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Czech this series: You are invited!

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By Mary Mares-AweTHE BOARD OF THE CHICAGO Chapter of the Fulbright Association would like to invite you to a special event at the University of Chicago hosted by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago.

The event is the inauguration of the Czech Series, and annual event celebrating the University of Chicago’s historical contribution to Czech Statehood and nation-building efforts in the last century. The first president of Czechoslovakia was a professor at the University of Chicago, and he based his country’s constitution on the constitution of the United States.

The Chicago Chapter is honored to have been asked to partner with the Consulate and the prestigious University of Chicago in this event,

WHEN Friday, September 23, 2016, 6 p.m.

WHERE The University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL  60637

RSVP to fulbrightchicago@gmail.com by Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The evening will include of an address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Lubomir Zaoralek, a musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Ivan Kral, and a beverage and appetizer reception following the festivities.

When you arrive, look for the Fulbright table, which will be located in the entry hall.

This will be the Chicago Chapter’s first event of the 2016-2017 academic year, leading up to our Fall Welcome in October.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Contribution of immigrant women to US economy, main topic of the 14th Intl Women’s Day Celebration

Front row: Elina Ruka, MFA in Photography Student from Latvia, attending Columbia College, Claudia Figueroa, Master of Public Policy at The University of Chicago student from Chile, Onontsatsal Gantsog from Mongolia, studying at Loyola University Chicago, Katerina Psimogiannou from Greece studying anthropology at UIC, Josep Mª Nadal Fdez from Spain, attending DePaul University and Shafia Imtiaz from Pakistan, MPP student at University of Chicago. Standing:Mary Mares-Awe, Fulbright Chicago Chapter Board President, Board members Marilyn Susman and Meredith McNeil, and PhD Public Health student Kate Vergara from Peru.

Front row: Elina Ruka from Latvia, MFA in Photography, Columbia College, Claudia Figueroa from Chile, MPP, University of Chicago, Onontsatsal Gantsog from Mongolia, Loyola University Chicago, Katerina Psimogiannou from Greece, Anthropology at UIC, Josep Mª Nadal Fdez from Spain, DePaul University and Shafia Imtiaz from Pakistan, MPP, University of Chicago. Standing:Mary Mares-Awe, Fulbright Chicago Chapter Board President, Board Members Marilyn Susman and Meredith McNeil, and PhD Public Health candidate Kate Vergara from Peru.

By Meredith McNeilMEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO Chapter of the Fulbright Association and visiting Fulbright students attended the 14th Annual Chicago celebration of International Women’s Day on Monday, March 9th. The event took place at the stately Union League Club of Chicago.

The event was hosted by WorldChicago, the Union League Club of Chicago, and the International Trade Club of Chicago. The Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter not only was a partner organization for the event, but, eleven current and former Fulbrighters and friends of Fulbright attended the luncheon.

The message of the day pertained to immigrant women and their contributions not only to the U.S. economy in terms of labor and entrepreneurship, but also to women’s role in academia in this country. Both Carole Segal, co-founder of Crate & Barrel, and Michele Wucker, Vice President of Studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, highlighted in their presentations the value of immigrants’ contribution to the U.S. at universities and in long term academic, and skilled careers.

Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe with members of the Canadian delegation Scott McCook, Coleen Duke and Paula Cabrera

Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe with members of the Canadian delegation Scott McCook, Coleen Duke and Paula Cabrera

Ms. Wucker stressed the importance of correcting immigrant stereotypes in this country by changing the focus to those who come for education and their children’s educations rather than negative representations. Ms. Segal lamented the brain drain that occurs in this country when student visas expire and how increasing the number of work visas would bolster the U.S. economy. It was refreshing to hear women of civic engagement discuss the importance of international intellectual talent that the U.S. gains from immigrants to this country.

Other topics included immigrant women’s lack of legal options, immigration as a political card, and the effect the politicization of immigration has on women. According to one of the featured speakers, women currently outnumber men in the “foreign born” category in current U.S. immigration statistics. This directly relates to the role all women play in strengthening families.

Chicago Chapter Board  Member Meredith Mc Neil at the Fulbright table during the fair prior to the luncheon

Chicago Chapter Board Member Meredith McNeil at the Fulbright table during the fair prior to the luncheon

The International Women’s Day Luncheon also featured a fair of exhibitors involved in international pursuits and women’s issues, including Fulbright Chicago, the Canadian Consulate, the YMCA, and the Consulate of Sweden, among others. The fair provided a great opportunity for the Fulbright Chicago representatives to engage with other attendees and discuss potential future partnerships.

 

 

Consul General of Japan offers reception to Fulbrighters

Ron Harvey talking to the attendees

President Ron Harvey welcoming the attendees. At the table, Hon. Masaharu Yoshida and Dr. Bruce Douglas.

By Elio Leturia—IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN the bonds of the Chicago Fulbright community and thank the Fulbrighters who made their Fulbright in Japan, on June 11, 2014 the Consul General of Japan, Hon.  Masaharu Yoshida and his wife Mrs. Miho Yoshida hosted a reception at their beautiful home in Evanston.

Dr. Bruce Douglas and Ms. Masaharu

Dr. Bruce Douglas and Mrs. Miho Yoshida

Besides the Fulbrighters who did work in Japan, members of the board of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association participated in the event.

“I want to offer this dinner to thank the Fulbright Association,” Consul General Yoshida said while also acknowledging Dr. Bruce Douglas, who was a Fulbrighter to Japan in two successive Fulbright professorships, in 1959-1960 (Okayama) and 1960-1961 (Tokyo.)

Jessica Smith from University of Chicagoand Dr. Patti Powell, chapter board member and Director of Master's Degree Programs in Special Education Trinity Christian College

Jessica Smith from U of Chicago Graduate Student Affairs office and Dr. Patti Powell, chapter board member and Director of Master’s Degree Programs in Special Education at Trinity Christian College, enjoying the delicious meal.

Among other participants to the reception were representatives of University of Chicago and North Dakota State University. Fulbrighters from other states such as Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa were also in attendance.

Evie M. Myers from University of North Dakota and Mary Ellen Schmider, National Fulbright Association Board Member

Dr. Evie M. Myers from North Dakota State University and Dr. Mary Ellen Schmider, National Fulbright Association Board Member

The event started with a reception and moved to a sit-down dinner. After the Consul General welcome and speeches from Dr. Douglas and Dr. Ron Harvey, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, the Consul opened the floor for an informal discussion in which attendees commented about their experiences, ways to encourage more scholars/students to apply for Fulbright and how we can better promote international understanding.

Dr. Marilyn Susman (center) board member of the Chicago Chapter, at the dessert table

Dr. Marilyn Susman (center) board member of the Chicago Chapter, at the dessert table

Dinner consisted of an exquisite buffet of Japanese delicacies.

The Chicago Chapter wants to sincerely thank the Consul General and his wife, and also the Vice Consul, Ms. Ayako Yamada, who organized this beautiful event.

Consul of Japan Yoshida Masaharu

Consul General of Japan Masaharu Yoshida talking to Consul Koji Kaneko. In the back, Brooke Noonan, Director of Graduate Student Affairs at University of Chicago

IIE Midwest director Megan Spillman and Jenni Schneiderman

Institute of International Education Midwest director Megan Spillman and Jenni Schneiderman, director of membership of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board met in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcoming the audience to the MOOCs panel discussion

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcoming the audience to the MOOCs panel discussion

“WELCOME TO THE MOST AMERICAN of the American cities,” said Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel at the MOOCs panel discussion event that took place at the University of Chicago Hyde Park campus on Monday May 7, 2013.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) is the organism that oversees all the Fulbright programs in the world, and meets four times a year. For the first time, this board met in Chicago, May 6-8.

In order to reach out to the Fulbright community, the Department of State worked closely with the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association to organize a series of activities while the Fulbright Board was in town. Several events took place at the Quadrangle Club of the University of Chicago.

Students, alumni and guests at the information fair prior to the panel discussion

Students, alumni and guests at the information fair prior to the panel discussion

The first event was an information fair that showcased exchange and career opportunities with the United States Department of State. Representatives from programs like the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, Institute of International Education and U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence, among others, were present at the fair.

Left to right, panelists

Left to right, panelists Shai Reshief, Katie Day Good, Henry Bienen, Clay Pell and moderator Laura S. Trombley

The second event was a panel discussion, “Fulbright 2.0—E-Learning, MOOCs, OERs, and the Future: What does New Technology Mean for Global Education,” that took place right after the fair. “We are here to see how technology is changing world education,” Tom Healy, President of the Fulbright Foreign Board said when addressing a packed room of participants.

Participants packed the room at the panel discussion

Participants packed the room at the panel discussion

The objective of the panel was to explore and discuss the evolving role of e-learning technologies around the world and the potential applications within the Fulbright Program. Among the panelists there were Clay Pell from the U.S. Department of Education, Henry Bienen, President Emeritus of Northwestern University, Katie Day Good, Fulbright alumna-MTVU to Mexico, and Shai Reshief, President of the University of the People. The panel was moderated by Laura S. Trombley, President of Pitzer College and member of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Tom Healy, President of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board at the reception after the panel discussion.

Tom Healy, President of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board at the reception after the panel discussion.

Right after the panel discussion, a reception celebrating the “extraordinary history of the Fulbright Program in Chicago” was offered.

"I'm an octogenarian," joked Hanna, President Emeritus of the University of Chicago

“I’m an octogenarian,” joked Hanna Holborn Gray, special guest and President Emeritus of the University of Chicago

The special guest at the reception was Hanna Holborn Gray, President Emeritus of the University of Chicago and a 1950-51 Fulbright Scholar to the UK.

President of Northeastern Illinois University and Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association board member Ana Gil-García

Sharon K. Hahs, President of Northeastern Illinois University, and Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association board member Ana Gil-García, talk to a guest

On Tuesday May 7, the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board visited Northeastern Illinois University, invited by its President Sharon K. Hahs, and Ana Gil-García, board member of the Chicago chapter of the Fulbright Association and professor at the same university.

Executive DIrector of the Fulbright Association Stephen Reilly and his wife talk with Betty Castor, member of the FFSB

Executive DIrector of the Fulbright Association Stephen Reilly and his wife talk with Betty Castor, member of the FFSB

During the FFSB board visit to Chicago, Stephen Reilly, Executive Director of the Fulbright Association in D.C. had the opportunity to meet with all the board members and discuss his vision on how to move the national Fulbright Association forward by creating new programming and increasing membership.

Erik Blome, Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association board member asks a question during the Q/A portion of the panel discussion

Erik Blome, Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association board member asks a question during the Q/A portion of the panel discussion

Dance, Poetry, Semiotics, Photography and Painting

Dance piece by Kuumba Lynx

Poetry piece by Kuumba Lynx

Celebrating Poetry Month at International House, University of Chicago in Hyde Park, the International Spoken Word & Image event took place on April 9, 2011.

Dr. Stephen Hill from Northwestern University

Among the activities of our program we enjoyed a presentation on Semiotics by board member Dr. Stephen Hill from Northwestern University (Dr. Hill made Semiotics really interesting and engaging!)

It was followed by a special performance (dance and poetry) by Kuumba Lynx, Chicago Public Schools “Louder than a Bomb” Poetry Slam competitors.

Also, two Fulbright students, Chris Campe from Germany and Guillermo R. Gudiño from Mexico, both pursuing their degrees at the Art Institute presented their art work, in painting and photography respectively.

Fulbright students Chris Campe from Germany and Guillermo R. Gudiño from Mexico presented their artistic work to the audience

April 9: Celebration of words and images!

Join us for a celebration of visual art, spoken word, and music showcasing the talents of our Fulbright Students/Scholars, Alumni, and Chicago Public Schools high school students.
A complimentary sweet and savory afternoon tea will be served.

Guest lecture by Dr. Stephen Hill, Northwestern University

With a special performance by Kuumba Lynx, Chicago Public Schools
Louder than a Bomb” Poetry Slam Competitors

When Saturday, April 9, 2011

Time 12-2 pm

Where University of Chicago, International House, Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street, Chicago

Cost Free for all visiting Fulbright student/scholars and IH guests
Suggested donation: Fulbright Alumni members $10
Non-chapter members $15

RSVP email Elio Leturia at fulbrightchicago@gmail.com by April 4, 2011
This event is co-sponsored by the International House

Welcome Fulbrighters!

Close to 50 Fulbright students from different countries of the world were welcome by past Fulbright recipients and members of the board of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association on Saturday October 23, 2010 at the International House of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park.

Besides food, beverages and animated conversation, we all had the chance to enjoy the presentation of storyteller Beth Horner, who entertained the audience with interesting stories and tales from Chicago and other parts of the world. Halloween was a good reason for her to share with us some spooky, and in some cases, hilarious stories.

We all left with a great community-building experience and a bag of Halloween treats! (Photos courtesy of Margo McFarland, Past President)

Storyteller Beth Horner sharing her stories, some of them passed on to her by her grandmother

A group of current Fulbright students shared a nice afternoon at the International House of the University of Chicago

Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter President Monica Swope and storyteller Beth Horner after the performance

Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter board member Lisa Vázquez attended the Welcome Event with her baby!