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Fulbright Chicago participated at the 2018 Annual Fulbright Association Conference in Puebla

The 41st Fulbright Annual Association took place in Puebla, Mexico.

FULBRIGHT CHICAGO WAS present at the 41st Annual Conference of the Fulbright Association that took place in Puebla, Mexico, Nov. 1 – 3, 2018. The yearly meeting coincided with the Day of the Dead, which offered participants a unique cultural experience.

Under the name of “One World, Many Voices,” this was the first conference held internationally since it took place in London in 2012.

In an effort to strengthen ties with the neighboring country and celebrating the great cultural wealth of Mexico and our Fulbright global diversity,  this annual event was sponsored by the Fulbright-García Robles Mexican Fulbright Commission, COMEXUS. The several panels, round tables, presentations, poster sessions and closing plenary took place at the William O. Jenkins Convention Center in the heart of the city.

The opening reception at the Baroque Museum include a visit to the different exhibits.

The Baroque Museum

The conference started with an opening reception at the International Baroque Museum, an extraordinary building designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito, the Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate in 2013. There, participants had the opportunity to see an unparalleled collection of baroque art.

The Fulbright Program Advisors Workshop at the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.

The day prior to the opening , two special trainings were held at the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla: a Chapter Management workshop aimed to directors of the 52 U.S. chapters, and a Fulbright Program Advisers Workshop where several Fulbright commission directors from countries such as Canada, Poland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Mexico, among others, offered presentations about their own international award programs.

Dr. Ana Gil-García

From our Chicago Chapter Dr. Ana Gil-García, Northeastern Illinois University Professor and five-time Fulbright Award recipient, participated as a panelist in the “Diversity & Inclusion: The Social Dimension of Change” program.

Gil-García  also presented in the “Taking Action to Preserve Democracy and Promote Peace” round table.

Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Elio Leturia

From Columbia College Chicago, Journalism Associate Professor Elio Leturia was invited to offer a Ted-Ex Fulbright style talk, “Cross Borders and Culture” along with six other presenters from the Netherlands, Norway, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ithaca College and University of Denver, among others.

Dr. Ana Gil-García, Elio Leturia, Dr. Dolores Rinke and Manfred Phillip, President of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association.

Also present from the Chicago Chapter was Dr. Dolores Rinke, Purdue University Emerita Professor and current Treasurer of the Fulbright National Board of Directors.

Fulbrighters having a good time during the closing reception.

The Awards Gala was held at the San Pedro Art Museum in which Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann was recognized with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for her work fostering positive relations between Mexico and the United States. The closing of the conference was animated by a mariachi band where all the participants shared stories and exchanged experiences in the most important annual meeting of the Association.

The 2019 conference will take place October 24-26 in Washington, DC.

A typical scene for “Día de los Muertos”

A tour to the Cathedral in the main plaza of Puebla

A tour to the Palafoxiana Library in downtown Puebla

A beautiful night in Puebla during the 2018 Annual Fulbright Conference

The Ballet Folklórico during the opening pleanary in Puebla.

All the participants pose for a photo right before the closing reception.

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Pak-India Film Festival at Columbia College—Free admission!


PAKIndia FILM SERIES is a showcase of films that represent stories, themes and talent from Pakistan and India with the goal of promoting the culture and perspective of life from the two countries. The festival aims to explore the unifying traditions and culture separated by a border and to widen the view of the two countries.

In celebration of International Education Week, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites Fulbright alumni, Fulbright scholars and students, your family and friends to attend this festival, organized by the Grad Film Series of the Cinema and Television Arts Department of Columbia College Chicago.

The series presents 11 films that showcase the unifying traditions and culture separated by a border. The festival runs over a period of five days from November 13th, 2018 to November 17th, 2018; featuring an exclusive Documentary Day, and a Short Day.

All films are presented at Theater 310, 1104 South Wabash Ave., third floor, Columbia College Chicago.

P r o g r a m   S c h e d u l e

Tuesday, November 13

6:00 – Lipstick Under My Burkha

Dir. Alankrita Shrivastava, 117 minutes, 2016. In order to be independent and break free from the conservative society, four women sets on a journey to discover freedom and happiness.

Wednesday, November 14th

Shorts Program

7 PM – Arz-e-Pakistan

Dir. Ali Sohail, 4 minutes, 2017. A crew of eight travel more than 6000 km to explore the scenic beauty and raw nature  of the northern tourist and hiking attractions of Pakistan.

7:05 PM – Waahi

Dir. Arsalan Majid, 5 minutes, 2018. The film recounts a story of a female farmer Iqbal Mai, and her journey marked by struggle and resilience.

7:10 PM – The School Bag

Dir. Dheeraj Jindal, 15 minutes. 2016. In a small town of Peshawar, Pakistan, Farooq has a simple demand of a new school bag on his seventh birthday. But his mother, in spite of her love and affection seems to be unfazed by her child’s plea. Unknown to Farooq, there is something waiting for him on his birthday.

7:25 PM – Leeches

Dir. Payal Sethi, 27 minutes, 2016. In the Old City of Hyderabad, Raisa hatches a dangerous plan to save her younger sister from becoming a one-day bride when she finds an archaic remedy that could restore a girl’s virginity.

7:55 PM – Bus Ek Piyali Chai (Just a Cup of Tea)

Dir. Belaal Imran, 15 minutes, 2018. A narrative journey of Ghulam Raees who takes us back in time when he used to work at the tea store of Ahmedeen. The film shows a strong bond that tea can create between two individuals.

8:10 PM – Natural Selection

Dir. Akanksha Chawla, 7 minutes, 2018. Natural Selection follows a young Indian woman who moves to America to follow her dreams of becoming a comedian and has experiences along the way she hasn’t quite bargained for.

Thursday, November 15

5:00 PM – Margarita, with a Straw

Dir. Shonali Bose, 100 minutes, 2016. A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

Friday, November 16

11:00 AM – India’s Daughter

Dir. Leslee Udwin, 63 minutes. 2015. India’s Daughter examines the society and values of India after a 23-year-old medical student is raped and murdered on a bus.

12:10 PM – A Girl in the River

Dir. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, 40 minutes. 2015. A woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for falling in love becomes a rare survivor of the country’s harsh judicial system.

Saturday, November 17

1:00 PM – Lagaan

Dir. Ashutosh Gowariker, 225 minutes, 2001. The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

2018 Spring Farewell at Columbia College Chicago

 

IT’S SPRING! The Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our Spring Farewell Reception and Music Performance.

DATE Saturday, May 5, 2018
TIME 12:00-1:00p.m. Columbia College Museum of Contemporary Photography
1:15-3:00p.m. Lunch

WHERE Photography Museum TOUR at 600 S. Michigan Avenue (tours begin at 12:00pm) at Museum of Contemporary Photography
LUNCH at 623 S. Wabash Columbia College Building, Haus Space

RSVPs are required by May 1, 2018! Please R.S.V.P. using this link.

The purpose of this event is to say a fond farewell to the visiting Fulbright students and scholars who will soon be returning to their home countries. The gathering provides an opportunity for Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter members to say ‘thank you’ to our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm friendships as well as academic and professional connections.

The host institution for this event is Columbia College Chicago in the South Loop. For more information on the Columbia College Museum of Contemporary Photography, including the exhibits on display May 5th.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps, and $10 for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni.

You may pay via PayPal please click on this link.

If paying in person, must be paid via cash or check. Credit card payments will not be taken onsite.

STREET PARKING is available on Wabash Ave., also, there are several pay parking lots on Wabash.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com. Green and Orange line train riders should use the Roosevelt stop. Red line should use the Harrison stop.

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.

A night of art and wine at the Instituto Cervantes

 


ELIO LETURIA, PERUVIAN
Fulbright Scholar to the U.S., Chicago Chapter Fulbright Board Member, and associate professor in the Communications Department at Columbia College Chicago is presenting his “No Literal” exhibit at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago. The Fulbright Chicago Chapter is hosting a night of art and culture in conjunction with Leturia’s “No Literal” show.

Please join the Fulbright Chicago Chapter to celebrate the achievement of a member of the Fulbright Family, and reconnect with one another. This event will also aid in raising funds for the Chapter.

WHAT “No Literal” by Elio Leturia at Instituto Cervantes of Chicago

WHEN Thursday, February 22nd, 6:00-8:00p.m.

WHERE Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 W. Ohio, 60654

COST $8

RSVP using this form. Chick HERE.

Wine and light fare will be served.

This event will also serve as fundraiser for the Fulbright Chicago Chapter and the cost for all attendees is $8.
A few reproductions of the exhibited pieces will be available for sale. If paying onsite, please have cash or check only.

NO LITERAL is a graphic design exhibit that presents through 12 posters different examples that explore, with humor, the correct use of accent marks, the letter “ñ” (eñe,) the differences between gender when using articles, and the “danger” when translating words phonetically. Leturia will give an introductory lecture on the cultural aspects of language and how he developed this artistic project through graphic design.

 

 

AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY Film Showcase at Columbia College Chicago

WITH THE GOAL to challenge perceptions of African life the AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY Film Festival presents 12 films that actively showcase the unique landscape and beauty of Africa. Organized by Kenyan Fulbright student Calisto Ololngojine with the support of the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago, this event aims to shape the definition of an engaged and active filmmaker in the 21st Century.

The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association is proud to participate in this storytelling and inclusive cultural effort that communicates stories that affect and impact the African communities. Admission is free.

All films will be screened at 1104 South Wabash Ave, Theater 310, Columbia College Chicago.

TUESDAY, February 20

6 pm WOZA | Dir. Argentinian duo Pato Martine,12 min. 2017. “Woza” tells the story of an African surfer who has been taken as a lover by the African water spirit Mami Wata. “Woza” – which means “come” in Zulu

6:15 pm LAMB | Dir. Yared Zeleke, 90 min. 2015. When an Ethiopian boy moves in with distant relatives he takes his pet sheep with him but the upcoming holidays spell danger for his beloved friend.

WEDNESDAY, February 21

6 pm AFRONAUTS | Dir. Frances Bodomo’s,14 min. 2014. 16th July 1969: America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a ragtag group of Zambian exiles is trying to beat America to the Moon.

6:20 pm KATIKATI | Dir. Mbithi Masya, 75 min. 2016. A young woman with no memory of her life or death, is helped with assimilation to the afterlife by a ghost.

THURSDAY, February 22

6 pm MILKING THE RHINO | 126 min. 2009. The clichés of nature documentaries ignore a key landscape feature: villagers just off-camera, who navigate the dangers and costs of living with wildlife. The Maasai of Kenya and Namibia’s Himba – two of Earth’s oldest cattle cultures – are in the midst of upheaval. After a century of “white man conservation,” which displaced them and fueled resentment towards wildlife, they are vying to share the wildlife-tourism pie. Community-based conservation, which tries to balance the needs of wildlife and people, has been touted as “win-win.’ The reality is more complex. Charting the collision of ancient ways with Western expectations, MILKING THE RHINO tells intimate, hopeful and heartbreaking stories of people facing deep cultural change.

8:10 pm THIS IS NOLLYWOOD | 55 min. 2007. The story of Nigeria’s home grown film industry, which is gaining recognition as a cultural and cinematic phenomenon.

FRIDAY, February 23

6 pm A PLACE FOR MYSELF | Dir. Marie Clémentine DUSABEJAMBO, 21 min. 2016. At a casual elementary school comes a five year old albino girl, Elikia. Due to her skin color her classmates make her realize that her being ‘different’ is more a problem than a special trait. While the neighborhood treats her as a stereotype, her mother encourages her. Together, they fight back and raise their voice to find a place for themselves.

6:30 pm WATU WOTE  | Dir. Katja Benrath, 22 min. 2017. For a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

7 pm PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Dr. Robert HanserdLecturer of History in the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago
  • Floyd Webb —  Floyd Webb’s background includes global work in cinema, photojournalism, publishing, and advertising
  • Stan WestAdjunct professor at Columbia College, former foreign correspondent and owner of Soweto West Press
  • Bridget Botchway-BradleyModerator – Graduate student

8 pm BONESHAKER | Dir. Frances Bodomo’s,13 min. 2013. An African family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to cure its problem child.

8:15 pm SAMEDI CINEMA | Dir. Mamadou Dia, 12 min. 2016. Two children write letters to get enough money to go to the cinema. Saturday is their last chance to see the ending of the movie. The local city theater is closing down.

8:30 pm SAWUBONA  | Dir. Lungelo Kuzwayo,12 min. 2015. When Mbali, a charming and adventurous 7 year-old South African, defies the norm by making a new friend, she sparks a journey of transformation.

SATURDAY, February 24

1 pm FOR AHKEEM | Dir. Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest Pro.Iyabo Boyd, 90 min. 2017. After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she’s determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Through Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/AfricanFilmShowcase/

Cristina Sisson is the recipient of the 2016 Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award

By Teuta PejaSOME 100 GUESTS  gathered on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the elegant auditorium and reception space of the Alliance Française de Chicago, for the  the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association Winter Holiday reception and Dee Sarelas Award ceremony.

Among the attendees were  Fulbright alumni, current visiting Fulbright  scholars, Fulbright students, eight members of the Chapter’s Board of Directors, friends, and family. The event was co-sponsored by the  Institute of International Education (IIE).

Left to right, the organizing Holidays event and Dee Sarelas Committee: Kevin Spitta, Elio Leturia, Marilyn Sussman, 2016 Dee Sarelas awardee Cristina Sisson, Mary Mares-Awe, Teuta Peja, Meredith McNeal and Yasir Al-Ibrahem. Ron Harvey (not pictured) could not be present since he is teaching in Bulgaria.

Guests enjoyed socializing with each other, exchanging Fulbright experiences and intercultural discussions. The attendees represented some 40 countries from around the world.

Fulbright alumni and guests enjoyed a pleasant celebration with great food at the Alliance Française in Chicago.

Delicious appetizers, desserts and drinks were shared by all attendees.

The delicious buffet style food served at the Winter Reception included vegetarian options and complemented the festive atmosphere. A jazz trio of  musicians from Columbia College Chicago provided the entertainment for almost three hours.

A Columbia College Chicago jazz trio offered live music during the event.

A group of visiting Fulbright students commented on the pleasant space and  added that events like this create a wonderful opportunity to mingle, get to know other Fulbrighters and exchange advice about living and studying in Chicago.

The President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, Mary Mares-Awe welcomed guests with a heartwarming speech highlighting the mission of  Fulbright to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States, and citizens of almost every nation on earth —through cultural, scientific, and educational exchange. She also thanked board members for volunteering their time and being dedicated to the Fulbright mission and its ideals.

The special part of the evening was the announcement of the winner of the prestigious biennial Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award. The award is given in recognition to a person who has worked diligently over the years to promote and carry out the Fulbright Mission.  This year’s recipient is Ana Cristina Sisson, a long-time, dedicated Chicago Chapter member.

Cristina Sisson delivers her acceptance speech as the 2016 Fulbright Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient.

Ana Cristina Sisson holds a bachelor’s degree as a double major in Spanish and English from Colby College in Maine, and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She was with Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Uruguay in 2006.

Cristina joined the Fulbright Association and the Chicago Chapter in 2008. Since joining the chapter, she has played a vital role in organizing many cultural and educational activities and events for thousands of Fulbrighters. She has also served in the position of Chapter treasurer until 2016.

In addition to her commitment to her young family and to the Fulbright Chapter, Cristina teaches Spanish at Hinsdale District One-Eighty-One. Prior to that, she taught Spanish at the Ogden International School of Chicago, and the Chase Elementary Magnet Cluster School in Chicago.

“In the spirit of service, Cristina has been an integral part of the board, serving in her portion in a totally volunteer status. Those who chose to do so, do it out or their dedication to the Fulbright mission.  Cristina so richly deserves this award…because she’s done a tremendous job and is truly an inspirational person.”       — Mary Mares-Awe, President, Fulbright Chicago

Fulbrighters from all over the world gathered at the Holidays event.

Traditionally, the previous award recipient presents the award to the new Dee Sarelas recipient, but this year it was different. The 2014 Dee Sarelas awardee, Ron Harvey, the Vice President of the Fulbright Chicago Chapter, was not present at the event because he is on a Fulbright research and teaching fellowship to Bulgaria.

The Holiday event and Dee Sarelas Award Ceremony was very-well attended. It has become the main Fulbright Chicago event of the year.

Current Fulbright students attending Columbia College Chicago. From left to right, Cyril Bassil (Lebanon,) Calisto Lemashon (Kenya,) Shreya Singh (India) and Melissa M. Jiménez (Trinidad and Tobago.)

But although Ron could not be present in person, he recorded a short video speech that was played at the ceremony.  In his speech, Ron emphasizing Cristina’s friendliness, her engagement with the Fulbright Chicago Chapter, and her enthusiasm to promoting the values of the intercultural exchange through educational activities.

“Cristina is great at bringing the people together; she would invite visiting Fulbright over for dinners with her family as well as other Fulbrighters and expose our way of doing things with the visiting Fulbrighters. Cristina has the belief that you do not have to be official to have an impact in people. I can’t think of a better person to receive the Dee Sarelas service award”Ron Harvey, Vice President, Fulbright Chicago

Fulbright Chicago president Mary Mares Awe talking to the Fulbright students, scholars and alumni.

Upon the acceptance of the award, Cristina remembered her Fulbright year in Uruguay working with the public-school teachers and her work with the Chicago Chapter board upon her return to the US.  In her inspirational speech, Cristina spoke of Fulbrighers sharing the will and excitement of working toward making a difference in the community.

2010 Dee Sarelas recipient and Fulbright Chicago board member Dr. Marilyn Susman and Fulbright student Teuta Peja welcomed the attendees.

She encouraged people to join the board and participate in Fulbright-focused activities.  She urged everyone to get involved in activities even though they may be out of their scope of work.  She also advised people not to let the fear of not knowing what the job entails, to get in the way of participating… “When there is a need, take a risk.” She said in referencing her own resolve to take up the position of treasurer, when there was a need for someone to step into the role.

Cristina wrapped up her speech by emphasizing the Fulbright mission and legacy.

“I wanted to leave you all with Senator Fulbright’s words, to inspire us to visit local schools, ask a professor to visit their child’s school and talk about the Fulbright program, the mission and your home country or where you traveled.  Don’t let the fear of being overwhelmed get in the way…”

Fulbrighters using social media and sharing photos.

After hearing the speeches, Manithda a visiting Fulbright student from Laos, said “The award ceremony made people get to know and appreciate people behind the scene more. I didn’t know who were the people behind the scene who did the good for people in the front until that award ceremony. This encourages me to want to help and voluntarily work with the Fulbright  organizing group.”

Baris Mesci, a Visiting Student Researcher from Turkey and his wife Tutku Mizrak Mesci.

The guests congratulated Cristina on her award and praised the organizers —the members of the board—  for putting up such an amazing event.

—Photos by Kevin Spitta and Elio Leturia

Warm tango sounds in Chicago through Tita Lage’s voyage

By Mary Mares-Awe–ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2016 during a rainy  evening, members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, visiting Fulbright students, and other guests had the opportunity to attend a Tango inspired event at the Instituto Cervantes and listen to the warm sound of Tango music, and view a film showcasing the life of a centennial double immigrant.

Instituto Cervantes of Chicago Executive Director Antonio Martínez welcomed the audience.

Instituto Cervantes of Chicago Executive Director Antonio Martínez welcomed the audience.

The bilingual documentary entitled “Tita Turns 100” (Los 100 Años de Tita,) is produced and directed by Elio Leturia, who is a multimedia journalist and a member of the Chicago Chapter Board.

The biographical film that premiered at the Chicago Feminist Film Festival in March this year,  takes the audience on a journey of the life of Tita Lage, a lovely lady who was born in Spain in 1913, moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, at age 17 and finally relocated to the United States when she was 73 in 1986, bringing with her the love of tango music and dance along with her Spanish roots.

Tita became a naturalized US citizen the day she turned 102 years old.

"Por una Cabeza," "Uno," "Se Dice de Mí," were some of the tangos local singer Alba Guerra shared with the audience along with guitarist Juan Pablo Jones.

“Por una Cabeza,” “Uno,” “Se Dice de Mí,” were some of the tangos local singer Alba Guerra shared with the audience along with guitarist Juan Pablo Jones.

titapostcardFollowing the film screening, local singer and actress Alba Guerra, one of Tita’s daughters, sang beautiful, traditional Tango songs to the accompaniment of guitar musician Juan Ignacio Jones.

After the concert, guests were treated to a reception featuring Argentinian wine, and Peruvian empanadas and alfajores.

The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association partnered with the Consulate of Peru and the Consulate of Argentina, in this cultural event organized by the Instituto Cervantes.

Deputy Consul of Perú Annie Saucedo, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association Mary Mares-Awe. Jane Florine, Elio Leturia, Deputy Consul of Argentina Marcelo Boffi, singer Alba Guerra and musician Juan Ignacio Jones surrounded by Fulbright scholars.

Deputy Consul of Perú Annie Saucedo, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association Mary Mares-Awe. Jane Florine, Elio Leturia, Deputy Consul of Argentina Marcelo Boffi, singer Alba Guerra and musician Juan Ignacio Jones surrounded by Fulbright scholars.

Elio Leturia is the Communications Director of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the recipient of the 2013 Fulbright Dee Sarelas Service Award. A native Peruvian, Leturia is an Associate Professor in Journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

Peruvian Deputy Consul Annie Saucedo, documentarian Elio Leturia and performer Alba Guerra.

Peruvian Deputy Consul Annie Saucedo, documentarian Elio Leturia and performer Alba Guerra.

Photos by Mary Mares-Awe and Todd Burbank