By Cristina Sisson—ON SEPTEMBER 28th, 2013, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE) kicked off the 2013 academic year with a Fall Welcome in the heart of Chicago’s Pilsen Historic District.
Over eighty visiting Fulbright scholars and students from around the world and twenty Chicago-area alumni gathered on a sunny fall day for an informal lunch at Simone’s, a unique local bar, located on Chicago’s near south side. After brief introductions and invitations to participate in future Chicago Chapter events, guests competed against each other to complete a Chicago facts scavenger hunt.
Guests then enjoyed an informal lecture on the history of the Pilsen community by Northeastern professor, Luis Ortiz, before being divided into small walking groups led by local community members.
Fulbrighters and guests flooded onto the streets of Pilsen to check out the neighborhood murals, community centers, and artist studios while Professor Ortiz highlighted the historical significance of certain buildings, murals, and streets. It was a perfect start to year of events organized by our Chicago Chapter.
Guests also had the opportunity to purchase “I am Fulbright Chicago” t-shirts, designed by board member, Elio Leturia. T-shirts will be available for purchase at every Fulbright event in navy and sky blue for $15.00. Get yours before they are sold out!Photos Courtesy Ivy Gladys Marischa, Patti Powell and Elio Leturia