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…

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…