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USTA Orientations September, 25-29 September, 2017

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.
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Fulbright Orientation in Vienna, September 19-22, 2017

Eighteen new US Fulbright student grantees and five scholars participated in the Fall 2017 US Fulbright orientation.
Newsletter July 2017
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Newsletter July 2017

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 at the Whitsun Dialogue at Seggau Castle
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Michaela Hoenicke-Moore at the Whitsun Dialogue at Seggau Castle

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.
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Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation and Heurigen 2017

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).
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A letter from the Executive Director: Stand for Fulbright

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.
Open Lecture on "Empowering the Diverse Learner Through Digital Storytelling" with Fulbright Specialist Dr. Olga DeJesus, June 21, 2017
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Open Lecture on "Empowering the Diverse Learner Through Digital Storytelling" with Fulbright Specialist Dr. Olga DeJesus, June 21, 2017

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.
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Ernst A. Breisach: In Memoriam

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.
The Bright Winds - US Embassy Vienna Concert with Fulbrighter Abby Yeakle Held (Oboe), May 22, 2017
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The Bright Winds - US Embassy Vienna Concert with Fulbrighter Abby Yeakle Held (Oboe), May 22, 2017

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.
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USTA Going-Away Heurigen 2017

Fulbright Austria said goodbye to more than 80 US Teaching Assistants (of the 150+ we manage) at the fourth annual USTA program going-away Heurigen on May 5, 2017.
William E. Wright: In Memoriam
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William E. Wright: In Memoriam

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.
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Fulbright Seminar in American Studies, 2017

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.
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US Fulbright Scholar Erik Anderson's Talk at Freud Museum, May 3, 2017

Fulbright- Freud Scholar Eric Anderson (Rhode Island School of Design) is giving a free lecture at the Sigmund Freud Museum on May 3 entitled "Color Cure: Freud, Optical Science, and Design Theory."
Berlin Seminar 2017
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Berlin Seminar 2017

Seven US Fulbright Students in Austria joined over 500 other Fulbrighters for the German-American Fulbright Commission's annual mid-year Berlin Seminar from March 26-30:
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Trude, Elvis and Fulbrighter James Forsher

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.
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"Sigmund Freud, Interior Decorator"

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.
Newsletter March 2017
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Newsletter March 2017

Read the new March edition of our newsletter for an orientation, upcoming application deadlines, a ball, migration-related highlights, the BeSt fair, alumni news and more!
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"Perhapsburg" US Fulbright Alumni Art Show

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.
Fulbrighters in the Migration Field
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Fulbrighters in the Migration Field

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:
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BeSt Fair 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!