|From the Civic Education Project
Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1, Winter 1994/95
As part of its continuing effort to take
advantage of the Internet as a tool for scholarly
linkages between East and West (see related
article on page 4), CEP recently began a pilot
program designed to match faculty and students
from Central and Eastern Europe and the NIS with
American and West European faculty and graduate
students with similar scholarly interests for
research mentoring and collaboration. The impetus
for the program came from comments by CEP's
growing network of North American and West
European scholars interested in CEP. Many of them
were eager to participate in CEP's mission, even
if their professional or other obligations
prevented them from spending a full year in the
region as a CEP lecturer.
The key to the program is CEP's extensive
network of visiting faculty at universities
throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the
NIS. CEP lecturers, all of whom spend at least a
year in the region, are in a unique position to
identify the needs and interests of their local
colleagues, and match those needs and interests
with the specializations of interested Western
scholars. Once matched, these scholars will be
able to communicate cheaply and easily via email.
Although email access in the region varies
widely, early results appear positive and an
expansion of the program is planned.
Western scholars interested in participating
in the online mentor program should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Automated information can also be obtained by
sending an email message to the address email@example.com.
The message should have the words 'online
mentoring' as the subject of the message.