Fulbright Joint Supervision grantee, 2020/2021

“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi”

William Faulkner. An American writer and a Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford Mississippi.

Who would have thought of such a profound quote?

Though this quote may not make sense for some of you dear readers, if you are living somewhere faraway or even if you haven’t heard of such place like Mississippi. But I personally found this quote carrying such a profound meaning that can resonate with anyone living in other parts of the world. …


Eastman Johnson, Fulbright Student Researcher 2018–2019

My 15-month Fulbright tenure and research topic in Morocco was an accumulation of multiple obstacles, challenges, successes, and goals I had laid out before myself starting in 2012. It is almost impossible to discuss my Fulbright experience without first mentioning my experience with the U.S. Peace Corps (PC), since they both go hand-in-hand.

From 2014 to 2016, I served as a youth development Volunteer in Morocco and also simultaneously developed my master’s thesis project as a PC Master’s International student through the University of Cincinnati’s (UC) School of Planning.

The thesis project I created while in my small artisan community…


Hikayat #3:

Tara Deubel, U.S. Fulbright Scholar, 2018–2019

Greetings! I’m an Assistant Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa where I teach courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology, anthropology of development and human rights, the Middle East and North Africa, and visual anthropology. I have been interested in Morocco for over twenty years since I first visited the country in 1999. During 2006–07, I had a Fulbright-Hays fellowship to pursue my PhD dissertation research on oral poetry and songs in the Hassaniyya dialect of Arabic in Sahrawi communities. I have returned…


Hikayat #2

Becoming an Anthropologist: A Rite of Passage for a US Fulbrighter in Morocco

Gwyneth Talley, Fulbright Student Researcher 2015–2016

On a cold evening in Zagora, Khadeja and I held our rifles. We spent the day watching tbourida, the traditional Moroccan calvary charge, sport, and equestrian display. We cheered for our our friends, (and my research participants) as the only all-women troupe, test their mettle against other all-male troupes from across the region. We had journeyed 12 hours by van down from Kenitra to be a part of the festival. Now it was our turn to get some training in the centuries-old tradition. One of the grooms and male helpers of the…


Lily Haddad, Fulbright Student Researcher 2018–2019

“Today we’re going on a field trip!”

Soukaina excitedly told me one morning when I arrived to the community center where I did my research case study. Soukaina, one of the students in non-formal education, grabbed my hand so we could be a pair for our walk to the day’s destination: the Azrou Amazigh Culture Museum, just a few blocks up the hill. I had passed the building every day on my walk from the taxi stand to the community center, and yet I never realized it was a museum. Now, all thirty non-formal…


By: Abdelmounim Ait Hammou,

Nazareth College/ Master’s in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration

Iftar with housemates

Ramadan in U.S.A under Quarantine

It has been a challenging end-of semester for all students across the globe, especially for international students in the United States where the pandemic seems to have spread exponentially fast. As a matter of fact, it becomes even harder when you have to spend most of the holidays isolated from family and friends; however, it has been interesting to experience my first Ramadan away from my home-country, and precisely in the midst of what is happening globally. …


By: David Balgley, U.S. Fulbright student researcher alumnus

Photo taken at Banasa, a Roman site in the Gharb region. July 2019

After my Fulbright experience in Morocco, I got my M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and I will be starting a PhD in Development Sociology at Cornell in the fall to continue my research on land and water governance in the Gharb region of Morocco. …


By: Marwane El Alaoui

Marwane El Alaoui is a 2019–2020 Humphrey Fellow at the University of Boston. He serves as a Magistrate in the Court of Accounts; the Supreme Audit Institution in Morocco

“During these historical moments, the world is facing one of the biggest challenges. For me, it is something I’ve never seen in my life, and it is also something I am experimenting during my Humphrey fellowship year in the US. This program helped me to hone my leadership skills in order to seek a better future for the people. …


By: Ivan Solomon, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at ENS Rabat

“My time in Morocco presented me with many unexpected challenges. Though I consider myself to be quite adaptable and resilient, it took me months to get over the constant otherizing I faced. Friends were helpful, as was my host family, but the most meaningful support I received came from my first-year students at Ecole Normale Superieure. They treated me with a normalness that was rare to find outside of the college. I could be myself because they found me, not necessarily where I came from, interesting. …


Interviewed by: Sarah Robyn

David Packer was born in England and has lived in the United States since 1983, including Miami and New York. He graduated from Florida State University, Tallahassee, with an MFA, in 1994. Highlights of his substantial exhibition record include Exit Art and the Garth Clark Gallery, both in New York City, as well as Navta Schultz Gallery, Chicago. He has participated in international shows in Morocco, France and Japan. As a curator, his work has been included three times in the Spring Break Art Fair. He has also been in residence at Yaddo, the Kohler Arts/Industry…

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