Prof. Eric Fretz earns international scholarship to study in Romania.
February 26, 2016
DENVER – Regis University professor Eric Fretz has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will spend next fall teaching in Romania.
Fretz, who is a professor of peace and justice studies at Regis University, becomes the ninth Fulbright Scholar from Regis.
His course work will focus on how violence and non-violence shows up in American literature, and how the authors dealt with it. Some of the anticipated course work will look at Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” Mark Twain’s “Huck Finn” and Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” among others.
Part of the reason he was selected, Fretz said, was he will be teaching in Timisoara, Romania, where communist Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown in 1989.
“These are themes they are still struggling with,” he said. “We will be able to connect those American narratives with the Romanian narratives.”
In August, Fretz will leave with his wife, Sujata, and two children, Atticus, 10, and Eleanor, 7, on a vacation to Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Japan. They will arrive in Romania in the middle of October, where he will teach for three months.
“I know there are a lot of details to sort through,” he said. “I know it will get less abstract and more real, but right now it feels great.”
Fretz has taught at Regis for seven years. He has his Bachelor of Arts in English from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa. He has his Master of Arts in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg and his doctorate degree in American Studies from Michigan State University.
The Fulbright Program is for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. Under the program, those selected are receive grants to study, do research and teach. Each year 8,000 grants are provided.