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2014 Fulbright recipients: John Stewart

John "Jac" Stewart '14 is a 2014 recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. (Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

John “Jac” Stewart ’14 is a 2014 recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. (Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

A double major in philosophy and politics, John Stewart ’14 of Keene, N.H. was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for Brazil.

“I’m strongly interested in Brazilian culture and politics,” says Stewart. “Brazil’s vibrant and rapidly changing democracy fascinates me, especially as it’s expressed through the arts.

“I’m eager to study Brazilian culture firsthand, particularly music and architecture. And I’m equally passionate about education.”

He says, “It’s an incredible feeling to help a student find new ways to articulate deeply held experiences and reflections.” Stewart’s teaching experience includes tutoring middle school children in an after-school English-language learners program.

A dean’s list student at Bates, Stewart is concluding a highly successful debating career including his team’s victories this year at the Yale Intervarsity and the U.S. Universities debate contests. In addition to teaching English in Brazil, he plans to share his knowledge of debate with the community by arranging public speaking events.

Upon completing his assistantship in Brazil, Stewart aims to pursue his interests in the intersections of law, politics and technology through law school, a master’s program in public administration or graduate study in political science.

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