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“Aguijón 30 Years” Book Launch & Reception

In 2011, Aguijón Theater produced two versions of Antigone.

THE CONSULATE OF PERU in Chicago,  the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Columbia College Chicago Communication Department invite you to attend the “Aguijón 30 años | Aguijón 30 Years” book launch and reception.

The 146-page bilingual book presents over 300 photographs.

Aguijón Theater, the oldest Latino theater company in Chicago, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of an illustrated bilingual book. The historical research was led by Peruvian journalist and Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Elio Leturia (Fulbright USA, 1990-91) and was supported by Mexican writers Andrea Ojeda and Marcopolo Soto.

DATE Monday, October 21, 2019

TIME 6:30-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION Hokin Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, 623 South Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60605

RSVPs are required by Wednesday, October 16, 2019!  Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.

In eight chapters, in Spanish and English, 146 pages and more than 300 photographs, you will find the history of Aguijón Theater since its inception. The book includes the congratulations of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa, as well as 14 testimonies of playwrights and theater scholars from Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Peru, Mexico and the United States.

Director and actor Rosario Vargas founded Aguijón Theater in 1989.

So far, Aguijón Theater has produced three plays: “Casa Propia,” “No se vende” and “La gran Tirana.” “Exquisita agonía” opens on October 17, 2019 as part of Destinos, III Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

Street parking is available.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with CTA Trip Planner 

If you have questions about the event, please email

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Consulate of Peru in Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.


Welcome to Chicago Fulbrighters! Let’s explore Chinatown!

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2019 Fall Welcome. This year we are highlighting Chicago’s vibrant Chinatown neighborhood! Our Fall Welcome has two parts: A luncheon and a guided tour.

DATE  Sunday, September 29th, 2019

TIME  1:00-2:30p.m. Lunch
LOCATION MingHin Cuisine Chinatown, 2168 S. Archer, Chicago, IL
*Group will then walk to cultural activity

TIME 3-5p.m. Guided Tour
LOCATION Chinese American Museum of Chicago,  238 W. 23rd St., Chicago, IL

RSVPs are required by Sunday, September 22, 2019!  Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.

The purpose of this event is to welcome the visiting students and scholars who have recently arrived to Chicago for their Fulbright. The gathering provides an opportunity for Fulbright Association members of the Chicago Chapter to welcome and engage our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm friendships as well as academic and professional connections.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
The cost for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni is $15 per person.

You may pay via PayPal by clicking HERE.

You may also pay cash in person, at the event.  We are unable to take credit card payments at the event.

Street parking is available.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner:

If you have questions about the event, please email We look forward to seeing you at the event!  *Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

From Bulgaria, Past Fulbright Chicago President Ron Harvey visits Chicago, his hometown

Dr. Ron Harvey, past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, at the Chicago River.

By Ron Harvey—I LIVE IN Sofia, Bulgaria.  I am a community psychologist (DePaul, 2014) who teaches psychology at American University in Bulgaria (AUBG.) I did both my Fulbrights in Bulgaria (Fulbright U.S. student, 2009-2010; Fulbright Scholar, 2016).

I like living in Bulgaria and I love my work and students; AUBG hosts over 40 nationalities from the region, and every classroom of 32 students typically have between 8 to 12 nationalities. However, there is nothing that makes me appreciate Chicago and the United States as much as my yearly visits to my hometown. What I am about to write about my most recent 3-week visit are simple pleasures, but they mean a lot to me. And in my opinion, they reflect the ideals of the Fulbright program: cultural exchange.

It starts when getting off the plane and walking to passport control. Passport control at O’Hare Airport is an enormous room holding several thousand travelers being directed my locals. Every face of every worker looks familiar, but I do not know them. But I can smile at them and they smile back. This makes me happy. Also, cutting in line is an art form in Bulgaria; this does not happen here (very much).

In the past few years, I came home to visit my family over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This year and last I visited in mid-summer. Chicago’s summer is glorious. I had forgotten how beautiful and vibrant this city is during summer. A walk from Millennium Park to Oak Street on the Magnificent Mile yielded at least 20 musical performances on sidewalks, makeshift stages, and of course the Pritzker Pavilion. Every musician was good! And everyone smiled at me who caught my eye! Who knew that Chicago was such a friendly city?

LOOK AT THAT SKYLINE! LOOK AT THAT RIVER! OMG, THAT LAKE! I walked and walked along the lake during the day when you can have the lakefront almost to yourself. It is gorgeous and peaceful most of the time, but sometime behaves like the Black Sea.

The Chicago skyline. Source Wikipedia

And the food! These are things you cannot get in Southeastern Europe: hot dogs (Chicago and Coney-style)! Deep dish pizza! Pancakes for dinner as well as for breakfast! A steak as big as my chest! REAL Greek gyros! ICE! RE-FILLS! Bottomless cups of coffee! This is not healthy list, but imagine having nothing even close to this for the past year.

I am in Chicago for a conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, hosted at National Louis University. Throughout the conference, I kept talking to my fellow community psychology scholars and students about applying for Fulbright, saying over and over, “Fulbright changed my life.” Without Fulbright, I would not be living in Bulgaria or doing the work I do now. Being reunited with Chicago is part of that experience, bittersweet as it may be.

It is totally worth it. Let Fulbright change your life too!

Dr. Ronald Harvey was the president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association in 2013 and 2014.

Bye bye Chicago! Farewell to Fulbright students and scholars at the National Museum of Mexican Art

At the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. Founded in 1982, it moved to its current location in 2001.

ON A SUNNY Sunday, April 28, around 65 Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests gathered to say farewell both to each other and to the city of Chicago.

The day began with a guided tour of the National Museum of Mexican Art in the Pilsen neighborhood where we all had the chance to admire paintings, sculptures, artifacts and multimedia presentations in the only Latino museum accredited by American Alliance of Museums in the United States.

At the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. Painting, sculptures, photography, among other art forms are part of it permanent collection.

After the visit to this unique cultural center, Fulbright students, scholars and alumni enjoyed a casual buffet and drinks at D’Nuez Restaurant in the same Pilsen area, and had another chance to share stories about their Fulbright experiences in the United States during the time they spent studying, teaching or working here.

At the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. The museum hosts a series of artistic events, including music and theater during the year.

This annual event is sponsored by the Chicago chapter and the Institute of International Education, Midwest Office.

A multimedia presentation at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen.

“El arte es político,” (Art is political) is one of the art presentations at the museum. Fulbright Chicago President Meredith McNeil about to enter the exhibit.

Fulbright board member Evan Randall talks to Fulbright alumna Maureen Warren during the visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Fulbright students and scholars participated with the tour guide during the visit at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Over 65 people participated at the Spring Farewell at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen.

Fulbright Chicago President Meredith McNeil welcomed Fulbright students, scholars and alumni to the D’Nuez restaurant right after the museum tour.

Fulbright Chicago longtime board member Marilyn Susman and her husband Gary Auerbach talking to Fulbright students.

Fulbright students, scholars and alumni enjoying a casual meal during the 2019 Spring Farewell.

Fulbright Chicago board members Kari Burnett and Evan Randall at D’Nuez Restaurant.

Time flies when we are having fun, even though we are saying “adiós.”

Former Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Kazakhstan returned to Chicago

Dr Maxat Kassen from Kazakhstan presenting at Columbia College Chicago

ON APRIL 4, 2019 Dr. Maxat Kassen, a Professor of Political Science at the Eurasian Humanities Institute in Astana, Kazakhstan, visited Columbia College Chicago during a Fulbright Awards workshop led by Fulbright Chicago Chapter board member Elio Leturia.

Dr. Kassen, who came on a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to the United States in the years 2011-2012, had returned to Chicago to participate as panel chairman in the American Midwest Political Science Association annual symposium that was being held in the city, April 3-7, 2019.

More than 7,000 political scientists from universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other research institutions from all over the world participated in this prestigious international scientific forum.

Leturia, who is the Fulbright faculty liaison at Columbia College Chicago seized the opportunity to invite Dr. Kassen to share his experience as an international scholar with an audience of prospective Fulbright applicants at his home institution.

Besides sharing his Fulbright experience in the United States, Dr. Kassen, who is a political analyst, presented his recently published book “Open Data Politics.”

Dr. David Comp, Dr. Marcelo Sabatés, and Pattie Mackenzie from the Office of Global Education of Columbia College Chicago with Dr. Maxat Kassen and Professor Elio Leturia.

“Thanks, Elio for inviting me personally to be part of your presentation. It was both an honour and a pleasure to meet you again after so many years since I returned to my home institution. You always remain a mentor and leader for all of us, Chicago Fulbrighters!” Dr. Kassen said. Leturia and Kassen had met previously when Leturia was President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association in the years 2011 and 2012.

“If someday you visit Astana in the future you are always welcome in my house and my institute!” Dr. Kassen said to the workshop audience, sharing his Fulbright spirit.

Welcoming Reception for Dr. Margaretha Hariardi from Indonesia

Dr. David Sam, Visiting lecturer to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Rosmalawati Chalid, Consul General from Indonesia; Dr. Patricia Pérez, Associate Professor in International Psychology at The Chicago School; Dr. Marilyn Susman, Professor Emerita, Loyola University Chicago and Dr. Margaretha Hariardi, Professor, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

A RECEPTION WAS held on March 31, 2019 at the home of Dr. Marilyn Susman, professor emerita, Loyola University Chicago —and Fulbright Association Chicago chapter board member— in honor of Dr. Margaretha Hariardi from Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Dr. Hariardi’s visit was the capstone to a five year collaboration between The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Sanata Dharma University. The focus of the project was the Professionalization of School Counseling.

In attendance were the Consul General from Indonesia, Rosmalawati Chalid, a visiting lecturer to The Chicago School from Norway, Dr. David Sam, Chicago Fulbright Association board members and faculty from The Chicago School and Loyola University Chicago.

Fulbright Chicago Chapter Board members Elio Leturia, Dr. Kari Burnett, Meredith McNeil and Dr. Marilyn Susman.

Two days of documentary films at Columbia College Chicago. Free!


THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association is very pleased to partner with Columbia College Chicago Interdisciplinary Documentary Program and invite Fulbright alumni, students and scholars to attend DOCYOURWORLD, two days of documentaries through screenings and panel presentations. The best of all: It’s FREE!

Two feature-length documentary films, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and “Cowspiracy” plus two receptions are part of the program.

All panels and screenings take place at Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago, located on the 8th floor of 1104 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605.

DAY 1  |  Monday, April 29th, 2019

NOON-1 PM Opening

Skatepark: Concrete Dreams screening
+Hill Climb, a short documentary
with Nick Nummerdor, Little Cabin Films


1:10- 2 PM Student Showcase

Tyger Alex L. Jansen
Mixed Identity Carlie Keller
And That’s How it Happened Camryn Peterson
Saranghae Rita Dennin and Michael Chen
Untitled Anna Lee Ackermann

2:10- 3 PM Nature

Eric Koppen, Columbia College Chicago
Lindsey Higgins, Freelance photographer
Dan Protess, WTTW
Tom Desch, House Painter Media

3:10- 4 PM Chicago Activism

Margaret Byrne, Raising Bertie
Fareed Alston, 12 Days in Ferguson
Laurie Little, Sisters March

4:10- 4:50 PM Different Types of Docs

David Berner, Radio, Columbia College Chicago
Emily Railsback, CTVA, Columbia College Chicago

5- 5:50 PM Student & Faculty Collaboration

Microcosm / Lady Parts Justice
Michele Hoffman-Trotter, Science, Columbia College Chicago
Ruth Leitman, CTVA, Columbia College Chicago

6- 7 PM Reception

7- 9:30 PM Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Screening and Q&A with Los Angeles-based producer and ’99 Columbia College Chicago alumna Caryn Capotosto

DAY 2   |  Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

10 AM- 3 PM Docs in Progress

(With lunch at noon)

Faith No More, Brent Kado
Jubilee Showcase, Steve Ordower
More Than Just the Blued, Rondell Merrill
The Bewitching Hours, Elio Leturia
The Sebastopol Siege, Mimi Wilcox
Undue Burdens, Andrea Raby
Vibrations, Benjamin Steger
Surfing the Rust Belt, Tim Brutsman, Anjali Paul, Max Harris-D’Amato

6- 7 PM Reception

7- 9:30 PM Cowspiracy

Documentary Slapdown “Come for the film, stay for the fight”


Street parking is available.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner:

If you have questions about the event, please email Elio Leturia at We look forward to seeing you at the event! *Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.