Communities and Rivers in the State Named After the “Great River”

In a local farmers market, colorful t-shirts hang from hooks proudly proclaiming, in the words of William Faulkner, “To understand the world, you have to understand a place like Mississippi.” As a More »

Fulbright Wins a Silver Telly Award!

The Fulbright Program has been awarded a Silver Telly Award for our short film “My Fulbright Life: Brian Rutenberg”! We’re excited that the story of cultural exchange is being heard far and More »

Bridging the Atlantic through Traditional East African Dance and Music

My journey to New York University (NYU) to pursue graduate training in dance education started when I was still young. My artistic creativity, performance dexterity and exposure to dance artistry were nurtured More »

Expecting the Unexpected–Cosmic Ray Physics in Argentina

As a physicist, I study cosmic rays—high-energy particles that zip around the universe. If scientists are lucky, these cosmic rays land on detectors set up on the ground. For my Fulbright grant, More »

Home on the Steppe: My Fulbright in Mongolia

I know there was a time when Mongolia didn’t feel like another home, before I went there on my Fulbright grant, before 2006. But I can’t remember it. Every time I speak More »

 

Views from Across the Pond: Exploring Legal and Civic Cultures

By Lucy Chambers, 2013-2014, United Kingdom

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Lucy Chambers, 2013-2014, United Kingdom (right), painting bookmarks for literacy projects for the Cambridge Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

As a Fulbright Student from the United Kingdom, I pursued a Master of Laws degree at Harvard Law School; in my LL.M. research, I investigated the utility of a functionalist approach to private law, and how this U.S.-based approach to legal research can be useful for better understanding UK private law theory. This involves developing my knowledge of law and economics, both institutional and situational economics and efficiency theory, and applying this and other theories of private law, including a remedies-focused approach, to the UK laws of contract and restitution so that a fuller theoretical picture may be developed. I hope to take this research and knowledge back to the UK and further the study of Law and Economics, along with a functionalist approach to private law, at all levels of legal scholarship and teaching.

Miss the Last Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Webinar? We’ve Got the Recorded Version Right Here.

Working on a Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship application and missed the last webinar? No worries. Check out the recorded version right here:

Fulbright-Clinton Meet a Fellow Webinar from Fulbright Program on Vimeo.

Also, be sure to tune in and attend the next Fulbright-Clinton webinar on finalizing your application this Thursday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST. For more information and to learn how to sign up, click here.

“Learning About the World in a Journey Across America”

Fulbright-MTP Participant Siliva Tijo reflects on the cross-country U.S. journey

Fulbright-MTP participant Silvia Tijo, a Fulbright student from Colombia, reflects on the overall feel of the MTP cross-country U.S. journey. In addition to seeing the process of transforming waste into energy with the help of sunlight and algae for the first time in-person; a process she researches currently at Georgia Tech via a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant – Tijo says she learned more about the world and the necessary keys to becoming a global generational leader.

In the words of Silvia Tijo, a Fulbright student from Colombia:

The group of 20 Americans and five Fulbright Foreign Student MTP participants after a mentor session at Citizen University in Seattle. Submitted photo.

The group of 20 Americans and five Fulbright Foreign Student MTP participants after a mentor session at Citizen University in Seattle. Submitted photo.

While the Millennial Trains Project approached its last station in New York, all of us felt nostalgic since the trip was coming to an end. The group that started as strangers in Portland had become a family somewhere along the trip. During the final hours, Jenny Gottstein, who is from California, organized the production of a Lip sync video that involved all the passengers throughout the train even though many of us did not know the song lyrics; furthermore, there was no way to hear it because there was not any internet signal available as the train was in movement. What a great way to end the trip! Everybody worked on a shared goal.

At this point, I realized what the 20 participants from all regions of USA and five Fulbright Scholars from Yemen, Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Colombia had in common. Besides being part of the same generation, we all want to use our leadership to create social impact. The travel experience on train was key for us to create such a connection.

The journey itself was a tour of geography of the United States, and the greatness of its landscape. Yet, the best part of the trip was to learn from the diversity of its people through the speakers, mentors, participants, and all the people that we met in each place. The train also surpassed borders, and we learned about people, customs, and points of view of other countries around the world. I became familiar with countries where I’ve never been, and I also learned more about my own country: Colombia.

We had between 2 or 3 hours to work on our individual projects in every city where we stopped. The return to the train after each visit was exciting because the experiences of others were shared with all of us. I was fortunate to see each city through the eyes of 24 other people, and I could see every place from never imagined perspectives. When the journey reached its final destination, many projects on the train began to intertwine just like the travelers on the train began to intertwine as a community. We learned to appreciate that we are different, but where differences are valued and commonalities are found, stronger ties are built.

Preparing for a Bauhaus-Filled Year in Germany

By Meghan Forbes, 2014-2015, Germany

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Meghan Forbes, 2014-2015, Germany, taking a lunch break by the waters of the Tiergarten

This September, I will be trading Ann Arbor, Michigan’s autumnal canopy of maples for the bicycles, parks, and museums of Berlin, Germany. On a Fulbright grant, I will be in Berlin to further my Ph.D. dissertation research, which contends the role of the Czech avant-garde is a significant yet overlooked link in the vast network of exchange that existed across various European centers of art making in the interwar period.

My research centers around the Bauhaus, a modernist school of art and architecture based originally in Weimar and then in Dessau in the period between the two World Wars. Although its unique pedagogy, functionalist aesthetic, and transnational influence have been documented, there is an absence in scholarly literature regarding the dynamic relationship between the school’s major figures in Germany and their peers in then Czechoslovakia. I aim to fill this gap by mapping the influence of the Bauhaus eastward and reciprocally, the influence of the Bauhaus’ eastern neighbor on the school’s aesthetic ethos.The implications of this revised telling are especially pertinent as the humanities move towards a more interdisciplinary approach, by encouraging a shift in historical narratives that sees multiple centers where once only one was perceived.

A large portion of my research will be in cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie and the Bauhaus and Werkbund archives. From these sources, I will be looking for correspondence and other documents that show a particular Czech influence on the German Bauhaus – for example, in theory and practice corresponding to typographic design.

Back at School and Working on a Fulbright Application? Contact a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador.

2014 Fulbright AAs

(Back row, left to right) Kelly Rivera, Diana Heise, Cameron Kruse, MaSovaida Morgan, Paul Bostrom, Lauren Gaydosh, Carlos Rivas, Samuel Gordon, Giuseppe Cespedes, Jacob Vidourek, Sharief El-Gabri, Rebecca Littman-Smith, Alexis Schmidt, Janice Feng, Kia Hall; (front row, left to right), Mario Hoang Nguyen, Alyssa Meyer, Kevin Fomalont, A. Hameto Benkreira, Michael Young; (not pictured) Arienne Jones

Have you been working on a Fulbright U.S. Student Program application this summer and have questions, now that you’re back at school? If you’re enrolled in an institution or a recent graduate, you’ve probably been working closely with your Fulbright Program Adviser and Fulbright World Area Managers.

Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors are another terrific resource available to anyone thinking of applying or currently engaged in the application process.

The Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Program was established in 2008 to identify, train and engage a select group of approximately 15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni to serve as representatives, recruiters, and spokespeople for the Fulbright Program. The Program was expanded to include U.S. Scholar Program alumni in 2009.

Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors are selected annually through recommendations from Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassy staff, partner organizations, and approved by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

To learn more about the 2014 cohort of Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors, and to contact them directly, click here.

Good luck to all Fulbright applicants!

The Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Program was established in 2008 to identify, train and engage a select group of approximately 15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni to serve as representatives, recruiters, and spokespeople for the Fulbright Program. The Program was expanded to include U.S. Scholar Program alumni in 2009.

Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors are selected annually through recommendations from Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassy staff, partner organizations, and approved by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

- See more at: http://eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-alumni/alumni-ambassadors#sthash.epxNa862.dpuf

 

The Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Program was established in 2008 to identify, train and engage a select group of approximately 15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni to serve as representatives, recruiters, and spokespeople for the Fulbright Program. The Program was expanded to include U.S. Scholar Program alumni in 2009.

Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors are selected annually through recommendations from Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassy staff, partner organizations, and approved by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

- See more at: http://eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-alumni/alumni-ambassadors#sthash.epxNa862.dpuf

The Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Program was established in 2008 to identify, train and engage a select group of approximately 15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni to serve as representatives, recruiters, and spokespeople for the Fulbright Program. The Program was expanded to include U.S. Scholar Program alumni in 2009.

Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors are selected annually through recommendations from Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassy staff, partner organizations, and approved by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

- See more at: http://eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-alumni/alumni-ambassadors#sthash.epxNa862.dpuf