Backstage at the Metropolitan Opera

This February in New York, One To World hosted Fulbright Scholars and Fulbright Students as distinguished guests at the Metropolitan Opera.

Source: http://www.metopera.org/

The Outside View of the Metropolitan Opera

Scholars from Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Jordan, Lithuania, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey were among the delighted audience at the event.

Fulbrighters take picture together before entering the Metropolitan Opera

Fulbrighters take a picture together before entering the Metropolitan Opera

The first program on the agenda was a live performance of Le Nozze di Figaro, a popular comedy composed by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart about love, power, and fidelity. Besides the comical plot, which caused the audience to burst with laughter, the Scholars and Students were amused by the singing and music.

Source: http://www.metopera.org/

Actors performing a scene

The highlight of the event was the backstage tour, which granted the group access to the performers. Scholars were fascinated to see all the work that went into making the productions successful, and were astonished to meet and greet Roberto Alagna, a world class famous French tenor. In the words of Mathilde Peron, a Fulbright Student from France, “it was amazing!”

[Left to right) Fulbright Scholars Marcia Graminha from Brazil and Arunima Chauduri from India and Fulbright students, Margarita Elisa Troetsch from Panama and Ekaterina Kryakhova from Russia

[Left to right) Fulbright Scholars Marcia Graminha from Brazil and Arunima Chauduri from India and Fulbright students, Margarita Elisa Troetsch from Panama and Ekaterina Kryakhova from Russia

In the end, the group left with new friends, entertained minds, and a deep appreciation for the arts.

New friends, Fulbright Scholars Tawfiq Farouk from Jordan and Amilcar Pereira from Brazil

New friends, Fulbright Scholars Tawfiq Farouk from Jordan and Amilcar Pereira from Brazil

 

Fall Fun with Fulbright and Family!

Boston Fulbright Scholars and their families enjoyed a beautiful Fall Foliage tour To Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, Massachusetts. Scholars enjoyed a short hike to a boulder that had been deposited by an ancient glacier and a tour by the caretaker for the Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Scholars and families exploring the Audubon Society Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

The Fulbright party continued to Apple Fest. There were food and craft vendors, musical performances, and the Skyride ski lift to the observation tower at the top of the mountain. The foliage was at its peak with beautiful bright colors. Fall is a truly magnificent season to enjoy New England’s vibrant flora.

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The Skyride to the summit

Art and Apples with Fulbright Scholars from the Big Apple

Autumn in the USA is a time for many traditional harvest-related activities. Our New York City Fulbright Scholars and their families were able to participate in seasonal festivities through the Enrichment Program. On a beautiful fall morning, the group drove up to Storm King Art Center, a famous 500-acre outdoor sculpture park and museum that celebrates the harmonious yet dramatic interaction between sculpture and the surrounding landscape. They were guided through the museum to learn about the art, its engineering, local history, and to appreciate the beautiful fall foliage that surrounded them. Guides encouraged the visiting team to look at each work from a variety of angles and really consider the different emotions that they evoke. After a period of solo exploration, the group came together for an outdoor lunch at Storm King’s picnic grounds.

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The Fulbright group at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY

The Fulbright group departed from Storm King and drove to Pennings Orchards. They picked apples, went on a wagon ride around the beautiful grounds, and enjoyed apple cider and donuts. Children were able to meet pygmy goats, and climb haystacks; while adults appreciated the marvelous landscape and the farmers market.

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Fulbright scholars on a tour at Storm King Art Center

“We had wanted to go upstate in the autumn and see the beautiful views of the trees and the hills in those colors! And it was a perfect mix of culture and nature for us, keeping it interesting both for the kids and for us. Very engaging!” -Agustina Del Campo from Argentina; Columbia University

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Fulbright scholars and their families enjoying a wagon ride at Pennings Orchards

 

 

Fulbrighters on the Chesapeake Bay

On Saturday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 30, two separate groups of Fulbright scholars boarded an old, traditional Skipjack boat on the Chesapeake Bay. The groups docked at a bayside restaurant for a local seafood lunch and then sailed across the water as they learned about the Chesapeake Bay’s endangered ecosystem – and the history of the Chesapeake Bay’s lucrative crab and oyster businesses. After the educational journey, the scholars roamed the streets of Annapolis before boarding a shuttle back to Washington, DC.This event was organized by Jeanine Greene.

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Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Seminar in Chicago

From March 28th – 31st, a group of 66 visiting Fulbright scholars gathered in Chicago, Illinois for a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar, titled: “Diversity: A Chicago Work in Progress.”  Seminar activities included a welcome reception featuring a jazz singer, a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, various panels on diversity in education and in the workplace, volunteer activities, and various ethnic and home hospitality dinners. This event was made possible by WorldChicago and organized by Peggy Parfenoff, Executive Director.

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Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Seminar in Birmingham

From March 7th – 10th, a group of 65 visiting Fulbright scholars convened in Birmingham, Alabama for a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar, titled: “Human Rights: Building a Society that Protects Human Rights and Celebrates Ethnicity.”  The scholars traveled from their various host institutions all over the country and represented 60 countries from six world regions.

Activities in Birmingham included tours of both the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Rosa Parks Museum, a panel discussion on the history of civil rights, home hospitality dinners, a visit to the Alabama State Capitol, and a neighborhood alley party.

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