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Nominate a candidate for the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Dee Sarelas Service Award

YOU ARE INVITED to nominate a person for consideration for the 2022 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 p.m. Central time on January 6, 2023. To submit a nomination click HERE. The information will then be presented to the Chicago Chapter Membership for voting starting January 10, 2023. The award shall be given at the Winter Reception held in Chicago.

Follow the link below for nominator instructions and to complete the nomination form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VH8CS2V

*A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicago area community, Dee 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 2022.

Celebrating 2022 International Education Week with a European Union theme and a reception

THIS YEAR WE ARE CELEBRATING International 2022 Education Week a little earlier! The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association along with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, invite you to an evening of insightful speakers followed by a reception.

Besides our speakers, we will have two honorable guests: The Consul General Mr. Jaroslav Kantůrek, and the Deputy Consul General Mr. Ondřej Pometlo.

Vice-Consul Dr. Monika Bokšová  | Czech Presidency in the 2022 Council of the EU: “Europe as a task” 

It only happens once in a long time. Czechia is holding its presidency in the Council of the European Union. What is the role of the presiding country? What are the Czech priorities in these turbulent times? Join us to learn more about the European Institutional Framework with Vice-Consul Dr. Monika Bokšová, Head of Trade and Economic Section at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, who will explain the challenges ahead. 

Dr. Déborah Marber | The problem of empathic resistance: How failing to empathize with dissimilar others threatens the EU and what we can do to address it 

We often fail or struggle to empathize with others, something called “empathic resistance.” In this talk, Dr. Marber explores what empathy requires, and what factors promote or impede empathic resistance. She examines some of the roles of empathy in EU relations, and where these are more limited. From her analysis, Dr. Marber extrapolates ways to remedy such empathy deficits to promote better inter-European relations.

WHEN Wednesday, November 9, 2022

TIME 5:45pm – 7:45pm

WHERE Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, 205 N Michigan Ave. #1680, Chicago

RSVP By November 5, 2022 at 5PM 

COST *Free admission  *Registration is limited  *Check-in at the lobby


ATTIRE Business casual

Dr. Monika Bokšová is a diplomat who joined the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago as Vice-Consul responsible for trade and economic affairs in 2021. Besides, academia has been an integral part of her career. Since 2016 she has been teaching and developing both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at universities in the Czech Republic and also in the USA. She obtained her master’s degree in Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna at the University of Vienna, followed by a PhD in International Trade at the University of Economics in Prague.

Dr. Déborah Marber is an Honorary Research and Teaching Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol (UK) and, from August 2022, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion. Her research sits at the intersection of epistemology, ethics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. She is especially interested in the relationship between believing and imagining, as well as how it bears on action, well-being, and society. She graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews in June 2021.

Tenth Fulbright Research Speaker Series: The Latinx Word, a communication project on self-identification

FOR OUR OCTOBER Fulbright Speaker Series, we have a presentation by Associate Professor of Journalism Elio Leturia, who teaches in the Communication Department of Columbia College Chicago. Originally from Peru, Leturia was a Fulbright foreign student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, he spent the Spring 22 semester teaching at Universidad de Málaga in Spain.

TOPIC “The Latinx Word, a communication project on self-identification.”

WHEN October 26, 2022 | 4:30-5:30 pm.


In his presentation, Prof. Leturia will discuss the latest issue of Wanderer magazine that highlights “The Latinx Word,” a subject matter that has caused discussion and controversy among members of the Latino community.

Based on 22 interviews to individuals of Latin American background who live in the Midwest, how do they prefer to be identified as? Latino, Latina, Hispanic, Latinx, Latine, to mention a few?

The Spring 2022 issue of the magazine was produced as a collaborative school project between students from two courses Leturia teaches: People, Power & Narrative: Latino Voices, and Visual Communication. 

The courses are offered in the Columbia Experience, and the Communication programs respectively, at Columbia College Chicago. People, Power & Narrative: Latino Voices students reported and wrote the stories providing photography for them. Visual Communication students edited, designed and laid out each story as their final course project.

This project was presented with the 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Visual Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

This event is organized by the Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College and counts with the support of WorldChicago and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Ninth Fulbright Research Speaker Series: Emotional Components in the Digital Language of Teenagers in Israel

FOR OUR SEPTEMBER Fulbright Speaker Series, we have a presentation by Dr. Tami Yair, from Beit Berl College, The Hebrew University of Israel.

TOPIC “Emotional Components in the Digital Language of Teenagers in Israel.”

WHEN September 14, 2022 | 4:30-5:30 pm.


In her presentation, Dr. Yair will explain the use of different discourse characteristics in WhatsApp among Israeli teenagers, ages 14-18 between the years 2017-2021.

She will also discuss the many emotional components such as humor, nicknames, and expressions that foster their words and foreign words in their language, which revives the modern Hebrew language and develops it in a way that reveals its dynamic, creative and playful power.

This event is organized by the Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College and counts with the support of WorldChicago and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Join us for our first event of the season: 2022 Fall Welcome

A NEW ACADEMIC YEAR starts and the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter invites you, friends, and family to join us for our annual Fall Event Celebration of Fulbright! 

The evening will entail a night of networking, light hors d’oeuvres, and drinks overlooking a backdrop of the beautiful Chicago skyline. We will have live music by Ed Burns, who will be performing and singing. Come meet fellow Fulbrighters and members of the Chicago Chapter board. Upcoming events and programs of the Chicago Chapter will be introduced throughout the evening. We hope you can join us! 

WHEN Friday, September 9, 2022
TIME 6:30pm-9:00pm
WHERE Sky Lounge of the 727 West Madison building
727 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661 [*Guest must check in with the front desk for the Fulbright event and they will be sent up to the Sky Lounge]

COST $25 [Fulbright Alumni & Friends of Fulbright]
$5 [Fulbright Students & Scholars] * SOLD OUT *
FREE [Consular Corps]

ATTIRE Business Casual 
RSVP by September 6, 2022

Purchase tickets below: 
Fulbright Alumni and Friends of Fulbright – $25
Fulbright Students & Scholars – $5
Consular Corps – $0

* Please click the appropriate link and complete all sections of the RSVP form

All guests must check in with the concierge desk for entry to the Sky Lounge elevator

Eighth Fulbright Research Speaker Series: Teaching and learning with technology at higher education institutions in Georgia

FOR OUR AUGUST Fulbright Speaker Series, we have a presentation by Dr. Izabella Petriashvili Associate Professor at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia.

TOPIC “Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning at Georgian Higher Education Institutions.”

WHEN August 10, 2022 | 4:30-5:30 pm.


Technology-enhanced online teaching and learning became a pressing issue due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. The European Union funded DITECH, a national project part of Erasmus+ Capacity Building Programs in Higher Education (2021-2024). The project seeks to empower academic staff at Georgian HEIs on the innovative educational technology adoption in curriculum reform and course design and to improve their digital competencies and skills through groundbreaking education programs and training that use diverse delivery methods, including online/blended teaching and learning.

This event is organized by the Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College and counts with the support of WorldChicago and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Seventh Fulbright Research Speaker Series: Writing Music in 19th Century Colonial Calcutta

FOR OUR JULY Fulbright Speaker Series, we have a presentation by Pramantha M. Tagore from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay & Monash University Melbourne Program, who is currently researching at University of Chicago.

TOPIC “Writing Music in 19th Century Colonial Calcutta: Discourse, Interculturality, and Counter-Narratives”

WHEN July 13, 2022 | 4:30-5:30 pm.

MODERATOR Dr. Reyes Gonzáles, President of St. Augustine College


In 19th century Bengal, writers used European concepts such as “enlightenment,” “evolution,” and “social progress” as key concerns informing musical and cultural discourse.

Such entanglements with sociological and political concerns in the music field helped to articulate counter-narratives within an increasingly competitive domain of musical production.

Building upon scholarship on nationalist, anti-colonial, and elite music-making in colonial Calcutta, University of Chicago Fulbright Visiting Scholar Pramantha M. Tagore, argues that intellectual transactions in music informed the framing of two distinct registers for historicization: a dominant upper-class discursive framework emphasizing the superiority of Sanskrit theoretical doctrine, and, a popular counter dialog celebrating evolution, interculturality and social progress.

This event is organized by the Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College and counts with the support of WorldChicago and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Saying goodbye to the Visiting Fulbright Senior Scholars

After finishing with their programs, Fulbright Visiting Scholars return to their home countries.

WordChicago invites Fulbright alumni to a reception for Visiting Fulbright Senior Scholars who are finishing with their awards before leaving the United States.

WHEN Thursday June 30, 2022

TIME 4:00-6:00 p.m.

WHERE 309 W Washington St., Suite 1050, Chicago, IL 60606 

REGISTER click: Fulbright Senior Scholar Reception

This is an opportunity for us to meet the international Fulbright Senior Scholars one last time prior to finishing their scholarships while also interacting with the Fulbright Alumni of Chicago. We would love to see the Fulbright community coming together and hear about our international experiences living and working in diverse communities while sharing some of our best memories.

This will be an informal event and the recommended attire is business casual.

For any additional information, please email Julia Sosnivka at Jsosnivka@worldchicago.org

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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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!