Green Horses on the Walls

U.S. Fulbright Alumna Cristina A. Bejan will be releasing her second book, titled Green Horses on the Walls, in May 2020 (Finishing Line Press).

About the volume: “Green Horses on the Walls is a collection of poems that I have written in English (mostly), Romanian and French that I have performed on open mic stages over the past ten years under my stage name, Lady Godiva. As many of you know Busboys & Poets in Washington DC is an incubator of creativity and freedom of thought. As a very nervous and lonely post-doc in 2010 I rode my bike to their former location on 5th & K to share something I had written. Since then spoken word poetry has been a central part of my life. I never thought these poems would be in print and to those unfamiliar with spoken word poetry, they may seem unconventional. Some may be shocking. All are honest. And I believe that honesty is one way we can change the world. I write about love, exile, identity, inherited trauma, the crimes of communism, mental health and sexual assault. The collection also includes my own translations of two poems by iconic and inspirational Romanian poets Nina Cassian and Ana Blandiana.”

The volume is available for pre-order here.

Cristina A. Bejan is a Fulbright and Rhodes Scholar. She has had fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the Wilson Center and Georgetown University. She received her Masters and DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford and her BA in Philosophy (Honors) from Northwestern University, where she also studied theatre.

Essay Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

Are you thinking of applying for a Fulbright Student Award?

Are you considering applying to a graduate program in the U.S.?

On Thursday, March 5, from 17:00 to 18:00, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission will be hosting the workshop “Making Your Way to U.S. Admission: Essay Writing Approaches for Graduates,” coordinated by Dr. Alexandra Tipei, 2019-2020 U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

Join us to discuss components of strong essays, analyze excerpts from successful Fulbright applications, and consider which skills or qualifications to emphasize. The workshop will also address matters of tone, language and style helpful for effective essay writing.

For attendance, please register at

Winter Orientation and Mid-Term Seminar for U.S. Fulbright Grantees, February 2020

On February 20, 2020, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission organized its traditional Orientation Seminar devoted to the American Fulbright grantees present in Romania for the academic year 2019-2020 and to greeting the newly arrived U.S. Fulbright Scholars.

The seven new Fulbright grantees were welcomed by U.S. and Romanian high officials, and received information on different topical subjects, including consular, security, political, economic and health briefings, from U.S. Embassy experts. Romanian and U.S. alumni of the program briefed the new grantees on adjusting to Romanian academic life and culture, on adapting to the teaching and research environment in Romanian universities.

The entire group of U.S. grantees then participated in the mid-term seminar, a roundtable discussion in which they shared their experience after the conclusion of the first semester teaching and/or doing research in Romania.

In the evening, the U.S. Fulbright grantees participated in the Reception organized at Casa Oamenilor de Știință, where they were welcomed by H.E. Adrian Zuckerman, U.S. Ambassador to Romania, who recently assumed his duties in Romania and was present for the first time in a Fulbright event. The event was attended by a large number of U.S. and Romanian officials, Romanian alumni and friends of the program.

On the second day of the event, Friday, February 21, the group participated in a Bucharest City tour including visits to the Palace of Parliament and the National Museum of Art.

More photos are available on the Commission's Facebook Page.

U.S. Fulbrighters to Romania Participate in the Annual EU-NATO Seminar

Elli Wiita and Colin Cutler recently joined fellow Fulbrighters from around Europe for the annual EU-NATO seminar in Brussels and Luxembourg.
Over four days, they explored and spoke with representatives of the US Embassy in Luxembourg, the European Court of Justice, the European Commission, and NATO. Representatives included an EU judge at the General Court, embassy public affairs officers, and experts in cybersecurity at NATO.
For Colin, who studied in England in the middle of the Brexit debates, it was a helpful insight into the EU’s processes for passing legislation and representing Europeans and how that has played into the rhetoric of Brexit. “On the one hand, ‘the unelected bureaucrats’ don’t actually pass laws—their proposals have to be approved by the Council, which has a representative from every member state. But, on the other hand, it was only in 2009 that the European Parliament, whose members represent constituencies, received legislative power under the Treaty of Lisbon.”
Read more: U.S. Fulbrighters to Romania Participate in EU-NATO Seminar

News from Fulbright Alumnus Ciprian Dumitrache

“In December 2019, I was invited by EUROAVIA Bucharest (the European Association of Aerospace Students) to give a seminar at the DebateX Unity 2019. Part of the event I had the opportunity to talk with the aerospace engineering students from University Politehnica of Bucharest about my academic experience as a Fulbright scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology and share my technical knowledge on the topic of supersonic propulsions systems. The seminar titled ‘Recent Developments in Scramjet Propulsion: elements of plasma assisted combustion & plasma spectroscopy’, discussed a novel approach for igniting and stabilizing scramjet engines using laser-generated plasma (this was the main topic of my PhD research at Colorado State University).

EUROAVIA is an international student association with several Local Groups across Europe that spread and live the EUROAVIA spirit, a set of common values based upon hard work, innovation, cultural awareness, team-work and international networking. EUROAVIA comprises of 42 local groups, in 18 countries for a total of more than 2000 members.

DebateX stands out from the other projects of the Association and is one of the events that strongly supports the mission of EUROAVIA Bucharest, namely to help shape the future leaders in the aerospace field. With the main tool being the debate, the event has its own proposes to highlight an essential feature that underlies human relations: communication. The topic of this edition's discussions was closely related to the concept of ‘Supersonic Aircraft’, a relevant topic in the current context, which has repercussions on contemporary aviation, given the massive intensification of air traffic and the need to facilitate the process transport.” – Ciprian Dumitrache, 2011-2012 Fulbright Student @ Georgia Institute of Technology, in the field of Aerospace Engineering

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