Imagine Fulbright: Benjamin Simington ’15 featured in Fulbright alumni ambassador video
As a Fulbright Fellow in 2015-2016, Benjamin Simington ’15 conducted an in-depth study of the Kabir Panth religious movement while living in Varanasi, India. Visiting shrines and interviewing members of the community in Hindi, he developed a better understanding of life in India and its spiritual diversity. In turn, the many local people he befriended learned of his values and upbringing in the Chicago area. Following his fellowship year, Mr. Simington was selected for a prestigious role as a Fulbright alumni ambassador, representing the Fulbright Program to prospective applicants and promoting opportunities for international exchange. He is now featured in a video from the Fulbright Program, where he describes the impacts of the program and offers advice for potential applicants.
At Carthage, Mr. Simington majored in history and developed an interest in India and South Asian religions through courses with professors Eric Pullin and James Lochtefeld. After his Fulbright year, he coordinated a national scholarships program and taught honors courses at Texas A&M University. He is currently enrolled in a graduate program in Asian studies at the University of Texas in Austin. “International education and exchange can not only be transformative for individuals,” Mr. Simington reflects, “but can be transformative for communities and intercultural relations.”