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Fulbright Stories. Rediscovery of the USA


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Brief info about Fulbright program, then summary of my own Fulbright experience through the places I visited, stories I learned, and impressions I got about the US.

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Fulbright Stories. Rediscovery of the USA

  1. 1. Fulbright Stories. Rediscovering the USA USA as seen by Armenian researcher Astghik Shahkhatuni
  2. 2. US Exchange Programs in Armenia <ul><li>FLEX – High school students </li></ul><ul><li>UGRAD – Undergraduate students </li></ul><ul><li>MUSKIE – Graduate students </li></ul><ul><li>Fulbright – Professionals (Doctoral degree researchers) </li></ul><ul><li>Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship – Professionals (public service) </li></ul><ul><li>JFDP – University Instructors </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. Some Facts <ul><li>The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then- Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is to “ ... increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries ”. </li></ul><ul><li>Two-way exchange; U.S. scholars have an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with their colleagues in other countries , and international scholars can visit a U.S. educational institution and exchange their ideas with colleagues through lecturing and research. </li></ul><ul><li>The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently t he Program operates in over 155 countrie s. </li></ul><ul><li>294,000 participants; 111 000 from US, and 183 000 from other countries. </li></ul><ul><li>7500 new grants annually. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fulbright Family <ul><li>T he Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. </li></ul><ul><li>850 foreign scholars from over 95 countries . T o lecture and/or conduct postdoctoral research at U.S. institutions for an academic semester to a full academic year (6-9 months in Armenia) . </li></ul><ul><li>The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. </li></ul><ul><li>154 Humphrey Fellows from 86 countries . </li></ul><ul><li>The Fulbright US Scholar Program. </li></ul><ul><li>1,100 American scholars and professionals per year top around 125 countries . </li></ul><ul><li>The Fulbright US Student Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Around 1,500 grants this year. </li></ul><ul><li>T he Fulbright Foreign Student Program. </li></ul><ul><li>1,700 new awards for foreign graduate students . </li></ul><ul><li>... </li></ul>
  5. 5. Eligibility Criteria <ul><li>Citizenship of the Republic of Armenia </li></ul><ul><li>Doctoral degree or equivalent training or experience </li></ul><ul><li>Currently enrolled in university or scientific institution for research </li></ul><ul><li>English proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Sound physical and mental health </li></ul>
  6. 6. Research Fields <ul><li>Political Science, Economics, Social Science </li></ul><ul><li>International Relations, Journalism and Law </li></ul><ul><li>American Studies (History, Literature, Society & Culture of the United States) </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry, Public Health and Medicine </li></ul>
  7. 7. How to Apply? <ul><li>Write a project you wish to implement and if possible indicate where (host institution: university, scientific center, etc.) and/or with whom (professor, head researcher, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Have a host professor write an invitation letter </li></ul><ul><li>Request three references </li></ul><ul><li>Fill and submit an application online </li></ul>
  8. 8. Timetable <ul><li>Call for applications – September 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline – 15 th of November 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Interview date – December 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Initial approval – January 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Final approval – April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation time - late Aug 2010–Dec 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Duration – 6-9 months </li></ul>
  9. 9. Destination
  10. 10. My Traces San Francisco Berkeley San Diego Los Angeles Las Vegas Breckenridge Chicago New York Pittsburgh Baltimore State College Gettysburg Alexandria Harpers Ferry Washington DC Hoover Dam Williamsburg Chincoteague Assateague
  11. 11. Delocalization Hoover Dam, NV/AZ border, 09/17/08
  12. 12. Capital of the World
  13. 13. Georgetown University Hoya Saxa!
  14. 14. ASA Hoya Saxa! Armenian Student Association
  15. 15. My International Lab Some professors are really fun! ;o)
  16. 16. Armenian Corner in America
  17. 17. Aren’t you scared yet? Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer Strong Magnetic Field Electromagnetic Radiation Resonance Spin Excitation Chemical Compounds Liquid Helium and Nitrogen Superconductive coil
  18. 18. Everything is Simple
  19. 19. Research Outcome <ul><li>Participation in an international conference in US with oral presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Two joint published papers in peer review scientific journals </li></ul><ul><li>New partners for future collaboration </li></ul>
  20. 20. My Research in US adventures
  21. 21. Public Diplomacy <ul><li>Explore and learn about US culture, history, political system </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce others to your country </li></ul><ul><li>Be Ambassador of Armenia in the US! </li></ul><ul><li>Share your knowledge and experience you acquired in and about US in your country </li></ul><ul><li>Be Ambassador of the US in Armenia! </li></ul>
  22. 22. Factors that Really Matter! <ul><li>Advanced research facilities and leading scientists  interesting study </li></ul><ul><li>Metropolis  Fulbright enrichment programs </li></ul><ul><li>Wonderful host professor (as a researcher and as a human)  dozens of advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Nice and knowledgable colleagues  good working environment </li></ul><ul><li>Wonderful new and old friends  lots of fun </li></ul>
  23. 23. What you can and should do <ul><li>Participate in enrichment programs by CIES </li></ul><ul><li>Attend events in universities, communities, cities </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire new knowledge from various museums </li></ul><ul><li>Visit historical sites and monuments </li></ul><ul><li>Contemplate nature and animals in various national parks </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in various events related to national holidays </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free and brave to try new activities </li></ul>
  24. 24. Enrichment Programs <ul><li>Welcome Party </li></ul><ul><li>Washington DC “Symbolic” Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas Party with International Food </li></ul><ul><li>Oyster Hunt in Chesapeake Bay </li></ul><ul><li>Real American Cuisine (without Ketchup!) </li></ul><ul><li>Mount Vernon Tour (George Washington’s Mansion) </li></ul><ul><li>BB King Concert </li></ul><ul><li>Gershwin Opera “Porgy and Bess” </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with Think Tank Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Political Satirical Musical Show “Hexagon” </li></ul><ul><li>Party at the Peruvian Ambassador’s Residence </li></ul>
  25. 25. HISTORY
  26. 26. First British Settlement 1607 Jamestown, Virginia
  27. 27. Love story Jamestown, VA, 10/06/07
  28. 28. Colonial Times 17-18 centuries British colonies, North America
  29. 29. Time Machine Colonial Williamsburg, VA, 10/07/07
  30. 30. American Revolutionary War 1775-1783 13 British colonies, North America
  31. 31. The greatest man in the world
  32. 32. War of 1812 1812-1815 USA - British Empire
  33. 33. Inspiration story Fort McHenry, MD, 08/02/2008 Star-spangled Banner O! say can you see by the dawn's early light…
  34. 34. American Civil War 1861-1865 USA, Union - Confederacy
  35. 35. Revenge story Arlington Cemetery, VA, 04/12/2008
  36. 36. Respect of History Gettysburg, PA, 06/01/2008
  37. 37. World War II 1941-1945 Planet Earth
  38. 38. Historic Shot Sunset parade, USMC Memorial, VA, 07/12/2008
  39. 39. Friendship story Tidal Basin, DC
  40. 40. Admiration story Air and Space Natural History American History American Indian Zoological Park Hirshhorn Museum Portrait Gallery Freer Gallery of Art … 19 museums 9 research centers zoo Smithsonian Institution, DC
  41. 41. Ongoing Events present days DC area, USA
  42. 42. Be close to people making history
  43. 43. NATURE
  44. 44. For any taste Great Falls, VA, 05/04/2008 State College, PA, 05/31/2008 Harpers Ferry, WV, 09/07/2008 Shenandoah Mountains, VA, 10/20/2007 Luray Caverns, VA, 10/20/2007 GW Memorial Parkway, DC, 12/16/2007
  45. 45. Feel Closer to Younger Brothers Wild Animal Park, San Diego, CA, 09/20/2008 “ We are of the same blood, you and I”
  46. 46. The Most Dangerous Animal after Lions and Tiger Wild Animal Park, San Diego, CA, 09/20/2008
  47. 47. The most expensive animal San Diego Zoo, CA, 09/19/2008
  48. 48. Never too late DC, 03/15/08 Old man cactus, Botanical Garden, DC, 03/01/08
  50. 50. Reach the Sky New York, 03/28/08
  51. 51. Reach the Heavens
  52. 52. Reach the People National Archives Thomas Jefferson Memorial The Capitol Washington Memorial Abraham Lincoln Memorial
  53. 53. Peaceful Coexistence Central Park, New York Pentagon, Arlington, VA Pittsburgh, PA Chinatown, DC
  54. 54. CULTURE
  55. 55. Cultural Life <ul><li>Opera, ballet, theater, musical, shows </li></ul><ul><li>Concerts </li></ul><ul><li>International, music and many other types of festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Art museums and exhibitions </li></ul>
  56. 56. Inspiration Roof of Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, DC, 06/14/2008
  57. 57. Who is guilty? Domenichino , 1926, National Gallery of Art, DC
  58. 58. Touch, Push, Watch, Listen, Play, and Learn <ul><li>Natural History Museums </li></ul><ul><li>Science (Air and Space, Technology, Navy, Cryptology, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>History (American, Indian, African, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Military (Aircraft carrier, Submarines, Ships, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Museums of famous people and events </li></ul><ul><li>Museums just about everything </li></ul>
  59. 59. Military Toys On destroyer USS Barry, DC, 07/19/2008 Navy Museum, DC, 07/19/2008 National Cryptological Museum, MD, 08/02/2008 On aircraft carrier USS Midway, CA, 09/21/2008
  60. 60. Patriotism Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL, 09/02/2008
  61. 61. HOLIDAYS
  62. 62. Holidays <ul><li>Halloween </li></ul><ul><li>Thanksgiving </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas </li></ul><ul><li>Valentine’s day </li></ul><ul><li>Easter </li></ul><ul><li>Independence Day </li></ul>
  63. 63. Pumpkin Day Alexandria, VA, 10/31/2007
  64. 64. Looking for pumpkins… Hollin Farms,VA,10/28/2007 Somewhere on the street in Alexandria, VA
  65. 65. Have Fun by Making Fun of … Halloween, DC, 10/31/07
  66. 66. Light the world around you
  67. 67. Do not Judge by Appearance 9 m National Christmas Tree, DC, 12/25/2007
  68. 68. Do not Judge by Appearance 9 m National Christmas Tree, DC, 12/25/2007 03/12/2008
  69. 69. Easter
  70. 70. Waiting for the show
  71. 71. CUISINE
  72. 72. Yum-yum! All year around, US
  73. 73. Big, bigger, super big
  74. 74. Home made Rhubarb pie, 06/17/2008 For friend’s birthday, 06/26/2008 Cakes for my friends, 07/07/2008 To order a cake please email me! For cousin’s birthday 09/23/2008 For friend’s birthday 01/26/2008 For my friends, 09/28/2008 For my colleagues, 10/02/2008 For friends, 03/16/2008 Pakhlava, 12/31/2007
  75. 75. Proof Remains of summer tolma, eggplant dish and pakhlava, 12/07, DC
  76. 76. Fresh Harvest Larriland Farm, MD, 07/05/2008 Butler’s Orchard, 06/15/2008 Hollin Farms,VA,10/28/2007
  78. 78. Hospitable Visit the President every day!
  79. 79. Respectful and interested in other cultures Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA
  80. 80. Joyful Chicago, IL, 09/30/2008
  81. 81. Joyful Chicago, IL, 09/30/2008
  82. 82. Joyful Kite Festival, DC, 03/29/2008
  83. 83. Humorous
  84. 84. Spiteful Spite house, Alexandria, VA
  85. 85. Crime La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, CA, 09/21/2008
  86. 86. Crime La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, CA, 09/21/2008
  87. 87. Crime Navy Museum, DC, 07/19/2008 La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, CA, 09/21/2008
  88. 88. You are welcomed in the USA! Alexandria, VA, 10/07
  89. 89. Armenian Traces
  90. 90. Unveiling Myths about the US <ul><li>People are not friendly </li></ul><ul><li>US does not have a history </li></ul><ul><li>The food is not tasty </li></ul><ul><li>People are narrow-minded </li></ul><ul><li>People do not value family </li></ul><ul><li>There is lots of crime </li></ul><ul><li>There is not much interesting to see </li></ul>
  91. 91. Conclusion <ul><ul><li>Join the army of 300 000 Fulbrighters! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoy advantages, prestige, and fame of being one of us! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore the US – learn about people and cultures! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New country – new things to see and try! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New life – new possibilities to express yourself! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome to the US! </li></ul></ul>
  92. 92. My sincere thanks to <ul><li>Jeff Urban, Sanya and Anton Volskiy, Yuzhe Chen, Leah Casabianca, Georgy Fyodorov, Kefeng Ma, Jeanne and Dick Weiss, Marianne and Dick Urban, Lilit and Ruben Michigan, Jeanine Greene, Linda Heckert, Ken Bossong, Aram and Ashot Avagyan, Vera Shahkhatuni, Zaneta Bertot, Tao Yu, Shibu Abraham, Ajay Malia, and many many others! </li></ul>P.S. You made my life brighter
  93. 93. Questions?