Category Archives: Fulbright

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: www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. 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.

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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.

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: www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email Elio Leturia at eleturia@colum.edu. 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.

 

Norma Fay Green is the Recipient of the 2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award

The moment when Dr. Norma Green is announced as the 2018 Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient.

THE FRIGID TEMPERATURES of past Friday, January 25, did not prevent over 110 attendees from participating in the 2019 Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at the Alliance Française in Chicago.

The celebration hosted Fulbright students, scholars and alumni, members of the Consular Corps and guests representing 52 countries from around the world. This annual signature event took place in conjunction with the Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony.

On this occasion, Dr. Norma Fay Green was the award recipient.

Cristina Sisson, previous Dee Sarelas Service Award winner announces the 2018 recipient.

Meredith McNeil, Fulbright Chicago Chapter president requested the guests to pause the winter soireée and introduced Cristina Sisson, our previous Dee Sarelas awardee. Sisson, a past Chicago Chapter board member, presented the award to Dr. Green, highlighting the many ways she has contributed to our local association over the years, and called her a world-traveler. “When I say the world, I don’t mean two countries in Europe, but the world,” Sisson said to the amusement of the attendees.

Dr. Norma Green shares her Fulbright message with the audience. Green did her first Fulbright in Denmark.

Dr. Green is a Columbia College Chicago Emerita Professor. She taught journalism at that institution for 29 years until her retirement in 2017. She received a Fulbright grant in 2000 as a visiting professor in Denmark and a 2011 Fulbright-Hays grant to Morocco and Tunisia.

Upon her return from Denmark, Dr. Green set about to internationalize the Columbia College Chicago Journalism Department curriculum. She actively mentored graduate students, especially international students, who expressed interest in teaching. Over the years she modeled classroom management techniques for teaching assistants from Nigeria, Italy, Brazil and Canada and gave them a platform to lead discussions on topics of their own choosing relating to their homelands. She continued to infuse a global perspective in all 23 different courses she eventually taught and also created by regular study trips to Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Dr Green and Michele, a Fulbrighter from Costa Rica exchange stories.

She volunteered to be on the board of the Chicago Fulbright chapter and served from 2002-2004. She was admitted to the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster in 2003 becoming a regular participant to the Fulbright Chicago events and activities over the years.

A jazz duo provided the music to our annual event.

After getting trained in Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright Campus Representative in Fall 2002, Dr. Green created and conducted the Columbia College Chicago Annual Fulbright workshop for faculty and administrators, until her retirement.

In 2013 Columbia College was officially recognized as a “Fulbright Program Top Producing Institution,” by the Institute of International Education, all due to her relentless work and guidance.

Past Fulbright Chicago Chapter president Don Garner talks to Dr. Marilyn Susman (2010 Dee Sarelas Award recipient) and her husband Gary Auerbach.

The Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award, established in 2009, is named after a founder of the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter: Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. This award acknowledges the person or institution that demonstrates its vocation of service to the Fulbright ideals and recognizes ‘‘the significant impact on the development of internationalism for the Fulbright Association and the Chicagoland community.”

Fulbrighters and guests enjoy the food, music and inviting atmosphere.

Past Dee Sarelas Service Award recipients include Loyola University Professor Emerita and psychotherapist Dr. Marilyn Susman; Architect and Studio Talo Principal Thomas Ahleman; Northeastern Illinois University Professor and Educational Leadership Advocate Dr. Ana Gil-García; Columbia College Chicago professor and multimedia journalist Elio Leturia; American University in Bulgaria Psychology Researcher Dr. Ron Harvey; and Chicago Public Schools Spanish Teacher Cristina Sisson.

Student Representative board member Teuta Peja welcomes Fulbrighters and guests to the annual event at the Alliance Francaise.

Participants from 52 countries enjoy a night of Fulbright camaraderie.

Chicago Chapter Board member Dr. Kari Burnett plays barwoman at the Winter Reception.

Argentine Deputy Consul Marcelo Boffi talks to Honduran Fulbright scholar Joan Miguel López.

The Winter Reception provides another opportunity to meet Fulbrighters from all over the world.

Previous Dee Sarelas Awardee Cristina Sisson was a Chicago Chapter board member for eight years.

The Winter Reception, scheduled until 8:30 pm got extended for an additional hour.

Board Member Dr. Richard Hallett and Chicago Chapter President Meredith McNeil

Dr. Norma Green poses with her Dee Sarelas Service Award.

The fun continued with an after party at Moe’s Cantina in River North …

… with dance included!

Photos by Elio Leturia

Fulbright UIUC presentation on Egypt at Franklin STEAM Academy in Champaign, Illinois

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS at Urbana-Champaign Fulbright students Abel Vera Iglesias and Amira Elsherbiny present this Monday January 28, 11 am– 1:15 pm, “This is Egypt: where it all begins.”

The event will take place at Franklin Middle School, located at 817 N. Harris Ave, Champaign, Illinois 61820.

After traveling through Asia (Indonesia) and South America (Brazil and Peru,) Vera Iglesias and Elsherbiny take their outreach activities to the African country of Egypt.

Through a partnership with Franklin STEAM Academy Middle School in Champaign, students will witness the formation and development of the Egyptian culture from 3400 B.C. to nowadays. This presentation will showcase interesting aspects of the Egyptian heritage, its cuisine, religion and traditions that make Egypt one of the most interesting countries and tourism magnets in the entire world.

Our Egyptian Fulbrighters and international friends will be leading this presentation aimed to enrich the international cultural perspective of all participants, among them the students at Franklin Middle School.