Creating an Inclusive Society

Liz Lightfoot, current U.S. Fulbright scholar at the University of Bucharest, was the plenary speaker at the 3rd edition of the NORD - Interdisciplinary Perspectives Conference at the North University Center in Baia Mare. Her talk was titled: “Creating an Inclusive Society: Lessons from Research for the United States and Romania”.

Fulbright Presence at ”1 Decembrie 1918” University in Alba Iulia

Professor Woden Teachout, from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio and ETA Fulbright Lecturer Hannah Young, from Ohio State University, current Fulbright grantees at “Lucian Blaga” University in Sibiu, were recently invited to visit ”1 Decembrie 1918” University in Alba Iulia. Dr. Teachout conferenced on "Student Centered Learning: Practical Strategies for an Engaged Classroom", while Hannah Young made a presentation on "The Fulbright Program: An international educational exchange" to a public made up of Romanian and international faculty and students present in Alba Iulia for the International Week of the University.
 

Fulbright Enrichment Seminar on “Innovations in Civic Engagement: Harnessing Data for the Public Good”

Romanian Fulbright Students Maria Purcariu (University of Georgia) and Ștefan Niculae (University of Southern California) attended the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar “Innovations in Civic Engagement: Harnessing Data for the Public Good” which took place in Philadelphia, May 2-5, 2019. Here are some details about the event, as seen by Maria and Ștefan:

“It was thrilling to see 120 people from more than 50 countries and a diversity of fields gathered in one place due to one common interest: making good use of big data. Even if we conduct research in two different areas – communications (Maria) and artificial intelligence (Ștefan) – this experience helped us understand how little bits of knowledge from various fields work together to reach a goal. We were happy to be able to join the discussion and hear a variety of perspectives on this topic.
A hot topic that concerns everyone in one way or another nowadays, we discussed more than just playing with information and making it look visually appealing. We covered privacy issues, access, transparency and its usefulness in policy making among other things. The workshops and talks gave us the opportunity to meet practitioners who shared their experiences dealing with big data and the challenges involved in several projects.
Of course, the seminar was perfect for networking with people from all over the world and learning more about a diversity of cultures. Overall it felt like a few days weren’t enough, but it seemed like the beginning of a long-term collaboration and friendship.”

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar on “American Security: Economic and Food Solutions”

Group PhotoPaula A.Tufis, Sorin Constantin and Andreea Nita participated to the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar on “American Security: Economic and Food Solutions”, where they explored aspects of the U.S. society and culture. During the seminar, they engaged with local organizations, residents of Minneapolis, and Fulbrighters from around the world. Hosted by Global Minnesota, this Fulbright Enrichment Seminar provided a multifaceted overview of economic challenges that the United States faces in the 21st century. During their time in Minneapolis (24-27th of April 2019), they attended plenary sessions, panel discussions, site visits, and roundtable meetings. They also engaged with experts from across Minnesota to broaden their exposure to new ideas, strategies, and policies that impact American security and explored how development policies impact citizens’ lives.
Overall, Paula A. Tufis, Sorin Constantin and Andreea Nita shared ideas and collaborated with other Fulbright faculty and researchers, forging connections and friendships. They had the pleasure to meet with U.S Fulbright alumni and local supporters of the Fulbright’s mission to increase mutual understanding between activities that expanded their knowledge.

Guest Lecturing in Brașov

Fulbright ETA Kimber Guinn traveled to Brașov to guest lecture in fellow ETA Kellie Ferguson's Literature class at Transilvania University of Brașov. Students read Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" prior to class. Discussion questions allowed students to understand underlying themes and symbols scattered throughout the story. A comparative analysis of "The Lottery" to Suzanne Collins' 2008 book The Hunger Games created a connecting link between the two literary sources. Finally, students participated in a mock lottery, acting out the process, adhering to the short story's procedure.

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