From left to right: Orleonok (Lennie) Pitkin (Director of International Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art), Quyen Le (Academic Advisor International, Pacific Northwest College of Art), Bruno Duarte (Fulbright Scholar).


My experience as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar was both challenging and gratifying in many respects. Among the many positive aspects of the program, I would single out the Outreach Lecturing Fund, a travel award that gives scholars the opportunity to present their work at different academic institutions and community organizations throughout the United States. During my stay I had the chance to hold a number of lectures at research universities such as Harvard University or NYU, but also at prestigious liberal arts colleges such as Amherst College, as well as several Fine Arts Colleges such as RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art). These institutions have a great receptivity to interdisciplinary studies, including the intersection of critical thinking with the visual arts, which was the focus of my presentations. The response to the work was genuinely positive and allowed for a lively interaction with both faculty and students. This was a highly rewarding experience. I absolutely recommend it for all future Fulbright scholars.