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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 Dr. 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 plenary in Puebla.

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

Photos by Elio Leturia and Fulbright Association

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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.

Welcome to Chicago, Fulbrighters!

Welcome to Chicago, the Windy City.

ON A SLIGHTLY overcast but fortunately rainless autumn day, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association welcomed Fulbrighters from all over the world. The first event of the academic year was an architectural tour on the Chicago River that gave us the opportunity to present the beauty of the city of Chicago to the newcomers, and share it with the local Fulbright alumni.

Sixty eight people participated in the 2018 Fall Welcome.

“Sixty eight Fulbrighters, between members of the association and Fulbright students and scholars have come to participate in this event today,” said Meredith McNeil, president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Students and scholars not only from Chicago universities but also from from Champaign-Urbana, Normal-Bloomington and Dekalb participated in the event.

At the base of the Wrigley Building, where the tour started.

The Wendella Tours boat left its wharf at the base of the Wrigley Building and sailed the Chicago River bypassing the south branch to reach the Willis Tower (ex-Sears Tower, the second tallest building in the United States.) There it turned around and came back to cross under Michigan Avenue and continued until entering Lake Michigan, from where we all could appreciate the skyline of this wonderful city.

Fulbright students and scholars enjoying the tour.

Among the buildings that stood out in this tour are the Marina City, built in 1964, the Merchandise Mart— that in 1930 became was the largest building in the (372,000 m2) and had its own postal code—the IBM building, the Civic Opera House, the NBC Tower, the Carbide and Carbon Building with its gold leaf top, the 333 West Wacker Drive building and its dramatic curved, green glass façade to the most modern Lake Point Tower and Aqua buildings, to cite just a few.

The Trump Tower, the second tallest building in Chicago.

At the end of the tour, the group moved to the Howell’s & Hood Restaurant, in the Tribune Tower building, another architectural wonder, where the scholars, students and members of the association shared a lunch and moments of friendship and camaraderie.

The entire group!

Fulbright students and scholars enjoying a good time at the lake.

Lifetime Fulbright Association member Jane Florine, an ethnomusicologist who did her Fulbright in Argentina.

Scholars and their families participated in our Fall Welcome.

Past recipients of the Fulbright Dee Sarelas Service Award Marilyn Susman (2010) and Ana Gil-García (2012).

The view from Lake Michigan.

Judy and Serafín Veramendi, and our boat tour guide.

Fulbright Chicago past presidents Elio Leturia (2011-12), Ana Gil-García (2008) and Don Garner (2007).

The city views from Lake Michigan are spectacular.

In this Fulbright group, Spanish was the language of choice.

At the patio of Howell’s & Hood Restaurant.

Three current Fulbright scholars. At the center, Teuta Peja from Kosovo.

Poland, Kosovo, Mexico and Peru are represented in this Fulbright group.

The food line is always a good place to get to know each other!

Another Fulbright group (all Argentines, and one Mexican) having a good time.

Chicago-based Fulbright students welcome newly arrived Fulbrighters

Current Fulbrighters welcoming newly-arrived Fulbright students at the Bulldog Ale House in Rogers Park in the north part of Chicago.

ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2018, current Fulbright students  Joan Miguel López from Honduras, Serene Ismail from Pakistan, Nasrullah Hussaini from  Afghanistan, Yver Melchor from Mexico, Aldo Álvarez from Paraguay, Hasina Ehsan from Aghanistan and Juan Manuel Cánovas from Argentina organized an informal gathering at the Bulldog Ale House in Rogers Park to welcome recently arrived Fulbrighters from Colombia, Palestine, Indonesia, Kosovo, Poland, Bosnia, El Salvador, Malaysia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Earlier that day Serene Ismail, Fulbright student representative to the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, attended the board meeting to participate in the 2018-2019 events and activities planning for the year ahead.

Chapter’s president Meredith McNeil said that our upcoming Fall Welcome Architecture Boat Tour will be a great way to show our new Fulbrighters the beautiful city of Chicago.

To register for the Fall Welcome please visit our site, fulbrightchicago.com or click here.

2018 Fall Welcome with an architectural tour

WELCOME TO CHICAGO with an architectural tour! The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2018 Fall Welcome Event.

We want to welcome the visiting Fulbright students and scholars who have recently arrived, as well as to reconnect with old friends.

This a two-part event. It starts with an architectural tour on the Chicago River, followed by an informal gathering at a restaurant in a Chicago landmark, the Tribune Tower.

DATE Sunday, September 30, 2018
TIME Meet up at Wendella ticketing: NO LATER than 11:45a.m. The boat departs promptly at noon.
Wendella Boat Ride: 12:00p.m.
Howells & Hoods: 2:00p.m. (light fare)

LOCATION BOAT TOUR Wendella Boar Tours, 400 N. Michigan Ave.
LOCATION RESTAURANT Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave.


*TICKETS FOR WENDELLA BOAT TOUR ARE LIMITED AND REQUIRE RSVP*


RSVPs are required by Close of Business, Friday, Sept. 28th! Please R.S.V.P. using this form.

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps. $20 for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright alumni.

PAYMENT via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8JU46XXZ9EZVW

Money will NOT be accepted onsite, all paying guests must pay using the Paypal link above. As seating is limited, your ticket is only guaranteed upon payment.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

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/