This semester I was privileged to have been a Fulbright Scholar -- "Rule of Law and Civil Society" in Macedonia -- teaching 3 courses with 3 faculties at 2 universities in 2 cities.
One of those universities was the State University of Tetovo. I was working with 1st year Political Science Students
("Democracy and Civil Society") and 3rd year Law Students
("Constitutional Law"). I also delivered guest lectures with graduate
students on the Tetovo campus, and I met with students at the SUT extension campuses in Skopje and
The Rector Vullnet Ameti, Vice Rector Arber Celiku, Head of the International Relations Office Hatibe Deari, Dean Ferat Polisi, and faculty members of the
Departments were so welcoming and have made me feel very much a part of
the academic community here.
A very special thanks to Vice Dean of the Law Faculty Jusuf Zejneli and Political Science Professor Shefik Shehu for handling all the details of my courses and for making me feel a part of the Departments.
I have gotten to know my students well
over the course of the semester. In addition to our lectures on campus,
we have spent time together on a number of field trips and community
service projects (e.g., visits to the Constitutional Court, the Mayor's
Office, NGOs, etc.)
My students were bright, engaged, and committed to
working for a brighter future for Macedonia.
I am looking forward to our continued cooperation! I hope this semester is only the beginning.
Here is a look back at some of the blog posts from my time in Tetovo:
Welcome to the State University of Tetovo
Meeting with the Dean of the Law Faculty
Political Science Faculty -- "Democracy and Civil Society"
Field trip to Skopje -- TV24 -- Taping of "Open" and meeting wtih NDI
Field Trip to Gratnica, meeting with NGO Happy Life
Field Trip/Visit to meet with Mayor of Tetovo Teuta Arifi
Say No to Violence Against Women event -- Tetovo
Say No to Violence Against Women event -- Skopje -- with SUT students in Professor Gjyla Celiku's class at State University Tetovo Skopje campus
Field Trip to Forumi Gruas
Youth Conference - "Youth Leading in the Digital Era"
Site Visit: Democracy Lab
The views from our classroom
Assessing community needs
Our first seminar
Law Faculty -- "Constitutional Law"
Field Trip/Visit to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Macedonia -- Visit with Judge Gaber-Damjanovska and Judge Ismail Darlishta
Field Trip/Visit the Ministry of Economy and Minister Driton Kuci
Supreme Court Bingo - and - gavel pencils for everyone!
How to Brief a Case Workshop -- and US Constitutions for everyone!
Minister Driton Kuci stops by our Constitutional Law seminar
Law Library at the State University, donation of course materials
Meetings with other State University of Tetovo students:
Guest lecture with the MA students in Tetovo
Visit the State University of Tetovo extension campus in Struga
Guest Lecture at the State University of Tetovo extension campus in Skopje -- "Campaigns and Elections in the US"
Media Events with State University Faculty
Guest on TV24 Show Open with SUT Law Professor Arta Bilalli-Zendeli
Guest on TV21 International Women's Day program with SUT Political Science professor Gjyla Celiku
Other events and activities with students:
students in both law and political science came to the American Corner for my presentation about the US Supreme Court
Open Day at the State University
Of course the piece de resistance was
Prom - Senior weekend - Struga