We’ll see you this time at Tumbao

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 9.31.59 PMJOIN THE FULBRIGHT CHICAGO Alumni Association for our July membership mixer!

WHEN Wednesday, July 9th from 5:30 – 8pm.

WHERE Tumbao, 3213 W. Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647, (773) 716-9007

Join us for drinks and appetizers ($5 Mojitos and 50% off most appetizers) after work in the good company of the worldly Fulbright community in Chicagoland.

Please RSVP by 7/7/14 to jenni.schneiderman@gmail.com

Consul General of Japan offers reception to Fulbrighters

Ron Harvey talking to the attendees

President Ron Harvey welcoming the attendees. At the table, Hon. Masaharu Yoshida and Dr. Bruce Douglas.

By Elio Leturia—IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN the bonds of the Chicago Fulbright community and thank the Fulbrighters who made their Fulbright in Japan, on June 11, 2014 the Consul General of Japan, Hon.  Masaharu Yoshida and his wife Mrs. Miho Yoshida hosted a reception at their beautiful home in Evanston.

Dr. Bruce Douglas and Ms. Masaharu

Dr. Bruce Douglas and Mrs. Miho Yoshida

Besides the Fulbrighters who did work in Japan, members of the board of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association participated in the event.

“I want to offer this dinner to thank the Fulbright Association,” Consul General Yoshida said while also acknowledging Dr. Bruce Douglas, who was a Fulbrighter to Japan in two successive Fulbright professorships, in 1959-1960 (Okayama) and 1960-1961 (Tokyo.)

Jessica Smith from University of Chicagoand Dr. Patti Powell, chapter board member and Director of Master's Degree Programs in Special Education Trinity Christian College

Jessica Smith from U of Chicago Graduate Student Affairs office and Dr. Patti Powell, chapter board member and Director of Master’s Degree Programs in Special Education at Trinity Christian College, enjoying the delicious meal.

Among other participants to the reception were representatives of University of Chicago and North Dakota State University. Fulbrighters from other states such as Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa were also in attendance.

Evie M. Myers from University of North Dakota and Mary Ellen Schmider, National Fulbright Association Board Member

Dr. Evie M. Myers from North Dakota State University and Dr. Mary Ellen Schmider, National Fulbright Association Board Member

The event started with a reception and moved to a sit-down dinner. After the Consul General welcome and speeches from Dr. Douglas and Dr. Ron Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, the Consul opened the floor for an informal discussion in which attendees commented about their experiences, ways to encourage more scholars/students to apply for Fulbright and how we can better promote international understanding.

Dr. Marilyn Susman (center) board member of the Chicago Chapter, at the dessert table

Dr. Marilyn Susman (center) board member of the Chicago Chapter, at the dessert table

Dinner consisted of an exquisite buffet of Japanese delicacies.

The Chicago Chapter wants to sincerely thank the Consul General and his wife, and also the Vice Consul, Ms. Ayako Yamada, who organized this beautiful event.

Consul of Japan Yoshida Masaharu

Consul General of Japan Masaharu Yoshida talking to Consul Koji Kaneko. In the back, Brooke Noonan, Director of Graduate Student Affairs at University of Chicago

IIE Midwest director Megan Spillman and Jenni Schneiderman

Institute of International Education Midwest director Megan Spillman and Jenni Schneiderman, director of membership of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Late Spring Mixer at Troquet

Kari Burnett, Jane Florine and Ron Harvey

Kari Burnett, Jane Florine and Ron Harvey. Florine is leaving for Argentina on June 30 to do research on ethnomusicology.

By Elio Leturia— SEVENTEEN FULBRIGHTERS, among them Chicago Chapter board members, alumni and students gathered on the evening of June 10 at Troquet Bar to socialize, network and share their Fulbright experiences.

This is our second “mixer,” informal opportunities that aim to connect in a casual atmosphere, Fulbrighters and friends of Fulbright. Last night there were wine specials at this nice Gold Coast bar, and despite the rain, all of us had a great time.

Jenni Schneiderman, our Director of Membership, has been organizing these informal mixers. For suggestions about where to host future ones, please email Jenni at jenni.schneiderman@gmail.com

The next Fulbright mixer will be on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014. Location TBA. Mark your calendars!

Jenni Schneiderman, Fred Siegman and Paul, a studio art professor who got Fulbrights in the UK

Jenni Schneiderman, Fred Siegman and Paul Witt, a studio art teacher who got Fulbrights in the UK and came from Lake Bluff to the mixer.

Fulbright Chicago Mixer in River North

TroquetJOIN THE FULBRIGHT CHICAGO Alumni Association for a vibrant membership mixer!

WHEN Tuesday, June 10th, 2014,  5:30 – 8:00pm

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

Join us for drinks and appetizers after work in the good company of the worldly Fulbright community in Chicagoland.

Please RSVP by 6/7/14 to jenni.schneiderman@gmail.com
House red and white wines $6. Pay for your own drinks and appetizers.

Host an international student this summer!

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By Elio Leturia—WORLDCHICAGO IS looking for homestay hosts for two upcoming June youth programs. There will be a delegation of high school students from Africa ​(ages 15 to 19)​ in Chicago from June 5 to 13, and a delegation of high school students ​(ages 12 to 17 years old)​ from India and Pakistan, from June 13 to 18, 2014

WorldChicago is still looking for ​ 5 more hosts for the African program and 5 more hosts for the India and Pakistan program. ​

If you are interested in hosting students please email Maria Krasinski at mkrasinski@worldchicago.org or John Baum at jbaum@worldchicago.org

Besides these there are other hosting opportunities this summer! See below.

SUMMER HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES
 June 5–13: ANGOLA, CAMEROON, GHANA, RWANDA, SIERRA LEONE, TANZANIA
 June 13–18: INDIA & PAKISTAN — Cultural Immersion
 July 10–24: IRAQ — Teen Health
 July 14–22: UNITED KINGDOM — Youth Dialogue
 July 22–Aug 2: MEXICO — Bullying Prevention
 August 12–23: CHINA — Exploring Community through Arts

Regina Mamou’s work at “A Prophet Is Not A Fortune Teller”

Installation view, A Record of Disillusion, 2014 by Regina Mamou

Installation view, A Record of Disillusion, 2014 by Regina Mamou

THE GROUP EXHIBITION A Prophet Is Not A Fortune Teller was on view from Friday, May 2, 2014, through Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Chicago Artists Coalition located at 217 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607.

Installation view, Proposed Vortex (Iteration #3), 2014 by Regina Mamou

Installation view, Proposed Vortex (Iteration #3), 2014 by Regina Mamou

In A Prophet Is Not A Fortune Teller, HATCH Residents Regina Mamou (board member and director of academic relations of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association), Adam Liam Rose, and Sabri Reed presented work that questioned the mediations between body and soul, mind and spirit, and the divine and the quotidian.

The exhibition was curated by Aaron Ott and Jeannette Tremblay. In addition to the exhibition, there was a conversation with the artists on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at the gallery. For more information on the Chicago Artists Coalition, visit chicagoartistscoalition.org.

Installation view, All That Has Ever Happened Is Present, 2014 by Regina Mamou

Installation view, All That Has Ever Happened Is Present, 2014 by Regina Mamou

2014 Fulbright Spring Farewell at the beautiful Baha’i Temple

Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois

Baha’i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois

Fulbrighters visiting the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette

Fulbrighters visiting the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette

2104 Spring Farewell started at the Baha'i Temple

2104 Spring Farewell started at the Baha’i Temple

By Patti L. Powell—ON A SUNNY BUT windy Saturday, May 3, around 70 Fulbright Scholars, former Scholars, student Scholars, and their guests gathered to say farewell both to each other and to Chicago.

The day began with a guided tour and video of the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette, IL. The gardens were not quite in full bloom but the grounds were still beautiful and it was fascinating to learn more about both the building of the Baha’i Temple and the Baha’i faith.

We learned that the roots of the building the Temple in Wilmette sprouted at the Chicago Columbia Exposition and that the Baha’i Temple is one of seven Illinois wonders.

Fulbright students, scholars and alumni enjoyed a Middle-Eastern buffet at Reza's

Fulbright students, scholars and alumni enjoyed a Middle-Eastern buffet at Reza’s

After our tour students and guests boarded a bus and headed to Reza’s Restaurant in Andersonville for a delicious Mediterranean lunch that had something for everyone.

Fulbright students and scholars who have finished with their programs receive a certificate of completion by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Fulbright students and scholars who have finished with their programs receive a certificate of completion by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

President Ron Harvey with Rodrigo Batista and his certificate of completion

President Ron Harvey with Rodrigo Batista and his certificate of completion

Students who had been strangers last September were now more than acquaintances but friends and it was obvious that deep and lasting relationships had formed over the year.

As is customary during the last event of the year, students and scholars who are leaving received a certificate of completion from the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association. This annual event is sponsored by the Chicago chapter and the Institute of International Education, Midwest Office.

Thank you Fulbright Scholars, students, and guests for making a Saturday in May a day to remember.

Sunny day at the Baha'i Temple

Sunny day at the Baha’i Temple

Chapter member Elizabeth Stokely talks to Fulbright student Jakob Sørensen

Chapter member Elizabeth Stokely talks to Fulbright student Jakob Sørensen

President Ron Harvey with Fulbright students who have completed their programs

President Ron Harvey with Fulbright students who have completed their programs

A presentation on the Baha'i faith and its temple in Wilmette

A presentation on the Baha’i faith and its temple in Wilmette

At Reza's restaurant, Jane Florine, Mary Mares-Awe, scholar Mariya Shymchyshyn, Marylin Susman and her husband.

At Reza’s restaurant, Jane Florine, Mary Mares-Awe, scholar Mariya Shymchyshyn, Marilyn Susman and her husband.

Paulina Ziembinska and Ron Harvey

Paulina Ziembinska and Ron Harvey

Andrés Pinzón and Ron Harvey

Andrés Pinzón and Ron Harvey

Photos by Patti Powell, Ivy Marischa, Elio Leturia