J. William Fulbright Fellowships
Rachel Kelly '08 Receives Fulbright Fellowship
By Betty Gabrielli
April 24, 2008
Rachel Kelly '08
Photo by Rachel Cotterman '10
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has chosen senior Rachel Kelly as a Fulbright Fellow. A double-degree student with majors in violin performance and German, Kelly will teach English in Germany for a year beginning this fall. Among the factors leading to her selection was her interest in teaching English and violin in German schools with large populations of immigrant children.
"We in Oberlin's German Department are very proud of Rachel," says Elizabeth Hamilton, chair and associate professor of German language and literature. "She is an accomplished student and teacher of German as well as a talented violinist. Rachel is uniquely well prepared to teach in a school that emphasizes music and the arts to promote understanding between children of varying cultural backgrounds."
Kelly's Oberlin activities and achievements include performing with the Oberlin Orchestra under the baton of the distinguished guest conductor Sir Simon Rattle in 2004 and touring China in January 2006 as a member of the Oberlin Orchestra. She spent her junior year at the Freie Universität Berlin under the aegis of Columbia University's Berlin Consortium for German Studies.
Looking forward to her year in Germany, Kelly says dealing with a different set of cultural frictions will be challenging. But she believes that many problems facing minority groups in Germany compare to those in other western nations. "Working on how to resolve these problems through something I love—music—will be incredibly satisfying," she says.
Hamilton is confident that Kelly is up to the challenge. "Rachel has long been an excellent student of German language and literature and has engaged in an in-depth exploration of literature by writers whose native language is not German. The Fulbright award, by enabling her to draw from her talents as a musician and her strong background in canonical literature, will help her build enduring bridges between people."