Mid-Term

I am almost a week overdue and still reluctant to share this. This past week, I met with both of my liaisons/supervisors at both of my host universities to report my concern that a sizable percentage of my students—all Masters level, mind you—was in danger of failing my courses due to lack of attendance and/or…

Business Leadership at ASE

Tonight I guest taught an American Studies class for the first year Masters students at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE). The course focuses on business leadership, and the professor, herself a former Fulbrighter to the U.S., wanted an American present to address recent events and the election. I wore a tie (!), and…

Constanţa

In an effort to break my post-election depression, I decided to get out of Bucharest and visit Constanţa, which is Romania’s oldest city and its primary port on the Black Sea. I took the 2:00 IR (inter-regional) train from Gara du Nord, which lasted almost 2 ½ hours and cost $21 for a first-class seat. (My return…

Muzeul Satului

This past Sunday, I visited Muzeul Satului, Bucharest’s outdoor museum that preserves and celebrates Romania’s domestic architectural history…and it got its start here over a hundred years ago! This is a “must see” for anyone visiting the city, particularly if the weather is as beautiful as it was today. I missed the arts and crafts…

UNATC JR.

I spent part of the day at the university’s Saturday theatre outreach program known at “UNATC Junior,” which is team-taught by the graduate students in the pedagogy program. (These are the students I teach every Tuesday afternoon.) This is a trial program supported by a government grant and offered free of charge to the city’s…

A Fulbright Halloween

Of the 22 Fulbright grantees in Romania, nine of us reunited in Bran this past weekend to celebrate Halloween. Best know for its castle, Bran is almost in the center of the country, which meant that we all were able to arrive in 3-6 hours by train, bus, and/or automobile. The town is tiny and…