World War II in the USA – a History of Emotions Approach

Bill Issel (San Francisco State University), a spring 2018 Fulbright professor at the West University of Timișoara, introduced a history of emotions approach to World War II to 25 students at the Jean Louis Calderon High School in Timișoara. Students were fascinated to learn how Americans from many different ethno-cultural-backgrounds in Europe and Asia found ways to be patriotic and support the war effort despite the fact that many of them had strong feelings of cultural affiliation with, and loved ones who were living in and loyal to, the Axis powers and their allies during the conflict. They enjoyed the cartoons and posters from the war, such as Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” poster and a newspaper cartoon showing Lady Liberty opening her arms to “all my children” (including those whose parents and grandparents came from countries that were at war with the USA). The discussion continued well past the end of the class, something that teachers always enjoy.
 

Fulbright Participation in ULBS International Week

Fulbright ETA Matthew Chernick participated in a variety of events as part of Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu’s 5th annual International Week that ran from May 14th to May 19th, 2018. Among these was his presentation of a guest lecture on American film history for an audience of students and visiting international academics in the fields of humanities and social sciences.
Matthew also participated in the 2nd annual International Exchange in the Age of Globalization Conference held by the ULBS Faculty of Letters and Arts as part of International Week. The topic for this year was “Systems of Power” and during the panel on “The Rhetoric of Power,” he presented a paper entitled “Through Windows: Mass Culture and Violence in the Case of the Apaches of Paris.”

Bill Issel’s Keynote Lecture at BAS Conference

Bill Issel (San Francisco State University), a spring 2018 Fulbright professor at the West University of Timișoara, presented a keynote lecture “Fighting Words: Black Power and the Language of American Freedom” at the 28th Annual British and American Studies Conference on May 18.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event With U.S. Fulbrighter William Henry Issel

The film screening & discussion on May 16, at the Fulbright Educational Advising Center, was the second event in our U.S. Heritage Film Club that celebrated the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This time around we watched the acclaimed indie film Gook (2017), directed by Justin Chon. The film is set against the first day of the 1992 Rodney King riots in L.A., and explores issues such as racial representation, ethnic tensions, interracial friendship, racial and ethnic struggle. After historically and culturally contextualizing the film, our guest speaker, historian and professor William Henry Issel, Fulbright Scholar (San Francisco State University), shared his own experience growing up within a racially and ethnically diverse community that had to face consequences of political and economic decisions. Professor Issel then invited the participating students to share their thoughts on the film and on the implications of the film’s discourse. The conversation also touched upon the issue, among others, of the generational divide in a context of racial conflict, but it nonetheless ended on a note of hope, drawing upon one of the film’s messages.

Fake or Truthful

Professor Esther Thyssen, currently a Fulbright Scholar at the American Studies Department at the University of Bucharest, recently went to Timișoara to give a talk at the University of the West. The talk was attended by faculty in American Studies as well as masters students in American Studies. The title of the talk was "Fake or Truthful: Circumstances in Social Practice Art since the 1990s."

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