Footprints

Jeanne Campbell Reesman ’77
Completes Fulbright in Greece


Jeanne Campbell Reesman ’77 and
son John Alexander visit with
U.S. Ambassador Charles P. Ries
on Thanksgiving Day last fall
during Dr. Reesman’s Greek sojourn as a Fulbright Fellow.

Shreveport native Dr. Jeanne Campbell Reesman, a 1977 Centenary graduate, spent a semester abroad as a Fulbright Fellow at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. Reesman, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was awarded the prestigious position by the Fulbright Foundation, under the auspices of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, located in Washington, D.C.

Reesman and her son John Alexander Reesman traveled to Thessaloniki in September 2006 for a five-month stay. As a Visiting Professor at Aristotle University Reesman taught a course in American Realism and Naturalism, met informally with groups of students and faculty, assisted the Department of American Literature and Culture in revising its undergraduate curriculum, and participated in all Fulbright Foundation in Greece activities. Her project was entitled “Crossing Cultures New and Old: American Studies in Greece.”

Reesman also gave a number of public lectures, including “The Literary Careers of Mark Twain and Jack London” at the Hellenic American Union in Athens, “Jack London, Photographer” at the United States Consulate in Thessaloniki, and “Cultural Theory, Naturalism, and Photography” at Aristotle University. She also spoke at the Fulbright offices in Athens, at the University of Macedonia, and at Aristotle University to recruit Greek graduate students for Fulbright awards and to study in the United States. Her son, 14, attended the eighth grade at the private academy Pinewood in Thessaloniki and spent his spare time developing his photographs of Greece for a book project he entitled Stone and Sky.

Reesman and her son were invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the United States Embassy in Athens by Ambassador Charles P. Ries. They also had the opportunity to travel extensively in Greece, to the Saronic Gulf island of Aegina, to Crete, to Vergina to visit the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, and Attica’s famed temple to Poseidon at Sounion. They traveled to several sites in the Peloponnese and made several visits to Athens.

Reesman is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Evan Campbell of Shreveport and got her writing start as a summer intern at The Shreveport Times. She is now the author of nearly 30 books in American literature and is recognized as a leading expert on Jack London, whom she studied at Centenary with Dr. Earle Labor. She has previously been awarded research grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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