Reception and Film Screening of “Dance Up From the Street”

Rebecca Davis (far right) teaches in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of a dance program

Rebecca Davis (far right) teaches in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of a dance program

REBECCA DAVIS, a two-time Fulbright recipient (Russia 2004 and Ukraine/Crimea 2012) and founder of MindLeaps (formerly Rebecca Davis Dance Company), a non-profit organization, and Sucheta Misra, a Chicago Chapter member (Singapore 2002) and MindLeaps Board member, invite you to a reception and film screening of Dance Up From The Street.

WHEN September 28, 2014
RECEPTION 3:30 – 5:30 pm
SCREENING 6:00- 8:00 pm
WHERE Reception location in the South Loop. It will be revealed following purchase of ticket
WHERE Screening. Showplace ICON Theater, 1011 South Delano Court East, Chicago
COST $30 (covers reception and film screening)
TICKETS Contact Sucheta Misra at

Dance Up From The Street is a documentary showing MindLeaps’ inspiring work to obtain access to education for some of Africa’s poorest children – those living on the streets in Rwanda without any food, clothing, medical care or schooling – through dance, IT training, and school sponsorship to help them transition and integrate into local communities. The documentary is directed by an award winning director from South Africa, Peter Goldsmid. For additional information on the organization, please see

At the reception, Rebecca will speak about helping street youth transition to academic classrooms in post-war and developing countries. In addition, she is excited to discuss how her Fulbright experiences played a key role in her social entrepreneurship path around the world, and how to take the leap from passion to action.

We will also have wine and hors d’oeuvres at the reception. Space is limited so please purchase your tickets soon if interested.

This event is sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

How does a Fulbrighter ride the bus? In style of course…

The advertising campaign includes billboards, buses, bus stops, inside trains and the COlumbia College Chicago campus.

The advertising campaign includes billboards, buses, bus stops, inside trains and the Columbia College Chicago campus.

By Mary Mares-Awe—OUR VERY OWN Elio Leturia is riding in style—on the bus, literally. Some of us may have seen the elegant image campaign promoting Columbia College Chicago on CTA buses around town featuring Elio Leturia along with a handful of professors at Columbia.

Leturia was invited for the advertising campaign in late April. The professional photo shoot took place at Columbia’s studios and since last month his face has graced the side billboards of CTA buses, plus the digital screens in four CTA stations at Clark and Lake, Addison Red Line, Davis Purple Line and the Belmont station, as well as inside trains. Elio’s larger-than-life image can also be seen on two billboards along I-90.

Leturia teaching Visual Journalism at Columbia College Chicago

Leturia teaching Visual Journalism at Columbia College Chicago

Besides being a journalism tenured professor at Columbia College Chicago and the vice president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, Leturia is also an accomplished theater actor. But he’s never been on a stage this big—with such an extended daily run—and more audience than can pack all of Chicago’s theaters, combined.

His reaction to all this attention: “I feel very honored that Columbia has chosen me to be a part of their promotional campaign.” Each professor was invited for the high honors they’ve achieved in their career. Elio Leturia was specifically chosen as a Fulbright-Honored Faculty. “To me it was really exciting because it was serving the campaign of the college—highlighting me as a member of the faculty, but at the same time it was highlighting Fulbright which is very close to me.”

When asked about what went through his mind when he found out he was selected for the advertising image, he says with a laugh, “Well, my first reaction was, what am I going to wear?” From the photo we can see he made an excellent wardrobe choice. Leturia also says he finds it amusing when people who’ve seen the promotional images, send him pictures they took and tell him he looks like a model in a GAP ad.

The advertising campaign is in full swing now and runs through the end of September.

Photos. Susy Schultz, Bethel Swift, Teri Arvisú, Brittany Delk

Wear black and pearls and send an antiviolence message on September 8

"If you mistreat one, you mistreat all of us. Break the silence, no more victims" reads the campaign.

“If you mistreat one, you mistreat all of us. Break the silence, no more victims” reads the campaign.

By Ana Gil-García—YOU MAY HAVE SEEN and heard about the “Ni una Víctima Más” campaign in Chicago. The concept developer, the journalist Leda Santodomingo has partnered with “Mujeres Latinas en Acción”, the oldest Latino women non-for-profit organization in the United States, to help disseminate the information on an issue greatly affecting the Hispanic/Latino women and that most media outlets avoid talking about.

The campaign has attracted many women of all social strata, educational background, political spheres, media, etc. More Hispanic and non-Hispanic women are joining the campaign day-to-day. The immediate purpose of the campaign is to produce a PSA (Public Service Announcement) that most Spanish and English TV, radio shows, and printed media have agreed to deliver and use.

The 200 women in black PSA will be filmed on September 8th at the Instituto Cervantes at 6:00 pm. Right after, the monologue “Cuando sea grande” (Spanish language) will be presented followed by a wine reception.

Why black and pearls “Audrey Hepburn-style” campaign?

Black dress and pearls is the image of the campaign

Black dress and pearls is the image of the campaign

The elegantly dressed woman in black wants to send the message that domestic violence does not discriminate any particular type of woman (uneducated, low social class and poorly dressed female). It is an epidemic, according to the World Health Association and United Nations, that has arrived in most women’s homes without any distinction.

The Board of the Chicago Chapter would like to invite the Fulbright women to join “The Women in Black” campaign and be part of the 200 women who will participate in the filming of the PSA.

WHAT “The Women in Black” PSA filming, “Cuando Sea Grande” show and wine reception

WHERE Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654

WHEN September 8, 2014 at 6 p.m.

COST $35

Members of the Chicago Chapter Fulbright Board have chosen to sponsor three Latin American female Fulbright students to attend the reception after the filming.

The campaign is still in need of $1,000 to pay the PSA production. Get your tickets HERE if you would like to participate, attend the reception, or make a contribution. Any money will help, and the Fulbright Chicago Chapter logo will go on the program and credits of the PSA.

Let’s gather at Troquet next Tuesday!

TroquetSignJOIN THE FULBRIGHT CHICAGO Alumni Association for our September membership mixer!

WHEN Tuesday, September 9th from 5:30 – 8pm.

WHERE Troquet, River North, 111 W. Huron @ Clark, Chicago, IL 60654

Join us for drinks and appetizers (House red and white wines $6) after work in the good company of the worldly Fulbright community in Chicagoland.

Please RSVP by 9/7/14 to

Join us for “Musas” theater play with a special discount for Fulbrighters



WHAT Join the Fulbright Chicago community for a cross-cultural outing to the theater.
WHEN Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. 7:30pm
Talkback with Actress Rebeca Alemán for Fulbright guests immediately to follow the performance
Promotion code ($5 off): Fulbright
WHERE  Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336 (Box Office, Ticketing Inquiries)

MUSAS | Greenhouse Theater Center
Written by Néstor Caballero
Directed by Iraida Tapias

An extraordinary encounter between the Mexican painter FRIDA KAHLO & the American poet SYLVIA PLATH.
The work proposes a fictional crossroad between two artistic personalities, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and the American poet Sylvia Plath. The play is an encounter that never happened in reality. The audience confronts the intense experiences of these women in the same space.
Frida’s life was defined by pain and love. While recovering in bed from a terrible automobile accident  suffered at an early age, she discovers painting and earns a prominent place in Mexican art. Powerful  love and belief in the revolution connects her with Diego Rivera, world famous muralist whom became her husband. Marked by a stormy relationship and intense emotional and physical pain that never fades away, Frida dies at age 47.
Sylvia published her first poem at age eight. Under a beautiful and seemingly perfect life reflected in her verses, underlies darkness and struggle with feelings of self-destruction that haunted her. She married the English poet Ted Hughes, an intense and tumultuous marriage that crumbled despite having two children together. Sylvia had always struggled with finding her own identity and oscillated between moments of intense joy with moments of deep darkness. At age 30, she commits suicide.

Special thanks to Ana Gil-García for her support in coordinating this special outing.

Scenes from our last summer mixer

Enjoying the summer weather and sharing the Fulbright spirit at Troquet

Enjoying the summer weather and sharing the Fulbright spirit at Troquet

CONTINUING WITH OUR monthly mixers, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association had its fourth get-together at the Restaurant-Bar Troquet in River North on August 12.

Alumni, board members, students and Friends of Fulbright had the chance to interact, share international stories and enjoy the nice weather. Jenni Schneiderman, our Director of Membership has been organizing these mixers. If you have any suggestions for places where to have them, please email Jenni at

There has been four mixers this year so far, chances to meet new Fulbrighters.

There has been four mixers this year so far, chances to meet new Fulbrighters.

Photos courtesy Ana Gil-García

Last mixer of the summer at Troquet

TroquetSignJOIN US FOR DRINKS AND APPETIZERS after work in the good company of our worldly membership!

The weather is beautiful and the location is centrally located and easily accessible.

WHEN Tuesday, August 12th, 2014,  5:30 – 8:00pm

WHERE Troquet, River North, 111 W. Huron @ Clark, Chicago, IL 60654

We welcome future, former, new and old members of the Fulbright Alumni Association.

Please RSVP by 8/9/14 to
House red and white wines $6. Pay for your own drinks and appetizers.