Inauguration of the Center for American Studies in the Bucharest University of Economic Studies
A new Center for American Studies was inaugurated January 19, 2017 in the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE București) in the presence of US Ambassador Hans Klemm. The decision to set up the Center for American Studies (CAS) is based on the interest and the opening of the ASE București towards the American history, culture and civilization. The Center aims to be an academic unit for the promotion of the American values and culture, of development and research, of fostering partnerships with American universities and research centers and of integrating the American business and entrepreneurial cultures into the Romanian research and study realities.
The inaugural ceremony was addressed by Professor Nicolae Istudor, Rector of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Professor Marius Profiroiu, Vicerector for International Affairs, Professor Rodica Mihăilă, Fulbright Commission E.D., Professor Mariana Nicolae, Fulbright alumna and ambassador and Dr. Teodora Șerban-Oprescu, Director of the Center and current Fulbright scholar.
New Readings of 19th-Century American Literature and Cold War Radio Broadcasts by Dr. Roxana Oltean, Fulbright Alumna
Dr. Roxana Oltean, Fulbright alumna and Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Bucharest, has published two books that offer insight into literary and cultural re-imaginings of the United States, on the one hand, and U.S.-Eastern European relations, on the other. In the book titled Thou Born, America. Manifestations of Leadership and Protest in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, dr. Oltean reads canonical literary texts through the lens of the “ethos of leadership” and the celebration of the utopia of unstoppable progress, as well as the voices of protest that raise concerns over the inequities of the present and the past projecting over an uncertain future. Dr. Oltean approaches a very different topic in her book titled Transatlantic Vistas. Patterns of Perception, U.S.-Eastern European Relations and Cold War Radio Broadcasting Beyond the Iron Curtain. The book is premised on the idea that radio broadcasts beyond the Iron Curtain reflect both the political priorities of the Cold War period, but also “the sharp self-analysis” of the notion of American national identity which underlies the agenda of U.S. foreign policy, with a focus on the impact it had on political and cultural developments in Eastern Europe.
Professor Dr. Roxana Oltean teaches classes in nineteenth-century American literature and in Transatlantic Relations at the English Department of the University of Bucharest, and she is the coordinator of the graduate and undergraduate programs in American Studies. Her primary fields of publication and expertise include Henry James studies, nineteenth-century American literature, transatlantic studies. She is a Fulbright Alumna (2001-2002, Pennsylvania State University).
An Opinion on Romanian ElectionsDavid Jimenez, a 2016 graduate of Bowdoin College in history, is currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, teaching courses in English and American Studies at Ovidius University of Constanta. Here is the article recently published by him in Nations and States online magazine: https://nationsandstates.com/2016/12/29/reforming-romania-after-2016-elections-many-setbacks-remain/
Essay Writing Workshop Taught by David Jimenez, Fulbright ETA
On December 7, the Fulbright-EducationUSA Advising Center was pleased to host an essay writing workshop taught by David Jimenez, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Making his way from Constanta, where he is currently teaching at Ovidius University, David kindly offered advice and provided essay feedback to the CCC (Competitive College Club) members of the Fulbright-EducationUSA Advising Center. FEAC advisees from Bucharest and Petrosani (connecting via Skype) were invited to read sample essays and discuss essay writing strategies designed to aid them in the application process. Going through the drafts written by the CCC members, David pointed out the differences between essay writing styles as taught and practiced in the U.S. and Romania and provided the attendees with his email address and slide show containing useful information about the school selection process and general essay revising tips.
FEAC-EducationUSA Gets in Touch with Students @American Corner Bacău
On December 15, the Fulbright-EducationUSA advising team was pleased to deliver a virtual presentation on U.S. study opportunities, kindly hosted by the Information Resource Center at the US Embassy, for students at American Corner Bacău.
We took this opportunity to acquaint the students, mainly 11th graders, with liberal arts education and other advantages afforded by the U.S. higher education system, as well as provide them with useful tips on the application process, and encouraged them to take advantage of our resources and services.
Several of the participants voiced an interest in studying in the U.S. and were keen to ask questions, on topics ranging from the most popular majors pursued by their peers to athletic scholarships.
My fulbright experience
Students at the advising center
- Anna's Odyssey - by Anna Claspy
- RomericanJourney - by Damaris Lois Bangean
- A Most Unexpected Year - by Melanie Shoffner
- Eric Fretz
- Polar Bear in the Balkans - by David Jimenez
- Romaniadventure - by Anna Sherod
- Romania plus Hannah equals a blog - by Hannah Wolf
- A Palette for Thought - by Elijah Ferbrache
- A Year in Romania - by Anne Murray
- Lauren Hermele
- Katelyn Arlene Browher