Ambassadors Storm DC

In Washington, DC with fellow Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors Prof. Guenet Abraham from University of Maryland, Prof. Priya Menon from Troy University, and Prof. Vanessa Mari from Nevada State College.

Fellow Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador Prof. Vanessa Mari is on TikTok. She grabbed a few of us at our recent meeting in DC to ask impromptu questions about applying for a Fulbright Award. My question was, How did you approach the application? Here’s my answer (and transcript). If you’re thinking of applying, check out Vanessa’s other awesome TikTok vids.

“Hi, I’m Jeffrey Stanley. I’m an adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch School of
the Arts and at Drexel University. I was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in
2018-19, researching early 20th century Bengali film and theatre and
their impact on India’s nascent Independence Movement.

My tip for YOU regarding the application: take it seriously, tell a
story about YOURSELF, take some time with it. It’s not a quick form
you’re going to fill out and then your bio is going to ride you through
the application process. You are telling about YOURSELF. They have your
bio, they have your CV. What else do you want them to know about why
this trip is important to you, and why your work will be important to
the world afterward.”

Life Stories

What a terrific evening of Bengali and English language theatre. The Kushilob theatre company in Delaware, I know from past experience, doesn’t shy away from Realist plays that address topical dilemmas and social issues, but their performance in Wilmington on on 6/19/22, part of an evening of 3 short plays in collaboration with Epic Actors’ Workshop (NJ) and Ebong TheatriX (DC) entitled “Theater in Life,” was a bold endeavor.

When I go to sleep haunted by the show I’ve seen, still turning it over in my mind, I know I’ve experienced a night of great theatre with a purpose to challenge our assumptions, not reassure us. We have Hollywood and Broadway for that. As has been said by others more elegantly over the years, I know something has truth in it if it troubles me, and all of these shows had that impact.

Evoking for me everything from Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls… and

Midnight Blues

Please join the Independent Film Circle on Zoom next Saturday, June 11th at 10:30am EST for a screening of the 30-minute film “Midnight Blues” followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Bipuljit Basu.

“Midnight Blues” is about the director’s work with the children of sex workers growing up in one of Kolkata’s red light districts. Bipuljit Basu is an impact filmmaker, author, and producer of Indian hybrid cinema and documentaries. His goal is to bring less known South Asian marginal stories into mainstream film and media.

As always, this live, online event is free but pregregistration is required. Message me if you’d like to join.