Fulbright Award takes Lionel Mandy from Cal State Long Beach to Sri Lanka

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cal state long beach lecturer heads to sri lankaDr Lionel Mandy, a full-time lecturer in the Africana Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has been selected for a Fulbright Lectureship Award that will have him teaching at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka during the 2010-11 academic year.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 125 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

“When I learned of the award, I was ecstatic. It is a great honor to be selected as a Fulbright Award recipient,” said Mandy, a Long Beach resident who leaves for Sri Lanka at the end of September and returns to the states in late June 2011. “I told all my family and friends around the globe first, and then took a breath to consider packing up all my belongings and moving to a place where I have never been to teach. That got me even more excited, and I remain excited now.”

During his Fulbright lectureship, Mandy will teach a variety of graduate level courses in clinical psychology. He also anticipates the opportunity to present in his other areas of expertise including law, African psychology, economic development, African American literature, and metaphysics and healing.

Mandy said he sought the Fulbright Award for two reasons. First, he wanted to teach internationally again. In 1983 and 1984, he taught at what was then the University of Dakar in Senegal, West Africa, and really enjoyed the experience. Second, as a clinical psychologist by training, he wanted to teach clinical psychology courses, and the Fulbright lectureship will give him that opportunity.

“I know that I will gain a perspective on clinical psychology that comes from teaching it to people who come from a different national and cultural context than I do. I expect to meet and immerse myself in Sri Lankan culture, and to learn more about it,” explained Mandy, who has been teaching at CSULB since 1999. “I wish to understand how the experience of descendents of those Africans who were enslaved in Sri Lanka differs from the experience of Africans enslaved in the United States and elsewhere. I will learn about the spiritual foci of the peoples of Sri Lanka, and what traditional forms of healing exist there.

“And,” he added, “I expect to come back to the Department of Africana Studies at Cal State Long Beach with new energy, a variety of adventures and experiences to relate, and with new knowledge to relay to my students here.”

At CSULB, Mandy has taught primarily in the African Studies Department (formerly the Black Studies Department). He also has taught in the English and Psychology departments, and for University 100. He is currently a mentor in the Partners for Success program, and an advisor for the African Student Union, the Black Psychology Student Association and the Black Scholars Student Association.

Mandy has a number of degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in English literature (1972), a master’s degree in African American Studies (1977) and a master’s degree in social work (1979), all from Boston University. He also has a MBA from the UCLA Graduate School of Management (1989) and a juris doctorate degree from the UCLA School of Law (1989). He earned a doctor of psychology degree from Pepperdine University in 2006 and, most recently, received a bachelor’s (2006), master’s (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) in metaphysical science from the University of Sedona in Arizona.

Sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential —with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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