WASHINGTON, D.C.—Lisa Radtke Bliss, clinical professor and associate dean of experiential education and clinical programs in Georgia State University’s College of Law, has been named a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have announced.
Bliss, who is also co-director of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic at Georgia State University College of Law, will teach students enrolled in the Human Rights Clinic and the Patients’ Rights Clinic at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic next fall. She also will be fostering the development of teaching excellence across the university through faculty and Ph.D. teaching workshops, individual consultations and other academic events designed to focus on experiential methodologies and innovative teaching techniques. Bliss’s teaching at Palacky will draw on her experience as the teacher, co-director and developer of one of the leading medical legal partnership clinics in the U.S. It combines the expertise of doctors and lawyers in an integrated service setting to address the social determinants of health. The clinic teaches law and medical students to integrate different professional perspectives into their problem-solving on behalf of clients.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program comprises about 40 awards of the 800 awards given in 2019-20. Awards in the program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Bliss is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2018-19 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected based on their academic and professional achievements, record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to international problems. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.
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