COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former Meadville resident has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award, allowing him to travel to Brazil to conduct photography and video projects.

Darren Lee Miller, an associate professor and chair of photography at Columbus College of Art & Design, will conduct interviews and collaboratively produce a series of photographs and short videos with Lucinéa Marcelino Villela and her students in the School of Architecture, Arts, and Communication at São Paulo State University in Bauru. Miller will begin work in Brazil during the spring semester in 2020.

In Miller's proposal for the award, he explained he plans to address how those with strong opinions can learn from those with whom they disagree, according to a release.

"I hope the answer is, yes," Miller said in the release. "I believe it can be done by extending an invitation for people to talk, listen, and really hear each other."

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program from the U.S. Department of State. The program is designed to build "lasting connections" between U.S. residents and residents of other countries, according to the release.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected "on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields," according to the release.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received the Pulitzer Prize and 37 who have served as a head of state or government, according to the release.

Tyler Dague can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at tdague@meadvilletribune.com.

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