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You are invited: US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns on China-US relations

THE CHICAGO COUNCIL OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS invites all Fulbrighters and Friends of Fulbright to join for an invigorating hybrid networking event and lecture.

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, leaders of one of the most consequential bilateral relationships in the world, recently concluded their first meeting as presidents at the G20 Summit. As Xi Jinping enters his third term in power, how will China-US relations evolve economically and politically?

Fulbrighters are invited to this special discussion with US Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Nicholas Burns (joining remotely) and the Council’s Fay Hartog Levin (joining in person) to discuss the top issues of the Chicago Council Conference Center.


WHEN Tuesday, November 29, 2022

TIME 6:00- 7:15 PM

WHERE Chicago Council Conference Center, 130 E Randolph Street; or via YouTube

RSVP Email Matthew Abbott, Director of Government and Diplomatic Programs to register mabbott@globalaffairs.org


 

Chicago Fulbright alumni: Want to give back? Get involved with our chapter

Chicago Chapter Marilyn Susman, founder of the Mentoring Program welcomed mentors and mentees at the launch of the program that took place at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology on Sept. 30, 2022.

IF YOUR FULBRIGHT AWARD was a life-changing experience, we would like you to become active NOW and support the Fulbright visitors to the Chicagoland area.

We have two programs: The Fulbright Chicago Mentoring Program, and the Fulbright in the Classroom Program. Come and meet with us. We need you! Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


WHEN Thursday December 8, 2022

TIME 6:30- 8:30 PM

WHERE 2735 West Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60047 (home of Fulbrighter to the Czech Republic Michael Schlesinger)

RSVP HERE


If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or getting involved and cannot attend, please contact Marilyn Susman at marilynsusman@me.com.


The Fulbright Chicago Mentoring Program wants the ideas and involvement of Fulbright alumni, who will mentor visiting Fulbright scholars and students. 

This mentoring program was officially launched on Sept. 30, 2022, after a pilot program was developed and applied a year ago. It aims to connect our international visitors with a Fulbright alumni to provide support, guidance and enrichment during the time they spend in the United States.

You may also want to participate in Fulbright in the Classroom Program, by sharing your experience as a Fulbright awardee with students in our local schools.

This past October during the 45th Fulbright National Annual Conference, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association was presented with the Program of the Year Award by the National Fulbright Association in Washington, DC. Through this Fulbright in the Classroom program, adopted by our chapter in 2010, local Fulbright alumni have visited dozens of schools in the Chicago land area during all these years, sharing the Fulbright mission with middle and high school students.

Marilyn Susman explaining the reach of the Fulbright Chicago Mentoring Program.
Fulbrighter to the Czech Republic Michael Schlesinger, member of the Fulbright Chicago Mentoring Program.
Fulbright scholars and students talking to members of the Mentoring Program.
Fulbright mentors and mentees enjoying pizza and beverages at the launch of the Chicago Chapter Mentoring Program.
The launch of the Fulbright Chicago Mentoring Program took place at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in River North this past Sept. 30.
Visiting Fulbright scholars and students talking to members of the Mentoring Program.

These programs can enrich your life while supporting visiting scholars and students as well as students in our local schools. We want to hear from you!

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

>>> RSVP HERE 

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.

REGISTRATION Click HERE

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.

REGISTRATION Click HERE

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.

REGISTRATION Click HERE

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.

Fulbright Chicago Farewell with a Chaplin twist

The Fulbright Chicago 2022 Spring Farewell event took place at St. Augustine College.

By Ana Gil-García—ST. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE HOSTED the 2022 Spring Farewell event where more than 45 Fulbright visiting scholars, students, and alumni along with friends of the Fulbright Chapter and Consular Corps representatives, enjoyed a celebratory program on June 2.

Twenty-six years earlier, on March 26, 1996, former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley had designated St. Augustine College, located at 1345 West Argyle St. in the Uptown neighborhood, a Chicago landmark.

This higher education institution was home to the legendary Essanay Movie Studios and the film icon, Charles Chaplin.

Dr. Edel Jose, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Dr. Edel Jose, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, welcomed the audience to this festive event that celebrated the accomplishments of fellow awardees who have completed their Fulbright program in Chicagoland institutions of higher education.

Dr. Reyes González, President of St. Augustine College

Dr. Reyes González, President of St. Augustine College highlighted the participation of our world community stressing the meaning of international education in a post-pandemic era.

Fulbrighters and guests enjoyed Latin American tapas and wine.

Dr. Marilyn Susman, board member of the Chicago Chaper of the Fulbright Association, and creator of the Fulbright Chicago Mentoring Program.

Following the program, Dr. Marilyn Susman, board member of the Fulbright Chicago Chapter and concept developer of the newly Fulbright Mentoring Program, delivered an assessment of the Program pilot, where local Fulbright alumni (or mentors) interact during their stay in Chicagoland with their international mentees. Dr. Susman explained the immediate steps that will follow the establishment of this brand-new initiative of our local chapter.

The mentoring program aims to support an incoming Fulbright student or scholar with their experience in the United States, and who could be better suited than a local Fulbright alumnus to guide and assist an international visitor?

Participants at the Fulbright Chicago 2022 Spring Farewell at St. Augustine College.
Participants at the Fulbright Chicago 2022 Spring Farewell at St. Augustine College.

Julia Sosnivka, Program Associate of WorldChicago (a long-time partner of the Fulbright Chapter) talked about both the partnership with the Mentoring Program and the Fulbright Research Speaker Series in which WorldChicago has a relevant role by connecting the Visiting Scholars with other organizations, among them St. Augustine College.

Participants at the Fulbright Chicago 2022 Spring Farewell at St. Augustine College.
Ukrainian journalist Yelyzaveta Korneichuk offered a presentation on the situation in Ukraine.

The highlighted speaker in the event was the Ukrainian journalist Yelyzaveta Korneichuk, an ambassador of peace and a Fulbright student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Through pictures and videos, Korneichuk showed the audience the Ukraine that she left behind compared to the bombarded and destroyed country that she may encounter as she prepares to go back.

After her moving presentation, reactions of solidarity and unity permeated The Atrium Hall of St. Augustine College, confirming the team spirit of the Fulbright family.

Fulbright Chicago board member Dr. Ana Gil-García introduces Dr. Joaquín Villegas prior to the Essanay Studios Tour.

The Farewell Spring event concluded with a tour of the Charles Chaplin Hall and the Essanay Movie Studios, guided by Dr. Joaquín Villegas, a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and Jamaica, and a founding member of St. Augustine College. The anticipated tour visit consisted of six stops at different points of the College’s facilities.

Dr. Joaquín Villegas leads a group on the Essanay Studios tour at St. Augustine College.
Fulbright students and scholars at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios.

The participants had a chance to visualize this chapter in the history of the film industry, as Essanay Studios hosted celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, and first cowboy hero G.M. (Bronco Billy) Anderson. Imagining Charlie Chaplin dressing up in baggy pants, a tight coat, big shoes, a small bowler hat, and a bamboo cane was made possible as Dr. Villegas presented historical facts that included the 15 comedies, including the famous “The Tramp” movie, filmed by the remarkable silent movies actor since 1915 as he joined Essanay Movie Studio, today St. Augustine College premises.

Fulbright students and scholars at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios.
Fulbright students and scholars at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios.
Fulbright students, scholars and alumni at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios at St. Augustine College.
Teuta Peja, Vice President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association at the registration table.
Fulbright students, scholars and alumni at the 2022 Fulbright Chicago Spring Farewell event, that included a tour to Essanay Studios at St. Augustine College.

Photos by Tatiana Orlova and Teuta Peja

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

REGISTRATION Click HERE

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