Romanian – U.S. Fulbright Commission @NAFSA 2018

Between May 27 and June 1st, Rodica Mihăilă, the Executive Director of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, took part in the 2018 NAFSA (the Association for International Educators) conference, the 70th of its kind, representing Romania alongside the Fulbright educational adviser. The Fulbright Commission’s representatives attended conference panels on best practices for advising, recruiting and facilitating the integration of international students on American campuses. The director of the Commission attended several events, panels and workshops for Fulbright executive directors and talked about recent developments and strong points of Fulbright grants to Romania for U.S. students and scholars. The NAFSA participation also included a country poster fair, in which the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission had a booth where prospective educational and institutional partners were able to stop by and discuss avenues for future cooperation between U.S. institutions and the Fulbright Commission, as well as ways of reaching out to potential Romanian applicants.

The Fulbright Commission Hosted the 9th edition of the American Studies Student Conference

On May 30, the Fulbright Commission had the pleasure of hosting the 9th edition of the American Studies student conference, titled “Reality and Imagination in Telling the Story of America.” Initiated by the American Studies program at the University of Bucharest in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, the series of student conference began in 2006 and for the past four years, the Fulbright Commission has been the host of the event. This year, the conference brought together undergraduate as well as graduate students presenting papers on topics pertaining to race & ethnicity studies, journalism and political studies, as well as popular culture and film studies. The opening remarks were delivered by Octavian Roske, head of the English Department, University of Bucharest, Scott A. Reese, Cultural Attaché, U.S. Embassy, and Mihai Moroiu, American program director at the Fulbright Commission. The keynote speech, given by Mr. Scott Reese, examined the difference between reality and imagination as reflected in the larger sphere of American history and culture, touching on a multitude of aspects and examples from the current political & social environment. The conference concluded with the remarks made by Maria Sabina Draga Alexandru, professor of American literature and main organizer of this year’s edition of the American Studies student conference.

International Conference in Iasi

Professor Esther Thyssen participated in the 11th International Conference of the LSP Unit, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi at the end of May. Professor Thyssen presented to a large academic public a comparative study on the artistic movements in the US and Romania, under the title Reappearing: Post War American and Romanian Art, Artists, and Heritage. On the same occasion, Professor Thyssen had a series of meetings and talks with Romanian colleagues.

Fulbright Roundtable @ The 20th Annual International Conference of the English Department

On June 8, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., the Fulbright Commission is organizing a roundtable titled “Exploring Truths Across Cultures” at the 20th Annual International Conference of the English Department at the University of Bucharest, “Truth(s) and Alternative Facts.” The complete conference program is available here.

Fulbright Confluences

On May 26th, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi held a special one day international and interdisciplinary conference on the theme of "The books that made us". Dr. Monica Cure gave a talk entitled "Pulp Fiction to Project Gutenberg: New Media, Copyright, and Ways of Reading." Former Fulbrighter to Iasi (1987-88), Dr. David Hadaller was able to join her panel via Skype and spoke on "Walter Ong's 'Orality and Literacy'". Dr. Cure, who was familiar with Dr. Hadaller via his popular Facebook page "Mr. Fulbright Year in Romania," enjoyed a brief exchange with him comparing Iasi now and then.

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