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2019-20 Europeans in the USA

How much ‘Italianity’ there’s in Americans

It has been 173 days and 18 hours ca. since I landed in the United States for my Fulbright-Shuman experience. Such an experience. I never expected that my “cultural ambassador” duties would have been so intense. But let’s say: an extreme pleasure. Luckily enough, my project on Privacy and profiling had me ended up at the MIT Media Lab, i.e. a melting pot of cultures, backgrounds, races, and minds from all over the world.

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2018-19 Europeans in the USA

Design your life through Fulbright

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman Stoic Philosopher The Roman Philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca almost 2000 years ago described what the spirit of Fulbright simply is today: exchange of ideas, knowledge, culture in order to enhance vigor in our minds and our life. To receive […]

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2018-19 Europeans in the USA

What it’s like to live the Fulbright-Schuman experience in California

The Fulbright-Schuman Program offered me the extraordinary opportunity of working on my research project in California, collaborating with other researchers and students in one of the best cognitive science labs of the U.S., which has been very worthy for my professional career. I spent 5 months as a predoctoral visitor student in UC Merced researching […]

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2018-19 Europeans in the USA

Searching for Historical Perspectives

My visit to Columbia University is drawing to a close. The four months I have spent here have been an extraordinary period, and I’m grateful to Fulbright for making it possible. It is next to impossible to describe in detail all the highlights and opportunities that the program has granted me. As a visiting scholar […]

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2017-18 Europeans in the USA

Passage from the Balkans to the Tropical Congo and Harvard

From The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You “I tell you what I will and don’t ask me why… I think life is a dream and what you dream I live” “Human beings are magical. Bios and Logos. Words made flesh, muscle and bone animated by hope and desire, belief materialized in deeds, […]

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2017-18 Europeans in the USA

A Taste of the Big Apple

Spending five months studying in New York was an enriching experience that challenged my idea of the United States. Before going into the nitty gritty of my experience, some background is needed as to why I decided to study in the US. Mid-way through the second year of my PhD in Law at the European […]

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2017-18 Europeans in the USA

Being a Fulbright-Schuman Visiting Scholar (and a Mother) in Lawrence, Kansas

It has been now over a month that I left my ‘family’ at the KU Special Education Department in Lawrence, Kansas, and I cannot think of a better time to reflect back on what has been one of the most productive (and fun!) year of my academic and personal life. When I applied for the […]

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2017-18 Europeans in the USA

Brief Reflections on my Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship at Yale University

From September 2016 to April 2017, thanks to the Fulbright Schuman grant, I spent eight months at Yale University as a pre-doctoral research fellow. During this time, I had the chance to finalize my PhD project ‘The business of state-building: How business associations shaped the performance of local governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina’. Having recently […]

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2017-18 Europeans in the USA

Five of my favorite “American moments”

During the past five-and-a-half months, thanks to the Fulbright Schuman grant, I have been conducting my research at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. It has been a fantastic time, which allowed me not only to delve into my project on “Forms of Foreign Policy Cooperation in the Unraveled Transatlantic […]

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2016-17 Europeans in the USA

My Schuman-Fulbright research experience at George Mason University, Northern Virginia

In January 2017, I came to the Washington DC area to investigate the representation of Islam and Muslims in higher education, Islam on campus for short. George Mason University (GMU) was my case study for my Fulbright-Schuman research project. The rationale for choosing GMU was because the university is one of the most ethnically diverse […]