Oct - Nov 2010 |  Volume # 4 , Issue # 10-11

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Visiting Fulbright Specialist receives UNESCO Religious Scholar Award

Dr. M. Aslam Khaki, a prominent lawyer and Juris consultant has recently been awarded ‘Religious Scholar Award’ on International Teachers Day by UNESCO. The award was presented by Dr.Warren Mellor, Director /Rep UNESCO Pakistan in recognition of Dr. Khaki's services in the field of Human Rights and peace education. Dr. Khaki was a U.S. Fulbright Visiting Specialist in the Direct Access to Muslim World Program in the year 2007 and he attributes his success to the experience and exposure, he has gained during his Fulbright experience.

“I am of the firm belief that besides my academic and professional career and efforts, my experience in the U.S. as Fulbright Visiting Specialist 2007 and USEFP's encouragement and sharing at various meetings definitely contributed to my entitlement for the said award.” He added.

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Skardu chapter holds debate competition in Baltistan

The new Skardu USEFP Alumni chapter has recently  helped organized a one day debate competition at Baltistan Higher Secondary School for English Access Micro scholarship Program participants. Nine schools participated in the event and the activities included competitions in speech, English, drama, and national song. The event was organized by GRACE Association, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, as part of a 2 year English Access Micro scholarship Program for adolescents from economically disadvantaged families.


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Eminent Fulbright scholars talk to Alumni

With the help of Islamabad/Rawalpindi Chapters, Fulbright/Humphrey Alumni Association has recently started a regular series of informal Fulbright Lectures. The lectures are held on every alternate Wednesday evening, usually at USEFP office. Visiting Fulbright Scholars, Dr. Colette Morrow, Dr. Frances Anderson and Dr. Ann Marlow Riedling gave talks on different topics related to their fields.

The series of informal lectures started with Dr. Colette Morrow, who is an expert on Gender Studies and is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University Calumet Hammond. The talk was arranged on September 29th, 2010 at 4:00 pm. Her topic was “Education: A two way bridge to cultural understanding”. She talked about the feminist critiques of exchange and its solutions.

Dr. Colette Morrow is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, Calumet. Her areas of Specialization include Women's and Gender Studies, Early Modern Literature and Rhetoric, Feminist Theories (Global Feminisms), Chicana Literature and Rhetoric and Global Leadership.

She has the Honors of many associations including Editorial Board, NWSA Journal; President & President Elect, National Women's Studies Association (2002-2004) and Chair, NWSA International Task Force (2005-2009). Her list of Publications and Presentations include 25+ Book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings; 16 Plenary presentations at international conferences; 60+ Invited or juried presentations at international, national, and regional conferences and universities; and books on 1) social, political, and economic aspects of women and work in the U.S., 2) the history of Women's Studies, and 3) the women's movement in post-Soviet Belarus (forthcoming

The next lecture was by Dr. Frances Anderson, who is Illinois State University Distinguished Professor of Art Emerita, and is currently on the faculty at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, USA. She is also a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist. A founding member of the American Art Therapy Association, Dr. Anderson founded and directed the graduate art therapy program at Illinois State University until 2002. Her clinical work includes: sexually abused children, children with all kinds of disabilities, physically abused children, adult females who were sexually abused as children. She is an author of several books and articles. She was the first art therapist in the US to receive a Fulbright Senior Scholar award (2002) and spent four months teaching art therapy courses for the Instituto Nacionale Universitario del Arte (IUNA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Anderson has also served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Art Therapy teaching in Taiwan (2005), Thailand (2008), and Pakistan (April and May, 2010).

She gave a very interesting talk on Art Therapy: definition of the profession. Her focus was on explaining the role of Art therapists in using art to create self awareness and to cope with challenges and traumas. Art therapists use art to treat and heal individuals, groups and communities for psychological, clinical, spiritual and medical problems. The American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA) and The Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc (ATCB) grants degrees to registered Art Therapists.


Dr. Anderson conducted various workshops at USEFP and some of these are also covered by media http://thenews.com.pk/08-10-2010/islamabad/8847.htm

Dr. Ann Marlow Riedling talked about Information Literacy, Research and Information Retrieval. Dr. Riedling talked about the importance, uses and methods to access Information literacy. The theme of the talk was ‘to learn to learn’. Ann Marlow Riedling, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida. Please find attached CV of Dr. Riedling. She also delivered the a presentation at Higher Education Commission of Pakistan on " Developing Libraries for the 21st Century" . She also gave presentations at Allama Iqbal Open University and various other universities.

Dr. Riedling has worked in the field of Library and Information Science for over 30 years. She has worked in all areas of librarianship — school, academic, public, law, health, but her primary focus is school. Dr. Riedling served as a Teacher Librarian for 12 years in a high school, three in a middle, one in an elementary; and two years with a School for the Blind. Ann has worked as an Associate Professor since 1996. She served as the Chair of the Teacher Librarian (TL) Program for eight years at Spalding University, Louisville, KY. Dr. Riedling taught every TL course at least twice and oversaw all fieldwork experiences. Ann is an Instructor at San José State University and the Coordinator of their Teacher Librarian Credential Program. Dr. Riedling has a long list of local and international publications, awards and honors on her credit.




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Welcome reception at the ASU, Tempe

A welcome reception in honor of Fulbright/Humphrey Alumni and graduate students was held at the Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. The reception was hosted by IIE Rocky Mountain regional Center and the Arizona State University International Students and Scholars Office, at the University Club Heritage Room. It was attended by the recipients of the Fulbright award, including Pakistani Fulbright grantees – Dr. Shaheena Ayub Bhatti , Visiting Fulbright Scholar at University of Arizona, Tueson and an alumnus , Sadia Mehmood; Fulbright masters student at Arizona State University, Tempe and three Humphreys – Mukeshkumar Ropeta, Malik Siraj Akbar and Javed Afridi.


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  Prof. Dr. Ashraf, President Fulbright /Humphrey Alumni Association to submit flood relief donation to ICRC

Fulbright/Humphrey Alumni had an informal get together  and lunch on October 3, Sunday at Islamabad Club. These gatherings, aim to foster networking among members, are held on bi-monthly basis. In order to help the flood victims, alumni collected funds for the flood victims. The members contributed graciously  and the total collection made by all the alumni tuned out to be PKR 120, 000/-. The chapter president  Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf (NUST) will collectively submit the donation to ICRC Pakistan.

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