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Fishwick to receive lifetime award

By Sally Harris

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 25 - March 27, 1997

The American Culture Association (ACA) will honor Marshall Fishwick in late March with its Ray and Pat Browne Award for lifetime achievement.

Fishwick, one of the founders of the Popular Culture Association (PCA), is scheduled to receive the lifetime-achievement award at the 27th PCA Conference and 19th ACA Conference this week in San Antonio, Tex.

Fishwick is co-founder of the PCA and has served as its president. He also was instrumental in establishing the American Studies Research Centre in Hyderabad, India, which now houses the largest collection of American books in Asia.

He serves as advisory editor of the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture. He has held Fulbright grants to Denmark, Germany, Russia, Italy, Korea, and India. Drawing on his colleagues in these countries, he founded a new journal, International Popular Culture.

The United States Information Agency has just scheduled four regional conferences on popular culture, which Fishwick will head, in India in July and August 1997. They will take place in Bombay, New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Madras.

Fishwick's book publications cover a wide range. His first two were books of poetry. Other titles include The Hero, American Style; American Heroes: Myth and Reality; American Studies in Transition; Faust Revisited; Icons of Popular Culture; Parameters of Popular Culture; Great Awakenings: Religious Awakenings in America; Jane Addams; Clara Barton; Preview 2001; and Go and Catch a Falling Star.

His latest book, An American Mosaic: Rethinking American Culture History, is published by American Heritage and employs a new technology that allows for constant revision and updating. It is being used at a number of American and European universities in the current academic year.

Fishwick is coordinator of Humanities and the Arts and a new American Studies concentration at Virginia Tech.