Helmut Sohmen remains grateful to the Fulbright idea and has pledged a generous contribution to Fulbright Austria at a time when government budget restrictions everywhere are creating funding shortages. In typical Sohmen fashion, he wants to provide help when it is needed to give other youngsters chances in life similar to those he was privileged to enjoy. “After all, actions speak louder than words,” he says, “and I hope my fellow Fulbright Scholars and the politicians are listening.”
Our annual Thank Fulbright - Thanksgiving event on “Giving Tuesday” at the Glacis Beisl was a great success with more than 100 alumni, friends and associates of the Fulbright Program in attendance. Together we have so far raised more than €20,000, which will be doubled by incentive funding provided by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. Thank you for your generous contributions!
In Arthur und Lilly, Fulbright alumna Lilly Maier tells the poignant story of an Austrian Holocaust survivor and her friendship with him.
"I had a wonderful life," Arthur Kern muses, meaning his childhood in Vienna – up to that fateful moment in 1939, when at the age of just ten he is suddenly separated from his family. Hoping to save him from the Holocaust, his Jewish parents send him away to an unfamiliar world with a Kindertransport, or children's transport – a traumatic experience for the ten-year-old. He manages to escape to America via France, but he never sees his family again.
Do you want to celebrate Thanksgiving on “Giving Tuesday” with the Fulbright family? Fulbright Austria is inviting all alumni, friends, and associates of the program who respond to our second annual call for support this fall to a Thanksgiving dinner on November 27, 2018. This is a great time of the year to express our gratitude and to count our blessings, because as alumni of the Fulbright Program, we know how fortunate we are to have had such life-changing opportunities. We hope you will join us this year to rekindle your Fulbright experience.
Karin Schachner was born and raised in Upper Austria und enrolled at a young age in a vocational training program. After finishing her apprenticeship, she worked as a technical assistant while simultaneously completing her secondary school degree. Growing up in a small town, she yearned to live in a larger city and decided to move to Vienna to pursue her interests in studying art history. While completing her master’s degree, she worked part time as an administrative assistant in the office of the rectorate at the University of Vienna, where her responsibilities included scheduling the vice rector’s appointments, managing the rectorate’s events of the rectorate, and other common administrative duties. Before starting at Fulbright Austria, Karin was able to build a solid foundation in accountancy in a small firm in Vienna, where she was responsible for day-to-day business transactions and preparatory accounting tasks. Karin joined the Fulbright Austria team as a team assistant in October 2018 and is very excited to be working in an international environment.
Darrah Lustig graduated with a BA in German and European History from the University of Vermont in 2007. After graduating, she participated in the US Teaching Assistantship program that Fulbright Austria manages for the Austrian Ministry of Education. Darrah was on the front lines of promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding for two years in Wolfsberg, Carinthia, before returning to the US to complete an MA in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. Darrah returned to Austria and joined the Student Service Center at MODUL University Vienna in 2013 while simultaneously pursuing a Master’s in Advanced International Studies (MAIS) at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Darrah joined Fulbright Austria in September 2018.
The 2018-19 program year is off to a great start, and we are so pleased to have 75 Austrian and American grantees participating in the Fulbright Program this year, along with a record number of 154 US teaching assistants. The beginning of a new program year is also a time to take stock, and I want to take this opportunity to look back and to look ahead with you.
Over the last few weeks, this year’s US teaching assistants have been adjusting to their lives in Austria, and Program Officer Dune Johnson spent that time traveling to the various provinces to meet the 2018-19 cohort. For some, this month has marked their first intrepid steps into Austria’s vibrant culture, while others have returned for a second year to delve further into everything this beautiful Alpine country has to offer.
During the tour of the Bundesländer, Dune asked the USTAs to share their first impressions of Austria or, if they had returned for a second year, what they had missed while they were away for the summer. Below is a selection of their responses.
Moving to a new place always involves certain challenges, and while some feel at home right away, others must first surmount their initial apprehensions before they feel comfortable in a new setting. We asked two teaching assistants to share their orientation experiences with us: USTA Leah Bruce, who is residing in Steyr, Upper Austria, and FLTA Vanessa Erat, who is currently living in Norman, Oklahoma. Though their paths meandered along different routes, both have happily settled into their new adventure. Here are their stories.
Of the 153 US teaching assistants who will be teaching in schools in communities large and small all across Austria, 105 are first-year USTAs who attended the annual weeklong orientation seminar organized by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science, and Research. USTAs assigned to schools in Vienna, Lower Austria, Styria, and Burgenland attended orientation in St. Pölten, while those working in schools in Carinthia, Salzburg, Tirol, Vorarlberg, and Upper Austria learned about the program in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Participants at both orientations had a chance to learn about the Austrian school system, to put together lesson plans, to visit local classrooms, and to mingle with their fellow teaching assistants from the US and the UK. Congratulations to all first-year USTAs for successfully completing orientation; we look forward to an exciting school year!
The German-American Fulbright Commission was instrumental in the conception of the European Fulbright Diversity Initiative and hosted a conference in Berlin on September 22-23 with the generous support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the US Department of State. ECA as well as Fulbright commissions worldwide strive to ensure that the Fulbright Program reflects the diversity of US society and societies abroad, and they are committed to providing exchange opportunities for all segments of society under the auspices of the Fulbright Program. This event created a unique multinational forum for the various constituencies involved in European Fulbright programs to address a wide range of issues related to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Fulbright programming.
Twenty-one new US Fulbright Students and two US Scholars joined us for the fall 2018 US Fulbright orientation in Vienna. The fall 2018 US Fulbright orientation featured thought-provoking lectures and discussions in Fulbright Austria's Q21 offices with guests from the US Embassy Vienna, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Haus der Geschichte Österreich.
When he was a PhD candidate 55 years ago, Fulbright alumnus and historian Bruce Pauley received a grant to do research in Austria. It changed his life forever and provided him with the foundation for a distinguished career as a scholar and teacher. He visited Vienna in June to give a public talk about his life and career and to publicly announce his second major gift to Fulbright Austria.
Every year, the Fulbright US Scholar Program provides up to 25 academics with the opportunity to spend a semester at one of Fulbright Austria’s partner institutions, where they conduct research, teach, and advise students. Very often, their Fulbright experience extends far beyond the four months spent in Austria. As an international educational and cultural exchange program, the Fulbright US Scholar Program was designed to initiate contact between US academics and faculty and students at their host institutions and lay the ground for long-term collaborations. At the same time, the program wants to provide grantees with opportunities to build their academic careers and focus on their scholarship.
On June 22, it was time to say goodbye not only to the US Fulbright Students and Scholars who studied and taught in Austria during the past academic year but also to the Austrian Fulbright Students, Scholars, and FLTAs who will be going to the US this fall.
In this exhibit, US Fulbright alumni Franziska Brunner and Ross Lipton crossed boundaries of research and academic presentation to transfer their intellectual work into artistic practices, including visual art, installation, and sound design. They explored Arnold Schoenberg’s varied and far-reaching ideas of melody and harmony, which span from his early years in Vienna and Berlin to his later years in California. With approaches coming from the distantly related disciplines of historical musicology and comparative literature, Schoenberg the composer, artist, theorist, and pedagogue offered fruitful common ground for their creative and intellectual explorations. This experience was designed to provoke a dialogue about the relevance and value of new music and art in a world in which stark oppositions have become the norm.
Fulbright Austria is pleased to announce the following event on June 7: An American Historian´s View of the First Republic, 1918-1938, a talk by BRUCE PAULEY, University of Central Florida, moderated by Heidemarie Uhl, Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Our Summer Fest on June 6, 2018 was a great success with more than 80 guests, Fulbright Austria alumni and friends, in attendance. With 25 auction items, a video screening of “Good Bye Schmidgasse” and great catering, friends and supporters of Fulbright Austria from near and far raised more than €6,500 for Fulbright Austria programs – including the donations made to our Annual Alumni Fund.
What is my individual worldview, what part of my brain do I use when I communicate, and how can I adapt my communication and leadership style to accommodate individuals with different perspectives and styles? These questions and more were dealt with at the first annual regional-advisor workshop, attended by the outgoing 2017/18 regional advisors and their incoming 2018/19 counterparts.
Fulbright Austria said goodbye to more than 80 US teaching assistants (of the 150+ we manage) at the fifth annual USTA program going-away Heurigen in early May. Executive Director Lonnie Johnson and USTA program officer Dune Johnson were on hand for a festive evening full of Tracht (traditional dress) at the 10er Marie Heurigen.
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.
Dune spent his formative years in various European countries, lived in a variety of different states in the U.S., and studied abroad in the course of getting his BA in Theater & Dance with a focus on Language Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving his degree, he decided to return to Europe, first taking on an internship at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin followed by a position in the Student Services department at IES Abroad Vienna. Subsequently, he worked as a language trainer and was involved in the coordination of English summer camps in Austria. He then established himself as a professional translator, editor and writer, working with an international array of clients to craft contracts, essays, theses, and other content related to wide-ranging topics and fields before joining the Fulbright Austria team.
With his colleague Belona Berchtaler currently on leave, Dune has assumed responsibility as the program officer for both the USTA and FLTA programs and is looking forward to getting to know the American citizens who come to Austria to teach and their Austrian counterparts assisting in German language classrooms in universities around the US.
Fulbright Austria and BOKU – Universität for Bodenkultur Wien (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) celebrated the 10th anniversary of their partnership this week. On this occasion, Elowyn Yager, the current Fulbright-University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Visiting Professor gave a public lecture on “Rivers, rocks, fish, and floods.” In her lecture, Elowyn explored some of the physical processes that occur in rivers from short (turbulence) to long (mountain erosion) timescales. She also examined how ecological and human activities impact rivers.
NAWI Graz and Fulbright Austria have successfully collaborated since 2010, when they invited the first Fulbright-NAWI Graz Visiting Professor to Austria under the auspices of the Fulbright US Scholar Program. This productive and successful exchange has led to the conclusion of a new joint-project: This year, NAWI Graz and Fulbright Austria will launch the Fulbright-NAWI Graz Role Models Program, which will allow NAWI Graz to host a “Fully Field-Funded Fulbright Specialist” for two to six weeks.
Five Fulbright Austria staff members spent four days advising hundreds of students about opportunities to study in the USA with Fulbright and EducationUSA. We also held a special workshop on writing personal statements and more for US university applications, and a talk on the Fulbright Program and other scholarship opportunities! Our presence at the fair was supported by a special grant from the US Embassy Vienna.
Sixteen new US Fulbright scholars participated in the two-day February 2018 US Fulbright Scholars orientation, which included lectures and discussions with Fulbright alumni and representatives of the U.S. Embassy Vienna in Fulbright Austria's MQ – 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.
The department of computer science and security at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten will host a Fulbright U.S. Scholar. Beginning with the academic year 2019-20, U.S. Scholars with a background in cyber security will have the opportunity to teach and research in St. Pölten for one academic semester. The University of Applied Sciences St Pölten and Fulbright Austria formally concluded this agreement in January 2018.
We celebrated the Fulbright Austria debut at the Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften on January 27, 2018! This ball "represents Vienna’s science and research community in its excellence and diversity" and was a wonderful opportunity for Fulbright Austria board members, program participants and alumni to mingle with fellow representatives of Austria's premier science and research institutions.
On January 25, 2018, 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.
Alexandra Ganser, who is an Alumna of the Fulbright FLTA program (University of Oklahoma at Norman, 2003/04), was appointed professor for American literary and cultural studies at the University of Vienna in October 2017.
We're wrapping up a busy and exciting year at Fulbright Austria! Take a look at our last newsletter of 2017 to scroll through our Year in Review and read about our latest LLM fair, this year's Fulbright Prize and new staff.
Irina Pichler is a native of Vienna, where she grew up and has lived nearly all of her life with her family. After her university education in humanities (which was a long time ago) she worked as a librarian in Vienna. After maternity leave, she spent several years working in business management and in the field of university, education and science institutions.
The Austrian Fundraising Verband’s (FVA) annual appeal to the business community for support includes profiling 50 NGOs in a special “guide for donors” (Spendenguide). Preview the Fulbright Austria profile with a testimonial by Fulbright alumna Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, MBA, CEO of Infineon Austria and learn more about this great initiative at www.spendenguide.at.
More than 80 guests joined Fulbright Austria in celebrating Thanksgiving on "Giving Tuesday" (November 28) at Pfarrwirt Wien. Austrian and American Fulbright alumni from six decades mingled with friends of the Fulbright Program over a traditional dinner co-hosted by Fulbright Austria and the Austrian Fulbright Alumni Association.
We welcomed representatives from 18 US law schools to Vienna as part of an EducationUSA tour with stops in Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, Oslo, Zagreb, Prague and Dublin. Students and professionals from across Austria and Central Europe joined us to talk to the law school reps and discuss scholarship opportunities with advisers from Fulbright Austria.
Reuben Hudson, currently Fulbright-Visiting Professor at NAWI Graz, has created an event series dedicated to Green Chemistry topics. NAWI Graz cordially invites interested students, scholars, and experts from the public sector and industry to these four “NAWI Graz: Connecting with…” talks with scientists from Canada, who share their expertise on various aspects of Green Chemistry on November 8, November 22, December 6, and December 13.
This year's Fulbright Prize in American Studies has been awarded to Yvonne Kaisinger for her doctoral thesis on “An Ocean of Words: Literature and the Environment on Caribbean and Pacific Islands” (University of Salzburg) and to Amelie Schmid for her master thesis “Is Girls Feminist? Analyzing ‘The Voice of a Generation’” (University of Salzburg). The recipients were honored for their achievements at the annual conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies at Schloss Leopoldskron on November 3, 2018.
We're pleased to present five new Fulbright – Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Awards for full-time research and/or study. These awards are generously funded by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation and intended for PhD candidates and post-bachelor students in STEM disciplines and related fields.
146 US teaching assistants arrived in Austria and started teaching on October 1. USTA Program Officer Belona Berchtaler is travelling around the country to meet and welcome the new USTAs to their provinces – from Vienna to Vorarlberg. For these events Fulbright Austria teamed up with the City of Vienna, the Austro-American Societies in Upper Austria, Salzburg, and Tyrol as well as the American Corner Innsbruck at the University of Innsbruck.
The Fulbright program is at a critical juncture in its history, and we need your support. Learn about the new engagement and fundraising initiatives of Fulbright Austria in this special edition newsletter!
US Fulbright Scholar Joseph Malherek will be giving a talk on "Victor Gruen, Austrian Emigration to the United States after World War II, and the Creation of the Shopping Mall" at the 70th Anniversary of the Austro-American Society for Styria, on October 13, 2017.
More than 100 US teaching assistants (USTAs) in Austria participated in two orientations held in Hollabrunn and Saalbach Hinterglemm by the Pädagogische Hochschulen of Lower Austria and Salzburg respectively and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education (BMB), in conjunction with the respective provincial Boards of Education (Landesschulräte).
Fulbright Austria hosted an afternoon of brainstorming, discussion, and fun for the second-year teaching assistants to start the new school year off with enthusiasm. The afternoon was followed by a reception where first-year teaching assistant mingled with second-year teaching assistants and asked them for advice.
Fulbright Austria is saddened to announce the passing of Eva (Jorda) Schussek, the legendary American Program Assistant of the Austrian Fulbright Commission, on September 18, 2017. “Frau Schussek” – as she was known to the some 1,400 U.S. Fulbrighters she assisted in the course of her thirty-five years of service from 1954 until 1989 – was instrumental helping generations of American Fulbright grantees get to Austria and get settled in Austria. Throughout the years, she advised them with great patience, concern, and good humor on the peculiarities of Austrian manners, mores, and institutions: before and after their arrivals and during their stays.
Are you looking for an opportunity to give back with your knowledge and expertise? Become a member of the alumni advisory panel and advise Fulbright Austria on current alumni fundraising initiatives, discussions and projects.
In June, Mag.(FH) Ruth Gabler joined the Fulbright Austria team as Fundraising and Development Officer. As a Fulbright alumna she is looking forward to the opportunity of engaging the community and the more than 9,000 alumni of all of Fulbright Austria’s programs on both sides of the Atlantic.
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! Another outcome of this agreement was a summer program, in which, according to a press release, "Food science students from the U of A's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, as well as students from other countries, participated in an innovative two-week short course, Food Science and Culinary Arts to Maximize Food Quality, at the Technical University of Graz in Austria for U.S. and European students during the summer.
Two orientations for the incoming USTAs and Fubright Combined Grantees will be held in Saalbach-Hinterglemm for USTAs living and teaching in western Austria and in Hollabrunn for USTAs living and teaching in eastern Austria. During this week USTAs will work in small groups with actual Austrian secondary school teachers to learn about the Austrian education system and what to expect in the coming year. By invitation only.
Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Eugene S. Young hosted a Fulbright reception that proved to be a highlight of US Orientation Week. More than 80 US Fulbright grantees, “homecoming” Austrian grantees, members of the Fulbright Austria board, representatives of institutions that collaborate with Fulbright Austria, and other friends and associates of the Fulbright Program in Austria met for an evening of networking and socializing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Fulbright Austria will host an afternoon of brainstorming, discussion, and just plain fun for the second-year teaching assistants to start the new school year off with enthusiasm. The program will include group activities were TAs can share what lessons and strategies worked best for them in the previous year, as well as share what ideas they have for making their second year even better than the first. The afternoon will be followed by a reception where first-year teaching assistant can mingle with and ask advice from second-year teaching assistants.
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.