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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.

Voiceless Melodies: An invitation to a cross cultural theater experience

Dr. Hassan and Judy Veramendi at the 2016 Spring farewell

Dr. Ifthikar Hassan and Judy Veramendi at the 2016 Fulbright Spring Farewell in Greektown, Chicago

Veramendi and Hassan have been working together on this theater play for over a year.

Veramendi and Hassan have been working together on this theater play for over a year.

ENJOYING THE FULBRIGHT Spring Farewell Luncheon on Saturday, April 16, were two Fulbrighters whose play, Voiceless Melodies, will be performed at Victory Gardens Theater, Sunday April 24 at 7:30 PM.

Reserve your FREE TICKETS at ivpchicago.org\events. The 75 minute play will be followed by a reception featuring Punjabi music and food.

Pakistani author Ifthikar N. Hassan and playwright/adaptor Judy Veramendi began collaborating on this project over a year ago. In the play, Shazia, a lovely young Punjabi girl with a determined vision of how her life must unfold, moves through light and shadow before coming into her glory. Experience her story, and her world, through songs, dances, and celebrations of love and marriage, interwoven with the Voiceless Melodies of her ancestors.

Fulbrighter Veramendi gives voice to Punjabi melodies



Playwright Judy Veramendi

Playwright Judy Veramendi

JUDY VERAMENDI, PLAYWRIGHT and Fulbright specialist in the Arts, first became interested in developing a play based on Pakistani culture about three years ago.

After some research she had discovered that the Pakistani culture possessed great richness and beauty, unknown to most of the world.

Most Americans’ knowledge had been about terrorism and violence there. She believed, as she had in her first six theater plays and productions, that knowledge and empathy of another’s culture goes far to create international trust and appreciation.

Fulbright scholar Frances Anderson

Fulbright scholar Frances Anderson

Another Fulbright specialist, Frances Anderson, who had been to Pakistan twice on grants, shared with Judy a lovely book of Punjabi folk songs entitled, “Voiceless Melodies.” The folk songs have been passed down from generation to generation by Punjabi women; this is the first time they have been published, and in a bilingual Punjabi/English version.

Judy was drawn to the beauty of the folk songs and began to visualize a play with Punjabi music and dance, with a storyline featuring the folk songs.

Fulbright scholar Hassan

Fulbright scholar Iftikhar N. Hassan

Through Chicago Fulbrighter Frances Anderson, Judy got to know the author of ‘Voiceless Melodies’, Dr. Iftikhar N. Hassan, an eminent Fulbrighter and writer who teaches at Karakoram International University, Gilgit-Baltistan in Islamabad. Judy proposed the play to the International Voices Project Festival of Victory Gardens Theater, and it was accepted for inclusion on April 24, 2016.

Judy was set to travel to Pakistan to work on developing the script, but due to the insecurity of the situation there, Dr. Hassan traveled to Evanston instead.

Thanks to their many discussions about the play over Skype and e-mail, they were able to finish a lovely script. Now Patrizia Acerra, Executive Director of the International Voices Project, is working with Rasaka Theater on developing the staged reading set for April 24, 2016. This free-of-charge event is directed by Kamal Hans. Judy and Dr. Hassan are working on bringing the latter here for the performance and talkback, and have hopes of finding a theater home for “Voiceless Melodies.”

Christened “Playwright of the Third World” by a local Pakistani artist, Judy Veramendi feels very grateful that she has been able to foster international cultural and artistic exchanges, thanks to the Fulbright Commission, the International Artists’ Exchange program of the State of Illinois, the Evanston Cultural Fund, and the Puffin Foundation.

Enjoy an evening of theater, dance at Instituto Cervantes and support Centro Romero

AlegriaVeramendiOUR FULBRIGHT FRIEND, alumna and supporter Judy Veramendi is presenting her play “Alegrías y Lágrimas” (Happiness and Tears) directed by Ruth Camargo.

WHERE Instituto Cervantes, 31W. Ohio St. Chicago, IL 60654

WHEN Dec. 2, 4, 9, 11 at 7:30 pm. and Dec. 5 at 2:00pm.

COST Students/Seniors $10 | General $15

Enjoy our holiday play and help Centro Romero! Our beloved neighborhood institution that has served Latinos continuously for 34 years, is now threatened with closure due to State of Illinois budget cuts. This is a fundraising event.

Remember your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents who arrived to our city, broke and starving, to find aid in our community and religious organizations.
Enjoy a wonderful evening and support an important cause!

Fulbright Chicago sponsors Opening Night of “Empty Chalices” by Fulbrighter Judy Veramendi

agustiniwebBy Elio Leturia—IN CONMEMORATION OF the centennial of the death of the great Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini, the Instituto Cervantes presents Empty Chalices/Los Cálices Vacíos, a theater play by Judy Veramendi, directed by Madrid St Angelo.

Judy Veramendi

Judy Veramendi

Judy Veramendi is a poet, a Fulbright Senior Scholar and a Columbia College Chicago alumna.

The Opening Night Reception, on Tuesday April 1, 2014, 6:00-7:00 p.m., is sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and you, your friends and family are invited!

PERFORMANCES IN ENGLISH Tuesday April 1, 7-8:30 PM | Saturday April 5, 12-1:30 PM | Monday, April 7, 7-8:30 PM

FUNCIONES EN ESPAÑOL Martes 8 de abril, 7-8:30 PM | Viernes 11 de abril, 7-8:30 PM | Sábado 12 de abril, 12-1:30 PM

There will be a Q&A session with the playwright and directing team after each show.

TICKETS Click HERE, or at the door $25 adults; $15 students, seniors, or groups

PARKING Discounted rates at garage just east of Cervantes Institute; Red line stop Grand & State. Information: 224-522-2083

Thanks to the support of the Consulate of Uruguay in Chicago, IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) and the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago

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