2011-12 Lois Roth Award

2011-12 Lois Roth Award

Katherine Edelen, a graduate of Augsburg College, has won the 2011-12 Lois Roth Award.

Since arriving in Norway last August, Ms. Edelen has been engaged with research at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo on the relationship between environmental factors and conflict in Bangladesh.  She intends to use the the Lois Roth award money to fund a month-long trip to the Southeast Asian nation, during which she will collect additional data for her current project.

The U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation has worked with the Lois Roth Endowment since 1993.  The Endowment shares the goals of the Fulbright program and seeks through its awards to grantees in countries such as Australia, France, Iran, Russia, and Sweden to promote research that furthers international understanding.  Roth Endowment Awards are granted annually to an American Fulbright student grantee in Norway whose research focuses on the arts, humanities or social sciences. 

Based in Washington DC, the Lois Roth Endowment,  supports exchanges across national and cultural boundaries to enhance international communication and understanding. It cooperates internationally with several Fulbright Commissions, particularly those in the Nordic countries, and also awards prizes in Cultural Diplomacy, Translation and Architectural History.

The Endowment was established in 1986 in memory of Lois Wersba Roth, a Cultural Officer with USIA and Fulbright Alumna to Sweden. As a Columbia graduate student in sociology, Roth went to Uppsala University for a Fulbright year in the early 1950s. After a decade with the American Scandinavian Foundation – where she founded and ran a path-breaking Ford program for forty of Finland's intellectual leaders – she joined the US Information Agency in 1966. She served her first five years in Cultural Affairs in Iran, primarily as the Director of the Iran-America Society, then served in Italy and France and in various positions in Washington. In her last position, she headed USIA's division of Fine and Performing Arts. The Endowment commemorates the life of Lois Roth by supporting selected people who work in the places and fields of enquiry that she loved.