Fall Foliage Tour

October 19: Boston-area Fulbright Visiting Scholars and their family members spent a day taking in the New England fall colors at a nearby nature sanctuary and festival.

Scholars began the day at the Audobon Society’s “Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary,” a former farmstead surrounded by woodlands, wetlands and meadows.  Naturalists led the group on a tour of the farmstead and surrounding nature, where they had the chance to see a giant boulder deposited by an ancient glacier. Children had a chance to feed the farm’s sheep and enjoyed running in the fields and playing with the milkweed fluff that blowed around them.

Scholars see an ancient glacial rock at the Audobon Sanctuary

Scholars see an ancient glacial rock at the Audobon Sanctuary.

Walking the trails at the Audobon Sanctuary

Walking the trails at the Audobon Sanctuary.

Next Scholars went to the Wachusett Mountain Applefest where they enjoyed food, rides, games, shopping and performances. They ended the trip with a Skyride lift to the mountain summit where, surrounded by fall colors, they enjoyed a clear view all the way to Boston and New Hampshire.

View of New Hampshire mountains from the Skyride.

View of New Hampshire mountains from the Skyride.

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“Jack Lemmon Returns” at the Broad Stage

January 11: Fulbright Visiting Scholars got to experience a bit of Hollywood history at the performance of Jack Lemmon Returns, a one-man show narrating the life of classic comedic actor Jack Lemmon through the eyes of his son, Christopher. The play explored their complex father-son relationship amidst tales of the Beverly Hills circles in which Lemmon moved. It was performed at the Broad Stage, a part of Santa Monica Community College, which aims to provide a major center for the arts away from downtown Los Angeles. Following the play, Scholars ate dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant where they discussed cultural insights gained from the play. Overall the event was an exciting opportunity for Scholars to experience unique aspects of Southern California culture.

Poster for the play, "Jack Lemmon Returns."

Poster for the play, “Jack Lemmon Returns.”

Fulbrighters enjoyed seeing Christopher Lemmon portray his father in "Jack Lemmon Returns."

Fulbrighters enjoyed seeing Christopher Lemmon portray his father in Jack Lemmon Returns.

Online Instruction: Implications for the Future of Higher Education

April 30, 2014 (Standford University):  Scholars gathered at Stanford University where Candace Thille, Director, Open Learning initiative, discussed the state of the art in online learning, how people learn digitally and how to adapt the design of online courses. Lunch was followed by a tour of the Main Quad and Memorial Church at Stanford then on to afternoon meeting at the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). SCPD has been offering online advanced degrees in the School of Engineering since 1997.

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Fall Foliage and Apple Fesitval Excursion

Sunday, October 20, 2013: 30 Fulbright Visiting Scholars and their families made their way to the Wachusett Meadows Audubon Sanctuary to see the changing of the leaves and to enjoy some lovely fall weather. Following the stop at the Sanctuary, the group went to the Wachusett Apple Festival to have lunch, ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy the festival!Applefest 1 Applefest 2 Applefest 3 Applefest 4

A Day on the Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis, MD.

A group of Fulbright Scholars enjoyed a day-long trip out on the Chesapeake Bay with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation staff last month. They took a 100 year old skip-jack and enjoyed the clear skies and sunshine despite unusually cool April weather. They had lunch at an old waterman’s hangout, set the sails, dredged for oysters, talked about the history of the local waterman’s culture, and the environmental challenges that the Chesapeake Bay is facing today. The scholars were thrilled with a large catch of oysters pulled in from the dredge.

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Wild West Trip

March 30-31, 2013.

A group of Fulbright Visiting Students and Scholars had the opportunity to take a 2 day excursion out to Bisbee, Tombstone, and Douglas, Arizona, last month. They all traveled by bus together and were accompanied by a U.S. Fulbright Alum who told them about the history of the Wild West and the mining and labor movements in Arizona.

Their first stop was the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum. They were given a guided tour of the museum and learned about the history of Bisbee beginning in the early 20th century. They were they given a guided tour of the mine which included a 1,500 ft decent into the mine. Their guide, a retired Phelps Dodge employee, described the mining process, the structure of the mine, the history, and several interesting events.

They spent the night in the historic Gadsden Hotel in Douglas, which is also apparently haunted! A couple scholars claimed they had “felt” something unusual.

They spent the following day at the Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone. The scholars learned about the Wild West/cowboy folklore portrayed on the epitaphs. They then drove into the town and took a tour of the court house. They also rode around the town in a stagecoach and learned about the history of the shootout at O.K. Corral, the Big Nose Kate Saloon (Doc Holiday’s lover), the Bird Cage Theatre, and other interesting places.

The Fulbright Scholars and Students loved learning about the history of the Wild West and connecting these historic events to movies they’ve seen.

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