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“Native American perceptions and realities in the U.S.” was a real educational experience

Dr. Dorene Wiese presenting on the Native American realities in the U.S. for International Education Week.

Dr. Dorene Wiese presenting on the Native American realities in the U.S. for International Education Week.

By Elio LeturiaTHE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association kicked off this year’s International Education Week on Sunday, November 15, 2015 with an insightful and colorful presentation by Dr. Dorene Wiese, Chief Executive Officer of the American Indian Association of Illinois.

Dr. Dorene Wiese

Dr. Dorene Wiese

The presentation entitled “NATIVE AMERICAN PERCEPTIONS AND REALITIES IN THE U.S.”, offered a look at American Indian history and focused on several modern-day issues concerning the American Indian communities such as land rights and tribal laws.

The presentation also included a dance performance by the youngest members of the Black Hawk Performance Company. The event took place at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in River North.  The school partnered with our chapter in providing the space – a large lecture hall with a panoramic view of the Chicago River and downtown high-rises.

Elio Leturia introduced Dr. Wiese.

Over sixty attendees in what some have called one of the most interesting and educational programs our Chicago Chapter has put together in the past years, participated in the event.  “It was really interesting, enlightening, and fun! I really appreciate that the Chicago chapter is so active; I know other Fulbrighters who are less lucky,” said Kevin Spitta, a Fulbright student from Germany who is pursuing a masters in Advertising and PR at DePaul University.

Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe welcomed the attendees.

Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe welcomed the attendees.

Mary Mares-Awe, President of the Chicago Chapter, who had just arrived from the 2015 Fulbright National Conference in Atlanta, welcomed all the attendees.

“International education is what Fulbright is all about,” Mares-Awe said.

A quick change of plans—pizza had just arrived—allowed all participants to grab some warm slices right before Dr. Wiese’s presentation.

Pizza!

Pizza!

Dr. Wiese, who belongs to the Ojibwe tribe from White Earth, Minnesota, presented a comprehensive panorama of the situation of American Indians in U.S. society in regard to politics, education and culture. She pointed out how the media portray American Indians in society which in turn perpetuates the stereotypes seen in the movies and on television.

Dr. Wiese and three members of the Black Hawk Performance Company

Dr. Wiese and three members of the Black Hawk Performance Company

Dr. Weise made a specific reference to the commonly used term, “Native American”, when refereeing to American Indian.  She says  that “anyone born in this country can be a native American.”  She emphasized that the term American Indians is the accurate terminology in reference to her people. “We need to be recognized as the original people in this country and allowed to be included,” Wiese said.

The audience participated with many questions.

Dr. Wiese describing the American Indian garments.

Dr. Wiese describing the American Indian garments.

The serious tone of the engaging presentation was lightened when Wiese described the attires she and the little dancers Ethan, Eric, Evian Cloud were wearing. “Only American Indians can wear eagle feathers,” she said, because the Eagle is protected species. She explained the designs on the capes, shoes, and other garments that were adorned by delicate embroideries.

The dance performance with Ethan, Eric and Evian Cloud

The dance performance with Ethan, Eric and Evian Cloud

Music and dance followed. What started with Dr. Wiese and the children dancers, continued with the attendees in a circle dance.  This was  another experience that allowed all of us to learn and share a little more about our complex American society.

Participants joined the American Indian dance

Participants joined the American Indian dance

Dancing was an opportunity to share a new experience for Fulbright students

Dancing was an opportunity to share a new experience for Fulbright students

The Chicago Chapter would especially like to thank Dr. Breeda McGrath, who heads the Department of International Psychology at the Chicago School of Psychology for arranging the use of the space for our event, and to Dr. Patricia Pérez.

Photos by Kevin Spitta and Elio Leturia

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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.

International theater for only $5 for student Fulbrighters!

Elio Leturia as Dolores and Oliver Aldape as María in Orchids in the Moonlight by Carlos Fuentes, directed by Sándor Menéndez.

Elio Leturia as Dolores and Oliver Aldape as María in Orchids in the Moonlight by Carlos Fuentes, directed by Sándor Menéndez.

By Elio Leturia— TWO POOR CHICANAS living in Venice, California imagining they are in the Italian Venezia. One thinks she is Dolores del Río; the other, María Félix, the most revered Mexican film stars of all times. Dolores started her career in Hollywood, and María worked Spain and France. Both were top stars during the Mexican Golden Cinema Era.

In this play, they are not women but transvestites who live their lifes through their idols movies.

“Orquídeas a la Luz de la Luna” (Orchids in the Moonlight) by Carlos Fuentes, directed by Sándor Menéndez celebrates the 25th anniversary of Aguijón Theater.

Students get $10 off with the code FULBRIGHT when you come to see the play this and next weekend (March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29); only six shows left (that means students only pay $5!)

Adults get $5 off, which means they only pay $20 when using that code.

Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays 6 p.m.

The play has supertitles in ENGLISH.

Aguijón Theater is located at 2707 North Laramie Ave, Chicago. Phone 773-637-5899.

Come see the play, support the arts and celebrate the spring! Check out the video:

Fulbright Chicago celebrates the Holidays and Ron Harvey gets the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

Chicago Chapter board members Kari Burnett, Cristina Sisson, Jenni Schneiderman and Meredith McNeil celebrate with Ron Harvey, recipient of the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

Chicago Chapter board members Kari Burnett, Cristina Sisson, Jenni Schneiderman and Meredith McNeil celebrate with Ron Harvey, recipient of the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

By Mary Mares-Awe—MORE THAN 80 GUESTS attended the annual, end-of-the-year, Winter Holiday reception sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Professor Norma Green, Ahmed Affan from Pakistan and Gigi Posejpal, Director of International Student Affairs at Columbia College Chicago

Professor Norma Green, Ahmed Affan from Pakistan and Gigi Posejpal, Director of International Student Affairs at Columbia College Chicago

Mr. Ilker Pak, Consul of Turkey in Chicago

Mr. Ilker Pak, Honorable Consul of Turkey in Chicago

The event took place on Friday, December 12th at Columbia College, downtown Chicago. Among those in attendance were Fulbright Association members, board members, friends of Fulbright, alumni, Fulbright scholars from more than 35 countries, as well as consular representatives including the Consul General of France, Vincent Floreani, Consul of Turkey, Ilker Pak, and the Consul of Costa Rica, Javier Rojas.

Mr. Javier Rojas, Honorable Consul of Costa Rica,  Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Ron Harvey and Mr. Vincent Floreani, Honorable Consul General of France

Mr. Javier Rojas, Honorable Consul of Costa Rica, Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Ron Harvey and Mr. Vincent Floreani, Honorable Consul General of France

Guests enjoyed several types of wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages and a variety of foods including Vietnamese Spring Rolls, South of the Border specialties, cheeses and charcuterie, salads, and wonderful deserts with beautifully decorated Christmas cookies.

A Columbia College Chicago jazz trio entertaining the audience

A Columbia College Chicago jazz trio entertaining the audience

A trio made up of Columbia College Chicago music students certainly did justice to the great American music genre—jazz, adding a festive atmosphere to the event and entertaining guests throughout the evening.

RON HARVEY GETS THE 2014 DEE SARELAS SERVICE AWARD

2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award

The annual celebrations present a great opportunity to see old friends and make new connections within our Fulbright community. It’s also a time when the Chapter presents the prestigious Dee Sarelas Service Award.

This year Dr. Ron Harvey, a psychology researcher at DePaul University and current president of the Chicago Chapter, was the recipient of the award. The other nominees were Cristina Sisson (Argentina 2007,) treasurer of the Chapter, and Don Garner (European Union 2001,) Consular Corps Liaison and past-president 2006.

Last year Dee Sarelas Service Award Elio Leturia presenting Ron Harvey with the 2014 award.

Last year Dee Sarelas Service Award recipient Elio Leturia from Columbia College Chicago, presenting Ron Harvey with the 2014 award.

The service award was created to honor the memory of one of the founding members of the Fulbright Association’s Chicago Chapter—Dee Sarelas. Dee is remembered for her unique ability for bringing people across cultures together. In addition to her many contributions, Dee also worked for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army Training College, and as a liaison at White House conferences.

Dr. Richard Farkas of DePaul University, Fulbright Specialist to Ukraine, Taras Tzlupko and Ron Harvey

Dr. Richard Farkas of DePaul University, Fulbright Specialist to Ukraine, Taras Tzlupko and Ron Harvey

“It’s a real honor to be in the company of such high caliber people who have won the award previously,” said Ron after receiving the award. Some of the past recipients are Marilyn Susman, Thomas Ahleman, Ana Gil-García and Elio Leturia.

Fulbrighter Aziz Pulatov from Uzbekistan and his daughter

Fulbrighter Aziz Pulatov from Uzbekistan and his daughter, Shakina

“It’s great that we can do our part to fulfill the Fulbright mission here in Chicago. The honor is a great accomplishment of that. It’s a reminder that you can fulfill the Fulbright mission no matter where you are”, he added.

Ron, who did his Fulbright in Bulgaria in 2009-2010, will be leaving for Bulgaria again next year to work on a pioneering project in the field of community psychology. He, no doubt, and true to form, will continue to work in the Fulbright spirit— making the world a better place.

Fulbright alumna Virginia Miller (Guatemala 1993, Mexico 1996-97) and Adam Gehr

Fulbright alumna Virginia Miller (Guatemala 1993, Mexico 1996-97) and Adam Gehr

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson and her husband Michael Tamm

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson and her husband Michael Tamm

Fulbright alumna Maureen Warren (Poland 1980-81,) Fulbright scholar Almir Pestek from Bosnia, and Mary Mares-Awe, Chicago chapter Board member

Fulbright alumna Maureen Warren (Poland 1980-81,) Fulbright scholar Almir Pestek from Bosnia, and Mary Mares-Awe, Chicago Chapter Board member

Uruguayan Fulbright alumna Andrea Catarivas and her husband Andre Frieden

Uruguayan Fulbright alumna Andrea Catarivas and her husband Andre Frieden

Photos by Mary Mares-Awe, Jenni Schneiderman, Ron Harvey, Elio Leturia

You are invited to the Winter Holidays Reception and the 2014 Dee Sarelas Service Award Ceremony. RSVP now!

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By Elio Leturia—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues and friends to attend our end-of-the-year Winter Holidays Reception and the 2014 Dee Sarelas* Fulbright Service Award Ceremony.

WHEN Friday, December 12, 2014
TIME 6:30 – 9 pm
WHERE Columbia College Chicago, 1104 South Wabash Ave. (8th floor) Chicago, Illinois 60605

COST $30 (includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music)
Free to Fulbright students and scholars.
RSVPs are required.
Please R.S.V.P. using the online form by December 9, 2014

If you need to cancel your RSVP email us at fulbrightchicago@gmail.com

*Aphrodite Floros Sarelas, an early Fulbrighter to Greece. A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicagoland community, Dee was a person remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together. Her educational background and professional experiences in the field of Social Work prepared her well for contributions to our chapter and beyond—as an administrator for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army Training College, as a liaison at White House conferences, as a special consultant to Voice of America, and as editor of Social Welfare in Underdeveloped Countries (United Nations publication). For the foregoing reasons, the Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award has been established in her memory.

Fulbright Chicago celebrated International Education Week at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Visiting Fulbright scholaras and students celebrated International Education Week at the Jane Addams-Hull Hose Museum.

Visiting Fulbright scholars and students celebrated International Education Week at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus

By Jade StanleyON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2014 the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association celebrated International Education Week with an educational program focusing on immigrant communities who’ve played an important part in Chicago’s history.

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sani Basha with his family at the Jane Adams Hull House Museum

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sani Basha with his family at the Jane Adams Hull-House Museum

Over sixty participants including Fulbright students and scholars, alumni association members and Institute of International Education (IIE), friends and family joined us for a tour of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum with a look at the legacy of Jane Addams—a reformer, sociologist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Fulbright Scholars and Friends viewing a documentary film about Jane Adams

Fulbright Scholars and Friends viewing a documentary film about Jane Adams

The tour began at noon, and included a documentary film – narrated by Eleanor Roosevelt, on the history of Hull House and the life and work of Jane Addams. After the tour, everyone met at 2pm, to enjoy a wonderful lunch at Pompei, an authentic Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Pompei was established by Luigi Davino back in 1909. The family restaurant has been serving up delicious Italian food for four generations.

 Everyone enjoyed a fun conversation and delicious food at Pompei Restaurant during the annual International Education Education Week program

Everyone enjoyed a fun conversation and delicious food at Pompei Restaurant during the annual International Education Education Week program

Little Italy is another unique ethnic neighborhood in Chicago to explore for its restaurants and unique small businesses. Walking into the restaurant on a cold and windy Chicago day was delightful and wonderful smells coming from the kitchen greeted us as we entered. The menu included various types of delicious pizza, two kinds of salads, pasta and meat sauce and homemade bread, followed by incredible pastries and hot coffee.

 Members of the Fulbright Chicago Board, (L-R) Patti Powel and Mary Mares-Awe with visiting Fulbright Scholar Liz Bacwayo from Uganda


Members of the Fulbright Chicago Board, (L-R) Patti Powel and Mary Mares-Awe with visiting Fulbright Scholar Liz Bacwayo from Uganda

Board members Mary Mares-Awe, Cristina Sisson, Patti Powell, Elio Leturia, Shannon Anderson and Jade Stanley extended a warm welcome and thanked the participants for joining us for this event. The room resonated with great conversations, opportunities for networking, and plans to attend the next Fulbright event in December.

Fulbright Scholars enjoying lunch at Pompei Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright Scholars enjoying lunch at Pompei Restaurant in Little Italy

Sarah Grace Gleisner of IIE is enjoying a conversation with visiting Fulbright Scholars

Sarah Grace Gleisner of IIE is enjoying a conversation with visiting Fulbright Scholars

Photos by Mary Mares-Awe

How does a Fulbrighter ride the bus? In style of course…

The advertising campaign includes billboards, buses, bus stops, inside trains and the COlumbia College Chicago campus.

The advertising campaign includes billboards, buses, bus stops, inside trains and the Columbia College Chicago campus.

By Mary Mares-Awe—OUR VERY OWN Elio Leturia is riding in style—on the bus, literally. Some of us may have seen the elegant image campaign promoting Columbia College Chicago on CTA buses around town featuring Elio Leturia along with a handful of professors at Columbia.

Leturia was invited for the advertising campaign in late April. The professional photo shoot took place at Columbia’s studios and since last month his face has graced the side billboards of CTA buses, plus the digital screens in four CTA stations at Clark and Lake, Addison Red Line, Davis Purple Line and the Belmont station, as well as inside trains. Elio’s larger-than-life image can also be seen on two billboards along I-90.

Leturia teaching Visual Journalism at Columbia College Chicago

Leturia teaching Visual Journalism at Columbia College Chicago

Besides being a journalism tenured professor at Columbia College Chicago and the vice president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, Leturia is also an accomplished theater actor. But he’s never been on a stage this big—with such an extended daily run—and more audience than can pack all of Chicago’s theaters, combined.

His reaction to all this attention: “I feel very honored that Columbia has chosen me to be a part of their promotional campaign.” Each professor was invited for the high honors they’ve achieved in their career. Elio Leturia was specifically chosen as a Fulbright-Honored Faculty. “To me it was really exciting because it was serving the campaign of the college—highlighting me as a member of the faculty, but at the same time it was highlighting Fulbright which is very close to me.”

When asked about what went through his mind when he found out he was selected for the advertising image, he says with a laugh, “Well, my first reaction was, what am I going to wear?” From the photo we can see he made an excellent wardrobe choice. Leturia also says he finds it amusing when people who’ve seen the promotional images, send him pictures they took and tell him he looks like a model in a GAP ad.

The advertising campaign is in full swing now and runs through the end of September.

Photos. Susy Schultz, Bethel Swift, Teri Arvisú, Brittany Delk