Sean McFadden ’10, of Oriental, N.C., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil where he will teach English to Brazilian undergraduate college students during the 2014 calendar year. He will also be doing research on the work of highly regarded and influential Argentine poet and anthropologist Nestor Perlongher during his years of exile in Brazil.
McFadden was a Spanish major at Holy Cross. He plans to apply for Ph.D. programs in comparative literature during his time in Brazil. His academic interests include 20th century American and Latin American poetics, drag, portraiture, and performance theory.
Since graduating from Holy Cross, McFadden has been living in New York City. He completed an apprenticeship with the executive chef at Consulate General of France, and then worked as a line cook in a series of French restaurants on the Upper East Side and Brooklyn until starting a master’s program in Spanish literature from Middlebury College. He studied at the college’s Madrid campus, and is currently completing his last semester at its Buenos Aires site.
At Holy Cross, McFadden was involved in Student Programs for Urban Development and led its community organizing arm. In 2010, he, along with student leaders across campus, organized Candidates’ Night, in which candidates running for city council and mayor debated civic issues. He also studied abroad in Lima as a junior.
Each year approximately 1,700 U.S. college students are awarded grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, awards grants to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program’s inception in 1946, more than 300,000 participants — selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential — have had the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.