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Book launch on Chile, 40 years after the coup, by Fulbrighter Kelly-Lowenstein

Ana Gonzalez, a feisty 87-year-old with bright red fingernails, survived many detentions and the disappearances of her husband, two of her sons, and a pregnant daughter-in-law during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s regime. Her home in Santiago is filled with images of her family and important personalities in the struggle for justice in Chile and the world. A tireless fighter for human rights during the dictatorship, she pays tribute to her murdered relatives by continuing to wage a joyful struggle for justice and against oblivion: “When you take this path of liberation…, you know that you can die at any moment. But those of us who remain are not going to allow that to happen because forgetting is death. Because of that, memory is essential.” Forty years after the coup, Chile remains a wounded, divided nation where the past lives in the present. The nation’s enduring rifts are visible in the glaring contrast between the entrenched poverty in Santiago’s shantytowns and the country’s elite, who enriched themselves during the dictatorship. History is also a force in the November presidential election featuring Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei. The daughters of Air Force Generals played together as children, but their lives were changed permanently by the coup. Matthei’s father Fernando joined the junta. Bachelet’s father Alberto remained loyal to Salvador Allende and the constitution, paying for that decision with his life. Yet there are also glimmerings of Chile’s coming to terms with its bloody past. Among the most important: this September 11 saw an unprecedented outpouring of memory-related activity.

Ana González, then a feisty 87-year-old with bright red fingernails, survived many detentions and the disappearances of her husband, two of her sons, and a pregnant daughter-in-law during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s regime. Photo by Jon Lowenstein

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association, in partnership with  Public Narrative and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, would like to invite you to an evening of dialogue about Chile, and where the country stands 40 years after the Pinochet coup, with author, researcher and Fulbrighter, Jeff Kelly-Lowenstein (South Africa ’95, Chile ’13, New Zealand ’15).

chilean_chroniclesKelly-Lowenstein currently teaches journalism at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He will discuss his recently published book, The Chilean Chronicles.  The work is a compilation of writing during Jeff’s 2013 semester at the University Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. The book reflects on the impact of the Pinochet regime on Chilean society, from a historical perspective, and on the country’s still-emerging democracy through recounting stories that would otherwise go untold.

WHERE  Columbia College Chicago, 33 E. Congress Parkway, Suite 610H

WHEN   Wednesday, November 30, 2016

TIME   6pm-8pm

COST   Free

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Refreshments will be served.

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Documentary, tango concert and reception celebrating Tita Lage

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IN MARCH 1913,  Tita Lage was born in Galicia, Spain. At 17 she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina and at 73 she relocated to the U.S. The day she turned 102 years old she became an American citizen.

elio1016frameThe Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites you to the screening of “Tita Turns 100,” a bilingual (Spanish-English) documentary produced and directed by Elio Leturia (left), Columbia College Chicago journalism professor, and board member and director of communications of our Fulbright chapter.

WHAT “Tita Turns 100” documentary, followed by a tango concert and a reception

WHEN Wednesday October 26, 2016, 6 p.m.

WHERE Instituto Cervantes, 31 West Ohio St., Chicago, Ill. 60653

COST FREE but reservations are required. Click HERE

During her life in Argentina, Tita Lage met first lady Eva Perón and tango icon Carlos Gardel. She was a close friend of famous actress and singer Tita Merello, an early Argentine performer to appear in South American movies.

albaAfter the short film, local singer Alba Guerra (left), will delight us with a Tango concert, (“Por una Cabeza,” “Madreselva,” “Uno,” among others) accompanied by musician Juan Ignacio Jones. A reception will follow.

This event is organized by the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Consulate General of Argentina, Consulate General of Peru and Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Chicago Public Library

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IN CELEBRATION OF Hispanic Heritage Month, Associate Professor Elio Leturia (Fulbright USA ’90) who teaches graphic design and multimedia journalism at Columbia College Chicago is presenting “Cross | Cruce” which includes illustrations, page design, posters and photography.

This exhibit opened on September 15 and will remain available to the public until October 15 at the Harold Washington Library (3rd floor, east side) in downtown Chicago.

Chicago-based Fulbrighter publishes translation of Venezuelan fiction writer Antonia Palacios

Dr. RoseAnna Mueller in her office at Columbia College Chicago.

Dr. RoseAnna Mueller in her office at Columbia College Chicago.

FULBRIGHTER TO VENEZUELA in 2002/2003 and Columbia College Chicago Professor Emerita, Dr. RoseAnna Mueller has published the first English translation of one of the main works of 20th-century Venezuelan fiction.

Ana Isabel, A Respectable Girl was released in June 2016.

Ana Isabel, A Respectable Girl, was released in June 2016.

Ana Isabel, A Respectable Girl (Universitas Press) was originally released in 1949. Written by Antonia Palacios Ana Isabel, una niña decente (in Spanish) is a classic coming-of-age story set in Caracas in the 1920s, exploring issues of race, class, and gender and exposing the colonial and patriarchal legacy of the country in the era before urban development and the dependence on an oil economy and in the midst of a dictatorship. Antonia Palacios (1904-2001) was one of the most important Venezuelan writers of the 20th century. A poet, novelist, essayist and short-story writer, she was also a prominent feminist and civil rights activist.

Writer Antonia Palacios, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century in Venezuela.

Writer Antonia Palacios, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century in Venezuela.

The novel broke with the symbolic realist genre in vogue in Venezuelan narrative works and inaugurated a new form of feminine expression with poetic overtones. It takes on a confessional and autobiographical tone as it represents a young girl’s reality as she questions what it means to be respectable in her society. In describing his mother’s work, Fernán Frías points to the work’s “innocent sensuality” and concludes that both young readers and adults can enjoy the work.

RoseAnna Mueller says that her “fondest wish is to have non-Spanish speaking readers fall in love with young Ana Isabel and share in her world with all its joys, sorrows and longings.” Mueller considers that if we are truly serious about diversity and multi-culturalism, then we all must read beyond the borders of the established canon.

The publication of this translation is a result of Mueller’s Teaching/Research Fulbright in Venezuela, 2002/2003, where she first discovered the work of Antonia Palacios, as well as the work of Teresa de la Parra, which led to the publication of Teresa de la Parra: A Literary Life in 2012.

During her extensive teaching career, Mueller has taught works by Latin American women writers and she feels that if she were to teach Latin American Women’s literature at the Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, she should include the works of Venezuelans. Thanks to the Fulbright, Mueller says that she “was able to learn more about the rich heritage of Venezuelan women writers the world knows little about. Thanks to the on-going connections I continue to enjoy with my colleagues in Venezuela, I was able to enlist their help with close readings of the first drafts of my translation. Their encouragement and their love for their country touched me deeply and makes all the hard work looking for just the right word worthwhile.” She values the collaboration that her Fulbright award was able to allow her to continue her research over the years.

In January 2017, RoseAnna Mueller will be working at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia, thanks to a Fulbright Teaching/Research Award. This will be another opportunity for her to continue her work on Latin American women’s literature through the study of the narratives of three mystic nuns of New Granada.

A native of Italy, Mueller emigrated to the U.S. when she was six years old. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian and an active member of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

The 2015 Winter Holiday Reception —a festive occasion

Fulbright Students attending the 2015 Chicago Chapter Winter Holiday Reception at the KnickerBoxer Hotel.

Fulbright Students attending the 2015 Chicago Chapter Winter Holiday Reception at the Knickerbocker Millennium Hotel.

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association held its Winter Holiday Reception at the Knickerbocker Millennium Hotel downtown Chicago in the early part of December. The festive, holiday setting of the historic Knickerbocker Hotel proved a beautiful backdrop for the annual celebration.

Fulbright scholars attended the 2015 Winter Holidays Reception with their families.

Fulbright scholars attended the 2015 Winter Holidays Reception with their families.

Co-sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE), some 122 Fulbright Scholars, alumni, consular representatives, students, and friends of Fulbright attended the event on Friday, December 2, 2015.

Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, welcomes our guests.

Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, welcomes our guests.

Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet-style meal consisting of salmon, chicken, and vegetarian pasta along with salads and a wonderful chocolate mousse for dessert.

Ron Harvey, the Vice President of the Chicago Chapter served as the Master of Ceremonies. He briefly spoke of his Fulbright experience as a Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria, before introducing Mary Mares-Awe, the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

 Hon. Consul General of Pakistan, Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, shares his experiences as a foreign exchange student.

Hon. Consul General of Pakistan, Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, shares his experiences as a foreign exchange student.

Mary welcomed all attendees and in her speech reminded the audience of the celebratory focus of the event. “One of the main reasons to celebrate is that tonight we have 48 countries represented by scholars, students and members of various Chicago consulates.” she said. In addition, the alumni in attendance have visited 21 countries through the Fulbright Program.

Also attending the 2015 Winter Holiday reception, were many representatives from among Chicago’s consular corps including Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Hon. Consul General of India; Mr. Michael Wood, Hon. Consul General of Australia; Mr. Andre King, Hon. Consul of Barbados; Mr. Ihsan Sweiss, Hon. Consul General of Jordan, Mr. Toshiyuki Iwado, Hon. Consul General of Japan; Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Hon. Consul General of Pakistan; Mr. Ilker Pak representing the Turkish Consulate in Chicago, and the consulate of Haiti was represented by Ms. Marie Casimir.

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Hon. Consul General of India; Mr. Michael Wood, Hon. Consul General of Australia; Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Hon. Consul General of Japan.

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Hon. Consul General of India; Mr. Michael Wood, Hon. Consul General of Australia; Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter and Mr. Toshiyuki Iwado, Hon. Consul General of Japan.

“Another reason to celebrate”, Mary continued, “is that 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program.” Various activities will be planned through the year around the theme of the anniversary.

Fulbright guests enjoying a lively conversation

Fulbright guests enjoying a lively conversation

Columbia College Chicago Jazz trio provided excellent live music.

Columbia College Chicago jazz trio provided excellent live music.

“And the biggest reason to celebrate, is our friendship solidified by our experiences as Fulbrighters” Mary Mares-Awe added in conclusion. After Mary’s welcoming speech, the Hon. Consul General of Pakistan to Chicago, Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, gave a brief speech outlining the importance of educational exchange programs, by recounting his own experiences as a foreign exchange student prior to his diplomatic career. Of the Fulbright scholars and students studying this year in Chicago, Pakistan, represented by six Fulbrighters, comprises the second largest group after Mexico.

A jazz trio of music students from Columbia College Chicago added to the warm, festive atmosphere of the event with their professional-level performance of jazz music through the evening.

Photos by Jenni Schneiderman

Members of the Chicago Chapter meet at a Cocktail Reception with visitors from the Fulbright Association National Office

Chicago chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, Dr. herma Williams, Elio Leturia, Don garner, Brey Doyle, Fulbright Association Executive Director Jennifer Oxley, Ron Harvey and Dolores Rinke.

Chicago chapter President Mary Mares-Awe, Dr. Herma Williams, Elio Leturia, Don Garner, Brey Doyle, Fulbright Association Executive Director Jennifer Oxley, Ron Harvey and Dolores Rinke.

By Mary Mares-Awe—JENNIFER OXLEY, THE EXECUTIVE Director of the Fulbright Association, and Dr. Herma Williams, Member of its Board of Directors visited Chicago on May 7 and 8. They met at a cocktail reception with several members of the Chicago chapter board to exchange ideas, discuss future plans and talk about the Fulbright experiences.

This was an excellent opportunity to meet with members of the National team in a casual, after-work atmosphere in pleasant surroundings of the 676 restaurant in the heart of Chicago.

Elio Leturia and Jennifer Oxley at Columbia College Chicago

Elio Leturia and Jennifer Oxley at Columbia College Chicago

Also in attendance was Chicago board member Brey Doyle, who is leaving Chicago to begin her master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Nationwide there are more than 50 Fulbright Association chapters, and Chicago is one of the largest and most active ones. It’s exciting to have a strong working relationship with, and the support of, the National Office.

Ms. Oxley and Dr. Williams also visited Columbia College Chicago with our Director of Communications, Elio Leturia, who is a journalism associate professor in the Communication and Media Innovation Department of Columbia College.

2015 Spring Farewell: Fulbrighters gather at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Almost 100 people participated in the 2015 Spring Farewell at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Almost 100 people participated in the 2015 Spring Farewell at the Garfield Park Conservatory

By Jade Stanley—THE BEAUTIFUL GARFIELD PARK Conservatory in Chicago served as the backdrop for the 2015 Spring Farewell Luncheon. The event, sponsored by The Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter and the International Institute of Education (IIE), was held on Saturday, April 25 at the Conservatory’s Jensen Room.

More than 60 countries were represented by almost 100 participants including members of the Chicago Consular Corps, Fulbright Scholars, students, alumni, and family members who all came out to share in the special day.

Dr. Ron Harvey, vice-presidentof the Fulbright Chicago Chapter and Hon. Andre King, Consul General of Barbados.

Dr. Ron Harvey, vice-president of the Fulbright Chicago Chapter and Hon. Andre King, Consul General of Barbados.

The farewell gathering provides an opportunity for Fulbright Association members of the Chicago Chapter to say ‘thank you’ to our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni, to affirm friendships, and academic, and professional connections that will last for years.

Although the day was gray and rainy, the Garfield Park Conservatory was a wonderful place to visit as the plants and flowers were in full bloom, reminding us of warmer days to come. It’s one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation and has been referred to as “landscape art under glass.” Thousands of plants are grown here each year. The Conservatory itself is located in Garfield Park, a 184-acre site.

Chicago Chapter president Mary Mares-Awe and Rhandy Barba, Fulbright student from Panama.

Chicago Chapter president Mary Mares-Awe and Rhandy Barba, Fulbright student from Panama.

In her welcoming speech, Chapter President, Mary Mares-Awe, praised the beauty of nature’s environment as showcased by the Conservatory, but she also reminded us of nature’s destructive force – exemplified that day by the mass-scale earthquake in Nepal.

Mary said “nature is something we can’t control, but we do have influence over human relationships in trying to prevent war and destruction.” She encouraged those present to “use Fulbright as a platform to strengthen bonds, build friendships and promote peaceful coexistence” among people around the world.

Guests at the luncheon enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Wishbone, a southern-inspired restaurant. The menu included blackened catfish, baked chicken, fresh mixed greens, southern-style mashed potatoes, and cornbread.

The following are an example of some of the comments expressed by the attendees:

Joan Clarke, a visiting scholar, completed her Fulbright in Jamaica and commented on the exciting year she had in Chicago and how it has inspired her to continue her research.

Norma Green, journalism professor at Columbia College Chicago, completed her Fulbright in Denmark and later a Fulbright-Hays in Morocco and Tunisia and stated she loves to come out and participate in Fulbright sponsored events, which provides and opportunity to share her experiences and learn what other Fulbrighters are doing both in Chicago and around the world. John Corbett accompanies her to these events and also commented on the richness of the exchanges.

Kukunda Elizabeth Bacwayo, visiting scholar from Uganda, has had a remarkable year in Chicago teaching and conducting research and is hopeful to extend her time here in Chicago to continue her work and continue to develop rich friendships and relationships with other Fulbright scholars.

The Garfield Park Conservatory is open 365 days a year and it had recently reopened after the damaging hailstorm of 2011. What a great location to say hello to spring!

The Garfield Park Conservatory is open 365 days a year and it had recently reopened after the damaging hailstorm of 2011. What a great location to say hello to spring!

The Chicago Board members of the Fulbright Association want to thank everyone for coming out and participating in our Spring Farewell and wish each of you a safe journey home and best wishes on all of your future endeavors.