June 11, 2013
Kenny Artigues, a May 2013 Millsaps graduate, has a voracious appetite for new cultures and languages. As a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, Artigues will have the opportunity to teach English in the Republic of Georgia, where he will live for the next year.
Millsaps alum and Fulbright Scholarship recipient Kenny Artigues in Budapest
"I am really excited to go somewhere new and wholly unfamiliar," said Artigues, a McComb native who majored in history and minored in anthropology at Millsaps, and spent his junior year studying and immersing himself in the culture of Austria.
Established in 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Award Program is funded by the U.S. government and designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Each year, the program sends approximately 1,700 recent graduates or graduate students to one of more than 155 countries to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Artigues is the sixth Millsaps student in the last six years to become a Fulbright U.S. Student Award recipient. Sarah Hartzog, a 2011 graduate, studied business at the graduate level in Mexico and completed an internship with an international corporation. Joseph Muller, a 2011 graduate, taught English at the University of Silesia in Sosnowiec, Poland, and Emily Tuberville, also a 2011 graduate, taught English in Bangladesh.
Nadia Al-Hashimi, a 2010 graduate, used her Fulbright to study in Jordan, focusing on learning first-hand about the lives of women in various contexts from nomadic Bedouin to urban environments.
Chelsi West, a 2008 graduate, spent a year living in Albania in the capital Tirana, taking classes at the University of New York, Tirana, in social science and Albanian, and expanding her honors thesis research on Albanian hip-hop music, cultural transfer theory, and identity formation.
Dr. Julian Murchison, associate professor of anthropology at Millsaps and the advisor to students applying for a Fulbright, said numerous talented students apply each year for the highly competitive and prestigious fellowship program.
"We're delighted that the Fulbright selection committee saw Kenny for the outstanding applicant that he was," Murchison said. "The fact that Kenny is the most recent Millsaps student to receive a Fulbright is a wonderful affirmation of Kenny's accomplishments and of the Millsaps education."
Murchison credits Artigues' year-long study abroad experience in Austria and his successful completion of an honors project based on his internship as a teaching assistant in an Austrian middle school as key components of the trajectory that led to his Fulbright.
"Kenny was committed to spending a full year abroad and to learning German while abroad," Murchison said. "The depth of his experiences while abroad is apparent in both casual conversations with Kenny and in his work on his honors thesis. Using vignettes depicting representative moments in the classroom that Kenny observed as a way to tell the story of the middle school where he interned, Kenny proceeded to produce a robust and insightful analysis of language, ethnicity, nationality, and gender in the school and in the classroom.
"The honors thesis was a tour de force. He won the Phi Beta Kappa award at the annual honors conference and received honorable mention in the student paper competition at this year's meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society. Kenny has a real talent for paying close attention to the nuances of culture and dialogue. I imagine that he will be cataloging a whole new set of vignettes during his time in Georgia."
At Millsaps, Artigues served as a residence hall assistant and a Writing Center tutor, interned with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Museums Division, belonged to the History Club, played intramural sports, and participated in the Honors Program. He chose to attend Millsaps because he wanted a small, liberal arts college, felt comfortable when he visited the campus, and was impressed by the College's alumni, saying "There was a core of Millsaps alums in my town who are very successful people and are active in the community."