U.S. Embassy Summer Camp @ American Corner

Monday, July 7th our US Fulbright Intern David A. Henriquez was invited to take part of the U.S. Embassy Summer Camp hosted at the American Corner.  He worked with the students and mentored them during a debate activity on abortion and helped the students organize their thoughts and clear points. David then presented the “Study in the USA” undergraduate section, where he explained the different opportunities to study in the US. He concluded with a social experiment where they had to negotiate their (fictional) country's resources and make allies.

Tuesday, July 8th David was again invited to help out during the U.S. Embassy Summer Camp morning session. On this occasion he created an innovative thinking game where the students were broken into small groups and had to think outside the box to find the correct solution. The students seemed to really enjoy his presence and fun activities.

4th of July Special Event at the Fulbright Educational Advising Center

The Fulbright Educational Advising Center (FEAC) proudly celebrated Independence Day by hosting a special session of the US Culture Club on July 3rd. FEAC local friends as well as guests from afar got together to exchange opinions and learn more about the United States in a one-of-a-kind event. The host and main organizer was Fulbright intern, David Henriquez, who engaged the guests in a trivia quiz, following the success of the American trivia game during FEAC’s White Night on June 21-22. The attendees shared stories and discussed their own personal experiences in the United States. The event symbolically ended with a collective reading of the Declaration of Independence and a bold attempt at singing the U.S. national anthem. All guests received printed materials and CDs containing useful information and step-by-step guides designed to help them prepare for their future college applications.

Interview with David Henriquez, U.S. Fulbright intern

This month our U.S. Fulbright intern, David A. Henriquez was selected to take part in an interview with the International Relations Report (IRR). The interview consisted of questions on the upcoming 4th of July celebration and the meaning of this national holiday. The questions shifted from the Independence Day festivities and its traditions, to a deeper focus on U.S.-Romania partnership and events. This interview gives the insight of a young American on worldwide events, and especially his opinion and hopes for the future cooperation between the U.S. and Romania.

New Volume Published by Romanian Fulbrighter Cristina Modreanu

As a follow-up of her 2011-2012 Fulbright research grant at New York University, well-known Romanian theatre critic Dr. Cristina Modreanu has recently published the volume Utopii performative. Artisti radicali ai scenei americane in secolul 21 (Performative Utopias. Radical Artists on the American 21st Century Stage), Humanitas Publishing House, 2014.

The book has been launched in a series of events organized in Bucharest, Sibiu and Timisoara and is available in all important book stores. It is the first book on American theatre published in many years in Romania and offers a comprehensive image on theatrical arts in the U.S. and its most radical representatives: Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Lee Breuer, Merce Cunningham, Wooster Group, Laurie Anderson, as well as the younger “voices”, Young Jean Lee, Jay Scheib, Elevator Repair Service, Radiohole, Temporary Distortion, The Civilians, Liz Magic Laser.

This cultural project was supported by the Theatre Union in Romania (UNITER) and the book launchings were made with the contribution and in the presence of personalities such as Saviana Stanescu (a Fulbright alumna as well), George Banu, Alexa Visarion (Fulbright Alumnus) and George Mihaita.



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             Saviana Stanescu & Cristina Modreanu                                George Mihaita, Cristina Modreanu, Alexa Visarion

Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives – new volume edited by three Romanian Fulbright alumnae, Dana Mihăilescu, Roxana Oltean and Mihaela Precup

Three Romanian Fulbright alumnae,  Dana Mihăilescu, Roxana Oltean and Mihaela Precup, have recently edited Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), a volume collecting work by several European, North American, and Australian academics who are interested in examining the performance and transmission of post-traumatic memory in the contemporary United States. The volume includes several chapters by other former or current Fulbright grantees, i.e. Professor Rodica Mihăilă (Romania, currently Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Romania) and Sara Polak (the Netherlands, Fulbright researcher at Yale University, 2014-2015). The contributors’ chapters generate and explore a complicated dialogue between various and sometimes conflicting narratives along four main lines in this volume: trauma in the context of “multidirectional memory”; the representation of trauma in autobiographical texts; the dynamic of public forms of national commemoration; and the problematic instantiation of 9/11 as a traumatic landmark. The table of contents and an extract from the book are available at the publishers’ website: http://www.cambridgescholars.com/mapping-generations-of-traumatic-memory-in-american-narratives

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