From the 2010 News Archive
Prof. Bezdek Receives Fulbright Award to Teach in China
Professor Barbara Bezdek
has received a Fulbright Award to teach at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, in the People's Republic of China, in Spring 2011. During her Distinguished Lectureship, Prof. Bezdek will teach courses in Land Use, Land Tenure Security and Community Development Law to law students and senior undergraduates in related disciplines.
"Land use, property rights and economic development are very hot topics in China today," says Professor Bezdek.
The Fulbright Program
, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people – 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
On the law faculty since 1988, Professor Bezdek combines her interest in the legal foundations of social change with her flair for helping students put theory into practice. She previously taught at the City University of New York Law School at Queens College and, as a graduate fellow, at the Georgetown University Law Center. As a public interest attorney in Washington, D.C., she represented tenants’ associations and housing cooperatives and litigated cases related to public health & safety issues and corporate responsibility.
Professor Bezdek is founder and chairperson of the Faith Fund, Inc., a community development loan fund that lends in the Baltimore area in innovative ways to generate fair and inclusive housing and economic opportunity. In operation since 2003, the fund has made loans to a number of organizations such as The Sylvan Beach Foundation (operates small businesses as a means of job training for disadvantaged youth) and the Episcopal Housing Corporation (renovates neglected housing stock and promotes homeownership).