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Hart Feuer ’05 (Portland, Ore.) has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study trans-boundary environmental cooperation between Israel and Jordan.

“I will start out by exploring the historical and socio-political factors that have contributed to the strong Israeli-Jordanian relations in the Arava Rift Valley and then develop a model to predict the effects of cooperative environmental stewardship on political relations and development initiatives,” he says. He will be based at Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, about 30 miles north of Eilat in the south of Israel.

Feuer is the latest in a list of recent Lafayette recipients of prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and post-graduate study. For information on applying for scholarships and fellowships, contact Julia A. Goldberg, assistant dean of studies, (610) 330-5521. See also the latest edition of Aristeia, which showcases the achievements and reflections of outstanding current and recent Lafayette students who represent the growing number of students at the College pursuing both academic excellence and engagement with civic life and social justice.

Nine Lafayette students have received Fulbright grants in the past six years. Previous winners are Shara Gregory ’04 [A.B. international affairs/German], Michael Lestingi ’04 [B.S mechanical engineering; A.B. international studies/Russian & East European Studies], Teva Miller ’04 [A.B. English/German], Jessica Coakley ’03 [A.B. international affairs/economics & business], Tarik Ghanim ’03 [B.S. electrical and computer engineering; A.B. international studies], Sarah Glacel ’01 [A.B. Russian & East European Studies/international affairs], Sarah Eremus ’00 [A.B. Spanish/Japanese studies], and Gregory Domber ’97 [A.B. history/philosophy].

A two-time recipient of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, Feuer was an Oregon state finalist in this year’s Rhodes Scholarship competition and a national finalist for a Truman scholarship in 2004. Last summer he conducted research in Siem Reap-Angkor, Cambodia, as a junior fellow of the Center for Khmer Studies, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. A double major in economics & business and German, he completed his undergraduate studies in December, including a senior honors project that he began in Cambodia. With the guidance of adviser David Stifel, assistant professor of economics and business, Feuer analyzed the social capital, market interaction, and income-generation capability of two semi-rural Cambodian villages.

He is currently interning at the Philadelphia-based organizations Energy Justice Network and ActionPA, where he is handling many responsibilities. Feuer intends to obtain a doctorate in sustainable development and pursue a career with agencies engaged in the topic of social capital and environmental conflict mediation.

He was president of Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection, or LEAP, a student organization that promotes environmental responsibility on campus and abroad, and a participant in Lafayette’s McKelvy House Scholars Program, in which students of exceptional intellectual promise and thirst reside together in a historic off-campus house and share in intellectual and social activities. He was treasurer of Hillel Society and a member of German Club and Investment Club.

“Hart has distinguished himself academically, politically, and socially,” says Owen McLeod, associate professor of philosophy and former resident faculty adviser of McKelvy House. “Under his leadership LEAP has become one of the most visible and effective student groups on campus. He’s destined, I’m sure, to be a powerful force for moral, political, and environmental good in the world.”

Feuer says, “The outstanding actions of individual members within the faculty is what sets Lafayette apart. Faculty who can recognize students who want to do more in and out of the class, allow a trusting and personal relationship to develop between them, and encourage the student through personal involvement and sacrifice boost the success of the school and reap more personal satisfaction from their work.”

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