Munich Reunion

BAVARIA, GERMANY. October 20. Reunited last night with my sister Linda McTier Carrier in Munich. Spent most of today on a bus tour of “Mad” King Ludwig’s castles in the mountains along with a visit to Oberammergau, home of the famous Passion Play. Then returned to city center for a big meal and beer at…

Five Weeks

I arrived in Romania five weeks ago, and tomorrow begins my fourth week of classes. I am amazed at how quickly the time is passing and how readily I have fallen into a routine and pace that is manageable and, for the most part, pleasant. Having had a previous Fulbright (to Kosova) that was as challenging as…

Ambassador’s Roundtable

This past Friday afternoon, I returned to the Commission’s office to join a round-table discussion about the Fulbright program that included Ambassador Hans Klemm and Mala Adiga, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs. Most of the hour was spent with four grantees (two current Americans including me and two Romanian alums) talking about their…

Painting Churches

Within a ten-minute walk from my apartment stands this glorious parish church, Biserica Șerban Vodă, which originally was built in the 1940s. What is new construction now or just renovation, I don’t know, but the interior, like that of most Romanian Orthodox churches, is spectacular. This is the first time I’ve gotten to see this…

Fulbright Orientation

Our official Fulbright orientation spanned two days last week. On Thursday morning, we met at the commission and had four sessions to acquaint us with key personnel and make us aware of information and issues that will have practical impact on our daily lives here in Romania. Although most of these sessions consisted of panel presentations,…

First Week of Classes

I arrived in Bucharest thinking that I would be teaching two graduate courses at the National University of Theatre and Cinematography (UNATC) as detailed in my Fulbright application and confirmed in my letter of invitation. As it turns out, I am teaching two graduate courses: my anticipated pedagogy (teaching methods) course at UNATC and a cross-disciplinary course…

Craiova Conference

I have spent the past three and a half days in Craiova, located in the southeastern corner of Romania, appr. 150 miles from Bucharest. With a quarter million residents, Craiova is the sixth largest city in the country, and is home to the University of Craiova and its 25,000 students, which makes it just slightly…