The Fulbright Association is proud to feature the following speakers for session presentations at its 2018 annual conference, “Un Mundo, Muchas Voces”, taking place in Puebla, Mexico. Please note that this list is subject to change.

Plenary Speakers


Ms. Vivienne Aerts, Combining Chocolate and Jazz

From the Netherlands, Vivienne Aerts studied on a Fulbright at Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) where she worked with renowned jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci. Since, Vivienne has shared the stage with both national and international Jazz icons such as Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Joe Cohn, and Florian Weber. Vivienne released her first album “Roofgarden” in 2009 and her second album “Polaroid” – a snappy Jazz a cappella EP in 2012. Vivienne has been residing in New York City since 2015 where she gave a debut performance at the Blue Note Jazz Club and is currently working on her third album. Besides this, she works with Kenny Werner and the Effortless Mastery Institute at Berklee. Lastly, she works together with her husband Pastry Chef Ted Steinebach, who worked in New York at Eleven Madison Park***, – currently one of the best restaurants in the world. Under the name ChocoJazz they create a live experience: while Ted is making a ‘pastry-painting’, Vivienne is improvising a soundscape to his movements using her voice, loops, iPad apps and a synthesizer she creates an ever-changing and newly improvised piece. Don’t expect only chocolate, but also cake, white wine-gel, elderflower cream, hibiscus crumble and other out of the box flavors and textures. The artwork is only temporarily: it’s made to be eaten, giving the audience an essential role in the performance. Before moving to America, Vivienne graduated as a jazz/pop choir conductor and got a master degree in Clinical Psychology after which she worked several years as a psychologist, a teacher and a conductor of several choirs besides performing with different bands as a singer.

Jorge Alberto Lozoya, Director, Museo Internacional del Barroco

Appointed Mexican Ambassador in 1986, Ambassador Jorge Alberto Lozoya is reputed in many in many countries for his diplomatic service. Receiving his degrees from El Colegio de México and the University of Stanford, he is a founding member of the Mexican Academy of Human Rights, and President of the Puebla Chapter. Ambassador Lozoya was recently awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic by King Philip VI in October 2018.


José Antonio Gali Fayad, Governor of Puebla

Holding a bachelor’s in International Relations and Economics from la Universidad de las Américas Puebla, and both a master’s and doctoral degree in Public Administration  from the National Public Administration Institute, Dr. Gali is a proud Poblano.  In 2013 Gali was elected as the Municipal President of Puebla and completed 18 campaign promises in under two years. In 2016 he became Governor of the State of Puebla.



Roberto Antonio Trauwitz Echeguren, Secretary of Culture and Tourism of the State of Puebla

Receiving his degree in economics from el Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Trauwitz was appointed Secretary of Culture and Tourism in February 2017. One of his greatest accomplishments was the “Reserva de la Biosfera Tehuacán-Cuicatlán” recognized by UNESCO as a Mixed World Heritage Site for both its cultural and environmental importance.



John S. Creamer, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Mexico City

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, John Creamer assumed duties as Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Mexico City on July 16, 2018.  Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba, Mexico, Central America, and Western Hemisphere Regional Economic Policy and Summit issues. Mr. Creamer is a career Foreign Service Officer with over 30 years of experience. His overseas tours include service in Nicaragua, South Africa, Haiti, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, and Bolivia. Mr. Creamer has also served in Washington, DC, as Senior Desk Officer for Brazil, South Africa, and Colombia, Deputy Director of the Office of Andean Affairs, and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs.  Mr. Creamer served as Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, FL. Mr. Creamer has been awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award four times as well as numerous Group awards. Before joining the Department of State in 1986, Mr. Creamer received a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Georgetown University, as well as a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. In 1985, Mr. Creamer received a Fulbright Scholarship to Malaysia. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Mr. Jonathan Hollander, Selma Jeanne Cohen Dance Lecture Awardee

Mr. Hollander is the President and Founder of Battery Dance, a non-profit organization that seeks to connect the world through dance. Battery Dance performs and teaches around the globe, with an emphasis on disadvantaged individuals or those from areas of conflict. Founded in New York City in 1976 under the mission of enhancing the availability of the creative arts for everyone, Battery Dance has participated in international theaters and festivals and performed in over 70 countries. Using dance as a tool of cultural diplomacy, Battery Dance provides international training, classes, collaborations with local artists, and mentorship opportunities abroad. On a local level, Battery Dance works with New York City’s public schools, from the elementary to high school level, to provide support and programming for dance education. Mr. Hollander additionally founded the Battery Dance Festival, New York City’s longest-running dance festival.

Mr. Elio Leturia, Cross Borders and Culture

Elio Leturia is an associate professor in the Communication Department of Columbia College Chicago where he teaches multimedia journalism. During his three-decade plus career, Leturia has worked mostly in the areas of journalism and graphic design, but his passions for the arts and communications have led him to explore photography, illustration, website design, informational graphics, blogging, multimedia and documentary video. His design work has been recognized by The Society for News Design, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Associated Church Press. A native Peruvian, Leturia is curious about other cultures and spends any free time travelling abroad, an interest he expanded after he got a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a master’s in journalism in the United States. He is also interested in theater and has worked both as a scriptwriter and actor. Theater allows him to explore the human mind and different life perspectives while communicating with diverse audiences. Currently, Leturia is the communications director of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association. He also is Fulbright Scholar Liaison and member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at Columbia College Chicago.

Dr. David Marcus, Jazz in Arabic: Music as a Bridge?

With two MA’s in Arabic and and a PhD in Music Theory (on Debussy’s La Mer), Dr. David Marcus has taught Arabic or Music full-time since 1991, at Emory University, Middlebury College, Clark Atlanta University, and elsewhere. He currently teaches Arabic at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. A professional jazz pianist, oud player, and cross-cultural musical collaborator, his commissioned classical works include  The Fog of Nostalgia and the choral cantata Ciudad sin sueño (both on youtube). In 2010, as a Fulbright Scholar, he taught American jazz and blues to Egyptian musicians  in Cairo – in Arabic! – while studying the oud, an experience that inspired his talk today, Jazz in Arabic. In addition to “gigging” with latin, jazz, and Arabic bands in the Atlanta area, Dr. Marcus has also produced numerous lecture-concerts on Cuban son, Argentinian tango, Sefardic Jewish music, jazz, and, especially, Arabic music (youtube: “Fawg in-nakhl with Rahim Al-Haj”).

Dr. Stacey Mastrian, Home

Stacey Mastrian (Fulbright to Italy 2002-2003), a “sweet, shimmering soprano” (The Washington Post) who is “versatile and passionate” (Der Tagesspiegel), has sung at venues such as the Konzerthaus (Berlin), the Kennedy Center (DC), Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal), Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (NY), St. Peter’s (Vatican City), and Teatro La Fenice (Venice).  She has been a Beebe fellow and Peabody grantee to Italy and awarded prizes from The American Bach Society, The American Prize (Art Song), Chamber Orchestra of NY (Respighi Prize), National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Italian American Foundation (Pavarotti Scholarship), Shoshana Foundation (Gold Career Grant), and Vocal Arts DC (Discovery Series Winner). Dr. Mastrian has taught at American University, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland Baltimore County and College Park, and as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Voice/Opera at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.  She now maintains a select private studio in Seattle and gives master classes, lectures, workshops, and performances worldwide. Dr. Mastrian is joined at this conference by Yamaha artist and guitarist Alejandra Reyes from Mexico City and flutist, composer, and educator Sarah Bassingthwaighte from Seattle ( For more information please visit and

Gerardo Rodríguez Sánchez Lara

Professor Rodríguez is the Academic Coordinator of the Center for Impunity and Justice Studies (CESIJ) and associate professor of the International Relations and Political Science Department at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP). He also coordinates the Master in Global Governance and the post graduate Security Studies programs at UDLAP-Jenkins Graduate School in Mexico City. He holds an MA in Public Policy by Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and a BA in International Relations and National Security Diploma by Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He was selected in 2005 by the US Department of State to be part of the postgraduate program of the U.S. Institute on National Security (Fulbright-Hays Act, Special Program). Since 2005, he is professor of Mexican Military and National Security Academies on terrorism, organized crime, national security and foreign policy. He had offered public and private conferences for the National Defense University of Austria, The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., France´s Joint Service Defense College (CID), Military University of Nueva Granada in Colombia, University of Chile, the US Embassy´s Office of the Defense Attaché in Mexico, the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Studies of the National Defense University, and at the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy at the National Security Council in the White House in Washington D.C. Professor Rodríguez was under-attorney at the Mexican Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco), and has been high level officer at the Presidency of Mexico, Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Foreign Relations Committee at the House of Representatives. Gerardo collaborates recurrently as national security and terrorism analyst for CNN, El Financiero-Bloomberg TV, The Hufington Post, The Economist, Univisión, Telemundo, CCTV America, NTN 24 Colombia, Radio France International, and El País (Spain). His weekly column “Cuarto de Guerra” (War Room) is published every Thursday at the national newspaper El Heraldo de México. His last book is Mexico´s National Security and it’s Structural Problems (UDLAP/CASEDE 2017). Coauthor of the Global Impunity Index.

Ms. Kathleen Mulligan, Reaching across the Radcliffe Line: Preserving the Voices of Partition Through Theatre

Kathleen Mulligan is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at Ithaca College. In 2010 she was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to Kerala, India with her project “Finding Women’s Voices”, focusing on the empowerment of women through voice. She spent the spring of 2015 in Pakistan as a Fulbright Specialist collaborating on her project “Voices of Partition” with husband David Studwell and the Theatre Wallay company. The resulting piece, Dagh Dagh Ujala (This Stained Dawn), based on interviews with survivors of the Partition of 1947, toured to Ithaca, Boston, and Washington, D.C. in October 2015. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Fulbright Foundation. In 2017, David and she embarked  on their second collaboration with Theatre Wallay: an exploration of the effects of violence on public space entitled “On Common Ground”. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Acting credits include The Acting Company (national tour), American Repertory Theater, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, and PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, CA. David and Kathleen created the charitable organization “Wheels for Women”, which provides driver training and licensing to victims of domestic violence and the sex trade in Kerala, India (

Mr. David Studwell, Reaching across the Radcliffe Line: Preserving the Voices of Partition Through Theatre

David Studwell has been a professional director, actor, and teacher for over 30 years. Over the past several years he has visited Pakistan five times as a Fulbright Specialist in theatre and as a visiting director. He directed two devised theatre pieces with the Islamabad based Theatre Wallay company; This Stained Dawn and On Common Ground. He has worked as an actor in plays and musicals at theaters across the United States including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, The Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and The Kennedy Centre among others. From 1998 to 2000, David worked as a Resident Teaching Artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He holds an MFA in theater performance from Purdue University and a BFA in musical theater from the State University of New York at Fredonia. David is a member Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Dr. Rachel Tiller, GoJelly – A Gelatinous Solution to Plastic Pollution

Dr. Tiller holds a PhD in Political Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with a focus on marine and coastal interdisciplinary research at all levels of analysis, from local stakeholder perceptions to global governance. Her expertise is in institutions, regime interplay, governance, policy mitigation and stakeholder participation and stakeholder driven future scenario building. She is the current Fulbright Arctic Chair from Norway at Texas A&M University at Galveston, and a former Fulbright Scholar at Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. She works at SINTEF Ocean, at the SINTEF Center for Clean Ocean Research.  She is Project Manager and Work Package Leader for a number of international and national research projects. In addition, she is the Norwegian representative on the Management Committee of the COST Action: CA15217 – Ocean Governance for Sustainability and the Cluster Leader of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Oceans Taskforce cluster “Conflict and Diplomacy”, where she is also a Senior Research Fellow.

Celia Toro

Celia Toro received a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies at Stanford University (1982-1984) and a Fulbright for Research and Writing (September-December 1990). She holds an M.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. Celia Toro is professor-researcher at the Centro de Estudios Internacionales of El Colegio de México, where she has taught International Relations since 1985. She was Director of the international relations quarterly Foro Internacional (1989–1992) and Director of the Centro de Estudios Internacionales from 1997 to 2002. She was also Director of the Mexican Diplomatic Academy (Instituto Matías Romero) from 2007 to 2011. Since 2012, she has been the Coordinator of the Mexico-United States-Canada Program (PROMEC). She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, at Stanford University and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.–Mexican Studies in UCSD. Toro has written extensively on drug trafficking in the context of U.S.-Mexican relations.

Dr. Mary Ann Watson, Bringing the World of Fulbright into the University Classroom

Mary Ann Watson, Ph.D., is recently retired as Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh and her post-doctoral year at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine laid the foundation for her research, writing and film productions in the areas of human sexuality and cultural diversity. Her Fulbright-Hays teaching fellowships to Kenya and Egypt and her more recent Fulbright Insight trip to Cuba have inspired her 20 film productions for the college and university classroom.  Most of these productions are distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, NY, NY. She has a private clinical psychology practice in Denver, Colorado.

Concurrent Session Speakers


Dr. Alberto Díaz Cayeros, Mobility for Indigenous Youth Through Higher Education & International Programs

Dr. Díaz-Cayeros joined the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for Intentational Studies, at Stanford University, in 2013. Prior to this, he served for five years as the director of the Center for US-Mexico Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Ph.D at Duke University in 1997. Díaz-Cayeros has been assistant professor of political science both at Stanford and UCLA; and has served as researcher at the Centro de Investigacion para el Desarrollo, A.C. (CIDAC) in Mexico City. His work has primarily focused on federalism, poverty and economic reform in Latin America, and Mexico in particular. His forthcoming book (with Federico Estevez and Beatriz Magaloni) is: The Political Logic of Poverty Relief: Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico.

Ms. Bahia Braktia, Improving Women’s Socio-Economic Status in Algeria and Costa Rica: Non-Formal Educational Workshops

Bahia Braktia is doctoral student in the literacy program at Sam Houston State University, and she is a doctoral research assistant at the educational leadership program. She was an English teacher at Guangdong Peizheng College, and a French teacher at Guanmei International School, China. She is a former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Central Florida. She is the president of The Diversity Education Institute, a non-profit educational organization located in Houston, Texas. Her areas of interests are education, social justice, translation, languages and culture, women’s rights, and development. She earned a master’s degree in translation from the Higher Arab institute of Translation (Arabic, English and French), Algeria.

Dr. Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, Nuestros Manos y Corazones, A Social Justice Response to Natural Disasters

Dr. Hernandez Arriaga is Assistant Faculty at the University of San Francisco in California in the Counseling Psychology program. Her work is focused on Latino Mental Health, Community Mental Health, Immigrant Child Trauma and optical and societal violence against immigrants. She is Founder and Director of Ayudandno Latinos A Soñar, (ALAS) where she infuses the cultural arts as a healing space for immigrant families. Her program has served as a model of healing for community spaces.

Dr. Christine Leuenberger, Crumbling Walls and Mass Migration: Ways Forward

Christine Leuenberger, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University has published widely in various academic journals, books and popular news outlets. She was a Fulbright Scholar (in 2008), a Fulbright Specialist (since 2011), and an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Science &Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and at the U.S. Agency for International Development (2016-2017) in Washington D.C. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Scholar’s award to investigate the history and sociology of mapping practices in Israel and the West Bank. She is also conducting research on global migration patterns and the rise of Separation Walls around the globe. She is further engaged in peace and educational initiatives in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Cindy J. Lahar, Developing and maintaining long-term research and training collaborations post-Fulbright

Cindy J. Lahar is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Psychology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Since receiving her PhD in Psychology from Brandeis University, she has worked at universities in Canada, Japan, Cambodia and the USA. Cindy was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003, and continues to explore her interest in best practices for teaching in online, hybrid and traditional format classes. She has received two Fulbright grants to Cambodia (2004, 2006) and continues to work with the only psychology department in Cambodia at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She also teaches at Vietnam National University in Hanoi in their first PhD program in clinical psychology.

Dr. Clara Amador-Lankster, Transforming Public Schools in Colombia through Rectores Lideres Transformadores

Dr. Amador-Lankster’s professional career has centered on English as a Foreign Language, English as a Second Language, Bilingual and Dual Language Education in the United States and abroad. Holding degrees in Sociology of Education, Elementary Education, Bilingual Teaching Methodologies, Educational Leadership and Education Policy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, she had the opportunity to teach in diverse urban settings from K-12 schools to post-graduate degree programs in teacher preparation. Currently she is the Program Director of the M.Ed. in Inspired Teaching and Learning Graduate Credentialing Program at National University in California. Her research and practitioner inquiry include Differentiated Instruction; Second Language, Bilingual and Dual Language Education Programs; Alternative Teacher Certification; Program Evaluation and Assessment; and Education Equity for Highly Diverse Students. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Grants to Colombia.

Dr. Connie Voisine, Dulegil, Ion Dubh and Yum Cha: Travels in Poetic Language

Connie Voisine’s next book “The Bower,” will be published in 2019. Past books have won the AWP Award in Poetry and have been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches at New Mexico State University.

Ms. Emine Baysoy, Isolation or Inclusion? Syrian Refugee Students in Turkish Education System

Ms. Emine Baysoy has worked at the Ministry of Education as an English Teacher at the Ishakağa Secondary School in Istanbul, the Istanbul Medipol University as an English Lecturer. She worked at Yale University’s Haskins Laboratories in Neurolinguistics Studies on a project about language acquisition of bilingual and multilingual children. She was a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia from 2014-2015. She received her M.A. from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey in International Relations and an in Language and Identity at Ankara University, as well as a B. A. English Language and Literature.

Ms. Holly Wheeler, After India: Applying the ETA Experience as Alumni to further International Education, Student Development, and Positive Social Change

Holly Wheeler was a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant in New Delhi, India from 2016-2017. She is now an Education Abroad Advisor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where she focuses on mentorship and increasing diversity in study abroad. She is also a Ph.D student in Applied Linguistics researching the intersections of intercultural competence, language learning, and education abroad.

Mr. J. Oseas Ramirez Assad, How to use Silicon Valley-grade startup innovation in large public and private organizations

Oseas is a serial startup entrepreneur and corporate entrepreneur with a 20-year track record of spearheading innovation at startups and within large enterprises. He has founded 5 startups in Guadalajara, including one of Mexico’s premier e-learning companies, worked for Cisco Systems in the heart of the Silicon Valley and currently sits at the board of the startups he co-founded, a VC fund and advises large corporations internationally on innovation topics.

Mr. Javier Treviño, Mexico’s Education Reform: The Challenge Ahead

Javier Treviño is the Deputy Minister of Education at the Mexican Public Education Ministry, since November 20, 2014. Before being appointed to this position, Javier Treviño was a member of Mexico’s Congress in the House of Representatives (Diputado Federal, State of Nuevo León, PRI, from 2012 through 2014). He served as secretary of the Energy Committee and of the Finance Committee; was a member of the Migratory Affairs Committee and of the Special Committee on Information and Communication Technologies. Previously, Mr. Treviño served as Lieutenant Governor in the State of Nuevo León (2009-2012). Javier Treviño held several high-ranking positions in the Mexican Federal Government, including Deputy Finance Minister for Administration (1998-2000), Deputy Foreign Minister (1994-1998), Senior Advisor to Minister of Social Development Luis Donaldo Colosio (1993-1994) and Minister for Public Affairs and Spokesman at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1989-1993), during the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. In the private sector, Mr. Treviño served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs of CEMEX, a global building materials company with operations in over 50 countries (2001-2009). He has served as Vice President of the Mexican Council on International Affairs (Comexi), and he has been a member of the board of the Institute of the Americas, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, the OAS’ Trust for the Americas, the North American Center at Arizona State University, and of the Trust of El Colegio de México, a leading Mexican university and think tank. Mr. Treviño holds a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México, and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Fulbright Scholarship).

Mr. Jonathan Sanchez Leos, Amplifying Latino Voices in Hollywood

Jonathan Sanchez Leos is the Director of Fellow Affairs at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where he oversees student services and community engagement initiatives . Prior to working at AFI, Jonathan served as an Advisor to the Ukrainian Ministry of Youth & Sports in Kyiv – a placement through the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship. For many years, Jonathan worked for the federal government as a program manager and policy analyst, and also as a clinical social worker in schools, corrections and community mental health settings. He is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Chicago, as well as a former professor of Social Work at St. Augustine College.

Ms. Justyna Janiszewska, Diversity/ Inclusion – The Social Dimension of Change

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, Justyna served as CEO of Education for Democracy Foundation (FED) – a leading Polish non-governmental organization operating in the area of the former Soviet Union. From 2003 to 2006, Justyna was the Executive Secretary of the Zagranica Group – a coalition of Polish organizations working abroad, serving afterwards on its Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014. From 2007 to 2016, she coordinated the Region in Transition – RITA Program, and other FED programs. From 1998 she cooperated closely with a number of Polish non-profit organizations. Justyna is a qualified trainer in Polish, English, and Russian, conducting workshops in the areas of global education, international cooperation, and project management. Justyna received a Master’s degree in Political Science with specialization in international relations from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and a Bachelor’s degree in Management. She is a graduate of the School of Human Rights of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and of the Management Program NGO PROMENGO. In her career, she has focused on sustainable development, global education, and democratization. In 2014, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded her with the Gold Cross of Merit.

Dr. Manfred Philipp, The Fulbright Journal: Research, Experiences, Perspectives, and Ideas

Manfred Philipp is Executive Director of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences and a former Trustee of the City University of New York (CUNY). He was chair of CUNY’s University Faculty Senate in 2006-2010 and President of the German Academic Exchange Service Alumni Association of the US in 2013-2014. Dr. Philipp is Professor Emeritus and past department chair of chemistry at Lehman College in New York and Professor Emeritus in the Biochemistry and Chemistry Doctoral Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. As a Fulbright scholar in 2005, Dr. Philipp taught bioinformatics and biopharmaceutics at the Catholic University of Portugal. As a Fulbright scholar in 2012-2013, he did research on multidrug resistant bacteria at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Philipp received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University. Dr. Philipp has been Program Director for the National Institutes of Health-supported, research-based student support programs Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS), Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), and the High School Summer Research Apprentice Program. He was co-Program Director of the NIH-supported Bridges to the Baccalaureate at Bronx Community College and Lehman College. He has also served as national president of the MBRS/MARC Program Directors Organization.

Dr. Marcia A. Grant, The Fulbright Legacy in Mexico: a Gift that Keeps on Giving

Marcia Grant has had four strong connections to the Fulbright Program: a grantee to the UK in 1962, where she did her doctorate at the LSE in African Politics; a research fellow in Mexico in 1976, working on Mexican Foreign Policy at El Colegio de Mexico; she then developed the Fulbright Program in Mexico from 1981-1984, and was treasurer of the Franco-American Fulbright Program in Paris in 1985-1987. Graduated from Swarthmore and Fletcher, she has spent her career starting new universities in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Ghana, and most recently was Provost at the American University of Paris.

Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on, The Present and Future of Social Entrepreneurship in Mexico: Theory and Practice

Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on is a Professor of International Business and Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business and visiting professor at IPADE. Her research in social entrepreneurship in Mexico began with her selection as a Fulbright-García Robles Scholar in 2013. She has also published extensively in areas of international marketing, non-profit brands, social entrepreneurship, cross-cultural consumer behavior and gender and marketing ethics. His published work includes a book, 5 book chapters, 8 cases, more than 20 articles in academic journals and more than 50 presentations / panels / conference proceedings. BA, Bradley University; MBA / MIM, University of Denver; Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Ms. Mary Stanton, Experience the Fulbright Difference: Travel with Us

Mary Ann Stanton is Chair of the Fulbright Travel Task Force. She is also a member of both the Minnesota and National Fulbright Association Boards. Her Fulbright grant was a Teacher Exchange at Bal Bharati Public School in Delhi, India in 2010-11. She has participated in Fulbright Association Service Corps trips to Albania in 2015, Serbia in 2016, and Vietnam this year. Mary also was the Fulbright Association Representative on Fulbright Association Insight trips to India in 2016 and 2017. A retired junior and senior high school teacher, Mary enjoys travel and volunteering locally and internationally. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two dogs, one a registered therapy dog. Mary’s life-long goal is to make the world a better place to live in and to improve the quality of life for all its citizens.

Dr. Mary-Ellen Boyle, One Educational Philosophy, Many Interpretations? Liberal Education, Fulbright, and Vietnam

Mary-Ellen Boyle is a Fulbright Specialist with expertise in liberal education and academic leadership. As a Specialist, she spent five weeks consulting with Hoa Sen University in Vietnam during 2016. Prior to that, she served as Dean of the College and Associate Provost at Clark University (Worcester, MA, USA), where she is now an associate professor of management. Her scholarship is focused on organizational and social change, and she has published on topics including workplace education, corporate citizenship, university-community partnerships, and the arts in business. She has taught courses on sustainable economic development, corporate social responsibility, ethics, entrepreneurship, leadership, cross-cultural management, education, women and work. She received an MBA and PhD in sociology from Boston College, and a BA in American Studies from Yale.

Dr. Oliver Schmidt

Oliver Schmidt has served as Executive Director of the German-American Fulbright Commission since November 2016. As the largest binational commission in Fulbright’s worldwide academic exchange program, he aims to use his expertise in the field of transatlantic cooperation and exchange to modernize its mission. Prior to joining Fulbright Germany he served as program head for the Joachim Herz Foundation in Hamburg, one of Germany’s major philanthropies, to direct the Department for Personal Development. Oliver Schmidt is also a founding member and former executive director of the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS) in Berlin, where he helped build the graduate research program Berlin – New York during his time as an Assistant Professor of History at the Technical University of Berlin. Oliver Schmidt also served as Director of Media for the Bertelsmann Foundation, where he created a program for the advancement of science writing and headed, among others, a task force on e-government | e-democracy. He graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in History addressing cultural diplomacy in Germany after 1945 and the formation of transatlantic elites.

Dr. Pat LeMay Burr, The Fulbright Journal: Research, Experiences, Perspectives, and Ideas

Dr. Burr holds a Ph.D. in Business and Economics from University of North Texas. Her post-doctoral studies have included International and Area Studies at Yale University, the SCMP Program at Harvard University, and the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Her language and cultural studies have included La Sorbonne in Paris, France, and La Universidad Internacional in Mexico. She has received Fulbright Awards to Mexico, China, Kuwait, and Vietnam, and has worked in various capacities in more than 30 countries. She is founding and current President of the San Antonio Chapter of the Fulbright Association, and founder and Program Chair of the Southwest Fulbright Symposium.

Dr. Philip Kaisary, Human Rights and the Haitian Revolution

Philip Kaisary is Assistant Professor of Critical Legal, Social, and Political Theory in the Department of Law & Legal Studies, and cross-appointed to the Department of English Language & Literature and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art & Culture at Carleton University. He is author of “The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination: Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints” (University of Virginia Press, 2014), as well as articles and book chapters on topics including slavery and film, the Haitian Revolution and rights, and hemispheric American literature. He currently holds a Canadian Insight Development Grant to pursue his research project titled: “The Haitian Revolution and Rights: Liberation, Law, Poetics.” Prior to his appointment at Carleton, he was a US-UK Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt University.

Roundtable Discussion Presenters


Name(s), Institution Presentation Title
Ms. Kara Andrade, Noel Dickover, Rasha Abdel Latif, Gerardo Torres, Derek Caelin, Counterpart International Exploring the Innovation Journey in Closed and Open Civic Spaces
Mr. Joseph Antee
The Fashion Institute of Technology (S.U.N.Y.)
Fashion Business Strategies for Mexico
Dr. Jose Antonio Cisneros Tirado, Dr. Renee Scherlen, Dra. Melva Guadalupe Navarro SequeiraI, CGDE-BUAP Demystifying DACA: life stories vs media representations
Dr. Emma Bailey, Daniel Arturo Romero Leon, Universidad Veracruzana Challenges of Return Migrants: Universidad Veracruzana Case Study
Dr. Adria Baker, Rice University The Korean Conversation: Before the Fulbright, During and Ongoing
Dr. Leyah Bergman Lanier, Yolande ZahlerSpring International, University of Arkansas How to keep scholarships from being Elitist: A Dialogue
Dr. Randy Diane Boothe, Boise State University Online Teaching Presence: Strengthening Language Learning Across the Globe
Ms. Jessica Ellerbach, World Learning Fulbright Specialist Program
Dr. Dora Fitzgerald, University of the Incarnate Word

Zazil Reyes Garcia, University of the Incarnate Word

The Mexico-U.S. border: Multiple constructions from film and political cartoons
Dr. Ana Gil Garcia, Illinois Venezuelan Alliance Taking Action to Preserve Democracy and Promote Peace
Dr. Amy Gilley, Arkansas State University- Queréatro Transforming landscapes: Mostar’s classrooms and streets
Ms. Barbara Jean Hall, David J. Marcus, Georgia State University Post-Fulbright: Ripples in a Pond
Dr. Christopher Johnstone, Sherry Gray, University of Minnesota From the Macro to the Micro: Sustained International Collaboration and Internationalization through Fulbright Exposure
Ms. Sarah Keeney Open Source Writing Materials for the Advanced ESL/EFL Learner
Dr. Merryl Kravitz, Evergreen Valley College Borders from 100 Miles High
Dr. Lydia Kualapai, Mary Stanton, h’Enri Whitsey Johnson, Hildegard Morales Service Project Vietnam: Remembrance, Reconciliation, and Restoration
Dr. Roberto Torres Why It Matters to Preserve Endangered Languages
Mr. Karthick Kumaran Quake Plate
Ms. Monya Lemery, Teri Albrecht, The University of Texas at Austin A Roadmap to (Re) Engaging with Mexico for International Educators
Ms. Gina Malagold, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Brandeis University Anita Brenner’s Vision 1924-1928: Translating Mexican Jewish Identity
Dr. Johnathan Mari Emotional-Intelligence, Reasoning Ability, and Self-Efficiency as Predictors of Achievement
Mr. Josh Meltzer, Jose Cabrera, Danielle Strickland, Rochester Institute of Technology Internal Migration – Costs and Benefits of Rural to Urban Movement within Mexico
Dr. Linda Kay Mizell, Collin College Transformative Education for Successful Re-entry: Fulbright Partnership in Prison Project in Mindanao
Ms. Monica O’Hearn, Counterpart International Compromisos colectivos – Anti-Corruption as a Collective Commitment in Latin America
Mr. Nils Pieter de Molvan Otterloo, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work South Asia at the Crux: Dementia and Healthcare Policy
Ms. Monique Renee Mansour, Loyola Marymount University Cura Personalis: Lessons from Malta
Dr. Frances Rothstein, Montclair State University Mexicans On the Move: Migration and Return to Rural Mexico
Ms. Astrid Schmied, Isabel López, Özlü Aran, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Cross-disciplinary Studies to Promote Lifetime Learning
Ms. Molly Hamilton Sherman, Amanda Nicole Gulla, Lehman College/City University of New York Nobody Knows the Stories of Others: Young Immigrant Writers Find Voice and Empowerment through Poetry
Ms. Sue Uhlig Una programa, muchos resultados (One program, many results)
Ms. Natalie Vieira, All Our Kin Global Citizenry from Day One
Dr. Julie Villegas, University of Washington, Honors Program, Seattle Creating Connections: Study Abroad to Fulbright
Dr. Consuelo Waight, Susan Catapano, University of Houston National Development In Belize: Insights from Early Childhood, Literacy Education, and Human Resource Development
Mr. Laurence Warner, Tushar Kelkar, University of Chicago Who on earth doesn’t use a smartphone in 2018?
Dr. Charles Webel, Chapman University and University of New York in Prague Redefining Peace
Mr. Phillip Wenturine “Pessoas of Portugal”: The Westernmost of Europe’s Take on “Humans of New York”
Ms. Stephanie Wolfe, Soccer Without Borders Playing for Change: Using Soccer as a Vehicle for Language Development and Social Inclusion
Dr. Andrew Wood, San Jose State University Disrupting Education: Lessons (and Consequences) of the Silicon Valley Model
Dr. Christine Yeh, Dr. Saera Khan, University of San Francisco Building Cross-Disciplinary Communities for Social Justice
Ms. Sophie Zinser, Fulbright Jordan Alternative Education’s Ability to Elevate Women’s Voices in Jordan’s Syrian Refugee Crisis
Dr. Deborah Zuercher, University of Hawaii at Manoa Many Voices Process: Culturally Responsive Communication

Poster Presenters


Name, University Presentation Title Co-Presenter(s)
Dr. Rocio Araceli Galarza Molina, University of Missouri Researching the U.S. presidential election
Dr. Paula Bobrowski, Auburn University Women Leaders = Better Education, Improved Health, Higher Quality of Live and Increased Happiness Worldwide Stacy Nickson
Ms. Lisa Bochey, American University Teaching Culture: An Examination of Cultural Exchange and Mutual Understanding in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Peru
Trellequala Bomar and Taylour Hunter, Limestone College A Broad-Minded, Community Approach to Depict What Lifestyle Physical Activity Could Look Like.
Dr. Robert McKenna Brown, School of World Studies Building International Bridges through Peace and Migration Programming
Mr. Mark Buttweiler, Bridge International Academies Utilizing E-readers and Interactive Read Alouds to Promote Participatory Learning and Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa Anna Marrs
Ms. Abigail Cohen Colombian Adolescents’ Perceptions of Ethnic-Racial Favorable Treatment and Discrimination
Dr. Jack Corbett,
Portland State University
Passing It Along: Synergies and Fulbrights Mandy Elder, Dr. Nelly Robles Garcia
Dr. Elia Margarita Cornelio-Marí,
Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco
Becoming local: Netflix’s learning curve to become a TV distributor for Mexican audiences
Mr. Max Crumley-Effinger,
Loyola University Chicago
Soft power symbiosis: The collaborative public diplomacy roles of EducationUSA and higher education institutions
Ms. Kelly Day 11 Ways Finland Teaches US Education that Less is More
Dr. Darlene DeMarie, University of South Florida A True Partnership between the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the University of South Florida Amela Malkic
Kristen Devin,
Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Women’s Reproductive Healthcare in Brazil and Implications of the Zika Virus
Mr. Andreas Dewald, Purdue University Quality and Information Technology Performance – a Student Lean Six Sigma Industry Project Dr. Chad Laux
Ms. Jaylynn Ellington,
Elon Universtiy School of Law
Informed Consent In Prison Populations Braxton Brewington
Ms. Cori Eden Fain Achieving SDG 2: Nutrition and Food Security in Rwanda
Ms. Wai Ling Fong, George Mason University From Malaysia to the Midwest: Reflections of my year as a Fulbright FLTA
Dr. Rosemary Goodyear Preparing Interprofessionals as Teachers of Caregivers for the Aged
Ms. Olivia Haines Making Words: Teaching English Phonics to Hindi Speakers
Dr. Beverly Hawk,
The University of Alabama
Sharing the Fulbright Ideal, The University of Alabama Global Cafe Model Carolyn Bero, Jilisa Milton, Hailah Said, Haglaeeh Contreras, Jenna Reynolds, Pandora White
Dr. Norma Hervey Populism: Winners and Losers in the 21st Century
Mr. Alexander Hinds Purposeful Travel Sparks Innovation
Mr. Neil Huben,
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Maternal Mortality and Cervical Cancer in Developing Countries: Why One Medical Student is Interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mr. Michael Joseph Kaly More than Two Sides to Every Border: Voices Across the U.S. Mexican Border
Ms. Komal Kumar HIV-to-HIV transplantation: Attitudes and Perceptions from around the World
Ms. Norma Marina Rodríguez García Producción escrita basada en géneros textuales: el caso de alumnos en C1, CELE-BUAP
Ms. Natasha Masub,
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Reciprocal mentoring as an innovative approach to medical education: a new pilot program to facilitate the integration of basic science knowledge with clinical practice
Dr. Rene McEldowney,
Auburn University
The Many Voices of Health Care Delivery in Mbarra Uganda Justus Asasira
Dr. Haydee Montenegro,
John F. Kennedy University
New horizons in Fulbright advocacy-in influencing programs to facilitate international students’ adjustment. Meng-Ju Yang
Mr. Wesley Curtis,
University of South Carolina
Before and After: Perspectives on International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars. The Alumni and the Applicant.
Mr. Travis Sigafoos Construyendo puentes: psychological growth in Mexico and its impact on immigration legal work
Ms. Iva Skobic,
University of Arizona
Lessons from an English Teaching Assistantship: Student Engagement Through Critical Self-Reflection
Mr. Fernando Soriano Opportunities for Developing Culinary Prevention Programming Targeting Transnational Youth in U.S. Mexico Border Region.
Ms. Mary Stanton Fulbright Alumni Service Corps and Insight Trips: Continue the Fulbright Experience
Dr. Lloyd Taylor,
The Citadel
Insights into ADHD Based on Fulbright Experience
Ms. Suzanne Tierney,
Native English Institute
Fulbright Full Circle
Dr. Elizabeth Vu Bringing the Online Learning Revolution Offline
Ms. Megan Wagner,
The University of Alabama
Rethinking the Foundation: Creating a Fulbright Culture on Campus Dr. Matthew Feminella
Mr. David Wilson,
DePaul University
Foodways: Ambassadors for Peace
Dr. Shaye Worthman,
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Puebla
Higher Education Access in the Sierra Norte of Puebla: Findings from a Fulbright-García Robles Graduate Degree Program Scholar
Ms. Nancy Elaine Wright Citizens’ Voices for North America’s Sustainability: NAFTA’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation