Photography and Truth

Kathleen McLaughlin, Professor at Loyola Marymount University, College of Communication and Fine Arts and a Fulbright Scholar in 2002-2003, has returned to Romania as a Fulbright Specialist, with a project entitled Visual Correspondences on Truth in Photography, to be carried out at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca.

For a long time, Kathleen has documented with sensibility, art and love the wonderful realm of Maramures. Some of her works are exhibited at Mogosoaia Palace, June 8 to 27.

Fulbright Book Presentation at Cărturești

On June 6th, Fulbright alumnus Dr. Sean Cotter read from his new book Curl (Wakefield Press, 2019) at the Cărturești Verona Bookstore in Bucharest. The event was organized by Fulbright alumna Dr. Monica Cure, who was also the evening's moderator, with the help of the Carturesti team. Curl is a translation of T.O. Bobe's book of poetry, Bucla, a cult classic since it came out in 1999, about "Mr. Gica, the greatest barber in the world." The author read from the original Romanian version in tandem with Dr. Cotter's selections. Dr. Cure moderated a bilingual discussion on the process of translating and being translated before inviting the audience to ask questions.

Commemoration of the Victims of Communism in Sighet

More than one hundred Romanians gathered in Sighet on Thursday June 6, 2019 to commemorate the victims of communism. U.S. Fulbrighter Trent Sanders attended the event and sent us a very vivid description:

"The day centered around the remembrance of former political prisoners and the recent beatification of seven Greek and Roman Catholic bishops. Speeches were given by notable professors (Liviu Tirau), journalists (Christian Mititelu), and writers (Ana Blandiana). The remembrance ended with a holy service at the Pauper’s Cemetery.

I contributed a short film called 'Devil Speaks.' It is about the physical and spiritual experience of a political prisoner. The genesis of the project came from my exploration of the Sighet Memorial Prison in November of last year, while I was standing inside of Iuliu Maniu’s cell. The gray walls and the austerity of the room, with just a bed and two buckets, overwhelmed me.

To show the events, one photo captures Ana Blandiana towards the end of the holy service speaking about the significance of the day. The next, shows youth from Bucovina who later recite two of Blandiana’s poems. The third witnesses Geogeta (left, former political prisoner) laughing with Anca (right, granddaughter of Florian Ștefănescu-Goangă, rector of the University of Cluj 1932-1940) at a commemoration luncheon following the holy service. It’s a light background to the sober celebration which preceded it."

Final Meeting of the 2018-2019 U.S. Fulbright Grantees

The Final Meeting of the Year for the American Fulbright grantees present in Romania in 2018-2019 was hosted by The Multicultural Center of Transilvania University of Brașov, on June 10 and 11.

The U.S. Fulbright Scholars, Student Researchers and ETAs, as well as their accompanying dependents, traveled to Brașov from Bucharest, Cluj, Craiova, Timișoara, Iași, Sibiu, Constanța, Arad, and Galați. They presented their teaching and research activities, as well as an outstanding number of events in which they participated, such as attending conferences, writing of articles and volunteering work. All in all, an absolutely impressive amount of good work and added experience for the U.S. participants in the program and invaluable benefits for their Romanian colleagues, students, and friends.

On the second day of the meeting, the group visited the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zărnești.

A warm THANK YOU to all the grantees for their work and enthusiasm!

More photos are available on the Commission's Facebook Page.

Fulbright Alumnus Visits Romania with Group from Liberty University

On Thursday, June 6, Fulbright alumnus Dr. Michael Jones (2000-2001, 2014-2015) visited the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission with a group of students from Liberty University where he teaches. They were accompanied by two other professors, Dr. Laurentiu Gheorghe from the University of Bucharest and Prof. Denise Thomas from Liberty University. Dr. Jones and his group are in Romania for three weeks, studying theology, learning about Romania, sightseeing, and collaborating and networking with churches and NGOs. They were warmly received by the Fulbright staff, who explained the Fulbright program to the group and encouraged the students to consider a future Fulbright application. Dr. Jones says that his students are loving their time in Romania and that he is hopeful that some will apply to the Fulbright program when the time is right.

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