Summer Social and Happy Hour at Zed

Fulbright HapHour ZED_8-19-16

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER BOARD of the Fulbright Association would like to invite you to an after work Social and Happy Hour!
WHEN Friday, August 19, 2016 from 6pm-8pm at
WHERE Zed451, located at 739 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60654


This will be a great opportunity to share Fulbright stories, catch up with friends, and meet other Fulbright Association members from the Chicago area.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Chicago-based Fulbrighter publishes translation of Venezuelan fiction writer Antonia Palacios

Dr. RoseAnna Mueller in her office at Columbia College Chicago.

Dr. RoseAnna Mueller in her office at Columbia College Chicago.

FULBRIGHTER TO VENEZUELA in 2002/2003 and Columbia College Chicago Professor Emerita, Dr. RoseAnna Mueller has published the first English translation of one of the main works of 20th-century Venezuelan fiction.

Ana Isabel, A Respectable Girl was released in June 2016.

Ana Isabel, A Respectable Girl, was released in June 2016.

Ana Isabel, A Respectable Girl (Universitas Press) was originally released in 1949. Written by Antonia Palacios Ana Isabel, una niña decente (in Spanish) is a classic coming-of-age story set in Caracas in the 1920s, exploring issues of race, class, and gender and exposing the colonial and patriarchal legacy of the country in the era before urban development and the dependence on an oil economy and in the midst of a dictatorship. Antonia Palacios (1904-2001) was one of the most important Venezuelan writers of the 20th century. A poet, novelist, essayist and short-story writer, she was also a prominent feminist and civil rights activist.

Writer Antonia Palacios, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century in Venezuela.

Writer Antonia Palacios, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century in Venezuela.

The novel broke with the symbolic realist genre in vogue in Venezuelan narrative works and inaugurated a new form of feminine expression with poetic overtones. It takes on a confessional and autobiographical tone as it represents a young girl’s reality as she questions what it means to be respectable in her society. In describing his mother’s work, Fernán Frías points to the work’s “innocent sensuality” and concludes that both young readers and adults can enjoy the work.

RoseAnna Mueller says that her “fondest wish is to have non-Spanish speaking readers fall in love with young Ana Isabel and share in her world with all its joys, sorrows and longings.” Mueller considers that if we are truly serious about diversity and multi-culturalism, then we all must read beyond the borders of the established canon.

The publication of this translation is a result of Mueller’s Teaching/Research Fulbright in Venezuela, 2002/2003, where she first discovered the work of Antonia Palacios, as well as the work of Teresa de la Parra, which led to the publication of Teresa de la Parra: A Literary Life in 2012.

During her extensive teaching career, Mueller has taught works by Latin American women writers and she feels that if she were to teach Latin American Women’s literature at the Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, she should include the works of Venezuelans. Thanks to the Fulbright, Mueller says that she “was able to learn more about the rich heritage of Venezuelan women writers the world knows little about. Thanks to the on-going connections I continue to enjoy with my colleagues in Venezuela, I was able to enlist their help with close readings of the first drafts of my translation. Their encouragement and their love for their country touched me deeply and makes all the hard work looking for just the right word worthwhile.” She values the collaboration that her Fulbright award was able to allow her to continue her research over the years.

In January 2017, RoseAnna Mueller will be working at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia, thanks to a Fulbright Teaching/Research Award. This will be another opportunity for her to continue her work on Latin American women’s literature through the study of the narratives of three mystic nuns of New Granada.

A native of Italy, Mueller emigrated to the U.S. when she was six years old. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian and an active member of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

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.