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Disability Access in the CR: More than Meets the Eye by Bojana Coklyat

Bojana Coklyat arrived in the Czech Republic in August 2019 as a Fulbright researcher focusing on access and visibility in the arts for people with disabilities. Coming from New York University, Bojana transitioned to the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno with the ambition to examine the social and cultural life of people with disabilities in contemporary society. During her 6-month stay, Bojana visited numerous cities and towns within the country, as well as abroad. 

At my NYU Department of Global Studies info session on Fulbright, I asked, “What accommodations are available for disabled people through Fulbright?”. They weren’t sure if there would be any once I got to my host country and that they hadn’t much experience with disabled grantees. One bit of information that helped me feel hopeful was that the Czech Republic Fulbright Commission had a reputation for being very involved with their grantees. Once I arrived in Brno, I found that this reputation was ind…

Anglická výslovnost s Fulbrighterkou Irenou - učitelka Youtuberkou

Irena Hůlková vyučuje na Katedře anglického jazyka a literatury PdF MU v Brně a zaměřuje se na anglickou výslovnost. Akademický rok 2006/2007 strávila na Fulbrightově programu (Fulbright Masarykovo stipendium) na University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). V prosinci 2019 založila svůj vlastní YouTube kanál s názvem „Anglická výslovnost s Irenou,” který momentálně využívá pro online výuku se studenty, se kterými se nemůže setkávat na běžných seminářích a přednáškách. Vzhledem k tomu, že se Irena v posledních letech věnuje primárně výuce anglické výslovnosti, uvědomila si, jak moc je tato oblast ve výuce anglického jazyka zanedbávána, a tak v prosinci 2019 založila svůj vlastní YouTube kanál s názvem „Anglická výslovnost s Irenou”, aby tak šířila osvětu ohledně správné výslovnosti i mezi běžnými uživateli angličtiny. K dnešnímu datu má zhruba 3,300 odběratelů, což samozřejmě ve všeobecném měřítku není moc, ale přesto má již vytvořenou komunitu, která se o výuku anglické výslovnosti z…

Being a mentor = a school year full of adventure by Veronika Kyselová

Veronika Kyselová is an English teacher at the High School of Informatics and Services in Dvur Kralove nad Labem. This year, Veronika has been a mentor of our English Teaching Assistant, Alanna Powers. During the school year, Veronika and Alanna taught many English lessons in tandem. Veronika shares her experience about what it feels like to be a mentor, and she sums it up as, "You reap what you sow."
You wake up one morning and feel to have a little change in your life, in your professional life. Going to the headmaster and finding out that you can be a part of Fulbright programme seems challenging to me. Our headmaster Mr. Vojtěch has always inclined to innovations and new things, that´s why he was opened to this idea and supported the plan. Then in April I received an email from Fulbright Commission proving that our school had been chosen. I was over the moon. There were not many students in my classes who had spoken English to a native speaker. For several of them, it c…

Virtual Presence in the Classroom by Jubilee Marshall

Jubilee Marshall, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant 2019/2020 at Gymnazium Polička, shares her way of maintaining her presence in the classroom and keeping her afternoon conversation club, even though she had to physically leave the CR four months earlier than planned.
I sit attentively at my computer, listening as Tomáš, an eighteen-year-old boy over four thousand miles away, teaches me about investing.

“You only have to invest $20,000 to get monthly dividends,” he explains wisely, in an attempt to get me on board with the concept. Tomáš started investing two weeks ago, as a way to fill his time during quarantine. So far, he has lost $4.00.

He tells me all this during our conversation club, a weekly meeting that began when I was teaching at our school in the Czech Republic and continues in spite of the coronavirus pandemic that sent me scrambling to fly home to Washington, DC. Although I primarily teach the four oldest grades at Gymnázium Polička, the club is open to everyone, an…

Thinking Through COVID-19 International Futures

Ondrej Ditrych is a political scientist, a proud recipient of Fulbright scholarship held at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (2007/2008). He currently serves as the director of Institute of International Relations Prague, Czech Republic, and as an academic fellow at Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences.
The Fulbright scholarship I was most gratefully awarded as a junior doctoral student at Charles University was a true beginning of a wonderful journey of curiosity and discovery of the nature of politics and society. More than a decade later spent on this journey, I now have the privilege to be at the helm of Institute of International Relations Prague.

A true institution for the Czech science of international relations, founded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yet independent by statute, the Institute is something of a ‘hybrid’: a place for interdisciplinary academic research of all things international which we seek, at the sam…

The Unanticipated Semester - Teaching During a Quarantine by Hannah Gascho Rempel

Hannah Rempel is an Associate Professor of Library Science at Oregon State University. This year, Hannah has spent two semesters teaching at Charles University’s Institute for Information Studies and Librarianship in Prague as a Fulbright Scholar. Even though her stay in the country was cut short because of the pandemic, Hannah has continued teaching Czech students online from across the AtlanticSome Pre-Quarantine Context

The time was January 2020. You may remember this time as BCV (Before CoronaVirus). Or more accurately and selfishly as BCVMDM. That would be Before CoronaVirus Mattered Directly to Me. It was the gap between my two semesters teaching at Charles University’s Institute for Information Studies and Librarianship in Prague. I was using this time to prepare for the upcoming semester, and was reworking a course I had previously taught so that it was tailored for my Czech bachelor’s and master’s students. I had taught prior iterations of this class as a continuing education…

Alumni Spotlight: Petra Urbanová

This week we share the achievements of one of our alumni, Petra Urbanová whose long-term research in the field of anthropology has become applicable to save one of the most vulnerable populations at-risk of COVID-19, immunocompromised children. Read on to learn more about how Petra expanded on her experience as a Fulbright Scholar at North Carolina State University in 2013/2014 to contribute her skills in craniofacial morphology to a database that now is used to accurately fit children’s protective facial masks.
Some fields of science are directly connected to our current, pressing global challenge of stopping the spread of COVID-19, such as virology, epidemiology, and most fields of medicine. In other fields, we have heard about the successes of some who have creatively stepped in and started developing aids and tools to help those fighting the coronavirus on the front lines. The technical universities in the Czech Republic and many companies that use 3D printers have helped from th…

Land of the Free and Appropriate Education: How One Tiny School District is Coping with COVID-19

Niecea Wilson, Fulbright ETA 2018-2019 at Agriculture and Veterinary High School in Lanskroun, reports on her experience returning to teach in the USA and the effects of COVID-19 on teaching and learning in Downieville, a picturesque mountain town of 300 residents in the heart of the Sierra-Nevadas.
New teachers are told if they can persist through the difficulties of the first year, nothing is impossible. Well, this is my third year teaching, (my first year back in the United States after completing my 2018-2019 Fulbright ETA in Lanškroun, Czechia) and it has certainly been the most difficult. A year that began with rolling power outages, leaving millions of Californians without electricity, now concludes with a global pandemic that shut our schools so abruptly, many of us didn’t get to say goodbye to our students. Everything just came to a standstill.

School districts and states are now grappling with how to administer free and appropriate public education, a right to all students …

Jeden den stipendisty Kevina Currana: Pospěšte si a nedělejte nic.

„I got you babe… I got you babe…“ Tak se mi ozývá hudba z budíku každé další ráno v karanténě. Jak někteří filmoví nadšenci poznali, je to stejná píseň, která zní ve filmu Na Hromnice o den více, na kterou se probouzí každý den hlavní postava, ztvárněná Billem Murrayem.
Hlavní hrdina prožívá stále tentýž den znovu a znovu, což ho přivádí uprostřed té monotónnosti téměř k šílenství.

Co se mi zpočátku zdálo jako malý vtip, připomínající právě tento film, zapříčiněný pandemií koronaviru covid-19, bohužel přešlo velmi rychle během několika týdnů do celostátního stavu nouze. Kromě toho ale i do stavu nouze mysli, v níž jsem našel stav znudění prolínající se s otráveností stejně jako hlavní hrdina filmu.

Svůj pobyt v Česku jsem započal jako cizinec studující obor česká média a politologii na Fulbrightově stipendijním programu americko-české organizace založené za účelem podpory vzdělání, vědy a kultury mezi oběma zeměmi na Univerzitě Karlově.

Poté, co americké velvyslanectví ukončilo vešker…

Poslední měsíc stipendistky Marty Hudouskové

S odstupem několika týdnů a při pohledu na neblahou situaci v USA ohledně koronaviru, musím pochválit instituci University of Georgia, kde hostuji, za bleskové a správné rozhodnutí uzavřít univerzitu okamžitě z počátku pandemie. Stalo se tak hned během jarních prázdnin (7.-14.3.). V té době jsem trávila týden na Jamajce jako dobrovolnice s partou studentů z UGA. 

Na misiích zde působí františkáni, kterým jsme pomáhali na základní škole s výukou dětí, natírali komunitní centrum, nebo rozdávali jídlo bezdomovcům. Z univerzity jsme dostali e-mail, ať se tam vůbec nevracíme, a připravíme se na online výuku. Díky tomuto kroku jsou na tom Atény, naše univerzitní maloměsto, pokud jde o nakažené a zemřelé, velmi dobře.

Po příjezdu z prázdnin jsme každý, kdo byl v zahraničí, museli být ve 14denní karanténě. Mezitím univerzita přešla na online výuku a zároveň začátkem dubna guvernér státu Georgia vyhlásil „shelter-in-place order”, což je přísnější varianta „stay-at-home order”, který platí ve s…

Alumni Spotlight: Ilana Hartikainen

This week we share the achievements of one of our alumni, Ilana (Lani) Hartikainen, whose work in the area of teaching the socialist history of the Czech Republic in an online format has become particularly timely in the age of the coronavirus and online learning. Read on to learn more about how Ilana’s experience as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Liberec led involvement in the creation and development of the Socialism Realised project at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (USTR) in Prague. Post originally entitled: “History Teaching in the Age of the Coronavirus.”
Ilana Hartikainen was a Fulbright ETA in Liberec, Czech Republic in 2011-12. She spent 2012-14 getting her International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies and Political Science at the University of Glasgow and Corvinus University of Budapest, before moving to Prague and joining the Department of Education at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. In 2018, she st…

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Jan Strojil

This week we share the achievements of another one of our alumni, Dr. Jan Strojil, who has worked tirelessly since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis to help society and Fulbrighters alike. Read on to learn more about how Dr. Strojil’s active commitment to the Fulbright program as an alumnus led him to create English-friendly medical guidelines and services for our American grantees in the Czech Republic, who initially faced a large amount of uncertainty and anxiety due to the global pandemic.
Jan Strojil from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, is a Fulbright- Masaryk program alumnus from the 2015/2016 year. Dr. Strojil was a clear principal candidate for the selection committee, fitting all of the ideal qualities for this special scholarship as a scientist with broad involvement in civil society. The topic of his project, therapeutic drug monitoring and individualized dosing of antibiotics was a timely one, as the research in pharmac…