ELLSWORTH — Greg Winston may be best known locally as the friendly fellow scooping a cone of Nutty Bovine, Udderly Divine or some other ice cream flavor at Mortons Moo.
The ice cream emporium’s co-owner, though, has another life as an English professor at Husson University in Bangor. The full scope of what the Ellsworth resident does became better known last week when Winston was named a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar. He will spend part of next year teaching at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. He also will research the work of Irish poet Seamus Heaney and novelist John McGahern.
Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, the prestigious Fulbright Scholars Program was launched in 1946 by President Harry Truman and Sen. J. William Fulbright to enable American scholars and academics to teach and do research in other countries.
Through his Fulbright grant, Winston will teach and explore how the environment and nature influenced Heaney and McGahern and figures in their writing. The former grew up in County Derry in Northern Ireland while McGahern hailed from the County Leitrim/Roscommon region in the Irish Republic.
“I’ll have a chance to visit both writers’ home regions and other locations represented in their writings,” Winston said in a press release issued by Husson. “I’m looking forward to meeting a number of Irish scholars, critics, poets and writers doing work in this area.”
Winston sees Fulbright Scholarships and similar opportunities as vital in the academic world.
“Scholarship, teaching and university life include learning from and connecting with others, respecting differences and breaking down barriers — whether cultural, social or economic. The Fulbright program represents the best of what the U.S. and global university life can be. It encourages connections and building bridges between cultures.”