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.

Book launch by Tara Skurtu @ Bookfest International Book Fair

U.S. Fulbright alumna Tara Skurtu is officially launching Jocul de-a amiba, the Romanian translation of her poetry collection The Amoeba Game (translated by Radu Vancu and Tiberiu Neacșu). The event will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 5:00 p.m., at the Nemira booth.

Tara will also be involved in a series of events organized by the U.S. Embassy. The honorary guest country at this year's edition of the Bookfest International Book Fair is the USA. The complete program of events is available here: https://ro.usembassy.gov/ro/sua-tara-invitata-de-onoare-la-bookfest/

American Studies Student Conference Hosted by the Fulbright Commission

On May 30, from 9:00 to 17:30, the Fulbright Commission will have the pleasure of hosting a new edition of the American Studies Student Conference, in cooperation with the American Studies program at the University of Bucharest. This year, the conference will provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to present and discuss their papers addressing the topic of “Reality and Imagination in Telling the Story of America”. Mr. Scott A. Reese, Cultural Attaché, U.S. Embassy, will deliver the keynote lecture.

British and American Studies International Conference in Timisoara

Dr.  Cure and Dr. William Issel recently participated in the 28th edition of the West University of Timisoara's annual British and American studies international conference. Dr. Cure presented a paper entitled "Traveling makes the thinking mind more American: The Development of Margaret Fuller’s Travel Writing". Dr. Issel was one of the invited keynote speakers and gave a talk entitled "Fighting Words: Black Power and American Freedom in the 1960s". He also read from his memoir during a conference outing to the village of Sag-Padureni. Dr. Cure enjoyed catching up with Dr. Cristina Cheveresan, the Fulbright ambassador for the West University who presented a paper on Philip Roth and with whom she co-moderated the American Studies track of the conference.
   

Negotiating Cultural Identity

On May 10th, Fulbright ETA Courtney-Sophia Henry visited the University of Craiova, where she participated in the 20th Anniversary edition of the Ateliere Studențești de Traducere (Franceză, Engleză). Her talk was titled "The role of language in negotiating cultural identity." Attendees were treated to a historical perspective on indigenous language in the United States, and a look at what efforts are being made by Native American communities to revitalize their ancestral languages to ensure they survive in the 21st century and beyond. She also visited the American Corner for the presentation of awards to Romanian students for their efforts in translation and creative writing.

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