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SoCJ’s Pablo Calvi Wins Fulbright to Chile

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Pablo Calvi, an associate professor of journalism at the School of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ), will go to Chile as a Fulbright Scholar in the fall. He is the first SoCJ faculty member to receive the award.

Pablo calvi featureIn Chile, Calvi will teach a version of his popular seminar, “Comparative Latin American Literary Journalism,” and conduct further research and interviews about the literary journalists he has studied for years without ever being able to visit their country for a significant amount of time.

“I am delighted that Pablo will have this experience and this incredible opportunity to expand his work and our understanding of literary journalism in Latin America,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the SoCJ and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “Understanding the different ways communities and cultures engage with the world around them, and how the press supports that process, is critical in building a fairer, more just, more rational world. Pablo’s work brings a more nuanced understanding of journalism not only to those of us at Stony Brook, but to all who engage with his work as a journalist, a scholar, an author and a teacher.”

Calvi’s research primarily focuses on the development and impact of different forms of literary journalism across Latin America in the 19th and early 20th centuries. During his time in Chile, he will expand his research to explore the work, lives and lasting impact of Chilean literary journalists from the final decades of the 20th century to the present day. He is particularly interested in how the strong traditions of this form of journalism had continued success despite the rise of the dictator Augusto Pinochet, who led the country from 1973 until 1990.

“We sometimes think of journalism as one universal, stable, continuous set of practices with a clear goal: to inform the public about the present, the current developments in our town and world, our daily culture and life,” said Calvi. “But it’s far more complex, and how these different traditions develop and change all depends on the different historical conditions, including activism, protest, pedagogy, and relationships with power.”

During his Fulbright, Calvi will teach his literary journalism course at the Universidad Diego Portales, a private institution that is home to two of the most renowned journalism and communication research centers in Chile and Latin America. He developed the course over several years, drawing from history, literature, journalism and sociology, and has taught it at Stony Brook and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Calvi’s Fulbright will build on his previous books, Latin American Adventures in Literary Journalism (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), and his forthcoming The Literary Journalist as a Naturalist (Palgrave, 2024).

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled 400,000 dedicated and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and find solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. 

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