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.

Geographical Distribution of the 2018-2019 Romanian Fulbright Grantees

Use our interactive map to find out more about the 2018-2019 Romanian Fulbright grantees studying or doing research in the U.S. (click on the upper-right icon for the full-size map).

Fostering Academic Motivation in Romania

Dr. Margareta M. Thomson, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at NC State University and currently a Fulbright Scholar at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, started her outreach and research engagements with education faculty, K-12 teachers and educators in Romania.

Dr. Thomson has recently presented her research project at the 4th International Nonformal Education Conference (INEC) held on October 6-7, 2018 in Sancraiu de Mures, Romania. Additionally, she was one of the key-note speakers and a scientific board member for INEC.

Read more: Fostering Academic Motivation in Romania

Humphrey Alumna Launches First Guide for the Implementation of the Right to Education for the Children with Disabilities in Romania

This October the European Center for the Rights of Children with Disabilities (CEDCD) has launched the first Guide for the Implementation of the Right to Education for the Children with Disabilities in Romania (Rentrop & Straton Publishing House, Bucharest, 2018).
The book launch, held on October 11, was hosted by the National Institute for Magistrates and conducted by Madalina Turza, the author of the guide. Madalina is also President of CEDCD and a Hubert H. Humphrey Alumna, University of Minnesota. Designed as an intense active dialogue, the event addressed current important topics such as the discrimination in education affecting children with disabilities, landmarks concerning the implementation of the rights to inclusive education for children with disabilities in Romania, and the access to education of children and young people with disabilities in the special protection system.
We congratulate Madalina on the excellent achievement in this field facing numerous challenges and wish her and CEDCD many more achievements in safeguarding the rights of children with disabilities in Romania. Last but not least, we would like to signal the presence at the event of Georgiana Pascu, an active human rights supporter, in her quality of Project Manager within the Center of Juridical Resources/CRJ, and a Hubert Humphrey Alumna at the American University, Washington DC.

National Symposium on Psychosomatic Medicine in Brasov

Professor Paula Zimbrean, Yale University, currently a Fulbright Scholar at Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj, participated in the National Symposium on Psychosomatic Medicine organised at Transilvania University in Brasov, October 5-6, 2018. Professor Zimbrean presented to an academic public a study on Mental Health Issues of Chronic Renal Failure Patients.

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