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.

Administration and Public Management International Conference in Bucharest

Dr. Roger E. Hamlin, Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and currently a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, was a keynote speaker at the 14th edition of the International Conference organized by the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, October 25-26, 2018. The Conference theme was Human Resource Management and Public Organizational Performance. Drawing on his vast experience of theory and practice in this field, Dr. Hamlin lectured on Intersectoral Relationships and the Demand for a New Public Sector Human Resource in front of a large public of Romanian and foreign specialists and students.
 

Poetry Creating Poetry

Playwright Trent Sanders, currently a Fulbright Student Researcher at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, delivered a lecture on poetry in dramatic fashion at the American Studies Department of the University of Bucharest. His lecture, "Poetry Creating Poetry: Or, on How Poets Read their own Poetry to non-Poets," challenged the students to think about the interpretation of poetry through drama. He read them a couple of his poems and invited the students to join in this intense experience of verse and acting, initiating them to a return to the roots of lyricism. Class ended and the students left with a confidence in the fusion of drama and poetry as a refined form of reading.

Under the Surface of American and British Cultural Contrasts

Flora Kirk, a research Fulbright grantee at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, was invited to give a talk on American culture at the West University of Timisoara. She presented for the “Intellectual History of Culture and Diversity in the USA” course co-taught by Fulbright ETA Natalie Davis, discussing her experience acclimating to American culture, and the underlying elements that shape American identity, expression, and demeanour. She began by discussing what it was like to change from a British to an American school, and what she found immediately different about American life. Initially it was the accents, certain vocabulary, and even different approaches to solving math problems. However, as time passed, she began to notice more inherent differences: an optimistic outlook in life, general gregariousness, and the courage to be direct in conversation and honest about feelings. During discussion the class noted that Romanian and American attitudes have a lot in common, especially the confidence to be straightforward without skirting around an issue.

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