The Wonders of the Universe and the Words of Lincoln

Now that spring has sprung, Fulbright Visiting Scholars are able to enjoy wonderful weather and beautiful blooms! A group of Scholars in the Los Angeles area recently visited The Huntington Library and Gardens where they toured the drought-resistant spring planters on a docent-led tour.

Huntington Gardens

Huntington Gardens

The president of Huntington Library, Laura Skandera Trombley, greeted the group and gave them an overview of the Library. Appropriately, Trombley also serves as Chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and Fulbright holds a special place in her heart.

Laura Trombley speaking to Scholars - LA

Laura Skandera Trombley speaks with Fulbright Visiting Scholars at The Huntington Library

Scholars explored the library to find original copies of the Gutenberg Bible, works by Geoffrey Chaucer and letters by Abraham Lincoln.

Scholars also had the opportunity to visit Caltech, where they heard from top astrophysicists on infrared photography in outer space and the possibility of life in other universes. It was a full day of exploration and enrichment!

Scholar group photo

Scholars enjoy a break during an exciting day in Los Angeles

 

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Scholars Cheer on the Brooklyn Nets

On February 1, 2016, Fulbright Scholars and their families were hosted by One To World in downtown Brooklyn for an evening of fun and basketball at the Barclay’s Center. Scholars enjoyed a riveting basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Detroit Pistons. The purpose of meeting at a popular sporting and entertainment center was to give Scholars and their families the full experience of the American sports culture.

[Right to left] Taiwanese Scholar Hanhsing Lee, and his son.

[Right to left] Taiwanese Scholar Hanhsing Lee, and his son.

Scholars from countries like Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom were able to enjoy this event together.

(From left to right) Senegalese scholar, Salious Dione and Nigerian scholar, Patricia Odumosu

[From left to right] Senegalese scholar, Salious Dione and Nigerian scholar, Patricia Odumosu

During the game, Scholars learned about America’s passionate love for basketball, foreign players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league, and the Barclays Center’s role in the community. Scholars and their families easily assimilated into the culture of American sportsmanship! They high-fived everyone in their section, stood up as the national anthem of the United States was harmoniously projected from the speakers, cheered passionately when the Nets scored and booed just as passionately when the rivalry team scored, danced in and out of their seats to the music and bought hot dogs and other tasty items from food vendors.

Fulbright scholars and their families enjoying the game.

Fulbright scholars and their families enjoying the game.

Despite the surprising loss (the scores were so close!) by the Brooklyn Nets, it was an unquestionably great experience. In the words of Katherine Gash, a Fulbright Scholar from the United Kingdom at Columbia, “It was fantastic! Great atmosphere and hot dogs! It was great to meet other Fulbrighters. The game was fast and very fast moving and I really enjoyed all the music/atmosphere. The national anthem pre match was lovely to hear. I loved it. It was a real American experience!” This was the universal sentiment expressed by all who attended the event.

In the end, Scholars and their families left with full stomachs, joyful hearts, a renewed feeling of community, and a better understanding of America’s culture beyond the four walls of their offices and homes.

Brazillan scholar, Amilcar Pereira displaying his newly acquired Black History Month Brooklyn Brooklyn Nets shirt.

Brazillian scholar, Amilcar Pereira displaying his newly acquired Black History Month Brooklyn Nets shirt.