The Archaeology of Memory - by U.S. FUlbrighter Vlad Basarab

On May 7, multimedia artist Vlad Basarab held a presentation on his recent performance, video and installation work. The event was organized by the U.S. Embassy, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, the National Library of Romania, and the American Corner Bucharest. Vlad is currently in Romania on a U.S. Fulbright grant researching the loss of collective memory as a result of the communist persecution of Romanian intellectuals and writers.

“The past plays an important part in my creative process. My role as an artist is to dig through layers of history like a cultural and psychological archaeologist. The Archaeology of Memory series has been influenced by the loss of collective culture and memory. My work is an attempt to make my audience link the present to the past through questioning traditional methods of preserving and transforming collective memory.” – Vlad Basarab

Vanderbilt University Representative in Bucharest: Introducing New Audiences to U.S. Study

On Thursday, April 24, the EducationUSA Advising Center of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission/FEAC hosted a session spotlighting U.S. undergraduate study and Vanderbilt University, Tennessee. John Nesbitt, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt University gave a presentation to students from several high schools in Bucharest, including a group of students from the National College I.L. Caragiale, addressing topics such as the university life and adjustment, the generous financial aid offered by the institution and Liberal Arts education - a concept specific for the U.S. undergraduate study system.
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General Meeting of the Executive Directors

Dr. Rodica Mihaila, Executive Director of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission attended the General Meeting of the Executive Directors of the European Fulbright Commissions, hosted by Hanka Ripkova, Executive Director of the Czech Fulbright Commission in Prague, from April 9th to 11th.  Among the most important topics on the agenda were the future of Fulbright in EUR, European cooperation, fundraising, alumni data management, grant initiatives, etc.

   

Making the Fulbright Student Application: Tips and Suggestions

Students intending to apply to the Fulbright Student Award had a chance to clarify their application questions at the webinar carried out on the Watchitoo platform on April 10.

Felix Zaharia, Fulbright Alumnus (Harvard University) put emphasis on the importance of the essays in terms of structure, approach and style. He recommended the participants to make their essays targeted and organized.

Ana Sherrod, US Fulbright grantee (Pepperdine University) came up with several examples and tips as regards crafting high-quality essay(s): addressing a specific idea such as - a personally relevant story or a life turning point, including a unique perspective or identifying the personal contribution to the chosen field of study, paying attention to the logical flow of thoughts. In addition, Anna offered advice concerning the letters of reference and finding the most suitable recommenders.

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The Enrichment Seminar in Washington DC: Thoughts from a Romanian Fulbrighter

Rodica Sutu, Fulbright Junior Researcher in Communication Sciences, University of Florida, sent us her thoughts on participation in the Enrichment Seminar held in Washington DC on April 2-6.

"I must confess that, in the beginning, I was not very happy that the topic I applied for - “Political change and leadership” - was changed to - “Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation” - for the enrichment seminar to which I was invited this April.  However, I now realize the importance of this topic in the long run; it is very much like changing the mindset to go beyond your comfort zone, think bigger than your field of expertise, to get inspired to develop strategies that redesign your life and others. As a social experiment, it was a challenge indeed to talk with as many as possible interesting Fulbrighters in 4 days, as we are 150 people there... It was very similar to a speed-dating event, so rewarding in the end, as I feel that this specific enrichment seminar gathered the leaders of the whole Fulbright program."

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