Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fulbright Scholar heads to Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art

It was announced this week that Mara Jevera Fulmer will be in the Fulbright Specialist Program at the Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art.

Fulmer is a professor and the program coordinator in graphic design at Mott Community College in Lapeer, Michigan, and will be teaching a short course on cultural journalism, MLive.com reports.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. government, designed to bring a cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and other countries. Fulmer is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the program.

Along with the cultural journalism class, Fulmer will also be addressing the intersection of art and design with social and political issues, according to MLive.com.

Fulmer said she is going to Russia to share her ideas on the practice of cultural journalism and communications, but to also look at her own ingrained negative views of Russia based on her maternal family history and the Cold War.

Fulmer's family's oral history is about them escaping from Russia in the early to mid-1920s when they were running from the Bolshevik Revolution, according to MLive.com.

"I often heard stories from my grandmother that prior to the revolution, the family summered in Tashkent and wintered in Askhabad in what was then called Turkistan - now called Turkmenistan," Fulmer said, according to to MLive.com. "Tamara - my grandmother - said that when the revolution finally made it to that region, my great-grandfather paid a border guard to allow my great-grandmother and the two children to cross into an area that is now modern day Iran, where they started their long trek through Europe."

Fulmer's work with the Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art will run from May 3 to May 18.