Seminarium dla stypedystów Fulbrighta w Berlinie

 Fot. Stefan Zeitz, Fulbright Kommission

Fot. Stefan Zeitz, Fulbright Kommission

W ostatnim tygodniu marca do Berlina przyjechali amerykańscy stypendyści Fulbrighta przebywający na grancie w Europie oraz niemieccy studenci, którzy niebawem sami wyjadą na stypendium do Stanów Zjednoczonych. Wśród grupy liczącej ponad 500 osób znaleźli się także nasi stypendyści: Austin Batson, Lauren Dubowski, Timothy Beavers, McKenzie Hightower i Benjamin Rabin. W ciągu pięciu dni uczestnicy Berlin Seminar mieli szansę poznać jedną z najbardziej dynamicznych europejskich stolic, nawiązać kontakty z Fulbrightczykami z innych krajów oraz wziąć udział w warsztatach i panelach dyskusyjnych.

Uczestnicy wydarzenia rozmawiali m.in. o swojej przygodzie z Programem Fulbrighta w różnych krajach oraz o sytuacji politycznej i społecznej w Europie i USA. Na zakończenie część stypendystów wygłosiła prezentacje, w których podsumowywali swoją dotychczasową pracę w ramach grantu Fulbrighta oraz dzielili się doświadczeniami zdobytymi w odmiennych kontekstach kulturowych. Poniżej możecie przeczytać relacje naszych stypendystów z Berlin Seminar 2017:

Photo of Austin Batson

The four days I spent there were some of the most informative and enjoyable of my time in Europe. I met and conversed with Fulbrighters from Germany, Spain, Andorra, the UK, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, and Bulgaria. Each had their own experiences and stories to share. We discussed different teaching positions, different requirements in the classroom, different levels of support and funding by country commissions, and life in Europe. I found several strategies that I bring back to and implement in my Polish classes.

Overall, the Berlin Seminar was one of the highlights of my grant. I connected with other motivated people, discussed ways to improve our teaching, and shared personal experiences.

R. Austin Batson
English Teaching Assistant, Uniwersytet w Białymstoku
Photo of Ben Rabin

I found the Berlin Seminar experience to be rewarding and enlightening. I was able to compare my experiences so far in Poland with other ETAs, primarily those from Spain and Germany. Their teaching responsibilities vastly differ from mine, though all of us are exploring interesting and unique ways to engage with our respective host community.

The Berlin Seminar effectively cast light on the geopolitical, economic and humanitarian issues that seemed to be on every attendant’s mind. We discussed the consequences of Brexit, Trump and the refugee crisis in a manner that was productive and informative. I was especially grateful to have a chance to hear Berlin’s undersecretary speak on these issues and answer interesting questions from Fulbright grantees. These multidisciplinary panels, discussions and presentations, combined with the opportunity to explore Berlin, made the trip well worth it!

Benjamin Rabin
English Teaching Assistant, Politechnika Koszalińska
Photo of Lauren Dubowski

The Berlin Seminar was a wonderful opportunity to connect with other members of the Fulbright Program from different disciplines, both formally and informally. I particularly enjoyed the meeting and Q&A with Ms. Sawslan Chebli, who is working with the Berlin city government on international relations. Hearing from other research fellows through their presentations, as well as in the „mapping” workshop for our specific group of grantees, provided some valuable perspective on my time in Poland thus far and still ahead (as well as the chance to give back to the program, by listening to and providing support for others on their Fulbright journeys).

Lauren Dubowski
U.S. Student Researcher, Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego
Photo of McKenzie Hightower

Although I learned a lot at this conference, I think my biggest take away was simply meeting Fulbrighters from other countries. They presented such interesting ideas that I wish to take back to Poland. One of them included starting a debate team across the country, each university practicing and then sending teams to travel to other Fulbright connected universities. Furthermore, the other participants were simply engaging and wonderful people that reminded me why I love education and why I want to continue down this path.

McKenzie Hightower
English Teaching Assistant, Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej
The Berlin Seminar proved to be a highlight in my grant experience. This event provided me with the opportunity to network with other Fulbrighters from across Europe as well as to learn more about a variety of projects being conducted through Fulbright and to consider my Fulbright experience thus far.
When we were not in seminar talks or discussion panels, the German Fulbright Commission structured the event to allow for time to either explore Berlin or just to get to know other attendees. I met many German nationals who were preparing for their trips to the US in the fall through Fulbright as well as many American grantees who were able to tell me about their experiences (mostly in Spain and Germany). I found it quite fascinating to discuss a range of topics with them from the various education systems of the countries to even what their Fulbright experiences have been like so far. It was additionally neat to represent Poland at this conference since many of the fellow attendees had either never been to Poland before and/or were somewhat unfamiliar with what the various regions of Poland are like.
Timothy Beavers
English Teaching Assistant, Uniwersytet Warszawski

Dłuższą relację i zdjęcia z wydarzenia można znaleźć na stronie Komisji Fulbrighta w Niemczech (artykuł w j. angielskim).