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Art history professor Sinclair Bell selected as ‘research ambassador’ to Germany for 2010-11

November 15, 2010
Sinclair Bell. Photo courtesy Beowulf

Sinclair Bell. Photo courtesy Beowulf

Sinclair Bell, an assistant professor of art history at NIU, recently was chosen to serve as a “Research Ambassador” to the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), or German Academic Exchange Service, for 2010-2011.

The DAAD is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Its 14 international offices provide information as well as financial support to more than 57,000 highly qualified students and faculty per year for international research and study.

DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists in North America who have conducted advanced long-term research projects in Germany and are interested in promoting research in Germany at their home universities and among their peers and students. Research Ambassadors help inspire and inform others about the rich and varied opportunities to conduct research, receive funding for projects, and launch collaborative initiatives with colleagues in Germany.

Bell spent one year as a Ph.D. student in classical archaeology at the University of Cologne with the support of a DAAD fellowship, and he has spent extensive time conducting research elsewhere in Germany. He is a specialist in the archaeology of ancient Italy and the history of ancient art, and teaches Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern art and archaeology at the School of Art.

He will speak on campus next semester about “Study in Germany: How and Why to do Research in the ‘Land of Ideas.’” His lecture tentatively is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, and is as part of the ISFO/SAO Brown Bag Series, held at John E. La Tourette Hall 300.