HRREC member Ramon Blanco-Barrera receives the prestigious Fulbright Award

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Richard Lubben, Ramon Blanco-Barrera & Brent R. Calvin
Ramon (233) with Richard Lubben (left) & Brent R. Calvin (right).
HRREC community member, Ramon Blanco-Barrera, also known by his artist name, “233” (@233art), has been distinctively awarded with the renowned Fulbright Award.

This is a scholarship funded by the Department of State of the United States of America that is awarded to personalities of great international relevance. Its exquisite selective level and high competitiveness position it as one of the most difficult and important fellowships in the world, if not the most, in the academic-research field. Just to share some data, among the list of people who have enjoyed a Fulbright are 62 Nobel Prize winners, 78 MacArthur Foundation fellows, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners and 41 current or former heads of state or government.

From January to July of this year 2024, Ramon, professor in the Department of Drawing of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Sevilla, is doing a postdoctoral stay at the internationally prominent higher institution College of the Sequoias, in Visalia (California). We must say that College of the Sequoias is one of the very few Community Colleges to host a Fulbright Scholar in the USA.

In addition to teaching and conducting research, he will be in contact with the Dean of Arts and Letters Richard Lubben, 2013 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Human Rights an Social Justice at the HRREC; as well as with brilliant people from around the world, leading a laboratory-like project on art, new technologies and human rights in order to contribute positively through social transformation.