Louisiana Chapter of the Fulbright Association

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Welcome to the Louisiana Chapter!

Welcome to the Louisiana Chapter!

The Louisiana Chapter is excited to introduce our brand new website. Through this website, we hope to better connect with Louisiana’s community of Fulbright alumni and friends of international education. If you are a Fulbright Association member in Louisiana and would like to join the Chapter, just click here to get started. If you are not yet a Fulbright Association member, click here to join today!

The Louisiana Chapter of the Fulbright Association is a statewide chapter serving Fulbright alumni and friends of international exchange. The chapter is focused on hosting engaging programs and events for Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbright students and scholars throughout Louisiana. We primarily hosts events in Auburn and Montgomery.

If you would like more information on our chapter, just shoot us an e-mail at louisiana@fulbrightchapters.org. We hope to hear from you soon!

Nan Rides for Fulbright: An Update

Nan Rides for Fulbright: An Update

Almost halfway through her journey, Nan McEntire is going strong on her “Ride for Fulbright“. After completing over 1320 miles, Nan is currently in Kansas and making her way through the Midwest.

Nan’s route across America

Officially departing on May 12th, the first mission of Nan’s journey was making it through California. She enjoyed seeing a traditional dipping wheel in the Pacific Ocean on Manhattan Beach, and struggled through a gale of strong winds in Palm Springs. “The wind was constant at about 30 miles per hour,” she reports. “I don’t weigh that much, and I about got blown off the bike!” Nan stayed resolute and made it through.

Nan is riding to raise awareness and donations for the Fulbright Association, and what better way to keep true to her mission than by meeting Fulbrighters along the way? In Los Angeles, Nan was able to meet with Greater LA Chapter Vice President Jalal Awan, who treated her to dinner and presented her with a bouquet of flowers for good luck. (Nan hopes to meet Jalal’s sister as well when she gets to Kansas!) In Arizona, she met Fulbrighters Rick Szal and Nancy Currey, board leaders from the local Chapter. Nan has been grateful from the warm hospitality she has received from the Fulbright community. The opportunity to talk about Fulbright, travel, international issues, as well as share stories, breaks up the long journey and keeps her goal front and center. A Chapter president herself, the bike ride is an exciting, if unusual, chance to network with other local associations!

The Fulbright Association is so grateful for Nan’s “Ride for Fulbright” and all the support we have received so far. Fulbrighters from all corners of the network have shared words of encouragement.

“Great cause,” says John Sherwood. “Keep pedaling your velo, fahrrad, bicicletta, велосипед, 自行车, or whatever language is spoken in the countries Fulbrighters come from or travel to.”

Renee Cooper commented, “Thank you Nan for continuing the FULBRIGHT mission! As a 2013 Fulbright Lecturer Scholar I share your sentiments and passion! #StandForFulbright #Fulbright #FulbrightGNY. Ride on!!!”

“Representatives of the Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter of the Fulbright Association are hoping to catch up with Nan in Niles, OH in mid-June,” wrote Chapter president Timothy Austin. “Looking forward to cheering you on!”

On behalf of the Fulbright Association office in DC, we would like to join the chorus and give a heartfelt “Go Nan!” If you would like to make a pledge for Nan or leave your own words of encouragement, click here.

–Alison Aadland

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Chapter Spotlight: Greater Los Angeles

Chapter Spotlight: Greater Los Angeles

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Fulbright Association held its Fulbright Film Festival on May 4th, 2019. Held in collaboration with the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) and supported by the Bureau Of Educational And Cultural Affairs Of The U.S. Department Of State, the Fulbright Association – Los Angeles Film Festival showcased extraordinary films made through the creative contributions of Fulbrighters. After months of planning, and thanks to the efforts of volunteers across the state, the 8-hour festival was a resounding success.

“This is an activity that has been in our minds for the last couple of years,” says Chapter board member Miguel Cruz, who organized and curated the event. Miguel is a Spanish Fulbright alum and is himself a successful film and television director. “Being as Los Angeles is the capital of the media industry, an event that presented the work of Fulbrighters to the Hollywood industry seemed a natural and necessary event in the Calendar of this town. The fact that the New York Film Academy counted already with a remarkable body of work of our many Fulbrighters, and their support and know-how in the organization of this kind of event, made it easy to give the necessary steps to organize it.”

Held at the New York Film Academy Theatre, over 100 Fulbrighters and friends attended to celebrate the accomplishments of fellow alumni in the film industry. The festival featured a range of films directed, produced, or contributed by Fulbright grantees and alumni from all over the world, including Sri Lanka, Peru, Estonia, Ukraine, Spain, Mexico, Armenia, Costa Rica, Denmark, and the United States – each with a unique theme and style that represented the diversity of Fulbright.

Dr. Jose Siles, President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, and Dr. Susan Ashe, NYFA’s Dean of Students, offered opening remarks. “It was extremely inspiring and touching to see how the vision of Senator Fulbright of promoting mutual understanding among people from different countries, cultures and social backgrounds was so well reflected and empowered by the work of our Fulbright filmmakers,” says Jose.

In addition to showcasing films, the festival held a special panel discussion, “Hollywood for Fulbrighters”. The panel included Fulbrighters Santiago Pozo, who is known for his work in advertising for marketing entertainment and film to U.S. Latino audiences, Arturo Diaz, the Netflix Executive for Latin-American Originals, Mikko Alannen, a showrunner for the National Geographic Channel, and Miguel Cruz, who directed the sitcom “Aida” and the film “Vulnerable” and is head of NYFA’s Fulbright Initiatives. Under the moderation of Crickett Rumley, NYFA’s Director of Festivals, this panel opened discussion on how Fulbright offers diversity and intercultural perspective to the film industry.

The festival finished the evening with a reception, where Fulbrighters and NYFA students had the chance to share their own experiences and thoughts on film and Fulbright. They were joined by Fulbright representatives including Ann Kerr, who is California’s Fulbright Enrichment Program Coordinator, and Manuel Valle, a Spanish Trade Commissioner.

“The movies were the best ambassadors of the Fulbright values,” says Miguel. “Their origin: 12 different countries. Their themes: diversity, acceptance, understanding, overcoming injustice, and inequality. The deep silence in the room demonstrated the wonderful minds of the artists behind the meaningful topics treated. Only a Fulbright Film Festival could put together such a relevant selection of movies!”

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter plans to keep the momentum going with future events, including their upcoming annual Fulbright Association Members Reception and a Fulbright Night at the Opera. The chapter is also planning another exciting new event: in celebration of the 238th birthday of Los Angeles, they are planning a Fulbright Music Festival, which will share the message of Fulbright through music.

Those interested in joining the Greater Los Angeles Chapter can officially enroll by logging in to their accounts. To view our full chapter network, please click here.