Fulbright ETA Media Literacy Seminar in Bulgaria, Nov 1-4

Earlier this month (November 1-4), our Fulbright ETAs participated in a region wide seminar on Media Literacy held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference featured a welcome reception at the U.S. Ambassador's residence, presentations on how to respond to misleading media, workshops on how to address such issues within and beyond a classroom setting, and much more. The participants also took a Bulgarian folk dancing class, watched a fire walking show, and indulged in several delicious, traditional Bulgarian dinners. On the final morning of the conference, they had the option of taking a walking tour of Sofia, or making bread at the Sofia Bread House.

Some of our ETAs stayed in Sofia for several more days after the conference to continue exploring Sofia. ETA Natalie Davis, based in Timisoara, was invited to attend and assist a fellow Bulgarian ETA's English classes. Overall, our ETAs had a wonderful time and are excited about the newly formed friendships and future collaborations with the other Fulbrighters from the region.

A big "Thank you" to our colleagues from Fulbright Bulgaria for organizing the seminar!
 

Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission Staff Meets with Students at University of Bucharest & ASE

On November 6 and 15, representatives of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and the EducationUSA-affiliated Fulbright Educational Advising Center visited two universities in Bucharest to meet the students keen to find out more about the Fulbright Award programs and independent study opportunities in the U.S. The first event took place on November 6, in response to a kind invitation from the American Studies Department, the University of Bucharest, for us to participate in the American Culture Week, celebrating US culture and education. The second presentation, on November 15, was hosted by the Center for American Studies of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies/ASE as part of the International Education Week – a larger event for students, in particular, focusing on international culture, study abroad programs and academic exchange opportunities.

Read more: Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission Staff Meets with Students at University of Bucharest & ASE

Essay Writing Workshop Taught by Fulbright ETA James Wilson @FEAC

On November 14, during International Education Week, the EducationUSA-affiliated Fulbright Educational Advising Center hosted an essay writing workshop coordinated by Fulbright ETA James Wilson, who was joined by Dr. Kelly Wilson. James, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, shared very useful advice on approaching and refining the personal essay, highlighting the most effective essay writing strategies – illustrated through samples – and tips for keeping your reader engaged.
While discussion was encouraged throughout the workshop, at the end the in-center participants, as well as our Opportunity students joining us online from Craiova and Timişoara, had a chance to ask questions and get feedback on their essay drafts or on topics they proposed to approach in their essays.

News from Fulbright Scholar Lavinia Iancu

Lavinia Iancu, Fulbright Scholar at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville TX, U.S.A., had the pleasure of giving a seminar on Forensic Entomology Research in Romania (since 2009 to date). She had the opportunity to present not only the research performed in this field in Romania, but also interesting information about our country, customs, traditions and history.
  

The 41st Annual Fulbright Association Conference – “One World, Many Voices”

The Fulbright community gathered in Puebla, Mexico from November 1-3, 2018 for the Fulbright Association's 41st Annual Conference. The conference titled "One World, Many Voices" included two full days of sessions, as well as workshops prior to the event. The conference sessions touched on important issues such as the impact of the Fulbright program, climate change, and human rights among others. Grantees and alumni talked about the ways in which they can positively contribute to the relations between countries through academic exchanges. The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission was represented by Executive Director Rodica Mihăilă.
Parallel to this event, a dozen Fulbright Executive Directors from different parts of the world met and discussed important issues for their commissions and the relationships within the Fulbright world.

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