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Lecturer: Prof. George Siedel, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI
Course: 1: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

George J. Siedel focuses on legal issues that relate to international business law, negotiation, and dispute resolution. Recent publications include legal aspects of cross-border subsidiary management and issues relating to the use of law to gain competitive advantage. His work in progress includes piercing the veil concerns in an international context, high-low contracting, the impact of litigation on large corporations, and the impact of discovery on electronic communications.

Professor Siedel has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. Following graduation from law school, he worked as an attorney in a professional corporation. He has also served on several boards of directors and as Associate Dean of the University of Michigan Business School.

Professor Siedel has served as the chief editor of the Michigan Real Property Review and special editor of the American Business Law Journal. The author of numerous books and articles, he has received several research awards, including the Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Michigan and the Hoeber Award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. The Center for International Business Education and Research selected a case written by Professor Siedel for its annual International Case Writing Award. His research has been cited by appellate courts in the United States and abroad, including the High Court of Australia.

Professor Siedel has served as Visiting Professor of Business Law at Stanford University, Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University, and Parsons Fellow at the University of Sydney. He has been elected a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Wolfson College and a Life Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. As a Fulbright Scholar, Professor Siedel held a Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Lecturer: Dr. Maria Petrova, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, USA
Course: 2: Business Communication: Acquiring the Skills and Tools for Successful Career Development

Maria A. Petrova is Program Manager for an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation-funded program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is in charge of recruiting students, preparing communication materials, and developing partnerships with community organizations, governmental and non-governmental entities, and businesses. She prepares written materials for both internal (students, faculty, and staff) and external use (newsletter, website, blog). She has taught marketing communications and sustainable behavior courses in Bulgaria and the United States.

Previously, she worked as the International Affairs Officer for the University of Sheffield in Greece, where she served as a liaison between the international representatives of the University outside of Greece and the University administration. She developed effective marketing and advertising strategies for the University, which increased graduate and undergraduate enrollment of international students.
Petrova is an Associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her scholarly specialization, based on research conducted in Europe and the United States, centers on understanding motivations for adopting green energy technologies among companies, policy makers, and the general public. She has published many articles in prestigious scholarly journals on developing communication strategies for overcoming Not-In-My-Back-Yard sentiments and the successful adoption of renewable energy technologies.

Petrova has a PhD in Environmental Science from Oregon State University and an MA in Marketing, Advertising and PR from the University of Sheffield in Greece, where her dissertation focused on examining the factors leading to effective university web presence. She also holds a BA in Business Administration and Southeastern European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria, where she is from the first graduating class.

Lecturer: Dr. George Kosar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Course: 3: Philanthropy and Fundraising for NGOs

George Kosar is Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Tufts University, where he focuses on fundraising for international programs, in particular the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the first graduate school of international relations in the United States. He teaches fundraising courses as an Instructor at the Harvard Extension School and Harvard Summer School, and as a Graduate Lecturer at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies.

Previously, he served as Major Gifts Officer at the Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating on attracting financial support from corporate CEOs and other private-sector leaders. His higher education work has encompassed fields including strategic marketing, distance-learning administration, and admissions.

Kosar is an Associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. His scholarly specialization, based on research conducted in Russia and the United States, centers on the Russian Revolution of 1917-1918. He has written and edited portions of many history, political science, and social science textbooks and reference works. 

He has taught history, international relations, writing, and religion at various institutions, including Bentley College, Tufts’ Fletcher School, Brandeis University, and Emerson College. Kosar has a Ph.D. in Comparative History (Russian and European) from Brandeis University, an M.A. in History from Boston College, and a B.A. in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia.

Lecturer: Dr. Danail Danov, Communications and Human Resources Development Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Course: 4: Project Writing and Project Management

Danail Danov works as an international consultant in media and communications. Over the last ten years he has designed and implemented dozens of projects both in Bulgaria and abroad. Those projects carried out within the framework of OPAC, OPHRD, MATRA Program, European Commission, to mention just a few, cover different fields such as media, communications, education and training, as well as public awareness campaigns.

Dr. Danov has taught project writing, media studies and effective communications techniques at Sofia University, Cornell University and the Fulbright International Summer Institute. Consultant in media and communications projects for BBC WS, Deutsche Welle, RNTC, Open Society Institute, GTZ among many others, he has published and translated numerous articles and books on various aspects of the media, journalism, PR, project management, training and education.

Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Timothy Ilg, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA
Course: 5: Crisis Management: Dealing With Personal and Professional Crises in Your Life

Timothy J. Ilg is a recently retired associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education and Allied Professions at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. His research interests include distance learning, transformational change, and crisis management. He is the author or co-author of over 50 articles and chapters in books. He was an editorial consultant for the journal Today’s School. He also served as a peer reviewer for The Journal of School Leadership and Education and Urban Society.  He has taught courses in supervision, public relations, administration, crisis management, and the change process. He was a lecturer in the FISI 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, & 2013 Institutes, and assisted in the development of an online administrator preparation program for Bulgarian directors.In addition to his university experience, he has 30 years experience in public education, including seven years as a school superintendent. He coordinated his department’s online Master’s degree and Principal Licensure programs and assisted the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in the creation of small urban high schools and Early College High Schools associated with local universities throughout the state of Ohio.

Lecturer: David M. Korn, Phelps Dunbar LLP, New Orleans, LA
Course: 6: D.A.R.E. --- Debate. Argue. Reason. Examine.

David Korn is a Partner with the law firm Phelps Dunbar LLP which has offices throughout the Gulf South of the United States and in London, England.  His law practice is concentrated in all facets of labor and employment law.  In addition to labor and employment practice, his experience includes a commercial litigation background with emphasis on counseling and negotiation of complex contracts.  David represents both public and private employers and he has won major trials for clients in State and Federal Courts in the United States.  David has been awarded the “AV” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards for lawyers.  In addition to his litigation practice, David often conducts training to publicly traded companies on employment compliance issues and serves as outside counsel to several Universities in Louisiana.  David is a frequent speaker to various organizations on cutting edge legal issues and he has authored numerous articles and two treatises on employment law. 

David has served as an Adjunct at Tulane Law School where he taught Employment Law and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Orleans where he taught the Law of Higher Education.  He was an invited guest speaker at the University of New Orleans summer program in Innsbruck, Austria where he lectured on liability issues facing universities’ international summer school. David has been honored to serve as a guest lecturer through the Fulbright International Summer Institute in Bulgaria on six occasions teaching students in an international forum about how cases are litigated in the United States.  He was also a speaker at “SPEAK UP!” an international legal conference on media and politics, organized by the European Law Students Association Bulgaria that took place in Veliko Tarnovo.

In addition to his law practice, David is the creator of the web site, www.BeginInvesting.com and the editor of an on-line financial newsletter and a co-editor of The Retirement Advisor.  David’s service has been quoted in such online financial publications as CBSMarketwatch.com and TheStreet.com.  David’s newsletters and web sites teach investors about the U.S. stock market, global investing and other matters related to personal finance.

David has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Music from Tulane University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane Law School and lives in the greater New Orleans, Louisiana area.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Mark Kramer, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Course: 7: Ethnic Conflicts, Human Rights, and Civil Unrest in the EU and Its Neighborhood

Mark Kramer is director of Cold War Studies and a senior fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University.  In addition to his posts at Harvard, he has taught as a visiting professor at Yale University, Brown University, and Aarhus University and was formerly an Academy Scholar in Harvard's Academy of International and Area Studies and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Professor Kramer is the author or editor of fifteen books and nearly 200 scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics, including ethnic conflicts in the Balkans, the wars in Chechnya, NATO and East European security, post-Communist economic reform in East-Central Europe, social policy in East-Central Europe, income distribution in East-Central Europe, civil-military relations in East-Central Europe, the global arms trade, utility deregulation in Russia, the Cuban missile crisis, the East German uprising of 1953, the 1956 crises in Hungary and Poland, the Soviet-Czechoslovak crisis of 1968, the 1980-1981 Polish crisis, U.S. foreign policy, Sino-Soviet relations, the Soviet and post-Soviet armed forces, the structures of Soviet and post-Soviet foreign policy-making, nuclear proliferation, and international relations theory.  His article “Ideology and the Cold War” in the October 1999 issue of the Review of International Studies was awarded a prize by the British International Studies Association for the best article published in the field of international relations in 1999.

Professor Kramer has at various times been a consultant for numerous government agencies and international organizations, including the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Defense Department, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, the U.S. Naval War College, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the World Bank, and the UN World Institute for Development Economic Research.

Lecturer: Lucien Peters, Offices of the Secretary General, European Parliament, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Course: 8: Civil Society Development in Eastern and Central Europe

Mr. Peters was raised in the industrial town of Dudelange, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. As his father was working for a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Coal and Steel Community - the precursor to the European Parliament, Mr. Peters was exposed to the idea of European integration from his earliest childhood days in the 1960s.

After service in the military and in national security, Mr Peters started his working life at the European Investment Bank (EIB) in 1980.

While at the EIB, Mr. Peters took a leave of absence to obtain a degree in satellite broadcasting systems in Washington DC. This background led Mr Peters to become one of the founding partners of SES Corporation - the operator of the European "Astra Television Satellite" network.

Having subsequently obtained his MA (econ.) degree in Finance at Exeter University in the United Kingdom, Mr Peters joined Banque Generale du Luxembourg (BGL) in 1988 where he managed large investment portfolios.

After an assignment at the Swiss offices of BGL, Mr. Peters joined the Luxembourg State Treasury as a senior officer.

At the Treasury, Mr. Peters was in charge of budget and debt reporting to the European Union (EU), and of representing Luxembourg at EU Council of Ministers and European Commission committees, specializing in budget and debt policy matters.

Due to family reasons, Mr. Peters took a leave of absence from the Luxembourg civil service, to move to Australia for a few years, where he joined the Federal departments of industry, health, and finance as an Assistant Director on a temporary basis.

It is from his post in Australia that Mr. Peters was recruited by the World Bank in Washington DC as the interim head of the capital budget division, while the Bank was undergoing a major restructuring exercise.

Mr. Peters was later hired by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC as a Technical Assistance Advisor, to assist the institution in making the transition towards a performance-based planning and budgeting system.

Family reasons brought Mr. Peters back to Europe in 2002, where he joined the European Commission as an Advisor in charge of the conduct of budget and debt inspection missions of Germany, Austria, Estonia, and Latvia. Mr Peters was also involved in the verification of the EU accession readiness of Bulgaria and Romania, with regard to their budget and debt reporting capacity.

In late 2005, the European Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) asked Mr. Peters to lead its regional financial management team and its performance budgeting project as an interim Deputy Director.

Most recently, Mr. Peters has been working at the European Parliament (EU) in the finance directorate and as an Advisor in one of the offices attached to the Secretary General's Cabinet. In this capacity, Mr. Peters briefs senior management on the effectiveness of internal control, planning, financial management, and compliance. Currently, Mr. Peters focuses on the organization's risk management.

Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
Course: 9: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution in the 21st Century

Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi is a professor of International Relations at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan where his research and teaching concerns Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy and contemporary issues of the Middle East as well as Europe. Dr. Soherwordi is author of three books on security issues and conflict resolution. He has to his credit 34 research publications. Soherwordi has also remained a teacher at the Edinburgh University, Scotland where he taught war on terror, American foreign policy and history of South Asia. He has consulted for numerous foundations, government agencies and the UN. He has been a fellow of Carnegie Foundation, Charles Wallace, University of Edinburgh, and Higher Education Commission Pakistan. He regularly writes for different newspapers and journals. Currently, Dr Soherwordi is heading a think tank called South Asian Center for International and Regional Studies (SACIRS) as well as FATA Governance and Development Institute (FATA|GDI).

Lecturer: Dan Fellner, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Course: 10: Intercultural Communications: How to Survive and Thrive in the Global Workforce

Dan Fellner has researched and written about cultures around the world for the past 25 years.  He has visited more than 110 countries as a corporate spokesman for a major multinational corporation, a two-time Fulbright Scholar, and a frequently published travel writer.  

He began his career as a television news and sports reporter for stations in four different American cities. He later spent 10 years in corporate public relations with the Dow Chemical Company, where he held a wide variety of positions, including manager of news media relations. He also specialized in environmental issues and led the company's communications activities related to the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil.

In 1998 Fellner joined Arizona State University as a faculty associate and currently teaches courses in Intercultural Communications and English in the Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication unit at ASU's Polytechnic Campus.  He also is a faculty affiliate with ASU's Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Fellner is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and two-time Fulbright Senior Specialist. During his Fulbright grants, he taught courses in journalism and public relations at universities in Latvia, Lithuania and Moldova and provided training to media professionals in those countries.  Fellner returned to Eastern Europe in 2008, 2009 and 2013 to teach a one-week intensive course in communications at the Fulbright International Summer Institute in Bulgaria.  In 2011 he was named to the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the Arizona Humanities Council and gives presentations about Eastern Europe to audiences throughout Arizona.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Fellner works as a public address announcer at Arizona sports events and is a freelance travel writer and photographer for American newspapers and magazines.  He has had more than 60 articles published on such diverse destinations as Greenland, Swaziland, the Republic of Srpska, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Kosovo and Japan.  His published work can be viewed at www.Global-Travel-Info.com.

Lecturer: Prof. Kathryn Jenson White, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA
Course: 11: Activist Media: Post-Modern Documentary Films in an International Context

Academic Positions: Associate Professor of Journalism, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Oklahoma. (July 2004-June 2012)

Courses Taught: Introduction to Mass Media, Writing for Mass Media, Feature Writing, Yearbook Practicum, Magazine Practicum, Magazine: Industry and Issues, Magazine Production, Communicating Culture: Travel Writing, Documentary Film. I continue to teach documentary and independent film as well as literary fiction courses for OU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Research/Teaching Focus: Documentary film; media education; leadership education
Fulbright Senior Scholar (August 2010-February 2011): The focus of both the teaching and research components of this award to Bulgaria was women in media leadership. I taught a course with that title at Sofia University and gathered focus-group and survey data from women who are professional journalists in Bulgaria. To fulfill the public diplomacy aspect of the Fulbright, I made presentations on media literacy, new media and new media research, high school media writing and design, film criticism and documentary film at three other universities around Bulgaria and for five days to many different groups in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Previous Faculty Positions: Adviser, Sooner yearbook and lecturer, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. (August 1996-August 2004); Associate Professor of Mass Communication and Adviser of The Campus (weekly student newspaper) at Oklahoma City University. (August 1991-May 1996); Assistant Professor of Journalism and Adviser of The Bison (weekly student newspaper) at Oklahoma Baptist University. (August 1987-May 1991); Assistant Professor of Business Communication, The University of Oklahoma College of Business Administration. (August 1980-May 1985)

Education: M.A., Department of English, Boston University; B.A., Department of English, California State University, Fullerton. Area Concentrations: Composition, contemporary novel. Special Interest: Film. Full scholarship for master’s and doctorate program. Grading assistantship for master’s year and teaching fellowship for three doctoral years. (From 1975 to 1978, completed all coursework for a doctorate in English at Boston University and passed comprehensive exams. ABD.)

Grant Authorship/Writing/Editing: $85,000 grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to create new high-school newspapers and to help existing ones improve: Awarded five years, 2008-2012; $365,000 State Department grant to teach broadcast journalism skills to working broadcast journalists of both sexes and leadership principles to women journalists in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Technical writer/editor for Oklahoma Afterschool Standards grant product (http://www.okafterschool.org/quality-standards).

Publications 1983-present: Hundreds of feature stories and film reviews for magazines, websites and newspapers; Paperback humor book, Redneckin’: A Hell-Raisin’, Foot-Stompin’ Guide to Dancin’, Dippin’ and Doin’ Around in a Gen-U-Wine Country Way. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Perigee Press. 1983; sold approximately 30,000 copies; supported by two-week, nine-city media tour and more than 40 remote radio appearances

Conference/Workshop Presentations: More than 200 presentations/sessions on writing, editing, teaching, publication production

Honors and Awards: Two Presidential Dream Courses; more than 20 medals, plaques and certificates for writing and teaching

Lecturer: Nancy Bartley, Asst. Metro Editor, Seattle Times, Seattle, WA, USA
Course: 12: The Power of Telling True Stories

Nancy Bartley was a 2012 Fulbright Visiting Scholar to Bulgaria. She is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff, the Redemption of Herbert Niccolls, Jr., as well as short-fiction, essays and journalism. She is a reporter for The Seattle Times and has taught media law and ethics and narrative nonfiction. She has won more than 35 writing awards for her work, numerous scholarships, fellowships and research grants. She is currently at work on a screenplay.

Lecturers: Greg Harris, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and Kathryn Posin, New York University, New York, NY, USA
Course: 13: Writing from the Body, Leading with Inspiration

Greg Harris has taught creative, academic and persuasive writing at Harvard University since 2003. A 2011 Fulbright Senior Scholar in Bulgaria, he founded and co-directs LITfest, Harvard’s annual literary festival, and the Harvard Writers at Work lecture series.  He edits Pangyrus, a journal of literature and ideas to be launched in 2014.   Greg’s commentaries, reviews and articles have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Boston Globe, The Globe Magazine, Harvard Review, and WBUR (National Public Radio).  His audio recording “Champion of Hot Peppers” won a 2001 National Parenting Publications Association Gold Medal for storytelling.  His translation of Seno Gumira Ajidarma's novel Jazz, Perfume, and the Incident was published by Lontar Press in 2002, and republished as part of the Modern Library of Indonesia in 2013.

Kathryn Posin studied composition with Louis Horst, Merce Cunningham, Anna Sokolow and Hanya Holm. She has choreographed works for Netherlands Dans Theater I and II, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Extemporary Dance Company of London, among others.  She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and ADF’s Doris Humphrey Fellowship.  Ms Posin’s Scheherazade broke all box office records in the 21-year history of the Milwaukee Ballet. Ms Posin conceived and designed the Joffrey/New School BFA and was named Founding Chair. She holds a B.A. from Bennington College and a Master’s Degree from NYU. She teaches World Dance and the Art of Choreography at the Gallatin School of N.Y.U.   In 2011 with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation Ms Posin brought her work, Stepping Stones to The Bulgarian National Ballet under the title American Ballet for Bulgaria, Balanchine and Farrell.  Ms Posin was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for 2012 to return to the National Ballet of Bulgaria to stage her ballet Scheherazade and teach choreography at New Bulgarian University. 

Lecturer: Dr. Mary Ann Walter, Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Course: 14: Language, Politics and Identity in the Balkans

Mary Ann Walter earned her doctorate in linguistics from MIT after specializing in Near Eastern languages and civilizations at Harvard University. She went on to introduce a course in language, politics and identity of the Middle East at Northwestern University, together with a colleague who taught a tandem course focusing on the Balkans. Dr. Walter is currently an assistant professor in the Department of English Language Teaching at the Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus. She recently completed a term as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Plovdiv University in Bulgaria. Dr.  Walter has published and presented her research at international conferences on language contact and borrowed words in Arabic, Spanish, Turkish, and Bulgarian. Her current work involves sociolinguistics and the linguistic landscape of the Middle East and the former Ottoman empire.

Lecturer: Dr. Shaban Darakchi, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Course: 15: Gender and Sexuality

Shaban Darakchi is a researcher at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Gender Programme coordinator at the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights-Bulgaria. He has also been involved in activities of several international organizations such as IGLYO, FYEG, GEF, UNITED, GIN-SOGI, GLC and others. He is currently working on several projects devoted to gender equality, sexual minorities, community organizing and labour exploitation.

Dr. Darakchi holds a PhD degree in Gender Sociology. His main professional interests are gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religion. Previously he got a Master’s degree in Political and Social Sustainability with a specialization in Lund University, Sweden. He has published one book and 16 articles devoted to the intersections of gender and sexuality.

Shaban has been working as a trainer in non-formal education projects and he has participated as an invited speaker to conferences and summer schools in many European countries, Canada, South Africa and the USA. In September 2014 Dr. Darakchi will be a Fulbright scholar at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, working on his new project about sexual minorities in Bulgaria.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Alexander Gungov, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria
Course: 16: Philosophical and Social Dimensions of Imagination

Dr. Alexander L. Gungov is Professor of Logic and Continental Philosophy at the Department of Logic, Ethics, and Aesthetics, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. He is the Director of the M.A. and Ph.D. Program in Philosophy Taught in English and the Editor of Sofia Philosophic Review. He is Fulbright and DAAD alumnus.

Dr. Gungov is the author of Logic in Medicine: Approaches to Patient Safety (Sofia: Avangard, 2013) and of Logic of Deception, (Sofia: Avangard, 2009) and is a member of the Editorial Board of Encyclopedia of Developing World, edited by Thomas Leonard, (Routledge: 2005). He has written the foreword to Beckett/Philosophy, edited by Matthew Feldman and Karim Mamdani (Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2012) and co-translated into Bulgarian Giambattista Vico’s New Science, (Sofia: Panorama Plus Press, 2010, 5-24). Besides at University of Sofia, he teaches Contemporary American Philosophy and Contemporary British Philosophy at the M.A. Program in American and British Studies at the New Bulgarian University.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Brenda Tooley, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL, USA and Prof. Dr. Ludmilla Kostova, University of Veliko Turnovo, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
Course: 17: Bulgaria in Literature and Film

Brenda Tooley is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Grants Program and Coordinator of International Recruitment  at Monmouth College. She holds a Ph.D. in 18th Century British Literature and Critical Theory from the University of Notre Dame. Her scholarly interests lie in eighteenth-century British literature (particularly the early novel and Transatlantic cultural exchange), literary theory, and fictional representations of immigrant experiences, memories and portrayals of the country of origin. Her most recent publication is Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century, co-edited with Nicole Pohl (Ashgate, 2007). Dr. Brenda Tooley has a deep interest in contemporary higher education, faculty and curriculum development, best practices in faculty mentoring, the future of the liberal arts, undergraduate student-faculty research, and international partnerships and collaborations.

Ludmilla K. Kostova is Professor of British Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. She has published extensively on eighteenth-century, romantic and modern British literature as well as on travel writing and representations of intercultural encounters. Together with Charles Forsdick and Corinne Fowler, Kostova is editor of Travel Writing and Ethics. Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2013). In addition, she is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Word and Text. A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics and The Annals of Ovidius University Constanta – Philology.  Her most recent interest is in writing in English by Eastern European migrant writers.

Lecturer: Dr. James Deutsch, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington DC, USA
Course: 18: Hollywood in the 21st Century

James Deutsch is a curator and editor at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where he has helped plan and develop programs and exhibitions on the Peace Corps, China, Hungary, Apollo Theater, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mekong River, U.S. Forest Service, World War II, Silk Road, and White House workers. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor—teaching courses on American film history and folklore—in the American Studies Department at George Washington University. During the 1998-99 academic year, Deutsch served as a Fulbright professor in Bulgaria, teaching courses on American film, history, and literature) full-time at the SS Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo and part-time at the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. He has also taught American Studies classes at universities in Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Poland, and Turkey.

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