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NYU Prague Professor Patricia Goodson brings new acclaim to forgotten Czech composer

167556_150s.jpgThanks to NYU Prague professor Patricia Goodson, the music of the little-known Czech Romantic composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster has been brought back to the world’s musical foreground. She recently released the world premiere recording of his complete piano works on the prestigious Dutch label Brilliant Classics. The four CD set has received extensive critical acclaim both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Foerster was a highly-respected composer in interwar Czechoslovakia, but in the second half of the 20th century his music virtually disappeared from concert halls. Professor Goodson discovered his compositions by chance in a second-hand store: “I was astonished at how lovely it was, and how completely unknown. I had never heard of Foerster. I tried to find some recordings, but found that …there was [practically] nothing. Out of some 70 pieces, only five had been commercially recorded. So I began collecting the scores- everything is long out of print – and decided to see if I could get a grant to record the complete works. I did, and the project took off.“
Experts and critics have celebrated Patricia’s efforts. “Patricia Goodson’s project is an extraordinary and unique contribution to the effort to return this music to its former popularity,“ says Jana Fojtikova, president of the JB Foerster Society. The prestigious German FonoForum magazine wrote that “Foerster’s broad body of work is still significantly under-represented … so this complete collection of his solo piano repertoire fills a massive gap.“ Professor Goodson has also received praise for her nuanced and expressive interpretations. The release has been the subject of shows on numerous classical radio stations in Prague and abroad.
Prague audiences will get the chance to enjoy some of the little-known work at a launch concert on April 29 in Prague, which will feature guests artists soprano Irena Troupová and the Stamic Quartet. Others can enjoy the CD, which is available on Amazon, Arkivmusic as well as on international websites. You can learn more about it on Professor Goodson’s website: www.patriciagoodson.com.

Santander Renews Commitment to Support New York University Students Studying Abroad and Emerging Spanish Writers

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New York University President John Sexton and Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander US, signed a renewal agreement through 2017 to support the Santander Universities Study Abroad Scholarship Program and the Santander Universities Spanish Creative Writing Fellowship. Support from Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities Division, has enabled New York University students to enrich their academic experience by studying abroad and supported graduate fellowships in Spanish Creative Writing since 2008.
“The support of Santander in allowing New York University students to study abroad and in bringing talented graduate students to the New York campus to pursue creative writing in the Spanish language is key to our continued ability to enhance and promote a global understanding of shared values and distinct cultures,” said John Sexton, president, New York University. “Given the university’s global efforts, NYU is a natural partner for Santander—a global bank, with a local focus.”
The renewed agreement generously provides funds to enable students to study at any NYU site outside of the United States through the Santander Universities Study Abroad Scholarship Program. Without support from Santander, these students would not be able to participate in one of the most meaningful aspects of an NYU education.
“The best way to contribute to the communities in which we work is by supporting higher education,” said Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander US. “Our support of these programs enables students at New York University to broaden their educational experience and helps prepare them for the future.”
Funding also supports the Santander Universities Spanish Creative Writing Fellowship. The NYU Creative Writing in Spanish Program is the first and remains arguably the best of its kind in the United States. The establishment of Santander’s fellowship program for graduate students in creative writing in Spanish has allowed NYU to compete for some of the most talented young artists and scholars in the field.
The continued support from Santander demonstrates its commitment to societal progress through investment in education.

NYU Jazz Professor David Schroeder Teaches Czech Kids How to Play the Harmonica

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On a recent visit to Prague, David Schroeder – program director for Jazz Studies at NYU Steinhardt – gave harmonicas to kids at Czech elementary schools and shared some of his harmonica-playing secrets with them.
This is not the first time that Dave has brought his love of the modest instrument to children. In addition to visiting schools in New York, Dave brought harmonicas to dozens of children in Guatemala. The idea for the Prague workshop came about after NYU Prague director Jiri Pehe saw one of Dave’s concert New York. “First Jiri [Pehe] asked me to teach him the harmonica,” said Dave, “and then when he heard about my kids’ workshops, we decided to do some here for Czech children too.”
All children received their very own harmonica: Rule #1 for the harmonica – never share your instrument (and Rule # 2 – never eat spaghetti before you play). Children learned to inhale and exhale into their harmonicas, making the sounds of trains approaching. The bravest children improvised solos- because, as Dave told them, “the fun thing about music is when you get to make things up.”
Dave ended the workshops with a solo of his own – incorporating variations on Dvorak for the most sharp-eared kids. “Keep practicing, and next time I visit, you’ll all be playing this way,” he told them.
Dave’s next stop is Mongolia, where he’s been asked to teach 70 kids. Perhaps it’s the start of a worldwide jazz revolution – one harmonica at a time. This will be a side activity as the main reason for Dave’s trip is to have his Steinhardt Jazz Faculty group Combo Nuvo, www.combonuvo.com, perform with the Mongolian National Symphony.

Inaugural NYU Shanghai President’s Service Awards

John Sexton Jack Zhu Jeff Lehman
The 2014 NYU Shanghai President’s Service Award ceremony was held on Friday, April 5th, 2014. NYU President John Sexton, NYU Shanghai Chancellor Yu Lizhong, and Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman presented three awards; two to student organizations, the More Than Debate Group and the Parliamentary Board; and one to an individual student, Jack Zhu, in recognition of their promotion of learning, leadership, and quality of student life at New York University.
With founding members from China, Spain, Pakistan, and the USA, the More Than Debate Group’s core mission is to create a forum through which members of the student body are able to express their views on a wide range of topics in an amicable, educational, and tolerant environment. The club has been developing a mechanism for civic dialogue, necessary on any college campus, but all the more important on a fully multinational, multicultural campus situated in the heart of China, where concerns about censorship and free speech are ever-present. In creating a forum for a civil exchange of ideas on topics important to the campus community, and for creating an environment in which students can build leadership skills by learning the art of debate, the More Than Debate Group is forging ahead with creating the kind of enriching, positive, critical exchange of ideas that is at the core of NYU Shanghai’s educational mission.
The Parliamentary Board, comprised of 9 students (3 of whom are Chinese nationals, 3 international in origin, and 3 American) selected by a panel of faculty and staff from among many applicants, was responsible for outlining the structure of student government and drafting the initial student constitution at NYU Shanghai. They met frequently over a 3-week period, hosted three open student forums, and educated students about their ideas for student government. They listened to their peers, took feedback, and translated it into a winning structure for student governance, establishing the groundwork for governance at this new university. Their work was exemplary and will have a profound and lasting impact on the development of NYU Shanghai.
The individual award went to Zhu (Jack) Hua, for his many contributions to NYU Shanghai, NYU, and the city of Shanghai. Zhu, who won first place in the Regional Final (Shanghai) in The 19th China Daily “21st Century Coca-Cola Cup” National English Speaking Competition, is also a volunteer English teacher in the Shanghai Stepping Stones Program. In addition to his academic achievements in and out of the classroom, Jack is currently a Co-university Collaborator in Club Committee of the Student Government at NYU Shanghai. He worked as a student ambassador at the 2014 NYU Shanghai Chinese Candidate Weekend and cultural ambassador for students from NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU during the 2014 January Term. A prime example of a well-rounded student, Jack also won awards at both “The S Factor” and the Talent Show during NYU Shanghai’s orientation week.
First established in New York City, the NYU President’s Service Awards are given to students or student organizations that have had an extraordinary and positive impact on the University community, including achievements within schools and departments, the University at large, local neighborhoods, and NYU’s presence in the world. Successful nominations demonstrate that the student or organization has made a significant and positive contribution to the University in one or more of the following ways:
Building community
Enhancing wellness
Promoting diversity
Demonstrating civic responsibility
Actively volunteering
Creating innovative and new projects or activities
Innovating and enhancing existing University programs or services
Exhibiting outstanding leadership with an organization or project

Europe: Identity and Integration – conference in Prague

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For nine years NYU Prague has been organizing annual conferences, bringing faculty from other sites to discuss issues of world-wide importance. This spring, academics from several NYU global sites and other European universities came to Prague for a conference entitled Europe: Identity and Integration. Faculty from three different NYU sites attended – Prague, Berlin and New York – as well as academics from Charles University (Prague) and Central European University (Budapest) to debate topics that were particularly compelling so soon after the Russian invasion of Crimea.
Among the panelists was Joshua Tucker, professor in the Politics and Russian and Slavic Studies Departments of New York University. “Through this conference, NYU Prague is bringing people together – enhancing students’ experiences and as well as enhancing the research and educational outreach mission of the university. It is fantastic for NYU faculty who research Europe to sit down with people from local sites and exchange ideas. This is the dream of the Global Campus.“
Is it a bit strange to have American faculty from the US coming to Prague to discuss European Identity? Not at all, according to conference organizer and NYU Prague professor Petr Mucha. “This year we wanted an outside view on European identity. The European view of Federalism is different than that of the USA, which is a country of immigrants.“
“I come with a global perspective as well as an American perspective,” said John Shattuck, former US Ambassador in the Czech Republic and current Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest. Ellen Hume, journalist and currently a professor at Central European University, noted that the Central European concept of nationalism is connected to blood, not values – a paradigm that the Russians recently used to their advantage in Crimea. Professor Tucker agreed, noting that Europeans are “eons away from where we are in the US, where most people don’t identify with their states.”
Prague conference
Can a European identity be created? Ukraine showed that that people are willing to die for democracy, for Europe- “they dream of the ideals which we are not able to feel from the inside,” said Professor Jan Machacek (NYU Prague). “But it is disturbing that the European identity is at its most attractive at its outside,” said Larry Wolff, Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Professor of History at NYU. “Ukrainians would die for Europe, but countries that are in Europe are frustrated.”
Both Gabriella Etmeksoglou (NYU Berlin) and Lenka Rovna (Charles University, Prague) were optimistic that education is having a huge impact on young people’s views of Europe- their ability to travel in other European countries, study, work, and then stay in touch with each other through social media is tremendous. “The future of Europe is a mix of nationalities,” said Professor Etmeksoglou.
Students, faculty, intellectuals, politicians attended the conference – which was streamed live and is still available for viewing online. “NYU is an exciting entity- there is a common academic culture but with a diversity of sites and local experience. Conferences give us the chance to think about deeper cooperation among the NYU European sites,” says Mucha. “NYU offers neutral soil where controversial issues can be discussed.“
Prague conference
The conference can be viewed at the following two sites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAkfOYQ_qcU

NYU Abu Dhabi Student Speaks at TEDx in France

Mohammed Amine Belarbi
Spring break on college campuses typically means travel with friends or simply trying to catch up on much-needed rest. But for NYU Abu Dhabi sophomore Mohammed Amine Belarbi, spring break 2014 was spent delivering a lecture – to a global online audience.
TEDxMinesNancy, held at the French university École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy, focused on young innovators who have made a difference in society through the use of business initiatives and entrepreneurship skills. Belarbi was invited to speak in front of a 1,500 crowd about his work and the challenges in his life, hoping to inspire and motivate the audience from his experience.
Belarbi launched his first regional non-governmental organization (NGO) at age 18, and it now has six chapters and operates across the Arab world. The NGO focuses on young adults, and works with them to promote their talents “to channel their energy into something more productive,” said Belarbi.
The following year, Belarbi started his foundation in Morocco, assisting young innovators to manage and maintain their websites while teaching them marketing and advertising strategies. His foundation also served as an introductory platform for many young entrepreneurship initiatives and businesses there.
While in Abu Dhabi, Belarbi has launched a marketing and design company, working with many well-known innovators including the economist Manahel Thabet, named one of the top-100 most influential women in the Arab world by CEO Middle East magazine. Belarbi’s company is also involved with the World Expo 2020 exhibition that will be held in Dubai.
Belarbi also created the Gulf Elite magazine as a creative way to thank his supporters, publishing stories on successful entrepreneurships, businesses, and lifestyles. With a surprising 20,000 views for a one-time magazine, Belarbi soon shifted Gulf Elite to become a monthly magazine, targeting the Generation Y audience in the Gulf region.
Onto its sixth issue now and attracting around 30,000 readers each month, Belarbi said the success of the magazine is the way it has presented content. “We cater to a market niche of young people interested in informal, witty, and motivational content.”
Belarbi credited his work to a life changing moment in his high school at United World College Red Cross Nordic. “It had the same setting as NYUAD; I lived with people from 90 nationalities, and these students were doing all these amazing stuff at a young age,” said Belarbi. His teenage peers were entrepreneurs, participating in international conferences and publishing their work, thus inspiring Belarbi to follow suit.
Despite having these impressive projects under his belt, Belarbi still professed to be just “an ordinary Moroccan student.”
Belarbi’s TEDxMinesNancy talk is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vxnD9WIZzI and his interview on The National is available here: http://www.thenational.ae/nyu-abu-dhabi-student-reaches-out-to-young-entrepreneurs-via-online-magazine.

Berlin students inspired by Global Orientations course

Students in Berlin this term were inspired by the Global Orientations course and had positive reviews. Here are a few examples, one from an NYU student and one from a high school student who also participated in the course:
Brandon A Peckman, NYU Berlin, Spring 2014
Strolling through the snowy streets of Berlin, we stepped into a desecrated Jewish cemetery on Schönhauser Allee flooded with memorials to the ghosts of the past. Having just listened to a lecture by Dr. Joseph Pearson abridging all of “German” history from the seventeenth century through the present day, we learned that history cannot be encapsulated in categorical periods, nor can the definition of “Germans” limit itself along ethnic, cultural, or historical lines. We were introduced to a thriving city in which–although bullet holes still blanket buildings–former industrial factories now serve as nightclubs, while a refurbished brewery houses our academic center. By walking through a cemetery, one realizes that many souls have lived before and many more are yet to emerge. As history is a perpetual process in flux, our orientation experience was the commencement of a continually evolving adventure.
Reflecting upon what has been a profoundly transformative seven weeks in Berlin, I find it difficult to remember our first week’s orientation. Perhaps the transition between America and this scintillating city was so subtle, as Berlin captivated us effortlessly with its enticing charm. Truly, orientation is still in progress, not concluding until we all leave Berlin and have the opportunity to reflect upon our soujourn’s impact. A series of panels during orientation week established Berlin as the capital of Germany: a European and global leader, an economic bulwark upholding stability, and a cultural volcano, erupting with limitless artistic creativity. We found ourselves becoming oriented to this fertile milieu, standing before a door wide open to myriad possibilities which sparked the paramount question: who walks back through the door the same as when first entered?
Naturally, the answer is different for each individual, as each one of us chose to come here for a particular purpose. Upon realizing why each of us made the voyage to Berlin, one crosses a threshold into a hall of a thousand rooms, some full of treasure and knowledge, some full of mirrors, but most full of empty space for us to fill with the constructions of our dreams. From the poignant vibrations by electronic duo Tronthaim accompanying the screening of Walter Ruttman’s 1927 classic Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt; to panels comprising debates about German identity, her position in twenty-first century global politics, and Berlin’s flourishing arts community; to mental wellness and urban preparedness seminars; to opportunities to meet and mingle with faculty, NYU Berlin’s orientation not only prepared us for our academic pursuits but also laid the foundation for discovery of the next steps in our individual paths. To immediately shatter doubt towards engaging with Germans, the faculty invited several honors students from a neighborhood high school to enjoy the events with us, as we all took initiative to introduce ourselves and share both similarities and differences in our respective cultural perspectives.
By diving headfirst into an unknown culture, one has the opportunity to build a home in a new place. From walking through the streets of a city inundated with history, one realizes that each of us are the consequences of the past, that we breathe within a living history, and that our actions forge the future. During this all-too-brief experience in Berlin, I hope we all discover why we came here and bring Berlin with us, wherever we may wander next.
Ivan Thieme, KTO, Honor Student Spring 14
As a high school student, participating in the NYU Berlin Global Histories Course I asked myself the following questions: How could I get involved to help the students from NYU better understand the society of Berlin? When the lessons began, I was very impressed with the atmosphere. There were many students from different nations in one big room and I was one of them. In the front stood Joseph Pearson, a fantastic professor who gave us a lecture leading us through German history. As a high school student, I thought I knew a lot about German history, but I was surprised yet happy at the same time to learn new things and to have the chance to listen to people with other perspectives on Germany. Another important aspect for me were the panel discussions; there were highly-qualified people involved in the discussion. The students from my high school, myself included, and the students from New York University also played an important role. We talked extensively about topics like immigration and art. But there were also difficult topics, for example the issue of how German society should deal with its past. These discussions were not only exciting but also educational. For me it was difficult to talk about such topics. I was afraid that people might misunderstand me and get bad impressions. But this fear settled quickly and the panel discussions sparked interesting and funny conversations with the NYU students. They were curious about Berlin and Germany, and I also had a lot of questions about their own culture. So we exchanged our knowledge and were able to learn something about the cultures of both countries. From my point of view, this is the most important thing when you move to another country.

Orienting students to Berlin

Each NYU study away site has a Global Orientation Course to orient incoming students to their new city. We’ll be exploring how students are oriented across the global network starting with Berlin.
The course in Berlin, German Histories in Contemporary Life, provides students with a unique perspective on European and global issues as they relate to Germany and Berlin. The experience really seems to ground the students and allows them to embrace the practice of Heimsteigen (“entering a new place and immediately adopting it as home without gradual transition”). This was a term that was coined and favored by some of the NYU Berlin Fall 2013 students.
Professor Joseph Pearson, Global Orientation Course Coordinator at NYU-Berlin, describes the course:
When we invite speakers to participate in NYU-Berlin’s Global Orientation Course, one of the most compelling draws is that they will have the chance to address students during their first week in the German capital. It’s a moment when students experience their first plunge of immersion into the local culture–– full of fresh impressions and observations. For speakers, it is not simply the opportunity to help form students’ first reactions, but also to re-examine their own well-formed responses to issues through the perspective of the newcomer.
As part of the most recent Orientation Course, NYU-Berlin welcomed incisive speakers discussing Berlin’s emergence as an arts capital: art critic Carson Chan, curators Sönke Müller, and Marcel Schwierin of Transmediale (Berlin’s digital arts festival), and Dr. Thomas Köhler, the Director of Berlin’s modern art museum who also teaches a class at NYU-Berlin. They are all experienced hands in the Berlin art scene and presented their concerns about market forces, growing commercialism and the rising costs of studio space. Our students, many fresh from New York, were the ones able to put these concerns in a comparative context––many of them astonished by just how un-commercial, un-gentrified and affordable Berlin remains despite its Renaissance as an arts metropolis. Precisely this exchange of expectations, and standpoints, has made the course so exciting.
Take this energy to subjects as polemic as what constitutes an appropriate memorial to the victims of the Holocaust (with on-site visits), the debate over a multicultural Germany, or Germany’s role in the ongoing Euro-zone crisis, and there’s plenty to keep one awake despite the post-arrival jetlag. All the sessions investigate the weight of the past on contemporary issues not just in Berlin, but in Germany as a whole, with a view to how often tragic histories can potentially be the basis for more tolerant societies. The bridge between the past and the present can perhaps be best seen in our screening of the landmark 1927 city film Berlin Symphony of a Great City, with a live-DJ’d score mixed by the group Tronthaim. The contemporary electronic soundtrack is like a séance, recognizing our position as viewers looking back at documentation of a city that has largely vanished––destroyed by wartime bombing.
As a historian––often inured to the war damage that pockmarks the façades in Mitte––I sometimes forget what a remarkable classroom Berlin can be. Having a student walking by my side and pointing up to a Soviet memorial or a stray piece of the Berlin Wall makes you see again what the eye has begun simply to glance over. Indeed, we all need to be orientated and re-oriented in Berlin––to be shown new places from which we can see the city.
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A group of students are visiting the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman. Their guide is NYU Berlin professor Cristiana da Silva, who teaches classes in architecture.

Hard to stay goodbye to study away

Students often find it difficult to leave the global sites after intense and stimulating experiences. As NYU Abu Dhabi student Sasha Leith writes of her time in Berlin:
Manchmal fühle ich mich wie das Bild einer Geliebten, das an der Wand klebt, die Berlin ist. Wenn das Bild abgerissen wird, nimmt es einen Teil der Wand mit sich genau wie die Wand einen Teil des Bilds für sich behält. Und wenn ich aus Berlin weggehen muss, verschwinde ich nicht ganz. Stücke meiner Seele bleiben hier, und ich trage Teile von der Stadt mit mir auf meiner Wanderung. (Sometimes I feel like the picture of a lover glued on the wall of Berlin. If the image is torn, it takes a part of the wall with it just like the wall retains a part of the image itself. And if I have to go away from Berlin, I will not disappear completely. Pieces of my soul remain here, and I carry parts of the city with me on my journey.)

NYU Prague Student’s Photographic Talents Recognized

Roma Prague Invitation
Kieran Kesner, a student at NYU Prague in Spring 2013, had his remarkable photos of the Czech Roma community published by the World Photography Magazine in the January 2014 issue. Kieran’s project was selected for the magazine’s Student Spotlight series.
Kieran spent the semester in Prague and then a month in the summer traveling to little-known corners of the Czech Republic to learn more about the lives of Roma people. The Roma minority – also known as Gypsies – suffers greatly in Europe because of deep-rooted discrimination. Kieran’s off-the-beaten-track research resulted in a stunning and sensitive series of photos entitled Beauty in Roma Communities. His photos can be seen at his website: http://kierankesner.com/ and in the World Photography Magazine: http://www.worldphoto.org/news-and-events/wpo-news/documenting-roma-communities-interview-with-nyu-student-kieran-kesner/.
Kieran is returning to Prague for a solo exhibition of his photos which opens on 17 April.
Why did you initially choose to study in Prague? Did you have specific expectations for your photography before you came?
My entire family came from Russia and Eastern Europe at the turn of the century. Luckily all four of my great-grandparents and my immediate extended family escaped the Holocaust. Sadly, nearly all of my ancestors that remained perished by the end of World War II. I was drawn to study abroad in Prague because of my desire to trace my roots and learn a little bit more about the world my family came from.
Kieran 1
What events, experiences, or people made you aware of the Roma community?
As a U.S. citizen I never had any first hand knowledge of Roma so my impressions were neither negative or positive. I learned of the Roma first in a lecture given at NYU Prague [by NYU Prague professor Salim Murad] on minorities in the Czech Republic during our first week of classes. The Czech Republic is a very homogeneous society despite its two largest minorities, the Vietnamese (because of the relationship the two countries had with one another during the Communist era) and Roma, otherwise known as Gypsies. My impression of Roma was much like most Americans, strongly influenced by the romantic and magical images we saw in movies of the traveling vagabonds, but not rooted in any true sense of of reality.
Kieran 2
How did your Roma project develop? Did you initially plan to spend as much time with the community?
I became intrigued with the Roma, not initially for who they were as a people, but for the extreme levels of open discrimination I witnessed towards them. In conversations and observations, the unabashed hatred of Roma was shared by many people I met, from liberal Europeans to those in the ever increasing neo-Nazi movement. I was compelled to learn the truth for myself. So with some research and introductions arranged through Kumar Vishwanathan of the Roma non-profit, “Life Together”, my first trip was to Ostrava, an old post-communist coal mining city three hours from Prague. Though I didn’t speak Czech, my experiences were positive and far different than the negative stereotypes shared by those I had previously spoken too. After my studies were complete and I returned back to the U.S.; I felt my unique vantage point of living with the Roma, and being devoid of the prejudice many Europeans are raised with, could help offer another perspective on Roma society and the challenges they face. In the summer of 2013, I returned to Eastern Europe for six weeks, thanks in part to a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. This led me to neighboring Slovakia where the Roma live in extreme poverty as well as to Serbia and Montenegro.
Kieran 3
How did your experiences in the Czech Republic affect you personally and your career as a photographer?
Every day, new doors open that I never could have imagined because of my project with the Roma and my experience studying abroad. Now that I have graduated from NYU (January 2014), I am continuing to build both personal and professional opportunities. I hope the Roma Project combined with my growing portfolio in photography, video and multimedia, will allow me the professional opportunity to continue telling unique stories of life.
Kieran 4
What are your plans for the near future? Do you plan to return to the Czech Republic?
In April I have an exhibition of the Roma project in Prague sponsored by the US Embassy. From there I plan to expand the project to neighboring Hungary and then Romania. I am then hoping to parlay my experience as a photographer and digital storyteller, comfortable in multiple media platforms including web, social, print and video, into a productive and rewarding career that fulfills my curiosity and desire to explore the world.