My Fulbright Experience: Emily Lange
«It is not easy to unpack 7 months of stay in the United States. These were intense months of study and research, meeting of many people, debating with colleagues, living the American football experience, going ice-skating for the first time, and eating a lot of peanut-butter. The highlight of my stay was sharing in the Domer experience: one of the University of Notre Dame’s landmarks is the Golden Dome.
On campus: Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the left, Golden Dome on the right.
Notre Dame campus is beautiful, and its academic community rich, welcoming and vibrant. If I had to share the one thing that most surprised me, and which I hope to carry on, this would be the nature of Notre Dame’s intellectual exchange.
I am not a Catholic, and did not seek out Notre Dame for being a Catholic university; I applied to this Host Institution due to the research interests that my academic advisor and I share. However, I was surprised to find in a Catholic University greater freedom for intellectual discussion than in the more secular Portuguese universities I have been in. Because my research on political doctrines and ideology deals with belief and religion, it was a breath of fresh air to experience a different way of doing research, where religion and faith are not sidelined a priori, nor even considered as a mere sociological phenomena, but placed on the table of discussion as a valid depository and avenue of knowledge.
I thank Fulbright and the University of Notre Dame for this enlightening and enriching opportunity.»
Muito obrigada, Emily, e welcome back!