In spring 2019, Greek Program Coordinator Els Siakos Hanappe gave two Fulbright presentations on Graduate Studies in the U.S. and the Fulbright Scholarship Program to students of Democritus University of Thrace at the School of Engineering in Xanthi and at the School of Social Administration and Political Science in Komotini. The third meeting was held at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in Alexandroupolis as a roundtable discussion with the students.
Moreover, a Train the Trainers Meeting took place in the afternoon in Komotini around the central theme of environmental awareness and education. Some fifteeen local teachers gathered at the beautiful Komotini Clubhouse - Λέσχη Κομοτηναίων - to listen to Constantinos Triantafillou, Marine Sustainability Expert and Assistant Executive Coordinator at HELMEPA - Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association. Triantafillou talked about the use of plastic and the damaging consequences for the sea environment and gave a detailed expose about the exact nature of the damage including examples that can be used to inform children and youngsters likewise. Dr. Kristin Jacobson, U.S. Fulbright Scholar and Professor of American Literature, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stockton University, Galloway, New Jersey, followed suit with a challenging presentation on the new trend of Cli-Fi or Climate Fiction with, at times, its hallucinatory descriptions of the near-future world. The title of her talk was Climate Change is Stranger than Fiction: Incorporating Cli-Fi in STEM Education and, as in any book club, participants were happy to sit down with Dr. Jacobson to analyze an excerpt.