Professors Glenn George and Trotter Hardy of William & Mary Law School will lecture overseas in 2009 in China and Portugal, respectively, as part of the Fulbright Scholars Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and each year sends scholars and professionals to more than 140 nations. Its namesake, Senator J. William Fulbright, championed the creation of the program after World War II to foster "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world."
George has never visited China before and said she applied to lecture there because of the country's increasing importance in the world economy and her desire to learn about the country and its culture. Her five-month term as a lecturer will begin in February 2009 and she is awaiting word on what university will serve as her host institution. Her scholarship centers on employment discrimination, labor law, sports law, and civil procedure. George is leaving the Law School this summer to join the law faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hardy, an expert in copyright, intellectual property, and trademark law, has accepted an invitation to lecture at the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon for three months beginning in January 2008. He will teach both undergraduate and graduate-level courses on intellectual property with a comparative focus. Hardy has not traveled to Portugal previously and said he applied to teach at the university because its international program has an exceptional reputation in his specialties.