I was more thrilled to learn that the Fernand Braudel Center, where I have been based, is a multidisciplinary center that draws its students from highly ranked graduate programs, including the Department of History, Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Sociology.
Apart from the scientific strength of the center, I can say that all my colleagues here are very welcoming, friendly, supportive, and collaborative. Thanks to their encouragement, I recently received the opportunity to present a talk to the public about my work, titled “Land Grabbing and Rural Poverty: Lessons Learned from Western Ethiopia,” to be held on 20 April 2016, and for which I am feeling excited!
And last, thanks to the Fulbright opportunity, I have made some effective negotiations with the different department heads at Binghamton University to establish a partnership with Mekelle University in Ethiopia as well as my host university in Belgium.
Fulbright postdoc fellow
State University of New York at Binghamton
18 April 2016