Monday, April 22, 2024

Match of the Matriarchs and other Amazonomachies

Match of the Matriarchs and other Amazonomachies by Donna Dodson is the first solo exhibition by a female artist hosted by the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF). Match of the Matriarchs centers on women’s stories, women’s lives, and women's place in the history of chess. It includes the world's first and only monumental, life-sized chess set, which contains 32-large scale wooden sculptures representing all-female representations of cephalopods battling cetaceans. 

The exhibition also showcases eight additional “Amazon” sculptures from her "Sheroes" series depicting historical, literary, and mythological female heroes such as Mulan and Black Panther; a minotaur; Tomyris, a queen of Turkey; references to a Dodson's great aunt; Cybele; and Lakshmibai, a queen of India.

Debuting in the exhibition is The Madwoman of Chess or Autonomous was a Woman, which was commissioned by the World Chess Hall of Fame and will be part of the museum’s permanent collection. This dynamic and powerful sculpture harkens back to the backlash received when there was a major change to the rules of chess— the queen transformed from a piece with limited movement to one that combined the powers of the bishop and the rook. Some called this new version of the ancient game “madwoman’s chess.”

The catalog that accompanies the exhibition features essays by Shannon Bailey (Chief Curator of the WCHOF), Cate McQuaid (Boston Globe art critic), Dr Kurt Steinberg (COO at Peabody Essex Museum) and Jennifer Shahade (World champion chess and poker player). Links to my interviews with Woman Grand Master Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova, and video tours of the exhibition with Chief Curator Shannon Bailey can be found on my website.

Mini Match of the Matriarchs, 2024 by Donna Dodson. Chess set box design and fabrication by Peter Breu. 3d scanning courtesy of Sean O’Reilly, 3D Printsmith. 3d printing courtesy of Jason Enos, Empire Group

The opening was packed and it featured a Spotify playlist, temporary tattoos, a signature cocktail "The Madwoman of Chess", posters, t-shirts and more... Check out all the amazing photos on the WCHOF flickr album.

Queen’s Gambit, Flashlight portrait in collaboration with Paul Weiner, 2024

Supplementing the displays of Dodson’s artwork are marine-related chess sets from the permanent collection of the WCHOF and loans from the distinguished group Chess Collectors International, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary as an organization in 2024. Also included will be videos of underwater sea creatures and places to play chess while learning about variants of the game of chess that are related to marine life and Amazons. 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and that is the subject of the WCHOF concurrent show, Clash for the Crown: Celebrating Chess Champions which explores the histories of the World Chess Championship and Women’s World Chess Championship.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023


Donna Dodson: Sheroes August 30 – October 1, 2023 @Boston Sculptors Gallery

Featuring special guests Trina Baker, K. Melchor Hall, Maya Rubio and Kledia Spiro

First Friday: Sept 1st, 5 – 8:30pm. Special performance, In the Heels Of by Kledia Spiro at 6pm

Artist’s Reception: Saturday, September 9, 3 – 5pm, with artist talks at 4pm


Roundtable Discussion Heroine Herstories and Contemporary Visions: Sun, Sept 10 at 2pm

With Donna Dodson, Maya Rubio and Kledia Spiro. Co-moderated by Dr. Clareese Hill and Dr. Ali Terndrup. Join us for this virtual event on Zoom

As 2023 ushered in a new set of woes for women including threats to health care, human rights and gender equality, artist Dodson’s response was to create an army of Sheroes for her seventh solo show at Boston Sculptors Gallery. Her most recent woodcarvings are inspired by real life heroines – Hua Mulan, Tomyris, Beatrice Cenci and Caterina Sforza.

Dodson chose to collaborate with special guests Trina Baker, K. Melchor Hall, Maya Rubio and Kledia Spiro because of their shared commitment to social justice. Dodson, Baker, Hall, Rubio and Spiro are united in their quest to create a new vision of women’s empowerment. Hall responds to Dodson’s sculptures and themes of superheroines and vulnerability with her prose poetry transformed into a digital soundtrack to accompany Maya Rubio’s video, which highlights the process of creating collaborative animations with Trina Baker. While Hall’s poems address the gendered contrasts of strength and weakness, youthfulness and aging, as well as the protection of the self and others in relationships, Baker’s animations present contemporary visions of superheroines that challenge the stereotypical narratives of female action figures.

In Spiro’s most recent body of work, she considers the inheritance and upholding of her family’s legacy—one with significant achievements—as a weighty responsibility. Being a woman adds another layer of complexity, considering the historical challenges of prescribed gender roles. Yet, the support and contributions of unseen heroines, like Spiro’s mother and grandmother, play a crucial role in making such legacies possible. Her family's legacy in Albania, rooted in the remarkable work of her grandfather and father, became her foundation. Supported by the efforts of her mother and grandmother, who defied societal norms, Spiro is empowered to leave her own mark, creating a new reality, and continuing their journey. In her performance Oozing, she stands on the shoulders of these unseen heroes and heroines, carrying forward their aspirations and breaking barriers. Their labor and sacrifices enable her to build her own legacy, step by step. She embraces the weight, leaving traces of progress as she goes, constantly evolving and opening up new possibilities for the future.

Trina Baker currently Chairs the Animation Department at Lesley Art + Design. Her paintings, drawings, and artist books have shown nationally and internationally in galleries and corporate collections. Baker’s animations have received numerous awards including a Pixie, honoring outstanding work in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects and Animation, as well as two International CINDY (Cinema in Industry) awards.

Donna Dodson is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, a Fulbright US Scholar, a Fellow at the St. Botolph Club and a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery. She has exhibited her work, received favorable reviews and won grants locally, nationally and internationally. Dodson’s work is in numerous private and public collections locally, nationally and internationally. Her well-known Seagull Cinderella sculpture attracts international media attention.

K. Melchor Quick Hall, PhD. is a Black feminist scholar-activist crossing disciplinary and national borders. She is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University. Dr. Hall is the author of Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Writing in Darkness, and co-editor of Mapping Gendered Ecologies: Engaging with and beyond Ecowomanism and Ecofeminism.

Maya Rubio is an independent curator and editor at Boston Art Review. Her recent curatorial projects include What’s the Secret? at Gallery 263 and M'Kenzy Cannon: Please Let Me In at Boston Center for the Arts. Rubio has also worked on several exhibitions at Emerson College, where she studied the business of creative enterprises and art history.

Kledia Spiro creates videos, performances, installations, and paintings. Born in Albania, Kledia was a member of an Olympic weightlifting team. An interdisciplinary, artist she uses weightlifting as a symbol of survival, empowerment, celebration, and as a vehicle for discussing women’s roles in society, immigration, and times of war. Spiro has exhibited internationally and nationally, most notably at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Queens Museum, New York City; SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Chicago; Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire; and the ProArts Gallery in Oakland, CA. Spiro was the Keynote Speaker at the Centennial New England Museum Association Conference. She was selected as a TEDx speaker and performer for The Pursuit of Creativity.

Sheroes Descriptions:

Beatrice Cenci for Harriet Hosmer, 31” tall, black walnut, 2023. Photo credit: Brian Wilson

Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908) was a renowned stone sculptor, ahead of her time. She grew up in Watertown, Mass. but lived in Rome most of her life. She often shied away from popular subjects in favor of more challenging ones. One of her major pieces is called Beatrice Cenci, for the Italian nobleman who, with her siblings and one of his wives, killed her abusive father, was tortured, and eventually beheaded.  Beatrice Cenci has become a symbol to the people of Rome of resistance against the arrogant aristocracy. It is rumored that every year on the night before the anniversary of her death, she comes back to the St. Angelo Bridge where she was executed, carrying her severed head.

Blood Thirsty, 42” tall, cherry, enamel, 2023. Photo credit: Brian Wilson

Tomyris was the legendary Turkish Queen who killed Cyrus the Great. The story goes that she refused his hand in marriage, and he took revenge on her by ambushing and killing her husband and son. She went to war against him and out maneuvered him on the battlefield. She ordered her soldiers to bring her his severed head, which she dunked in a cask of blood, saying "Now you can have your fill of blood" since he was so bloodthirsty. My sculpture is a python headed woman, with a tattoo that says "No" in Persian. She wears the severed head of her enemy as a trophy around her neck like a piece of jewelry. Tomyris is a popular subject in art history. But there are not many contemporary visions of her.


Every Mother is a Warrior, 56” tall, black oak, enamel 2021. Photo credit: Brian Wilson

This commissioned piece has not been exhibited before, but the owners want it to be seen. My friend lost his mother recently. He told me that her favorite bird was the red winged blackbird. He cut down this tree to build a new addition on his family’s home where this sculpture now resides. I took one look at the log and saw two figures- a large maternal figure and a small girl child. I added painted wing patterns in the signature colors of the red winged blackbird- red, yellow and black. He has since shared with me that his mother was a warrior who battled mental health issues all her life. His kids call the sculpture "Grandma."


Tomboy,  42” tall, honey locust, oil stain, enamel, 2023. Photo Credit: Brian Wilson

Hua Mulan was the Chinese warrior who is said to have dutifully taken her father's place in the army to preserve her family's honor. There is a famous quote where she says, “The male and the female rabbit have physical differences but when they are running side by side, you cannot tell them apart.” So I created a rabbit headed female figure who is standing in shoes obviously too large for her, covering her breasts, and she has a tattoo meant to symbolize being a tom boy.


The Madwoman of Chess or Autonomous Was a  Woman, 37” tall, honey locust 2023. Photo credit: Brian Wilson

Caterina Sforza was an Italian noblewoman who lived life on her own terms. When one of her enemies surrounded her castle and threatened to kill her children she called their bluff by lifting her skirts, baring her genitals and saying "Go ahead, I have the means to make more!" She earned the nickname The Tigress of Forli. My sculpture is a full bodied figure with her mouth open, symbolizing a woman who is comfortable in her own skin, not subject to the male gaze.

Update: Cate McQuaid reviewd my show and Barbara Broughel's show "Requiem Portraits" at Krakow Witkin Gallery on Sept 24, 2023, Witchy women: Witch hunts, Sheroes, and the blessings of age.

James Foritano reviewed my show and Alison Croney Moses's show "The Habits Of Reframing" at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery on Sept 28, 2023 for Artscope Magazine, TWO GALLERIES, TWO TELLINGS, ONE HISTORY: THE WOODEN MARVELS OF DONNA DODSON AND ALISON CRONEY MOSES

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Seagull Cinderella Controversy 2.0

                                 Photo Credit: Josh Souza/New Bedford Economic Development Council

Jessica Bregoli invited me to exhibit my sculpture, Seagull Cinderella, for the 10th Anniversary Seaport Art Walk in New Bedford. Readers might remember the controversy she caused in 2016. But I remember the outpouring of support and love of her fans. So I returned her to her perch on Rte 18 at the entrance to the Port of New Bedford.

                                  Photo Credit: Tim Gastall/ We Love the Seagull Cinderella Facebook page

Seagull Cinderella is the answer to the question, what type of bird would Cinderella be? I chose the seagull, since it is one of the most common birds we see at the beach, and New Bedford is a seacoast city. For this special occasion, I made the bold move to add a daisy bikini, which was my original vision for this sculpture, and a green skirt with white daisies. It seems that the old petition is recirculating again, and the media just cannot get enough of this story. To date, the new improved Seagull Cinderella has generated over 40 TV, radio, podcast, newspaper, and e-magazine citations:

Hyperallergic, Dec 29, 2023, The 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World: 2023 Edition, #13 "Voluptuous Public Sculptures — This year, the global urge to censor the female form also extended to sculptural representations."

Fun 107 FM, Aug 28, 2023, by Maddie Levine, New Bedford Artist Stays True to His Word & Gets Busty Seagull Tattoo

Boston Globe, Aug 16, 2023 by Emma Glassman-Hughes In New Bedford, the ‘sexy seagull’ is ruffling feathers once again

Hyperallergic, Aug 14, 2023, by Rhea Nayyar, The “Sexy” Seagull Sculpture That Scandalized a Coastal City

The Herald News, August 12, 2023, By Don Wilkinson, Art Beat: Celebrating 10 years of New Bedford's Seaport Art Walk

98.3 FM/WCCQ Radio (Illinois) July 28, 2023 by Maura Myles, FRISKY FRIDAY FAIL OR FLY-HIGH: Is a Seagull Statue with Boobs Too Sexy?

98.5 FM Radio, The Sports Hub (Boston) July 27, 2023, ‘Seagull Cinderella’, the controversial busty bird sculpture, is making a return to New Bedford

Fun 107 FM, July 26, 2023, by Maddie Levine, New Bedford Man Said He'll Get 'Busty' Tattoo Under One Condition

Gorge Country Media, (The Dalles, Oregon) July 24, 2023 by ‘Bird with boobs’ statue causes a stir in Massachusetts

New Bedford Guide, July 21, 2023 by Steven Richard, Is New Bedford’s “Seagull Cinderella” Really as controversial as news networks proclaim?

K24 TV Digital, (Kenya) July 20, 2023, Seagull statue with female figure stirs debate

92 FM, (Maine) July 20, 2023 by Matt James Some Massachusetts Residents Angered by What They Say Is a Sexually Suggestive Seagull With Boobs

93.3 FM, (Ohio) July 20, 2023 by Andy Woods, This statue inappropriate or not...what do you think?

98.3 FM (Missouri) July 20, 2023 by Joe Lose, Seagull Statue Seems Too “Sexy” For Some

98.5 FM, (Maine) July 20, 2023 by Matt James,  Some Massachusetts Residents Angered by What They Say is a Sexually Suggestive Seagull with Boobs

Bol News (Pakistan) July 19, 2023, Controversial Seagull Statue with Female Figure Stirs Debate (Urdu and English)

Country 102.5 FM (Boston, MA) July 19, 2023 by Jackson Blue, Bikini-Clad Seagull Statue Ruffles Feathers in Massachusetts Community

Mental Floss, July 19, 2023 by Jake Rossen, A Busty Seagull Statue Is Ruffling Feathers in Massachusetts

WWLP TV News (Springfield MA) July 19, 2023 by Nick DeGray, Is this sculpture in a Massachusetts town too risqué?

WLOS (ABC 13 news) Asheville NC July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

KRCG 13 (CBS tv) Missouri, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

KVII TV (ABC tv) Texas, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

KMPH TV (Fox news) Fresno California, July 18, 2023 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

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KTVO News Missouri/Iowa July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

WSET News, (ABC 13) Virginia, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

KTUL News Tulsa Oklahoma, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

WPBN Michigan, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

KHQA News, Quincy Illinois, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

KSNV Las Vegas Nevada, (NBC) July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again (Virginia), July 18, 2023, WATCH: Seagull statue with a female figure courts controversy in Massachusetts

KATV (ABC) News in Little Rock Arkansas, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

KEYE TV (CBS) Austin, Texas, July 18, 2023 by 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

KUTV (CBS) News from Salt Lake City Utah, July 18, 2023, by 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

The Messenger News, July 18, 2023 by Elizabeth Urban, Massachusetts Town in Uproar Over ‘Birds With Boobs’ Female Empowerment Statue

The National, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

UPI (United Press International), July 18, 2023 by Ben Hooper, Seagull statue with a female figure courts controversy in Massachusetts

 WFLA TV (NBC) News for Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg and central Florida, July 18, 2023 by Rachel Tucker, Shapely seagull statue stirs up controversy in Massachusetts town

WJLA TV (ABC) News from Washington DC, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

WNY News Now (New York) July 18, 2023, Seagull Statue Contention

WPDE TV (ABC) South Carolina News station, July 18, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

WRAL TV (NBC) Raleigh NC, July 18, 2023 by Jelia Hepner, New Bedford residents say seagull sculpture is 'too sexy'

WRGB TV (CBS) News serving the capital district, Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY, July 18, 2023 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

Yahoo! Finance (UPI), July 18, 2023 by Ben Hooper, Watch: Seagull statue with a female figure courts controversy in Massachusetts

Yahoo! News (UPI), July 18, 2023 by Ben Hooper, Watch: Seagull statue with a female figure courts controversy in Massachusetts

Canvas Rebel, July 17, 2023, Meet Donna Dodson: Reflections on Being Misunderstood

The Citizen, (New York), July 17, 2023,  MA: SEXY SEAGULL STATUE RETURNS

The Daily Journal (Missouri) July 17, 2023, MA: SEXY SEAGULL STATUE RETURNS

KOMO TV (ABC) Seattle News Weather Sports Breaking News, July 17, 2023, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

The Times and Democrat (South Carolina) July 17, 2023, MA: SEXY SEAGULL STATUE RETURNS

 WFMZ TV News serving the Lehigh Valley, Berks County, and Philadelphia regions, July 17, 2023, MA: SEXY SEAGULL STATUE RETURNS

WJAR TV (NBC) Providence News Weather Sports Breaking News, July 17, 2023 by Jodi Reed, 'Bird with boobs' statue in Massachusetts creates controversy once again

1420 WBSM: Ned Bedford’s News Talk Station, July 16, 2023 by Jim Phillips, Public Art on Display at New Bedford Seaport Art Walk

Fun 107 FM, The Southcoast’s #1 Hit Music Station, July 13, 2023, by Nancy Hall, 'Booby Seagull' Makes Triumphant Return to New Bedford Waterfront 

New Bedford Guide, July 13, 2023 by Steven Richard, New Bedford’s seaport displays new art to celebrate Art Walk’s 10th anniversary

South Coast Today/The Standard Times, June 28, 2023 by Seth Chitwood, 'Seagull Cinderella' is returning to New Bedford. Do you remember the controversy?

Long May She Reign!

You can catch a glimpse of Seagull Cinderella on her perch in New Bedford through Thanksgiving. After that, she will be returning to her hometown of Maynard Mass in a chariot in time to join the annual Holiday Parade as a special guest with her own float on Sunday December 3rd, 2023.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Amazons, Goddesses, and Wonder Women: A Fulbright Journey

Amazons, Goddesses, and Wonder Women: A Fulbright Journey

On View November 1 - November 23, 2022 Kniznick Gallery
Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center, 415 South St, Waltham MA

Since 2020, Donna Dodson has collaborated with several artists and scholars to translate her wood sculpture series “Amazons Among Us” into a variety of mediums, including poetry and animation. Dodson’s sculptures are inspired by legendary warrior women such as the ancient Amazons of the steppes, the Dahomey of West Africa, and the Rani of Jhansi.

As Dodson’s heroines transform through porous materials of wood, word, and pixels, this interdisciplinary collaboration honors the endurance of ancient storytelling and extends it towards a posthuman future. Earthy, sensuous wooden icons encounter digital avatars of infinitude. A score of poetry written by K. Melchor Hall grounds the environment. Amazons, Goddesses, and Wonder Women examines how historical and futurist feminist mythologies can evoke ancestral connection, a sense of resiliency, and belonging. Audiences are invited to consider their own presence amongst these figures and how they can help craft legacies of social transformation and restorative justice.

This exhibition features wood sculptures by Brandeis University WSRC Resident Scholar Donna Dodson, poems by Brandeis University WSRC Resident Scholar K. Melchor Hall, collaborative animations with Trina Baker, Lesley University Chair of Animation and Eric Keller, professional animator and CG artist, with concept art, storyboards and 3D models by Lesley University interns Lexy Saunders, Paola Almonte Colon, and Sarah Clifford and research/image banks by Brandeis University Student Scholar Partners Pilar Duvivier and Cyrenity Augustin. Alongside this artwork, the exhibition will feature feminist animations from Dodson‘s international colleagues, Anna Dudko (Ukraine), Camila Kater (Brazil), and Renee Zhan (UK) whom she met during her Fulbright US Scholar Artist Residency at Q21/MQ in Vienna, Austria, with her host, Tricky Women/Tricky Realities, the world’s first and only animation festival for women artists.

Amazons, Goddesses, and Wonder Women: A Fulbright Journey is curated by Maya Rubio. 

Opening Reception and Fulbright Panel Discussion:  November 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the WSRC | Fulbright Award-winning scholars Donna Dodson, K. Melchor Hall, Djounia Saint-Fleurant, Hoang Duong Thien, and Aishah Winter share their experiences and insight into the Fulbright process. Please RSVP  to attend this in person event.

On Feminist Animation: A Panel Discussion Moderated by Donna Dodson.  A virtual panel of feminist animators including Trina Baker, Christine Banna, Sarah E. Jenkins, Atia Newman and Shanti Thakur, November 8, 2022, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Please Register to receive the zoom link for this virtual event.

On Collaboration: A Panel Discussion Moderated by Maya Rubio with Trina Baker, Donna Dodson, K. Melchor Hall, Cyrenity Augustin, Pilar Duvivier, and Paola Almonte Colon. Exhibiting artists speak with the exhibition curator about the process of working in large teams on collaborative projects. November 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the WSRC. Please RSVP to attend this in person event.

Thank you to the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center Kniznick Gallery, Puffin Foundation, Fulbright Austria, Fulbright US Scholar Fellowship, Tricky Women/Tricky Realities and Lesley University for their support of this project.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Fulbright US Scholar

Donna Dodson, an artist from Maynard, Massachusetts, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in the Visual Arts for the 2021-2022 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Dodson is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research or teach abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. With the support of Fulbright Austria, Donna will work as an artist in residence at Q21/Museums Quartier with her host institution Tricky Women/Tricky Realities, the world's first and only digital animation festival for women. She will complete the project "Amazons, Goddesses and Wonder Women," by translating her wood sculptures into digital avatars and writing the script in collaboration with Trina Baker, an award-winning animator and Maynard artist. Both Dodson and Baker have been awarded grants from several Massachusetts Cultural Councils for this project. In particular, The Maynard Cultural Council is proud to have contributed seed money to launch this international project. 

“Donna's sculptures are elegantly crafted in wood at her art studio in Maynard. She met Baker at Artspace Maynard which plays a critical role as a connecting place and arts hub for the community where projects such as this one happen. Using cutting edge technology, this world class collaborative project between Dodson and Baker embodies the highest ideals of the Maynard community, and we are proud of her and grateful to the Fulbright Commission for her selection as a U.S. Scholar," Maynard Cultural Council chair Sara Lundberg said.

Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories. They often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus, and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government. Fubrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.

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In the United States, the Institute of International Education supports implementing the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

Update: Tessa Venell, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, published an in depth article on my forthcoming Fulbright project on June 10, 2021, "Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center Announces Fulbright Award for 2021-2022." Josh Idaszak, Office of Communications & Public Affairs at Wellesley College, published a profile of my upcoming Fulbright project along with other alums from my alma mater, on August 17, 2021, "Wellesley’s 2021-22 Fulbrights Prepare to Launch into the World." Listen to the Ladies Knight podcast with Jen Shahade featuring Donna Dodson LK036, Nov 18, 2021. Watch a recording of the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center's Fall lecture on Dec 2, 2021, "Damsel in Charge: Inventing a Powerful Female Stereotype," with Fulbright US Scholar, Donna Dodson engaged in conversation with award-winning animator Trina Baker on their joint collaboration where Dodson's Amazon warrior sculptures are translated into three-dimensional digital characters in a short animation with the assistance of Brandeis Student Scholar partners, Cyrenity Augustin and Pilar Duvivier, and Lesley University interns, Lexy Saunders, Aimee Ham and Siana DiGregorio. Watch a recording of my recent presentation on Jan 6, 2022 "What Do We Call Courageous Women" for the session "Queer Representations and Receptions of Amazons" at the Society of Classical Studies/Archaeological Institute of America joint annual meeting