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Romanian Alumni Community Newsletter - Volume II, Issue 4

  1. 1. Welcome to Romanian Alumni Community Romanian Alumni Community Monthly Newsletter Bucharest, May 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 4 Alumni News From Alumni Table of ContentsAlumni News Grant Opportunity East-West Cultural Passage Conference 2012  Alumni Professional Development Grants for Humphrey Fellows New Executive Director at the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission ► U.S. Alumni and Grantees 14th Annual Conference of the English Depart- ment, University of Bucharest  Book Launch: TIMELESS AND TRANSITORY - Volume by U.S. Fulbright Alumnus Ernest LathamFrom Alumni  “International Social Work: Working To-► Romanian Alumni and Grantees gether for Success” Conference Article for Voice of America by Romanian Fulbright Alumna Cristiana Grigore Timisoara Performing Arts Festival – News from Alumni Information Fulbright Alumna Cristina Modreanu Alumni Links Testimonial by Nicoleta Petroman, Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program Alumna Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 1
  2. 2. Bucharest, May 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 4Alumni NewsEast-West Cultural Passage Conference 2012The 2012 edition of the “East-West Cultural Passage Confer-ence: Literature and Music” organized by the Lucian Blaga Uni-versity, Sibiu, Romania, Faculty of Letters and Arts and Roe-hampton University, London, UK, Department of English andCreative Writing in association with the Romanian-U.S. Ful-bright Commission took place in Sibiu on May 10-12, 2012.Romanian and U.S. Fulbright alumni and grantees participatedin different panels of the conference.Besides the scientific value, the conference was also an oppor-tunity for the American Fulbrighters to meet as a group beforefinishing their scholarship and leaving Romania. Let us use thisopportunity to say a warm THANK YOU, DEAR FRIENDS! to all American Fulbrighters who are finishingtheir Romanian grant and will be leaving soon. We will be missing you, we expect news from you, fromtime to time, and hope in future collaborations.New Executive Director at the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission Rodica Mihăilă, Ph.D., Fulbright alumna and founder of the American Studies undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Bucharest, is the new Executive Director of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission. Rodica Mihăilă is Professor Emerita of Literature and Ameri- can Studies and her main areas of research and teaching range from 20th Century and contemporary American lit- erature to American Studies theory and practice, cultural theory, methodology of cultural studies and Romanian/East European cultures in transatlantic perspective. Her publications include Aspects of American Literary Mod- ernism. A Study of Tensions in the Poetry of Hart Crane (1985), The American Challenge (1993), Turning the Wheel. The Construction of Power Relations in ContemporaryAmerican Women’s Poetry (1995), Spaces of the Real in American Fiction (2000), several anthologiesof literature and culture as well as articles and studies in scholarly journals and the literary press. Sheco-edited numerous volumes, among them, America in/from Romania (2003), The Sense of America:Histories into Text (2009), Romanian Culture in the Global Age (2010) and East-European CulturalSpace from Post-Communism to Post-E.U. Accession (2011).She is also a translator of English and American literature and Founding President of the Romanian As-sociation for American Studies.14th Annual Conference of the English Department, University of BucharestFrom 31 May to 2 June 2012, the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures ofthe University of Bucharest is pleased to invite those interested to attend the ses-sions of the 14th Annual Conference of the English Department, on the theme “(M)other Nature? Inscriptions, Locations, Revolutions”. Papers will be presented byaround 110 participants from seventeen countries. Plenary talks will be delivered byFranc Chamberlain (University of Huddersfield), Gabi Danon (Bar-Ilan University),Martin Everaert (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS), Àngel J. Gallego (UniversitatAutònoma de Barcelona), Katalin É. Kiss (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), IdanLandau (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Carl Lavery (University of Aberyst-wyth), Jaume Mateu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Henk van Riemsdijk(Tilburg University), Ralph Yarrow (University of East Anglia) and Priscilla Solis Ybarra (University ofNorth Texas). The conference will take place at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Str.Pitar Moș 7-13, Bucharest. Romanian Fulbright alumni are among the conference participants, present-ing papers and sharing ideas in different panels of the event. More details here. 2
  3. 3. Bucharest, May 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 4From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and GranteesArticle for Voice of America by Romanian Fulbright Alumna Cristiana Grigore As a follow up of her summer internship at Voice of America, Fulbright alumna Cristi- ana Grigore is continuing her series of articles for VOA’s Student Union Blog about studying and living in the United States. The articles focus on American culture, aca- demic life and professional experiences. In the top 5 posts of the year on the Student Union Blog, one of Cristiana’s articles is on the third place ( student-union/2012/05/29/top-5-posts-of-the-year/#more-6300).The most recent article published is entitled An ‘A’ Won’t Get You a Career, But a Good Education Mightand is available by following the link below: Performing Arts Festival – News from Fulbright Alumna Cristina Modreanu“Romanian theater was discussed in an international context inthe frame of the European Festival of Performing Arts FEST-FDRorganized by the National Theater in Timisoara between 5th and13th of May. One of the special guests of this event was ProfessorBonnie Marranca, the editor of PAJ – A Journal of Performanceand Art in New York, a world-known publication which has justcelebrated 35 years since its inception. Bonnie Marranca was thepresident of the international jury which selected the best Roma-nian production with a new drama text and the best actors in theRomanian drama contest included in the festival. The visit I initi-ated as international curator for FEST-FDR Timisoara was the firstthat the well-known American editor and publisher has made to Romania and it is the first step towardsa future collaboration which will continue in 2013 with the translation and publishing of Bonnie Mar-ranca’s essays on theater and performance.The future book, “Ecologies of Theater”, translated by playwright, professor and translator Alina Nelega,will feature some of the most famous essays Marranca published over the years, from the “Theater ofImages” which covered the work of the American directors Robert Wilson, Lee Breuer and Richard Fore-man to the original readings of Cehov and Pirandello, up to the considerations on the new Americancontemporary voices, like director John Jesurun and others. The volume, which will be co-published byRomanian Association for Performing Arts and National Theater in Timisoara, with support from the Ad-ministration of the National Fund for Culture (AFCN) joins the translation of Richard Schechner’s essayswhich I initiate in the frame of the National Theater Festival in 2010 in contributing to the Romanian –American exchange of cultural ideas.” Article by Cristina Modreanu, Romanian Fulbright Alumna, Editor and President Romanian Association for Performing Arts Testimonial by Nicoleta Petroman, Teaching Excellence and Achieve- ment Program Alumna Nicoleta Petroman is a teacher at "Ioan Buteanu" High School in Gurahont, Arad. She spent 6 weeks in the USA as a Teaching Excellent and Achieve- ment Program (TEA) fellow. Nicoleta talks about her American experience in a testimonial entitled A journey across the Atlantic. Read more about her ac- tivities in the USA by following the link below: 3
  4. 4. Bucharest, May 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 4From AlumniAlumni Professional Development Grants for Humphrey Fellows Grant Opportunity Humphrey Alumni are eligible to apply for an Alumni Professional Development Grant to attend a conference, workshop or other professional activity that continues to draw upon the Humphrey experience by strengthening an alumnus/as professional de- velopment. These grants, which are awarded quarterly on a competitive basis, should focus on professional activities rather than research-based endeavors and provide a detailed explanation of how this grant would offer concrete benefits to the alum and/or to the larger community. More details here. ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesBook Launch: TIMELESS AND TRANSITORY - Volume by U.S. Fulbright Alumnus Ernest Latham On June 2, Ernest Lathams volume entitled TIMELESS AND TRANSITORY. 20th Century Relations Between Romania and the English-Speaking World will be launched at Bookfest International Bookfair, Literary Cafe, Pavilion C4, from 14:30 to 15:30. TIMELESS AND TRANSITORY is a collection of essays on Romania in an interna- tional context, highlighting historical characters who, with the help of this tal- ented historian and his exquisite art of the portrait, have the power to illustrate the much broader social and political phenomena of the 20th century. The author possesses one of the best personal libraries of Romanian historical and cultural materials in the United States. The preface of the volume is signed by Professor Paul Michelson, a three-time Fulbright fellow in Romania (1971-1973, 1982-1983, 1989-1990).Ernest Latham is an American historian and diplomat who served as the American cultural attaché inRomania between 1983 and 1987. In 2000-2002 he was a Fulbright Professor and he is the author ofnumerous articles and reviews about Romania. At the present time he is the coordinator of advancedarea studies for Romania and Moldova at the Foreign Service Institute (U.S. Department of State).“International Social Work: Working Together for Success”ConferenceOn May 24 – 25, 2012 the University of Petrosani, Romania, Facultyof Sciences, Socio-Human Department, Social Work Specialization inpartnership with the University of South Carolina College of SocialWork and the Eastern European Sub Regional Association of Schoolsof Social Work hosted an international conference entitled“International Social Work: Working Together for Success.”The event was organized with the help of U.S. Fulbright researcherKarla Buru who also held the opening remarks and conducted aworkshop on Public Health in Romania. Jennifer Feenstra, U.S. Fulbright scholar and associate professorat Northwestern College, Iowa was a keynote speaker and held a lecture on Volunteerism Worldwide.Also, U.S. Fulbrighters Katelyn Browher and Jessica Miller participated in the event.The conference featured lectures, workshops, visits to local non-governmental organizations and a cul-tural evening including traditional Romanian costumes and music. 4
  5. 5. Bucharest, May 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 4Alumni 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: and more. Visit the Romanian Alumni Community onIn order to enroll, visit the site https:// 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 This Newsletter is produced by the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission 5