nordvestsjaelland in Holbaek, Denmark, during the 2010-11 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Trautman will teach how American cultural and political interpretations of equality and individualism interact with freedom of speech, sports, sex and wealth. Trautman is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2010-11.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.

Trautman, who earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Hawaii, has been at CMCC since 2001. He has served as a contributing columnist for a variety of newspapers, including the Sun Journal. A published author, his most recent work titled “The Underdog in American Politics: The Democratic Party and Liberal Values” is being released this summer. He resides in Auburn.

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