The deadlines for the Austrian and US Fulbright Scholars Programs are approaching fast! Learn about exciting talks scholars gave this semester, look at pictures from the annual pre-departure orientation and going-away heurigen, and get ready to stand for Fulbright in this summer edition of the Fulbright Austria Newsletter.
Michaela Hoenicke-Moore (University of Iowa), this year’s US Scholar Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies, was invited to participate in this year's biannual Whitsun Dialogue at Seggau Castle. The event was dedicated to the topic “Europe. USA. 3.0 – Values. Interests. Perspectives” and inspired by the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan.
The 2017-18 Austrian Fulbright students, Scholars and FLTAs spent the afternoon in pre-departure orientation sessions, then met up with the homeward-bound 2016-17 US Fulbright Students and Scholars for a going-away party at a traditional Viennese Heurigen (wine tavern).
Dear Alumni, Friends, and Associates of the Austrian-American Fulbright Program,
We are at a critical juncture in the history of the Fulbright Program that calls for action. The Administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 that came out on May 23 is based on a $54 billion increase in defense spending that is to be offset by a $54 billion decrease in non-defense programs. This proposed budget entails cuts over 30% to the State Department including a 47% cut to the Fulbright Program. A unilateral cut of these dimensions to the Fulbright Program – from $236 million to $148 million – would have devastating consequences. Furthermore, it would shake the confidence of the long-standing partner governments with binational commissions that contribute over $100 million annually to the program.
Noted historiographer and professor at Western Michigan University Ernst A. Breisach (1923-2016) first came to the United States in 1951–52 on a Fulbright scholarship to study the American higher education system.
US Fulbright Student Abby Yeakle Held (Oboe) will be joined by Natalie Douglass (Horn, alumna of Fulbright Hungary) & Alfredo Ovalles (Piano) for Bright Winds, a U.S. Embassy Vienna concert celebrating Fulbright experiences and presenting gems of the Romantic chamber repertoire and works by American composers.
Two-time Fulbright alumnus and historian William E. Wright was among that pioneering generation of Fulbrighters who participated in the earliest years of Austrian-American exchanges in the early 1950s. He went on to found the Center of Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota and contribute significantly to scholarship and mutual understanding between Austria and the USA.
Did you know that the Jewish Museum Vienna's new special exhibition, "Trude und Elvis. Wien – Memphis – Hollywood," has a Fulbright connection? James Forsher, a film scholar and filmmaker based in Seattle, WA, was a Fulbright Specialist at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt in 2015. During his time in Austria, James also collaborated with Austrian director Kurt Langbein on the documentary" Elvis and the Girl From Vienna/Elvis und das Mädchen aus Wien," a film about his mother Trude Forsher, who fled Vienna in 1939 and eventually became Elvis Presley’s secretary and helped shape the early years of his career.
Austria has played a central role in some recent conversations about global migration, and US and Austrian Fulbrighters in fields ranging from social work to art are deeply involved in many facets of the discussion. Read more about recent Fulbrighters' work in the migration field here:
This discussion with Fulbright Specialist in Migration Dr. Olga DeJesus (Mercy College) will explore applications of engaging, multimedia-rich digital stories to generate interest, attention and motivation for the "digital generation" students in today’s classrooms. The discussion will be held in Q21's Raum D in the Vienna MQ on Wednesday, June 21 and is organized by Fulbright Austria and the University College of Teacher Education Vienna.
More than 70 US and Austrian students, scholars and teaching assistants participated in this year’s Fulbright Seminar in American Studies; a three-day long intellectual mountain retreat and the highlight of the Austrian Fulbright calendar.
Current Fulbrighters and members of the Austrian Fulbright Alumni Association enjoyed a short talk by Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar Eric Anderson (Rhode Island School of Design) and a special tour of "'The Apartment is Doing Well:” the Freuds at Berggasse 19" at the Sigmund Freud Museum on March 30.
US Fulbright alumni Tashrika Sharma and Alexander McCargar conceived of and created "Perhapsburg," a show of artwork "exploring Vienna not only as it currently exists but into what it could have been and what it can still become." According to their joint artists' statement, "These transformative misinterpretations foreordained by our research interests allowed us to transcend Vienna’s physical appearance." The show was held in Q21's Raum D in the MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien and attracted over 80 visitors to its one-day opening on March 24, 2017.
Thousands of students, 35 hours, four days, four Fulbright Austria staff members, two presentations, one workshop, five US universities: Read more about our presence at the BeSt³ - Die Messe für Beruf, Studium und Weiterbildung 2017 and our first collaboration to bring US universities to the fair!
Austrian Student Program Officer Martina Laffer will be participating in an event organized by the University of Salzburg to promote programs for students, teaching assistants and scholars, on March 15.
Ten new US Fulbright scholars participated in the two-day February 2017 US Fulbright Scholars orientation, which included lectures and discussions with Fulbright alumni and representatives of the US Embassy Vienna in Fulbright Austria's MuseumsQuartier Wien/Q21 offices, a walking tour of Vienna's historic Ringstrasse, and a reception with current US Fulbrighters, Austrian Fulbright candidates, alumni, institutional partners and friends, and more.
In honor of Black History Month, the US Embassy Vienna and American Corner Innsbruck are hosting a screening of "Race" and a discussion with US Fulbright Scholar Michaela Hoenicke Moore (University of Iowa) on February 22.
On January 26, 2017, Fulbright Austria program participants took part an an annual tradition and attended the TU Wien Ball in the magnificent Hofburg Palace in Vienna. It is a highlight to see everyone dressed up and enjoying a long-standing Austrian tradition. There are even special tables reserved for Fulbrighters and alumni in the gallery next to the main ballroom, and the Austrian Fulbright Alumni Association gives Vienna-based Fulbrighters a crash course in ballroom dance beforehand. The next day, ball goers and the president and "first lady" of the Austrian Alumni Association meet again at Fulbright Austria's MQ/Q21 office to enjoy a relaxed brunch together and share the stories of the night before.
A book, a project, an exchange agreement: it's exciting to see the multifaceted, lasting institutional and artistic fruits of a single short Fulbright stay in Austria! Read about US Scholar alum and photographer Keith Kovach (University of Central Florida, Fulbright-MQ/Q21 Artist-in-Residence 2015) and the many outcomes of his Fulbright grant, including an intriguing new art project comparing historical and modern Austrian cityscapes.
US and Austrian Scholar Program Officer Dr. Susanne Hamscha will be taking part in a Alumnae/i Roundtable: Professional Careers with a Ph.D. in English and American Studies, on Friday, January 20, 12:00 noon, at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna.
US Fulbright Scholar Marciana L. Popescu will be giving an open lecture together with her colleague Markus Frischhut on "Current Challenges of Migration. Social, Legal and Ethical Perspectives", on Wednesday, January 18, 5 p.m. MCI, Universitätsstraße 15.
Fulbright alumnus Gernot Wolfgang's most recent album, PASSING THROUGH (TROY1624, 2016), was nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY® Award in the category Best Classical Compendium. Gernot studied at Berklee College of Music in 1987 as a Austrian Fulbright Student.
Fulbright-IFK Junior Fellow Ross Lipton is giving a talk at the IFK exploring the relationship between architectural and musical practices at the turn of the 20th century and how their approach to unity in form are both reflections and critiques of the conditions of urban modernity.
Professor Rebecca Rovit (University of Kansas), the current Fulbright-Internationales Forschungszentrum für Kulturwissenschaften Senior Visiting Fellow, was invited to speak during the opening of a reception Dr. Michael Häupl, the Mayor of Vienna, hosted for more than 630 international scholars and scientists at Vienna's City Hall on December 5.
US Fulbright Scholar Justin McBrayer (Fort Lewis College, CO/University of Innsbruck) is giving a talk on "A Value Argument Against Incompatibilism" on Wednesday, November 16, 8 pm, Seminarraum VI, Dr. Karl-Rahner-Platz 3.
Fulbright Austria is well represented in the most recent edition of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Austrian Studies Newsmagazine with an article on the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of the Fulbright Program in 1946; its relationship to Austrian Studies in the USA; and the establishment of the Center for Austrian Studies at the U of M. This edition also includes features or book reviews related to Fulbright or Fulbright-Hays alumni Gary Cohen, Pieter Judson, Tara Zahra, and John Deak, and an interview with Fulbright Austria alumna and board member Roberta Maierhofer!
We are pleased to welcome the first cohort of Community-Based Combined Fulbright Grantees to Austria! This new grant is one of the first service-learning focused awards in the Fulbright Program and provides four US students per year with opportunities for social engagement, service learning and volunteering in Austrian institutions of civil society. Read more about the inaugural Community-Based Combined Grantees:
Two US Fulbright alumnae and a current Fulbright US Student have been awarded the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship, named for retiring Congressman Charles B. Rangel. Another US Fulbright alumna received a similar fellowship, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Both of these competitive fellowships provide generous scholarships for graduate study, as well as mentoring and summer internship opportunities, and prepare fellows for a career in the US Foreign Service. Read more about the fellowship-winning Fulbrighters in their own words:
Dr. Susanne Hamscha joined the team at Fulbright Austria this July and will use her expertise in the Austrian and American academic landscapes to assist scholars on both sides of the Atlantic and ensure that their Fulbright experience will be successful and memorable.
In August, Mag. Belona Berchtaler joined the Fulbright Austria team as Program Officer responsible for the Austrian and US Teaching Assistantship Programs. As a Fulbright alumna she is looking forward to facilitating unique opportunities to young graduates interested in education from both sides of the Atlantic.
The Fulbright Austria Team was pleased to welcome 26 second-year US Teaching Assistants to the office in q21/MQ for a workshop on lessons learned and best practices in teaching led by Program Officer Belona Berchtaler, and a session on EducationUSA resources introduced by EducationUSA Adviser Molly Roza. It was great to see all of our seasoned USTAs and connect with more than 30 new ones, that joined us for a glass of wine on the balcony.
Over 100 new USTAs got oriented in beautiful Saalbach Hinterglemm and historic St Pölten Austria before starting their new positions as TAs in secondary school classrooms across all nine Austrian provinces. Executive Director Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Program Officer Belona Berchtaler, and Program Assistant Betsy Akins welcomed the new cohort as part of the Fulbright Austria community.
Twenty-two new US Fulbright student grantees and seven scholars participated in the Fall 2016 US Fulbright orientation, which included lectures and discussions in Fulbright Austria's Q21 offices, a walking tour of the Vienna's Ringstrasse, a reception at the home of U.S. Embassy Vienna Deputy Chief of Mission Eugene Young, and a field trip to the beautiful Stift Klosterneuburg.
Fulbright Austria executive director, Lonnie R. Johnson, will be giving a talk on “Philosophy, Politics, Money, and Memory: The Fulbright Program at Seventy, 1946-2016”, at the University of Arkansas on November 2 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program.
US Fulbright Alumni Andy Proctor who was a visiting professor at NAWI Graz last semester held a seminar on his recent Fulbright sabbatical in Graz with a discussion on the related national and local Food Science teaching/research programs and regional food industries at the University of Arkansas.
It may be the "Summerloch," but we're still busy here at Fulbright Austria! Read our August 2016 newsletter for opportunities in the US (apply by October 30!), international lectures, new institutional partners, 5 things you should know about the Fulbright Act, and more.
On June 17, Austrian Fulbright students, scholars and FLTAs spent the afternoon in pre-departure orientation sessions, then met up with the US students and scholars for a going-away party at a traditional Viennese wine tavern (Heurigen).
It's the 70th anniversary of The Fulbright Program! The Fulbright Act that made it possible was signed 70 years ago today and on this festive occasion, our resident historian Dr. Lonnie R. Johnson has summed up the five most important things about the Fulbright Act.
Prof. Robert Trim (Utah Valley University) will be sharing his extensive experience in television, film and the Sundance Film Festival with students at FH St. Pölten this summer through the Fulbright Specialists Program.
Prof. Andy Proctor from the Department of Food Science at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, spent the fall semester of the 2015-16 program year as the Fulbright-NAWI Graz Visiting Professor in the Natural Sciences. This Fulbright award is jointly sponsored by the Technical University Graz and the Karl Franzens University Graz to enhance collaboration between these two institutions in the natural sciences (Naturwissenschaften, hence the acronym NAWI). Professor Proctor and his combined teaching and research project, "Integrating Basic and Applied Food Chemistry," were well received in Graz and led to fruitful discussions between the TU Graz and the University of Arkansas about institutionalizing more extensive collaboration and cooperation in the future. One of the outcomes of Prof. Proctor’s Fulbright award is a collaborative agreement between the University of Arkansas and TU Graz to promote joint research and bilateral student mobility in the food sciences that was signed in Graz on June 22. Fulbright Austria is proud to be associated with these partners and this outcome!
One of the goals for US Scholar Judson Clements (Appalachian State University/MCI) for his Fulbright grant was to implement a dual degree Master's program between the two institutions. The mission of the dual program is to provide graduate education in two-country and two-university environments in order to graduate future interdisciplinary science and engineering experts.
US Fulbright Scholar Christian Renschler (University at Buffalo) will be giving a Fulbright lecture on "Keys to Integrated Extreme Events Management", at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, on June 10, 9 a.m.
We unveiled a new website and overall design at the 65th anniversary celebration. The website is straightforward, fresh, and easy to navigate, with a relational red and blue color scheme based on Austria’s Rot-Weiss-Rot and the American Stars and Stripes. The design allows us to emphasize what this program is about: people and partnerships. These bright people and bright partners with whom Fulbright Austria is associated provide the basis for our claim: Full of Bright Minds. It has been a pleasure to connect (or re-connect) with so many of the bright minds in our community over the course of our 65th anniversary year!
Fulbright Alumna Austrian architect and architectural critic Judith Eiblmayr and Iris Meder will give a guided tour of the history of Herrengasse, its building and neighborhood on Thursday, June 9, 6.30 pm.
Heather Beardsley's work deals with the aesthetics of data and statistics, whether they are
related to American football or geographical renderings. By creating her own languages for
visualizing these statistics she allows for their meaning and importance to be reinterpreted.
Fulbright Women´s Roundtable presents DI Dr. Judith Eiblmayr (Architect; Fulbright- University of Minnesota Visiting Scholar Alumna) "My Home is my Castle: The Legacy of Suburbia" Monday, May 23, 2016, 6:00 pm Museumsquartier, Raum D 1070 Wien (U2/U3 Volkstheater).
Fulbright Austria and the University of Graz together with the Center for Austrian Studies (University of Minnesota) is inviting Alumni of their programs to a gathering on May 23, 6 p.m., Surly Brewery.
Fulbright Austria Student Schima Labitsch has been awarded the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award for her essay on "Deconstructing growth: The why, what, and how any alternative to growth must consist of." Labitsch is currently enrolled in a graduate program in International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University.
US and Austrian Fulbright students, scholars, FLTAs and USTAs have submitted beautiful images to the 2016 Fulbright Austria photo contest! Please vote for your favorite by "liking" it on Facebook: the photo that gets the most likes by noon on May 30 will be the winner.
Fulbright Austria is hosting the constitutive assembly of the European Association of Study Abroad (EUASA) on Friday May 6, 2016. EUASA members are the national associations of resident directors of study abroad programs. This is an initiative that fosters collaboration of study abroad providers on a European level, and demonstrates the impact that study abroad students have on the European economy and university landscape.
US Fulbright Scholar Douglas Creed (The University of Rhode Island/Vienna University of Economics and Business) is giving a talk on "Partnership und the Treaty: Race Relations and Institutional Work in Nursing Organizations" on Tuesday, April 26, 4 pm, WU, Department of Management.
US Scholar Lee Thomason (The Ohio State University/Management Center Innsbruck) is giving a keynote speech for a panel discussion on Alternative Financial Sources for Innovative Entrepreneurship during the 12th European Business & Investment Forum on April 21.
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York hosted a reception for Austrian and US Fulbright grantees and alumni from the metropolitan area as well as friends, associates, and partners of Fulbright Austria to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Fulbright exchanges between Austria and the United States and to acknowledge the generous support of the Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation for the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe.
Fulbright Austrian Scholar and fisheries scientist Dr. Rafaela Schinegger spent a semester at Michigan State University exploring the impact of humans on rivers and river fish and how fish populations respond to different ecological stresses. While on her Fulbright grant, she initiated a new partnership entitled CROSSFISH, which connects her home university, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria (BOKU), with Michigan State.
US Fulbright Scholar alum and food scientist Andy Proctor organized and taught seminars in communication and networking to NAWI Graz students. His home institution, the University of Arkansas, has written up a nice feature on this collaboration.
We are excited to announce that Agnes Scott College is one of our new Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship partner institutions! Starting this fall, we'll be sending Austrian FLTAs to Agnes Scott (along with our other 9+ partner institutions).
The Austrian Studies Association is holding its annual conference in Vienna this week! Fulbright Austria is pleased to be co-sponsoring the event (along with Universität Wien, OeAD, Wien Museum, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, U.S. Embassy Vienna and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation) and to welcome the many alumni who will be participating in "Österreich – USA Künstlerischer und interkultureller Dialog" over the next four days.
Fulbright Austria Alumna, Prof. Alexandra Ganser, will be giving a lecture on "Stranger than TV Reading Twin Peaks as Prequel to the Y2K Television Series" on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:oo pm, Amerika Haus.
Admission is free.
Fulbrighters have been winning awards for their work on extraterritorial migration controls, saving freshwater fish, expounding on the pop cultural impact of Star Trek and more this year! Read about it in the March 2016 Fulbright Austria Newsletter.
Congratulations to Fulbright Austria Student Fabiane Baxewanos for winning the Austrian Academy of Sciences' 2015 Prize on Migration Research for her dissertation on “Closing the Gap: State Responsibility in Europe’s Extraterritorial Migration Control.”
Have you ever wondered what kind of projects Fulbrighters in and from Austria are working on? This short video follows a few of our Austrian and American Fulbright students, scholars, teaching assistants (FLTAs and USTAs) and an alumna through their classrooms, labs and lives.
The Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation has extended its support for the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe at the WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business with an award of $ 150,000 for an additional three years: 2016-17 to 2018-19.
Fulbright Austria EducationUSA Educational Advisor Molly Roza and Program Assistant Elizabeth Akins will be participating in the International Fair at TU Wien (Freihaus, Wiedner Hauptstraße 8-10) on December 1, 10:00-15:00. Austrian Student Program Officer, Martina Laffer will be giving a talk on "Studieren in den USA mit Fulbright Stipendien".
Fulbright Austria is pleased to announce that Keith Kovach, the 2015 Fulbright-Q21/MQ Artist-in-Residence from the University of Central Florida, has published a book entitled “Vienna in the Winter: A Visceral Experience of Time and Place" based on images he created during his grant from Fulbright Austria and Q21/Museumsquartier.
The Austrian-American Educational Commission is pleased to announce the board of the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation’s Institute for Austrian-American Studies has awarded the Austrian Fulbright Commission $ 120,000 to extend funding for Austrian and American Fulbright-Botstiber Scholar awards for an additional three years.
Austrian Student Program Officer, Martina Laffer and EducationUSA Advisor, Molly Roza will be giving a talk on "Studieren in den USA - Fulbright - Stipendien und andere Optionen" at the OeAD (OeAD-GmbH, Ebendorferstraße 7, 1010 Wien) on November 24, 6 pm. Admission is free.
We are pleased to invite our current program participants, all alumni, and many institutional partners to take part in celebrating 65 years of Fulbright Austria! Register now to join us in the MQ on November 19:
We were pleased to host part of the first EducationUSA LLM tour in Western Europe on November 10, 2015! The LLM Fair at the Juridicum Wien provided an opportunity for local students to meet representatives from 20 US law schools; and, in turn, enabled US representatives to meet highly qualified and motivated European students.
Fulbright-NAWI Graz Visiting Professor in the Natural Sciences, Prof. Andrew Proctor, from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will be giving his inaugural talk on “Integrating Basic and Applied Sciences to Develop Competitive Research & Education Programs: A Personal Perspective” on Tuesday, October 13th 2015, 5:00 PM at the University of Graz (SR 03.K1, Universitätsplatz 1). RSVP: email@example.com
The Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC welcomed friends and alumni of Fulbright Austria to a reception celebrating 65 years of the Fulbright Program in Austria, held in conjunction with the 39th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, on October 3, 2015:
H.E. Ambassador Wesner and her husband Blaine invited the newly-arrived US Fulbright students and scholars; recently-returned Austrian Fulbright students, scholars and TAs; and friends and partners of Fulbright Austria to a festive and cordial reception at their home in honor of The Fulbright Program.
Twenty-one new US Fulbright student grantees and four scholars participated in the fall 2015 US Fulbright orientation, which included lectures and discussions in Fulbright Austria's Q21 offices, a reception held by H.E. Ambassador Alexa Wesner, a walking tour of Vienna's Ringstrasse, and a field trip to the beautiful Wachau valley.
Betty Castor, Vice Chair and Chair-elect of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, has just published a piece on the importance and impact of the Fulbright Program in the Huffington Post that also underlines the contributions of partner governments to the program.
Executive Director Dr. Lonnie Johnson spoke about “The Fulbright Program in Transition, 1989-2014” at the "J. William Fulbright in International Perspective: Liberal Internationalism and US Global Influence" conference at the University of Arkansas's Diane D. Blair Center for Southern Politics and Society.
The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations and their Subcommittes on State-Foreign Relations have provided some good news in the recent fight to reverse the proposed 30 million dollar cut to the Fulbright Program (see SaveFulbright.org, an initiative of concernced Fulbright alumni, for more information).
The Fulbright Program was awarded the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation on June 12, 2014, as announced by the Prince of Asturias Foundation. Widely considered to be “Spain’s Nobel Prize,” the Prince of Asturias Award exists “to reward scientific, technical, cultural, social, and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions.”