On Native American History in Iași

On April 26, 2018, Fulbright ETA Courtney-Sophia Henry spoke to American Studies Masters students at "Alexandru Ioana Cuza" University in Iași. The talk was for a joint class between Literature and Religion: Early Christianity in Early American Literature and Its Legacy, and American Linguistics. Audience members learned about Native American history and religion, and how it contrasts with other theologies. Ms. Henry, who is from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe (Ojibwe), shared information on some of the traditional teachings and spirituality of her tribe, as well as the historical background of these practices in the United States.

The Manole Complex

Professor Thomas J. Cousineau, Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bucharest in 2014-2015, recently visited Romania and made a presentation on "The Manole Complex: Staging Movement in WAITING FOR GODOT" at the "Temporalities of Modernism" Conference hosted by the English Department at Babeș-Bolyai University. A few days later, Professor Cousineau conferenced at the National Museum of Romanian Literature in Bucharest.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event Featuring U.S. Fulbrighter Chealin Won

On Wednesday, May 9, the Fulbright Educational Advising Center hosted a cultural event as part of the Pacific American Heritage Month. The event opened with a screening of the indie film The Motel, directed by Michael Kang, which tells the story of a young boy going through the pains of growing-up, trying out different identities. The screening was followed by a discussion led by our guest speaker, Chealin Won, Fulbright ETA. After engaging the audience – mainly university and high school students – in a short interactive exercise, meant to settle some of the identity and heritage themes explored by the film, Chealin shared her personal perspective on Korean-American identity, touching upon issues such as growing up in two worlds, navigating cultures and negotiating culture-specific norms, models of masculinity-femininity across cultures, class differences, (inter)ethnic stereotypes. Chealin also talked about ethnic identity in the academia, the hits and misses of living inside a new language, and the role and impact one’s own ethnic community has in helping the individual adjust to new norms and customs.
Many thanks to Chealin Won for a fruitful and lively discussion, and for joining us in this event!

News from Fulbright Scholar Diana Benea

Dr. Diana Benea, Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Bucharest and current Fulbright Scholar grantee at the City University of New York – The Graduate Center, presented a paper at the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, held at Villanova University, PA, on May 3-4, 2018, under the general theme Community Outreach and the Arts. Dr. Benea’s presentation addressed the ethical and political stakes of oral history performance in community-based settings, with a focus on processes of production and reception. More details about the symposium: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/theatre/ResearchandScholarship/symposium.html

Cinco de Mayo & Latino Culture in the U.S.

Bridget Kelly, ETA Fulbright Student at the University of Bucharest, recently met “Grigore Moisil” High School students and gave a talk about Cinco de Mayo and Latino Culture in America. The event, organized by the U.S. Embassy, was highly informative and enjoyable for the students. See more at:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XpsuZFBwdwZuMCuUWkbLtC7GfVaDRzVXRwK8X6Xa0zw

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