2021 Spring Farewell: Celebrating food, music, culture and Fulbrighters!

THE FULBRIGHT CHICAGO CHAPTER would like to invite you, your friends and family to a night of celebration of the graduating Fulbright students and scholars! Join us for the farewell of our international fellow Fulbrighters with an evening of wonderful music and food with Mexican flavor.

Cooking and drinks demonstration by Cocina Castillo: YouTube host Nydia Castillo will be sharing how to make the “Paloma” cocktail along with an informatively delicious evening teaching the difference among tacos, flautas, tortas, and sopes.

Live music by singer Ana Santos and guitarist Dean Karabatsos: The duo will perform three Mexican folk and modern songs throughout the evening. What a delight!

WHEN May 4, 2021

TIME 7:30-8:30pm Central Time

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Local Fulbrighters meet international Fulbrighters through WorldChicago Home Hospitality Program

WorldChicago President Peggy Parfenoff welcoming the Home Hospitality participants on March 30, 2021.

LAST MARCH 30 EVENING, WorldChicago partnered with the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter for the first online live engagement of the Virtual Home Hospitality Program.

This opportunity allowed for Fulbright alumni to connect with the current Fulbright Scholars, not only in the Chicago area but also in other parts of the country. Each Fulbright alum had the chance to connect with a visiting scholar for an hour and share one another’s experiences, discussing home, family and work life.

WorldChicago President Peggy Parfenoff welcomed all participants highlighting the collaboration with our chapter. Dr. Edel Jose, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, added that both organizations have a history of working together and looked forward for live events but in the current circumstances we are doing whatever possible to maintain a strong connection and communication.

The 2021 Fulbright Scholars that participated in this event come from India, Italy, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Lebanon, Burma (Myanmar), Tunisia, Morocco, Georgia, Bulgaria, Tajikistan, Romania, Egypt, Algeria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Jordan, Greece, Serbia, Turkey, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Colombia and Chile.   

Julia Sosnivka, WorldChicago’s Program Associate managed the virtual event and created breakout rooms for local and international scholars to meet. Besides Dr. Jose, the Chicago Chapter was represented by board members Marilyn Susman and Elio Leturia.

Four Fulbright alumni share their Fulbright experiences during International Education Week

Laura Savage, 2020 Fulbright to Malaysia

By Teuta Peja—IN CELEBRATION OF International Education Week 2020, the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter, in cooperation with Chicago Public Schools took students on a virtual trip to Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, and Russia.

Four Fulbright alumni from Chicago, Annie Loge, Anna Perkins, Alana Murphy, and Laura Savage who got their Fulbright awards in those countries, shared the values of cultural understanding and international exchange with K-12 students of Columbia Explorers Academy, Multicultural Arts High School, and Prosser Career Academy. Through the interactive presentations of our Fulbright Alumni, students got acquainted with culture and business in Guadalajara, Mexico, discussed what it means to be a “Global Citizen”, compared the population size of Chicago with that of Manila, The Philippines, and brainstormed ways in which a densely packed population might impact day-to-day life.

This is part of the Fulbright in the Classroom ongoing program.

Curious students tested their knowledge by playing Kahoot and participating in the discussion. Through interactive activities, students got to learn about the food, religion, and different lifestyles people have in different parts of the world. Laksa, a famous Malaysian dish, seemed to have caught students’ attention. Impressed with various languages spoken around the globe, language-inclined students practiced greeting in Russian. Hoping to take this virtual adventure further, students expressed interest in the process of studying abroad through Fulbright and other similar programs.

Students enjoyed the virtual trip through the Fulbrighters stories, moreover they appreciated the work of the Fulbrighters around the world. Fifty minutes of sharing a meaningful experience can have a lasting impact on the students. Laura shared one of the many letters she has received from students after her presentation.


“ Dear Miss. Laura, I want to thank you for all the things that you did for your students. You taught them countries and holidays. I found a beautiful city that I could go to one day and that is Malaysia. You are needed to the whole world. You are meaningful. I wish you are getting so much good luck. I want you to have the best feast on Thanksgiving. How yummy is that?! Who is your favorite Marvel/DC Superhero ever Ms.Laura?” Student at Columbia Explorers Academy

“I hope that the experience helped expand students’ horizons by encouraging them learn about a part of the world that might seem especially far away given Chicago’s current stay-at-home advisory.” Alana Murphy, Fulbright alumna in The Philippines


Chicago Winter Wonderland with 2020 Dee Sarelas Service Award recipients and Fulbright Program updates

Our 2021 Winter Wonderland and 2020 Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony went virtual this year.

By Suzanne McBrideDOZENS OF FULBRIGHTERS gathered virtually Jan. 28 to honor the 2020 Dee Sarelas Service Award recipients that included a past chapter president and a local group the Chicago chapter has partnered with over the years, and they got an update on the Fulbright program from the association’s national leader.

Fulbright Association Executive Director John Bader

Executive Director John Bader, joining the meeting from his home in suburban Washington, D.C., said the hope is the program, suspended in spring 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will “return to normal” in fall 2021 in the Northern Hemisphere, with the Southern Hemisphere restarting in early 2022.

Despite the program’s suspension, Congress continues to appropriate money for it – something Bader called “quite extraordinary.” He encouraged all members to join the association in advocating for the program, noting “it’s very important for us to continue to raise our voices.”

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the Fulbright Association won’t be holding in-person advocacy days on Capitol Hill this spring as it normally does but will be asking members to participate in a digital advocacy campaign.

To mark the program’s 75th anniversary, the association is asking Fulbrighters to share their experiences. “We want to capture the full range of stories,” Bader said.

He also urged members to help promote global understanding with elementary and secondary students through the “Fulbright in the Classroom” program.

There’s no set curriculum, but the association has put together this toolkit. Members are encouraged to share their experiences as a Fulbrighter, including talking about the culture, food and music of the country in which they lived. Make sure after the visit – which are being held virtually – to complete this from and submit photos to the association.

Bader said when chapter grants resume, there will be a strong emphasis on interacting with underrepresented communities.

AND OUR 2020 DEE SARELAS SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS ARE …

Monica Swope, the Chicago chapter’s first African American president, received the 2020 Dee Sarelas Service Award.

2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award winner Dr. Norma Green presents the 2020 award to Monica Swope.

The award was established in 2010 and is named for the founder of the Chicago chapter who died in 2007 at the age of 90; Dee Sarelas was a Fulbrighter in Greece. Swope, who had Fulbrights in Germany and Japan and is the founder of Learning Dimensions, is the eighth recipient.

For the first time, the Chicago chapter also honored an organization: World Chicago. President Peggy Parfenoff received the award on the group’s behalf.

Dr. Marilyn Susman, first Dee Sarelas Award winner in 2010 presents the 2020 award to World Chicago. This is the first year that the Dee Sarelas Service Award goes to an organization as well.

WorldChicago President Peggy Parfenoff accepts the recognition on behalf of the organization.

A CAPPELLA MUSIC AND RAFFLE PRIZES

Attendees were entertained with the music of Chicago a Cappella, who performed three themes. Also 10 lucky winners shared in more than $300 in prizes awarded through a raffle.

Chicago Chapter board member Tatiana Orlova announces the first raffle winners.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:

  • Cupitol $25 gift card: Linda Jacobson
  • Amazon $50 gift card: Monica Swope
  • Cupitol $25 gift card: Ann Logue
  • Best Buy $50 gift card: Joan Miller
  • Cupitol $25 gift card: Lesby Velásquez
  • Starbucks $50 gift card: Jamie Truax
  • Cupitol $25 gift card: Erick Bertín Ortega Polito
  • Amazon $50 gift card: Ivan Adames
  • Fulbright gift basket: Peggy Parfenoff
  • Fulbright gift basket: Michael Schlesinger

Board member and Treasurer Adam Fuss announces the remaining winners of the raffle.

This was another opportunity to strengthen the Fulbright mission in our Chicago community.

Winter Holidays Virtual Reception and 2020 Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony. RSVP now!

This holiday event is sponsored by Chicago a Cappella, and Cupitol Coffee.

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association invites you, your family, colleagues and friends to attend our Virtual Winter Reception and the 2020 Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award Ceremony.

The Dee Sarelas Service Award was established in 2009 to honor the memory of Aphrodite “Dee” Floros Sarelas*, a Fulbrighter who established the foundations of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and dedicated her time to promote internationalism. This award recognizes the efforts of a local person and organization that follow Dee’s example for service.

This event will present a wonderful opportunity to virtually mingle with fellow Fulbrighters and make new connections, while enjoying a night of entertainment with a Chicago a Cappella virtual concert and a raffle filled with great prizes! We look forward to seeing you there!


WHEN Thursday January 28, 2021
TIME 7:30 – 8:30 pm (Central time)
WHERE Zoom link

RSVPs are required.
Please R.S.V.P. using this online form.

RAFFLE We are raffling off prizes, among them five $50 gift cards (Amazon, Best Buy, Starbucks) and four $25 Cupitol gift cards. To buy raffle tickets ($10 = 1 ticket, $15 = 2 tickets, $20 = 3 tickets,) click HERE.


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*Aphrodite Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicagoland community, Dee was a person remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together. Her educational background and professional experiences in the field of Social Work prepared her well for contributions to our chapter and beyond—as an administrator for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army Training College, as a liaison at White House conferences, as a special consultant to Voice of America, and as editor of Social Welfare in Underdeveloped Countries (United Nations publication). For the foregoing reasons, the Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award has been established in her memory.

Chicago a Cappella is pleased to extend a 20% discount on all virtual subscriptions. Visit chicagoacapella.org and use the discount code FULBRIGHT at checkout.

Go to www.fulbrightchicago.com for Event announcements, news on area Fulbrighters, and ways for you to become involved in the Chicago Fulbright Community!

 

The Further We Roll, The More We Gain closes on Dec. 4, 2020 on Facebook Live!

 

JOIN MAKE ART WITH PURPOSE (MAP) on Facebook Live at the closing of MAP2020: The Further We Roll, The More We Gain, a festival produced in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Janeil Engelstad

MAP seized the occasion of this centennial anniversary to critically examine various aspects of the 19th Amendment, such as the role of women of color in the movement, as well as who was allowed to vote and who was not, according to race and other factors. In this virtual salon, moderated by Janeil Engelstad, eight of the nineteen participating artists will talk about the flags they designed that celebrate a woman or connect to the festival themes.

MAP Founding Director Janeil Engelstad, is an American artist and curator whose work focuses on the role of the arts and design in addressing social and environmental concerns. She is a 2006 Fulbright Scholar to the Slovak Republic.

WHAT The Further We Roll, The More We Gain Virtual Salon

WHEN December 4, 2020, 5-6pm CST

TO ATTEND https://www.facebook.com/events/393822248632813/

FLAG ARTISTS AND THEMES

Morehshin Allahyari honoring Forough Farokhzad at Dallas Museum of Art

Taylor Barnes honoring Fannie Lou Hamer at South Dallas Cultural Center

Viola Delgado addressing the expected role of Latina Women at Oak Cliff Cultural Center

Ofelia Faz-Garza honoring Mother Earth

Letitia Huckaby honoring Shirley Lewis at Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Amy Khosbin reflecting female resilience at Oak Cliff Cultural Center

Annette Lawrence examining the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment at Conduit Gallery

Beili Liu honoring mothers of displaced migrant children at Crow Museum of Asian Art

Vicki Meek honoring Ida B. Wells Barnett at South Side

Tahila Corwin Mintz honoring Indigenous Women Knowledge Carriers at The MAC

It is well documented that women, especially women of color, are under-represented in the arts. While there is nearly a 50/50 split in the number of female working artists and number of MFAs earned, 25% of projects and exhibitions are produced by women, 4% by women of color. Using the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, MAP 2020 will be a festival that provides funding and space for female artists and also proposes ideas and actions for the sustainability of this effort over the long term.

International Education Week 2020: Share your Fulbright experience with CPS students!

IN CELEBRATION OF International Education Week 2020, the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter, in cooperation with Chicago Public Schools, is organizing a Fulbright-in-the-Classroom activity.

In this virtual event, Chicago-based Fulbright alumni will be sharing with K-12 students what their Fulbright experiences were when doing research and teaching in different countries around the world. What a great way to engage our future Fulbrighters!

These presentations will take place November 16-20, 2020. Every day a Fulbright guest will discuss what it was like to live in another country that hosted them for several months.

If you are a Fulbright alum who is interested in participating as a speaker in the classroom, please contact the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter at fulbrightchicago@gmail.com, by November 8, 2020, with the following information:

  1. Name/Last name
  2. Fulbright host country and year
  3. Email and phone

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Nominate a candidate for the 2020 Fulbright Chicago Dee Sarelas Service Award!

 

Dear Member of the Fulbright Association, Chicago Chapter:

YOU ARE INVITED to nominate a person for consideration for the 2020 Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award.

The award is in honor of one of the Chicago Chapter’s early presidents, Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas*. Dee passed away at the age of 90 in June of 2007. Dee earned her B.S. in education and was a member of the honor societies Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi, and in 1954 she received her M.A. degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant in 1958 to attend the School of Social Work in Athens, Greece.


The nominee does NOT need to be a Fulbright Association member and may be a citizen or resident of any country.
The selection criteria for the nominee:

must be a living individual or a 501c3 organization;
must have had a significant impact (short- or long-term) on the development of internationalism for the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and/or for the Chicago area community (e.g., program design or delivery, membership recruitment, communication production, international understanding outreach, international education, leadership in an organization that promote international understanding)
must exemplify the values of the Fulbright Association;
the individual or president of the organization must agree to serve as an honorary member of the board of the Chicago Chapter


Nominations will be closed on at 11:59 Central time on November 8, 2020. To submit a nomination click HERE. The information will then be presented to the Chicago Chapter Membership for voting starting November 20, 2020. The award shall be given at the Winter Reception held in Chicago on January 21, 2021.

Follow the link below for nominator instructions and to complete the nomination form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BQXKTC3

*A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicago area community, Dee Sarelas was a person remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together. In 2009, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association established the Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award in her memory to honor those who follow Dee’s example for service. Please join us in honoring Dee and the Fulbright legacy by submitting a nomination for 2020.

The human chain for Beirut. We all can help

FULBRIGHT CHICAGO WOULD LIKE to extend our heartfelt condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy in Beirut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fulbright alumni, students, their families and friends, and the people of Lebanon.

Cyril Bassil, a Fulbright grantee (2015-2017) who pursued an MFA in Cinema Directing at Columbia College Chicago has reached out to us. “I’m currently writing to you with my bruised hands, bruised from the explosion that occurred in Beirut four days ago. I was at my office in Beirut Digital District when the explosion occurred and was catapulted a few meters further into the office. This being said, now is time to hold hands and help Beirut rise again and hopefully walk towards a new day and a new system for the country.”

Bassil, along with others have started working on the ground, cleaning houses, searching for suppliers, distributing Covid-19 preventive supplies, helping families reconnect with relatives. They have set up the Human Chain for Beirut, a GoFundMe to fundraise money and contribute to the rebuilding of the city.

Our local Fulbright Association chapter is also here for our fellow Fulbrighters of Lebanon in the Chicago community. If you are able to aid in a relief effort for the people of Beirut, and find out more information on how to help, please do so here.

Illustration with photo by Freimut Bahlo

Condensed information on the international students current status

THIS PAST JULY 20th, 2020, immigration lawyer Don Garner offered a webinar to the Fulbright community to explain the current status of international fellows  conducting studies in the United States.

Mr. Garner generously shared his presentation with us so we can learn more about the situation and share it with others who could not attend his webinar.

To see the presentation Power Point, click New Immigration Constraints for Students.

Mr. Garner is President of the LL.M. Law Group, and Past President and current Consular Corps Liaison of the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter.