Category Archives: Chicago events

Fall Fulbright celebration: Email us if you can’t make it

REGISTRATION FOR THE Fulbright Chicago Fall Celebration is closed! PLEASE EMAIL fulbrightchicago@gmail.com 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!

It’s time to celebrate all together

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 Cinco de Mayo Fulbright Spring Farewell with a cooking demonstration and Latin American music

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.” 

Nydia Castillo showing the flautas she prepared during the demonstration.

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. 

Dean Karabatsos on the guitar and Ana Santos on vocals performed four Latin American songs.

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! 

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


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.