EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Recently, Margaret McMullan – a published author and professor of English at the United Methodist-related University of Evansville – learned she was receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, allowing her to spend August-December 2010 teaching and conducting research at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary.

While abroad in Pécs with her husband and 13-year-old son, McMullan will teach classes including the Contemporary American Novel, Southern American Literature and Creative Writing. Her students will consist of upperclassmen and graduate students; however, she hopes to take a few lessons as well. In preparation for her travels, McMullan has been learning Hungarian.

McMullan was motivated to apply for the Fulbright after a trip to Israel as a visiting writer. At Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, she learned how two of her ancestors had died in concentration camps during WWII.

“The archivist told me that this was the first time these people had been called up,” she said. “In other words, no one had ever asked about them and no one had ever printed out their names. I was and still am responsible for them now I’m going to find out who they were.”

In addition to exploring the history of those two family members, McMullan plans to visit her great-great-grandfather’s house. All of this research involving her family will contribute to the development of her book.

The (Senator William) Fulbright Scholarship and Program was established by Congress in 1946.