Visiting Fulbright Scholar

2010-11 Visiting Fulbright Scholar
Professor Gerardo "Jerry" Mora-Brenes
Universidad Nacional
Heredia, Costa Rica

This Spring Quarter, Professor Gerardo "Jerry" Mora-Brenes joined UW Bothell as a visiting Fulbright Scholar from the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. A renowned historian, Professor Mora specializes in human rights and Central American history. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Hispanic American Historical Review, Memory, and Revista Istmo.

Of his research, Professor Mora explains:

"I believe we need to place human relationships first. Dialogues among ourselves deserve special attention for lecturing, faculty meetings, encounters with diverse communities, etc. I have been also very interested to see how new ideas  have emanated from students as well as from ordinary people. Promoting meaningful contacts requires sensitivity to different persons. Teaching means building a multiple-way bridge of communication  for social peace and justice to the whole society."

Professor Mora met with faculty members at UW Bothell to assist in curriculum development surrounding the Global Studies program, and related programs and minors. These meetings served as an enrichment opportunity for our faculty, allowing all involved to explore Latin American perspectives, and current issues facing the countries and peoples of North, Central and South America.

Throughout Spring 2011, there were a number of opportunities for groups of students to meet with Professor Mora in both formal and informal environments. In particular, Professor Mora taught BIS 414 Topics in Human Rights: Human Rights in Latin America, and explored the critical issue of human rights theory and practice and its intersection with other fields of thought and disciplines.

Please join us in thanking Professor Mora for his contributions to UW Bothell!