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Romanian Alumni Community Newsletter Volume I, Issue 3



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  • 1. Welcome to Romanian Alumni Community Romanian Alumni Community Monthly Newsletter Bucharest, March 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 3 Alumni News From Alumni Table of ContentsAlumni News ► U.S. Alumni and Grantees Book Launch of the Third Fulbright 50th Anniversary  New article by Stephen J. Cutler, U.S. Fulbright Volume alumnus to Romania in 2004 Q&A Live on Secretary’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil  News from Ruth Blidar, Fulbright ETA in Roma- Society nia Q&A Live: Parasites and Global Health  News from Sherban Lupu, U.S. Fulbright Alum- Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) nus to Romania in 2009-2010  Photography Book by Kathleen Laraia McLaugh- lin, U.S. Fulbright AlumnaFrom Alumni  Fulbright Senior Scholar Contributes to Social Enterprise Conference► Romanian Alumni and Grantees  Interview in Romanian Media with David Wein- Anamaria Vrabie, Romanian Fulbright Grantee, dorf, U.S. Fulbright Scholar awarded the India-China Institute Fellowship from  Fundraising Project by Jake Shulman-Ment, U.S. the New School New York Fulbright Grantee Interview with Ioana Moldovan, Romanian Fulbright Grantee in U.S. Alumni Information Romanian Participation in NALS 2011 Alumni Links http://www.facebook.com/ Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission https://alumni.state.gov/romania www.fulbright.ro 1
  • 2. Bucharest, March 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 3Alumni NewsBook Launch of the Third Fulbright 50th Anniversary VolumeOn Saturday, April 16, 13:00 pm, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission is invit-ing all alumni at the book launch of the third Fulbright anniversary volume. Theevent will take place at Sala Palatului, Bucharest.The volume - Fulbright Ripple Effect on International Education. Looking Ahead froma Romanian & American Perspective - offers wide perspectives on the Fulbright pro-gram by inviting some of the main actors in the program to give an account of theirFulbright experience in Romania and U.S. Thank you to all the alumni and contributors of the volume!Q&A Live on Secretary’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society On Tuesday April 12, 2011 at 17:00 (Bucharest Time), Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, a senior advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies at the U.S. De- partment of State, will participate in a Q&A Live webchat on the Strategic Dia- logue with Civil Society. This Strategic Dialogue was launched on February 16, 2011, by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The main themes of the Strategic Dialogue are democ- racy and human rights; governance and accountability (anti-corruption); and empowering women. Other topics include religion in global affairs, the envi-ronment, development, global health, and refugee protection. The Strategic Dialogue is expected torun for 18 months. Dr. Tillemann welcomes your questions about the Secretary’s Strategic Dialoguewith Civil Society.To participate, follow the link: https://alumni.state.gov/news2/qa-liveQ&A Live: Parasites and Global HealthOn April 20, 2011 at 17:00 (Bucharest Time), Dr. David Bruce Conn, a 2010 Jef-ferson Science Fellow at U.S. Department of State in the Office of InternationalHealth and Biodefense, will participate in a Q&A Live webchat on Parasites andGlobal Health.Dr. Conn will take questions about the scientific aspects of disease transmissionand the spread of influenzas and pandemics. He also welcomes questions on theU.S. Department of States policies and interagency efforts to promote globalhealth.To participate, follow the link https://alumni.state.gov/news2/qa-live Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) The submission period for AEIF project ideas has ended. State Alumni received nearly 700 innovative ideas and 12 of the projects were sent by Romanian alumni. Finalists projects will be announced on April 4 at https://alumni.state.gov. Congratulations to all alumni involved in the competition and lots of success! https://alumni.state.gov/romania www.fulbright.ro 2
  • 3. Bucharest, March 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 3From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and GranteesAnamaria Vrabie, Romanian Fulbright Grantee, awarded the India-China Institute Fellowshipfrom the New School New York Anamaria, currently a Fulbright Grantee at The New School New York is one of the six recipients of the Student Travel/Research Fellowship offered by the India-China Institute at the New School with the support of the Starr Foundation. She is prepar- ing for her first trip to India this summer, where she is going to start her research on how arts and crafts are engaged in the expanding urban context of Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Anamaria Vrabie is a Master’s candidate in International Affairs at the New School with a concentration in Cities and Urbanization. More information at: http://www.indiachinainstitute.org/blog/2010/12/14/2011-student-travelresearch- grant-recipients/Interview with Ioana Moldovan, Romanian Fulbright Grantee in U.S.Ioana Moldovan, currently a Junior Fulbright researcher at University of SouthernCalifornia, Los Angeles was recently interviewed in a monthly publication editedin Colorado for the Romanian community in USA. During the interview, Ioanatalks about her recent activities, the experience in U.S., the Fulbright programand, of course, about her field of research – theatre/film.To read the entire article, please follow:http://www.gandaculdecolorado.com/interviu/8-interviu/1943-interviu-cu-ioana-moldovanAlso, Ioana is publishing monthly articles to a well-known magazine in Romania“Revista 22”. The most recent article is about a US representation of Anton Chek-hov’s play “Three sisters” and it is available at:http://www.revista22.ro/articol-10161.html.Romanian Participation in NALS 2011Ludmila Martanovschi (Ovidius University - Constanta), Postdoctoral Fulbright Grantee at the GraduateCenter, City University of New York, attended the Native American Literature Symposium at the IsletaHotel and Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico between March 17th and 19th, 2011. She pre-sented the paper “Many Voices, One Play: Performing Tribalography in Indian Radio Days by LeAnneHowe and Roxy Gordon” as part of the session entitled “Pushing the Boundaries in Dramatic Perform-ance”. The conference comprised panels on service learning courses, on current developments in Na-tive film and art as well as on the issues of gender, trauma and storytelling in American Indian litera-tures. The keynote speakers Heid Erdrich and Linda LeGarde Grover offered enlightening talks/readings for the participants. The last day included a walking tour of Isleta Pueblo and the Santa FeIndian School Spoken Word team’s performance, which concluded the twelfth edition of this successfulsymposium organized by a group of Indigenous scholars and directed by Prof. Dr. Gwen N. Westerman(Minnesota State University). https://alumni.state.gov/romania www.fulbright.ro 3
  • 4. Bucharest, March 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 3From Alumni ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesNew article by Stephen J. Cutler, U.S. Fulbright alumnus to Romania in 2004 Stephen J. Cutler, professor at University of Vermont and U.S. Fulbright alumnus in Romania announced the publication of an article written with Lynne G. Hodgson and entitled “Genetics, Family Dynamics and Well-Being” in Social Work Review, a journal edited by the Sociology and Social Work Faculty - University of Bucharest, Romania. To read the abstract of the article please follow the link below. http://www.revistadeasistentasociala.ro/index.pl/ genetics_family_dynamics_and_well-being. Stephen J. Cutler is also a member of the journals editorial board. His long-lasting collaboration with the University of Bucharest started six years ago while he was aU.S. Fulbright Scholar in Romania. More details about his work at:http://www.revistadeasistentasociala.ro/index.pl/stephen_cutler_roNews from Ruth Blidar, Fulbright ETA in Romania "I was fortunate to attend the Berlin Fulbright Seminar of 2011. It was quite the experience! The seminar took place over a period of four days in the beautiful and historically rich city of Berlin. There were over 300 attendees which included the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, U.S. Fulbright grantees from over 20 European countries, German Ful- bright grantees, and other Fulbright alumni. The seminar was not only rewarding from a networking perspective, but also informative, interactive, and en-tertaining. A few of the 2010-2011 music grantees performed for usand they were phenomenal! We also had the pleasure of hearing for-mer US Ambassador to Germany, John Kornblum speak about his per-spective on the future of international politics. All in all, it was a oncein a lifetime experience I am grateful I had the opportunity to partici-pate in!"News from Sherban Lupu, U.S. Fulbright Alumnus to Romania in 2009-2010 Sherban Lupu’s latest project “ERNST” was reviewed in Gramophone, one of the most important magazines of classic music. To read the entire review, please fol- low the link below. http://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/ernst-complete-music-for-violin-and- piano-volume-1 Also, you can see Sherban Lupu performing "The Fiddler" by George Enescu at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONBkBVInypY&feature=youtu.be. The re-cording was a part of an event organized by TEDx at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Readmore about the event in the description of the video. https://alumni.state.gov/romania www.fulbright.ro 4
  • 5. Bucharest, March 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 3From AlumniPhotography Book by Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, U.S. Fulbright Alumna Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, photographer and U.S. Fulbright alumna in 2002-2003 is publishing her first book entitled The Color of Hay: The Peas- ants of Maramures. The book is available starting with March, 2011 and in- cludes photos made during her Fulbright grant in Romania. More details about her work at www.colorofhay.com. Kathleen also launched a Kickstarter project for people interested in supporting her book: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1949423456/transylvania-photo-book- of-europes-last-peasants?Fulbright Senior Scholar Contributes to Social Enterprise ConferenceDr. Dan Ratliff, currently a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, participated in theSocial Enterprise Conference organized by the American Cultural Center in Bucharest, on March 28,2011. The event was opened by U.S. Ambassador Mark H. Gitenstein in the presence of a large numberof Romanian NGO community members. Dr. Ratliff, an expert on social services for children and fami-lies, delivered a presentation on Marketing and Communication, as part of the development of social en-terprises, stressing the role of the entrepreneurial approach in providing more momentum to this essen-tial sector of a democratic society.Interview in Romanian Media with David Weindorf, U.S. Fulbright Scholar David Weindorf, recently arrived U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Romania, at Uni- versity of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj was inter- viewed in “Ziua de Cluj”, an online Romanian newspaper. During the inter- view, David talks about his Fulbright project related to Agriculture and Soil Morphology, but also about his personal experience in Romania. Read the entire article at: http://www.ziuadecj.ro/eveniment/studiu-american-la-cluj-cum-se- schimba-clima-tansilvaniei--63124.html.Fundraising Project by Jake Shulman-Ment, U.S. Fulbright GranteeJake Shulman-Ment, U.S. Fulbright grantee and violinist just launched aKickstarter fundraiser for a new musical collaboration between JewishAmerican and Romanian musicians, exploring our similar roots on a con-cert tour of Romania. The project includes a tour of free concerts in Roma-nia with Benjy Fox-Rosen (a fabulous Yiddish singer and bassist also basedin NYC), Adrian Receanu (one of the top clarinetists in Europe playing tra-ditional Romanian music, from Moldova), and others! More details aboutthe project and a video with Jake’s music onhttp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jakeshulmanment/jake-shulman-ment-and-friends-romanian-klezmer-tou?ref=email. https://alumni.state.gov/romania www.fulbright.ro 5
  • 6. Bucharest, March 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 3Alumni InformationJoin STATE ALUMNI Romanian Alumni CommunityThe State Alumni website is a dynamic, Help to build the Romanian Alumni Communityinteractive secure community for more than by sending articles, news, sharing ideas, pictures1,000,000 alumni of exchange programs. and professional opportunities. Find out about upcoming local events, stay connected with fel-►Network with other alumni from around the globe low alumni, find information about alumni-related► Share information about exchange programs and programs and research funding opportunities.alumni activities with a global audience►Participate in Q&A Live discussions with experts If you would like to submit an article, announce-►Access resources such as grants, jobs and research ment of an event, testimonial, job or grant op-databases portunity, please contact the alumni coordinator►Access more than 20.000 free periodicals, newspa- at: loredana.bucuroaia@fulbright.ro.pers and more. Visit the Romanian Alumni Community onIn order to enroll, visit the site https:// https://alumni.state.gov/romaniaalumni.state.gov and click on “Join Now” or “Clickhere to register”. Please wait for verification andconfirmation of your account by the administrativeteam of the State Alumni website. Alumni Links United States Government Alumni U.S. Embassy in Bucharest Community Romanian-U.S. Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Fulbright Commission Commission Facebook Page Romanian Alumni Community If you wish to cancel your subscription to this newsletter contact loredana.bucuroaia@fulbright.ro This Newsletter is produced by the Romanian Alumni Coordinator 6