Fulbright Chicago Jazz Concert and Wine Reception

Poster design by Kevin Spitta, German Fulbrighter

Poster design by Kevin Spitta, German Fulbrighter

By Mary Mares-Awe—IN CELEBRATION OF the 5th anniversary of UNESCO designated International Jazz Day on April 30, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association in partnership with 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio, Morgan Stanley and the Institute of International Education (IIE), would like to invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to a very special evening on the eve of International Jazz Day, featuring a live jazz performance and a post-performance wine and soft drink reception.

Grazyna Auguscik

Grazyna Auguscik

The event, featuring international recording artist and jazz performer Grazyna Auguscik will be broadcast live on 90.9fm WDCB.

Jazz has strong roots in Chicago, and international artists have come to the city to study, develop their craft and perform.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an evening of live music at a great downtown location.

WHEN Friday, April 29, 2016

PERFORMANCE   5pm-6pm (doors open at 4:15pm)*

RECEPTION   6pm-6:45pm
*because this event will be broadcast live on public radio, NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED  to the performance auditorium after 4:50pm.

WHERE Piano Forte Foundation, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605

Please RSVP by clicking HERE.

COST $15 (plus $1 PayPal fee)
Seating is limited.  To guarantee a seat at the performance, please purchase your tickets in advance by clicking HERE .
You DO NOT need to have a PayPal login to pay.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Voiceless Melodies: An invitation to a cross cultural theater experience

Dr. Hassan and Judy Veramendi at the 2016 Spring farewell

Dr. Ifthikar Hassan and Judy Veramendi at the 2016 Fulbright Spring Farewell in Greektown, Chicago

Veramendi and Hassan have been working together on this theater play for over a year.

Veramendi and Hassan have been working together on this theater play for over a year.

ENJOYING THE FULBRIGHT Spring Farewell Luncheon on Saturday, April 16, were two Fulbrighters whose play, Voiceless Melodies, will be performed at Victory Gardens Theater, Sunday April 24 at 7:30 PM.

Reserve your FREE TICKETS at ivpchicago.org\events. The 75 minute play will be followed by a reception featuring Punjabi music and food.

Pakistani author Ifthikar N. Hassan and playwright/adaptor Judy Veramendi began collaborating on this project over a year ago. In the play, Shazia, a lovely young Punjabi girl with a determined vision of how her life must unfold, moves through light and shadow before coming into her glory. Experience her story, and her world, through songs, dances, and celebrations of love and marriage, interwoven with the Voiceless Melodies of her ancestors.

The 2016 Spring Farewell takes place at the National Hellenic Museum in Greektown

Originally founded as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, in 1983, the National Hellenic Museum is the second oldest American institution dedicated to the displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans.

Originally founded as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center in 1983, the National Hellenic Museum is the second oldest American institution dedicated to the displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans.

By Mary Mares-AweTHE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to attend our 2016 Spring Farewell Luncheon and visit to the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago’s historic Greek Town.

The purpose of this event is to bid fond farewells to the visiting Students and Scholars who will soon be returning to their home countries. The gathering provides an opportunity for Fulbright Association members of the Chicago Chapter to say ‘thank you’ to our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm lasting friendships and professional connections. ​

WHEN Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12:00pm – 4pm.

WHERE ​​​​ National Hellenic Museum located at 333 South Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661


Following the museum visit, we’ll go to Roditys Restaurant for a luncheon starting at 1:30pm. Roditys is located at 222 South Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

Those who only want to attend the luncheon, should arrive at the restaurant by 1:30pm

​COST This event is FREE to current Fulbright students and scholars. ​

The cost for each accompanying adult family member and/or guests, Fulbright Alumni, Association Members, Friends of Fulbright, etc. is $20/person. You may pay by PayPal when you R.S.V.P. using this LINK  (preferred), or you may pay by cash, check, or credit card at the event. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=E997C7J39NUMN

HOW TO GET THERE If you plan on using public transportation, please plan your trip via transitchicago.com If you take the L Blue line, get off at the UIC-Halsted stop and then walk north on Halsted.

PARKING There is metered street parking along Halsted, Adams, and Jackson streets, and several self-park, parking lots in the vicinity. Roditys has a limited number of complimentary parking spots in the lot across the street from the restaurant.

 R.S.V.P.  NOW (and NO LATER THAN Tuesday, April 12) by clicking HERE or on the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16ZufU2RT4LmNMl-S0xs6-UzAlFlnkL5uEZ2y9Fn-248/viewform

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Chicago Chapter participates in the 2016 International Women’s Day Celebration

Sheila Watt-Cloutier was the keynote speaker at the 2016 World Chicago's International Women's Day Luncheon

Sheila Watt-Cloutier was the keynote speaker at the 2016 World Chicago’s International Women’s Day Luncheon

By Mary-Mares-AweMEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association and six visiting Fulbright students celebrated International Women’s day by attending the 15th annual luncheon at the Union League Club on March 8, hosted by World Chicago and the International Trade Club of Chicago.

Fulbrignt table at the 2016 International Women's Day Luncheon at the Union League Club

Fulbrignt table at the 2016 International Women’s Day Luncheon at the Union League Club

Attending the lunch were visiting Fulbrighters: Milena BerBenkova from Bulgaria, Eliana Solange from Angola, Eliane deLarminat of France, Aisa Lipscombe of New Zeland, Teuta Peja of Kosovo and Annie Khalid of Pakistan.

Representing the chapter were Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Dr. Sandra Martins, one of the chapter’s newest members.

Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Dr. Sandra Martins, member of the Chicago Chapter promoted the Fulbright Association at the International Women's Day Luncheon

Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Dr. Sandra Martins, member of the Chicago Chapter promoted the Fulbright Association at the International Women’s Day Luncheon

The luncheon featured Nobel Peace Prize nominated author and, environmental and human rights advocate, Sheila Watt-Cloutier.  She is also the president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada.

During her speech Ms. Watt-Cloutier outlined the effects of human-made climate change on the lives of not only the aboriginal people of the North Pole, but on the whole world.  “The north pole is the air-conditioned of the planet”, she said and when that starts to break down the whole world feels its affects from severe weather to droughts and floods.

She also said it’s vital for the world to understand that “the actions or inactions of the global community are starting to impact very deeply the human rights of people who dependent on their environment on a daily basis”. She also added that it’s not just people who depend on their environment like the Inuit, but everyone is impacted by climate change.

TheRighttobeColdBOOKThe author emphasized the importance women can play in bringing attention to the devastating toll climate change is inflicting on people’s lives and the worldwide economy.

The visiting Fulbright students found the talk fascinating and the luncheon “just wonderful”, as one of them said. The students also expressed their gratitude to the Members of the Chicago Chapter board for their sponsorship.

Following the luncheon, students got the opportunity pose for pictures with Sheila Watt-Cloutier.  Some of them even purchased her latest book, The Right to be Cold, which she personally inscribed.

The luncheon was sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and co-sponsored by the Institute of International Education, IIE.

Fulbrighter Veramendi gives voice to Punjabi melodies

Voiceless

 

Playwright Judy Veramendi

Playwright Judy Veramendi

JUDY VERAMENDI, PLAYWRIGHT and Fulbright specialist in the Arts, first became interested in developing a play based on Pakistani culture about three years ago.

After some research she had discovered that the Pakistani culture possessed great richness and beauty, unknown to most of the world.

Most Americans’ knowledge had been about terrorism and violence there. She believed, as she had in her first six theater plays and productions, that knowledge and empathy of another’s culture goes far to create international trust and appreciation.

Fulbright scholar Frances Anderson

Fulbright scholar Frances Anderson

Another Fulbright specialist, Frances Anderson, who had been to Pakistan twice on grants, shared with Judy a lovely book of Punjabi folk songs entitled, “Voiceless Melodies.” The folk songs have been passed down from generation to generation by Punjabi women; this is the first time they have been published, and in a bilingual Punjabi/English version.

Judy was drawn to the beauty of the folk songs and began to visualize a play with Punjabi music and dance, with a storyline featuring the folk songs.

Fulbright scholar Hassan

Fulbright scholar Iftikhar N. Hassan

Through Chicago Fulbrighter Frances Anderson, Judy got to know the author of ‘Voiceless Melodies’, Dr. Iftikhar N. Hassan, an eminent Fulbrighter and writer who teaches at Karakoram International University, Gilgit-Baltistan in Islamabad. Judy proposed the play to the International Voices Project Festival of Victory Gardens Theater, and it was accepted for inclusion on April 24, 2016.

Judy was set to travel to Pakistan to work on developing the script, but due to the insecurity of the situation there, Dr. Hassan traveled to Evanston instead.

Thanks to their many discussions about the play over Skype and e-mail, they were able to finish a lovely script. Now Patrizia Acerra, Executive Director of the International Voices Project, is working with Rasaka Theater on developing the staged reading set for April 24, 2016. This free-of-charge event is directed by Kamal Hans. Judy and Dr. Hassan are working on bringing the latter here for the performance and talkback, and have hopes of finding a theater home for “Voiceless Melodies.”

Christened “Playwright of the Third World” by a local Pakistani artist, Judy Veramendi feels very grateful that she has been able to foster international cultural and artistic exchanges, thanks to the Fulbright Commission, the International Artists’ Exchange program of the State of Illinois, the Evanston Cultural Fund, and the Puffin Foundation.

Swedish immigration and culture in Argentina

The largest immigration in Latin America was concentrated in Argentina.

The largest immigration in Latin America was concentrated in Argentina.

THIS WILL BE THE TOPIC of a presentation by Dr. Jane Florine, a Chicago Chapter Member, who will give her talk at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville next month.

WHERE Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640

WHEN March 13, 2016, 4:00pm- 5:30 pm

COST Free

RSVP via email to museum@samac.org

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Swedish American Museum In Andersonville, Chicago

Most Swedish Americans know that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries many Swedes immigrated to the United States–especially to the upper Midwest–but almost none know that some Swedes also immigrated to South America during this same time period. Most of them settled in Argentina. Oberá, in the northeastern Argentine Province of Misiones, was the largest Swedish colony in Latin America. To this day, many Swedish traditions are maintained in this town. The Nordic ethnic group of Oberá participates in the National Immigrant Festival held in this city, where it keeps its Scandinavian traditions alive by presenting Nordic dance, music, and food at the event.

In her presentation, Dr. Florine will discuss Swedish immigration to Argentina and its cultural legacy there.

Jane Florine has lived and worked in Argentina. “Although I was a full-time symphony musician (flutist) at the time, I often played flute at the Swedish Church for services, cultural events, and recitals. Since I am of Scandinavian heritage, this experience got me interested in Swedish immigrant music and culture in Argentina” Dr. Florine said.

Her presentation will largely consist of photographs and informal commentary. The talk will include historical information about Swedish immigration and settlement in Argentina—the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

The 2015 Winter Holiday Reception —a festive occasion

Fulbright Students attending the 2015 Chicago Chapter Winter Holiday Reception at the KnickerBoxer Hotel.

Fulbright Students attending the 2015 Chicago Chapter Winter Holiday Reception at the Knickerbocker Millennium Hotel.

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association held its Winter Holiday Reception at the Knickerbocker Millennium Hotel downtown Chicago in the early part of December. The festive, holiday setting of the historic Knickerbocker Hotel proved a beautiful backdrop for the annual celebration.

Fulbright scholars attended the 2015 Winter Holidays Reception with their families.

Fulbright scholars attended the 2015 Winter Holidays Reception with their families.

Co-sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE), some 122 Fulbright Scholars, alumni, consular representatives, students, and friends of Fulbright attended the event on Friday, December 2, 2015.

Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, welcomes our guests.

Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, welcomes our guests.

Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet-style meal consisting of salmon, chicken, and vegetarian pasta along with salads and a wonderful chocolate mousse for dessert.

Ron Harvey, the Vice President of the Chicago Chapter served as the Master of Ceremonies. He briefly spoke of his Fulbright experience as a Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria, before introducing Mary Mares-Awe, the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

 Hon. Consul General of Pakistan, Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, shares his experiences as a foreign exchange student.

Hon. Consul General of Pakistan, Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, shares his experiences as a foreign exchange student.

Mary welcomed all attendees and in her speech reminded the audience of the celebratory focus of the event. “One of the main reasons to celebrate is that tonight we have 48 countries represented by scholars, students and members of various Chicago consulates.” she said. In addition, the alumni in attendance have visited 21 countries through the Fulbright Program.

Also attending the 2015 Winter Holiday reception, were many representatives from among Chicago’s consular corps including Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Hon. Consul General of India; Mr. Michael Wood, Hon. Consul General of Australia; Mr. Andre King, Hon. Consul of Barbados; Mr. Ihsan Sweiss, Hon. Consul General of Jordan, Mr. Toshiyuki Iwado, Hon. Consul General of Japan; Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Hon. Consul General of Pakistan; Mr. Ilker Pak representing the Turkish Consulate in Chicago, and the consulate of Haiti was represented by Ms. Marie Casimir.

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Hon. Consul General of India; Mr. Michael Wood, Hon. Consul General of Australia; Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Hon. Consul General of Japan.

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Hon. Consul General of India; Mr. Michael Wood, Hon. Consul General of Australia; Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Mr. Toshiyuki Iwado, Hon. Consul General of Japan.

“Another reason to celebrate”, Mary continued, “is that 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program.” Various activities will be planned through the year around the theme of the anniversary.

Fulbright guests enjoying a lively conversation

Fulbright guests enjoying a lively conversation

Columbia College Chicago Jazz trio provided excellent live music.

Columbia College Chicago jazz trio provided excellent live music.

“And the biggest reason to celebrate, is our friendship solidified by our experiences as Fulbrighters” Mary Mares-Awe added in conclusion. After Mary’s welcoming speech, the Hon. Consul General of Pakistan to Chicago, Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, gave a brief speech outlining the importance of educational exchange programs, by recounting his own experiences as a foreign exchange student prior to his diplomatic career. Of the Fulbright scholars and students studying this year in Chicago, Pakistan, represented by six Fulbrighters, comprises the second largest group after Mexico.

A jazz trio of music students from Columbia College Chicago added to the warm, festive atmosphere of the event with their professional-level performance of jazz music through the evening.

Photos by Jenni Schneiderman