To mark International Education Week in Ottawa, we set up two current Fulbrighters, one from the U.S. and one from Canada, with a spot on the University of Ottawa radio station’s Ivory Antenna.
David Walsh, from Arizona State University, is currently at the University of Ottawa on his Fulbright exchange. There, he is associated with the religious studies department and will split his exchange between Ottawa and Yellowknife were he will be working with the Dogrib Dene people. In NWT, climate change scientists are mandated to collaborate with Native elders and hunters in their studies. David’s project is to examine their conversations across worldviews and their attempts to bridge scientific and traditional/religious understandings of nature.
In the interview, David talked about his experiences so far as a visiting American scholar to Canada. He plans to try curling while he’s here, and he’s very excited to experience the Arctic. When the hosts of The Ivory Tower asked what winter clothing he was planning to bring up North, he admitted he hadn’t put too much thought into it yet. (… Here’s a term you’ll want to consider, David: Gore Tex!)
Stefanie, a Senior Policy Researcher with the Government of Canada’s Policy Research Initiative, recently returned from a Fulbright scholarship in Washington, D.C. where she conducted research on North American regional engagement in the UN Marrakech process on Sustainable Consumption and Production, based out of the Worldwatch Institute and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Stefanie discussed the benefits of doing a Fulbright exchange as a professional, how to apply, who is elegible, and how the experience can benefit not only students and scholars, but professionals like herself.
We would like to thank David and Stefanie for sharing their stories, as well as Sarah and Katie of CHUO ‘s Ivory Antenna!
For more information on applying to Fulbright, visit www.fulbright.ca!