COME JOIN THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association for a body and mind wellness event, featuring Tim Foster of Fostering Movements Studio! The Pilates concept will be discussed, along with demonstrations and tips for seated position exercises.
Take advantage of this great opportunity to participate with our fellow Fulbright association members, Fulbright students and scholars during this winter season.
CELEBRATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY of the Fulbright Program, St. Augustine College has launched the 2022 The Fulbright Speaker Series that starts this week.
Every second Wednesday of each month, a Fulbright grantee will speak on a topic of their expertise sharing their current research work in the United States. Our audience includes St. Augustine College students, faculty and alumni, and members of WorldChicago, the Institute of International Education, and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.
For the first presentation we have Ljubiša Mićić,below, Fulbright Foreign Student Program, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
TOPIC “Digital Workplace Transformation in Higher Education.”
This presentation will cover how modern organizations require technological, organizational, and procedural changes in order to transform traditional into digital workplaces. Technology has changed how we communicate, and how we collaborate affecting the way we organize our daily lives.
This presentation reviews the subject of the digital workplace transformation with special focus on teaching and research processes in higher education. It also proposes an effective framework for increased success of such processes.
This event counts with the support of WorldChicago and the Fulbright-Association, Chicago Chapter, and has been spearheaded by Dr. Ana Gil-García, Executive Director of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College, and a board member of the Fulbright Chicago Chapter.
TO CELEBRATE 2021 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites you to a reception followed by the Jeff-recommended theater play, “La gran tirana (Descarga dramática)” produced by Aguijón Theater of Chicago.
With the reopening of theaters we are getting together to rejoice with this show that presents the gripping story of Ana Morgana (Ana Santos-Sánchez,) an immigrant and an artist who transcends her everyday reality by imagining herself a star: La Lupe. Singing the famous woman’s songs, retelling the diva’s troubled life as if it were her own, Morgana creates her identity by remembering someone else’s.
Conceived and directed by Sándor Menéndez, written by Rey Andújar, and inspired by the life of the incomparable Lupe Victoria Yolí Raymond, better known as La Lupe, the Queen of Latin Soul, La gran tirana (Descarga dramática) explores the journey of this artist through poetry and music, becoming a love letter to the rhythms and sounds of the Caribbean.
The play is presented in Spanish with English supertitles.
WHEN Saturday, November 20, 2021 TIME Reception 6:15 -7:45 pm | Play: 8:00-9:30 pm WHERE Aguijón Theater 2707 North Laramie Ave. Chicago, IL 60639
COST Ticket Price $30 [Fulbright Alumni & Friends of Fulbright] Free Admission [Current Scholars* & Consular Corps] Purchase Tickets HERE RSVP by November 14, 2021 [This is a Limited Capacity event] Click to RSVP
Additional tickets [without reception] for the play can be purchased HERE.
COVID-19 Event Protocol: Please present a vaccination card or most recent COVID-19 PCR negative test upon check-in. Please adhere to the state mask mandate for indoor/outdoor sections of the venue. *One free admission per student/scholar
Santos-Sánchez’s soulful, passionate, leave-it-all-in-the-road performance, balanced by Menéndez’s wry irony, creates a near-seamless dynamic. And by the end, we realize that it doesn’t really matter if we know all the facts about La Lupe’s life. We know her truth. “My life is the obstacle, not the spectacle,” she tells us. But this is a show that manages to be both intimate and spectacular.
ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2021, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association celebrated its annual Fall Event, “Celebration of Fulbright,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. In our first in-person event after 17 months, we were joined by alumni, current visiting Fulbright students and scholars, members of the consular corps, and friends of Fulbright. It was an honor for us to host Consul General Bruno Ruff of Switzerland, Consul General Wolfgang Moessinger of Germany, and Consul of Economics and Trade Monika Boksova of the Czech Republic.
For over three hours guests enjoyed an evening at the Cliff Dwellers private club, located in the 22nd floor penthouse of the former BorgWarner building overlooking Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. They were serenaded by the beautiful tunes of pianist, Elizabeth Doyle, surrounded by a backdrop of the Chicago skyline.
“The well-attended event offered an outstanding platform for sharing ideas and experiences amongst the numerous Fulbright alumni, docents, current Fulbright students, and members of the Chicago Consular Corps.”
—Consul General Bruno Ruff of Switzerland
Since March 2020, a series of activities and events have taken place virtually to maintain our Chicago chapter united. “We were so fortunate that even though it was virtual, a lot of the chapter was staying connected with us,” Dr. Jose said, thanking all board members for their participation during the virtual gatherings behind-the-scenes work. In her welcoming speech, she also highlighted last year’s International Education Week, which was led by our chapter’s vice-president Teuta Peja.
Guests were pleased to meet face to face again. “Yes, it was great to see everybody in person. Everybody was happy to be there! We should have more events in person,” María Salazar, a chemical engineer Fulbright alumna from Mexico said.
Chapter board member Dr. Marilyn Susman, offered a few words to the guests. She announced the creation of a mentorship program for the current international Fulbright visitors. Alumni and current students welcomed the initiative and expressed their interest to participate as mentors and mentees. PH
“The event organized by Fulbright Chicago Chapter provided avenues to socialize and brought a breeze of normalcy to the Fulbright community in Chicago. The event turned out to be much more than a networking session – it was a night to learn something new, celebrate special moments, and look towards the future with resolution and confidence.”
—Naida Softic, Fulbright student from Bosnia and Herzegovina
“The whole group was super excited about the event, and those who could not attend were a little disappointed to see such a beautiful view of the place in the group photos,” Colombian Alejandro Morales, master’s student in Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC, said. “The whole organization is very nice … very comforting for all the scholarship recipients to attend these gatherings in person. Hopefully, as far as possible, it can be repeated.” PH “Let’s remember how much Fulbright meant to us, let’s continue to be Fulbrighters, continue to connect,” Dr. Jose said.
REGISTRATION FOR THE Fulbright Chicago Fall Celebration is closed! PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org FOR ANY CANCELLATIONS. We currently have an extensive waitlist for the event, due to limited capacity based on regulations of the CDC and Fulbright Association.
If you have not received a confirmation as of yet, you were placed on the waitlist. We are waiting for cancellations
Confirmation emails have been sent to guests. If you have not received a confirmation email as of yet, you were placed on the waitlist. We expect to see you in person this Thursday, September 23. If this time it does not work due to the limited capacity, we hope to see you at future Chicago Chapter Events!
WE ARE BACK IN PERSON! Come join us for an evening of history and art at The Cliff Dwellers along with entertainment by renowned pianist Elizabeth Doyle. It will be a night of “Celebration of the Fulbright” as we come together and reconnect as a community commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program and welcoming our newly arrived Fulbright students and scholars. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening. We look forward to seeing you there!
WHEN Thursday, September 23, 2021 TIME 6:30pm-8:30pm WHERE The Cliff Dwellers, FL 22 200 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604-2402
COST Ticket Price $30 [Fulbright Alumni & Friends of Fulbright] Free Admission [Current Scholars* & Consular Corps] Purchase Tickets HERE RSVP by September 19, 2021 [This is a Limited Capacity event] Click to RSVP
DRESS CODE Strictly Business Casual COVID-19 Event Protocol: Please present a vaccination card or most recent COVID-19 PCR negative test upon check-in. Please adhere to the state mask mandate for indoor/outdoor sections of the venue. *One free admission per student/scholar
A VIRTUAL FAREWELL presents its challenges but here at Fulbright Chicago we are inventive and resourceful.
We decided to say adiós to our graduating Fulbright Scholars and Students with a Mexican food cooking demonstration and a mini concert of Latin American music, celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican communities in Chicago.
Communications Director Elio Leturia welcomed our members and guests giving us an historical background on the celebration, many times referred as the Mexican independence—which it is not, but rather the Battle of Puebla when the Mexican army defeated the French on May 5, 1872. Board member Dr. Ana Gil-García introduced our first guest, Nydia Castillo, producer and host of the YouTube show “Cocina Castillo.”
Castillo had prepared a delicious menu that included a Paloma cocktail (she decided to try something new—not the expected Margarita) and showed us the differences among tacos, flautas, tortas and sopes. The colors and the presentation of these dishes were mouthwatering. This demonstration was intermingled with music performed by singer Ana Santos and guitarist Dean Karabatsos.
The duo performed three songs: Contigo aprendí (I Learned with You,) bolero by Armando Manzanero, La Llorona (The Weeping Woman,) a traditional Mexican folk song, and Piel canela (Cinnamon Skin) bolero cha cha by Bobby Capó.
Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Dr. Edel Jose, who was on a work-related trip to Seattle, connected from the West Coast to welcome all participants, encouraging the departing Fulbrighters to share the Fulbright ideals of international education in their countries of origin. This message was expanded by board member Dr. Marilyn Susman, also a founding member of our Fulbright Chicago chapter, who discussed the role that Fulbrighters play in promoting our mission.
The event continued with the presentation of the names of all the Fulbrighters who were leaving the Chicago area after having completed their programs in the United States. Dr. Tatiana Orlova, a board member of our chapter, had prepared a Power Point to highlight them.
The event closed with attendees’ participation and to end our event with music and rhythm, Ana Santos and Dean Karabatsos had one more song prepared for us: Contigo a la distancia, (With You All the Way,) bolero by César Portillo de la Luz.
What a joyous way to celebrate a Fulbright experience!
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!
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LAST MARCH 30EVENING,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.
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