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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.


2019 Spring Farewell in Pilsen!

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International  Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2019 Spring Farewell.

This event has two parts: A museum visit, and a restaurant gathering.

DATE Sunday, April 28th, 2019
TIME 1:30-2:30p.m.
LOCATION National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St, Pilsen Neighborhood
*Guided tour OR self walk thru

TIME 3-5p.m.
LOCATION D’Nuez Restaurant, 2000 W. 18th St. (b/t S. Wolcott and Damen) Pilsen

RSVPs are required by April 26, 2019! Please R.S.V.P. using this FORM.

After you RSVP you may pay via PayPal by clicking HERE.

You can also pay at the event using cash, or check. We are unable to take credit card payments at the event.

It is time to give a fond farewell to the visiting Fulbright students and scholars who will soon be returning to their home countries/kickoff summer break. What a great opportunity to gather with the Fulbright Association members of the Chicago Chapter to say ‘thank you’ to our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm friendships as well as academic and professional connections.

This year we are highlighting Chicago’s vibrant and ever-altering Pilsen neighborhood!

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

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.

What does personalized medicine, data gathering and cybersecurity mean to all of us? FIND OUT!

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION in partnership with the Global Health Initiative of Northwestern Medicine, invite you to attend a forum focusing on the medical, legal and privacy issues of personalized medicine, and data gathering.

The educational forum will comprise:

Dr. Joyce Ho, the Lead Investigator for Northwestern University’s participation as a Health Care Provider Organization in The Precision Medicine Initiative, a long-term collaborative effort between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other research institutions, which focuses on a person’s genetics, lifestyle and environment in determining the best approach to treatment and prevention of disease.

Kurt V. Jose, CEO of IndiviDx, a clinical laboratory specializing in Pharmacogenetics testing; Cyber Security Expert from the FBI

Each year the frequency of data breaches continues to increase with the health industry being one of the most compromised fields. How is personal data protected, how do providers of genetic testing safeguard data, how accurate are commercial DNA tests, and what is being done to make data more secure? – These will be some of the questions and topics discussed.

DATE Thursday, March 28, 2019

TIME 5:30pm-7pm

LOCATION Hughes Atrium at 303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611 (the building is called the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center)

COST FREE to current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars, Fulbright Alumni, Association Members, friends, colleagues, and family members.

The expert panel will focus on the use of health information technology, access to health data, accuracy concerns of genetic testing, cyber security, and legal aspects of personal health data gathering.

In addition to serving as an educational platform for a compelling and a timely topic, this event will present an opportunity to learn from the experts, participate in a discussion, meet fellow Fulbrighters, and forge new connections.

Please R.S.V.P. using the online form or clicking on this link:

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Scientists invited to apply to the ULAM Program in Poland—Deadline April 23

WITH THE AIM of internationalizing Polish Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and scientific institutions, the ULAM Program from the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange invites scientists from all over the world to apply to this exciting opportunity. The Program will allow both recognized and promising scientists with at least a doctoral degree, to visit Poland in order to strengthen the scientific potential of Polish entities and to participate in their scientific activities, primarily research projects and pedagogy.

The Program will facilitate a gradual increase in the number of foreign scientists involved in scientific research and teaching in Poland, and also enable and deepen international contacts with foreign institutions.

The Program is open to scientists representing all fields of science.

For more information please visit the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. Deadline to apply is April 23, 2019.