WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Robyn Greenstone of Pawling, N.Y.,
a 1995 graduate of Wellesley College and a teacher at Katonah-Lewisboro
School District, Katanoh, N.Y., has been selected to the
2002 Luce Scholars Program, established by the Henry Luce
Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential
leaders in American society.
The program sends recent college graduates "of the highest
intellectual and professional promise" on year-long Asian
internships arranged for each scholar on the basis of his
or her specific interest and experience. Institutional nomination
is the sole route to consideration for the Luce Scholars
Program; Greenstone was nominated by Wellesley College.
In an essay Greenstone submitted to the Luce Foundation
as part of the selection process, she said she hoped to
see "world boundaries dissolve," describing how her experience
as a teacher supports that goal.
"Teaching is leadership," she wrote. "Leadership is a
cornerstone of this profession in which opportunities abound
for fostering thoughtful young adults. An educated, well-traveled
teacher inspires in students a passion for future exploration
of the unknown corners of the world."
Greenstone has worked on school committees where she helped
set goals for scholastic success and establish enrichment
programs. She also has been the director and charter member
of a school-based Environmental Committee, which instituted
a recycling program and built a new greenhouse. These activities
allowed her, she noted, "to direct impressionable young
human beings toward a better appreciation of their Earth
and the other beings inhabiting it."
The Luce Scholars Program provides a significant monthly
stipend, a cost-of-living allowance, air transportation
and medical and travel insurance. "My placement is in Japan,
specifically in the performing arts, preferably traditional
ones, although the details are still being negotiated,"
At Wellesley, Greenstone majored in medieval/Renaissance
studies and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.
She was a member of the Baroque Music Society; Collegium
Musicum, a medieval a capella music group; the Wellesley
College Choir; the Upstage Theatre group; and the Muse Literary
and Mother Tongue Foreign Language magazine staffs. She
attended Edinburgh University during a junior-year abroad
program. Winner of Wellesley's Florence Annette Wing Lyric
Poetry Prize and Edinburgh University's Blackie Prize, highest
distinction, she has served as a commentator for the BBC
documentary, "Every Picture Tells a Story."
While at Wellesley she worked as a student artist at New
York City's Gabriel Guild, a school that teaches medieval
manuscript illumination techniques, and served as an intern
at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the Musical Instrument
She earned a master's in education from Pace University
in 1998. A teacher at Katonah-Lewisboro School District,
Katanoh, N.Y., since 1996, she also has directed variety
shows, poetic performances and environmental dramas. She
has been a founding member and musician with the Sherwood
Consort and the Mantichoir A Capella Group.
Each year 18 Luce Scholars are chosen from nominations
from participating colleges and universities; there were
68 nominating institutions this year. The program offers
young Americans an experience in Asia designed to broaden
their professional perspectives and to sharpen their perceptions
of Asia, of America and of themselves.
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The
College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate