2016-2017 Fulbright NY Alumnus-in-Residence: JARED LICINA

In 2009, Jared founded Nascenta, a nonprofit organization that runs diversity workshops based on a lesson structure developed by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) to address the challenges in post-Apartheid South Africa and build an understanding of the prejudices that can drive decision-making. The methodology behind the workshop has garnered IJR the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. Originally from Cape Town in South Africa, Jared witnessed the efficacy of IJR’s methods during a program for student leaders in social societies and student politics at the University of Cape Town in 2002. Inspired by the methodology and effectiveness of the program, Jared developed a similar program targeting high school students, which was run in 2004 and 2005 with support from the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Subsequently, he sought to bring a similar style of training and engagement to New York and the US, through creating Nascenta as a New York not-for-profit organization.

Since then, Nascenta has led the effort in adapting IJR's acclaimed diversity workshops to a US setting and has been at the forefront of delivering flexible, feedback-oriented training that addresses inherent biases.

Nascenta’s workshops teach students about diversity across different categories, as well as the discrimination and prejudice that is sometimes generated around them, and the best ways to understand and fight them. Through careful team-building techniques and open, nonjudgmental discussions, Nascenta seeks to get people to understand their own inherent biases, and the reasons underlying them. The method then teaches them to overcome the biases, both within themselves, as well as within society. Through feedback and a flexible approach, Nascenta customizes the program to adapt to specific communities, new techniques or current issues.

Jared attended NYU for a Masters Degree in Economics on a Fulbright Scholarship and was also a recipient of the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award. In addition to running Nascenta, Jared also works at Silverpoint Group Holdings, a global private equity firm, and has spent the last 8 years in the hedge fund industry in NYC and Dubai. He has special interests in the structure and efficiency of financial firms, as well as the potential benefits of the financial products in the space of risk management for sovereign and corporate entities. Jared also serves on the Young Professionals Board of The Nature Conservancy, an environmental conservation organization, and One To World, a cultural enrichment program for Fulbright grantees and foreign students in the US.

Nascenta: http://nascenta.org


2015-2016 Fulbright NY Alumnus-in-Residence: KEITH ELLENBOGEN

Wine glass hydroids within New York’s underwater seascape. Photo by Keith Ellenbogen.

Keith Ellenbogen is an award-winning underwater photographer with a focus on environmental conservation. He was a U.S. Fulbright Fellow in Malaysia and is currently a Senior Fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), a Fellow with the Explorers Club, and an Assistant Professor of Photography at FIT/SUNY. Additionally, Keith is a Visiting Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he is collaboratively developing cutting-edge marine imaging techniques that push the boundaries between art and science. His current project focuses on raising awareness about the vibrant diversity of life within the New York Seascape through vivid and, in many cases, first-ever images of the stunning marine life in New York waters. You can find out more about Keith on his website: http://bluereef.com. We’re looking forward to working with him!


2015-2016 Fulbright NY Alumnus-in-Residence Keith Ellenbogen, an acclaimed underwater photographer with an emphasis on environmental conservation.

2014-2015 Fulbright NY Alumna-in-Residence: REBECCA DAVIS

Our 2014-2015 Fulbright NY Alumna-in-Residence, Rebecca Davis, speaking at TEDxFulbright

Our 2014-2015 FAIR resident was entrepreneur and choreographer, Rebecca Davis, who founded MindLeaps. MindLeaps is a not-for-profit organization that creates dance and educational programs for street children and underserved youth in post-conflict and developing programs. MindLeaps uses a kinesthetic-based curriculum to improve the cognitive skills of youth to ensure they can go to school, enter the workplace and leap forward in life. Originally from British Columbia, Rebecca has choreographed and taught in Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guinea and the United States. She was classically trained in the Russian Vaganova method of ballet while studying in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk, Russia. She received a degree in choreography from The Saint Petersburg Conservatory under the tutelage of Nikolai Boyarchikov (former Artistic Director, The Mussorgsky Ballet). She is a two-time Fulbright scholar and summa cum laude graduate of Temple University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship. She holds a Masters of International Relations with a concentration in Peacekeeping from American Military University. In 2013, CCTV made a documentary about her work in Rwanda. Rebecca has appeared on The Melissa-Harris Perry Show, given two TEDx talks, and been a guest speaker at several universities, including Brandeis, Brown, Princeton, and University of Michigan. In 2014, she spoke at the United Nations Association Film Festival and was featured in Project M magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Magazine, The Good Service Magazine and on Voice of America radio.



CCTV's documentary Faces of Africa: Dance up from the street
Rebecca on The Melissa-Harris Perry Show
Rebecca Davis' TEDxFulbright talk

Pictured at right, Rebecca Davis teaches youth in the MindLeaps program in Rwanda. MindLeaps uses a kinesthetic-based curriculum to improve the cognitive skills of youth to ensure they can go to school, enter the workplace and leap forward in life. 

Inaugural Fulbright NY Alumnus-in-Residence (2013-2014): JEREMY XIDO

Filmmaker and Fulbright alumnus Jeremy Xido, and his award winning documentary film, Death Metal Angola, was selected as the inaugural FAIR program awardee (2013-2014). The film tells the story of Sonia Ferreira, a survivor of 27 years of war, lover of rock music, and mother to 55 orphans, as she and her partner, the death metal musician Wilker Flores, mount Angola’s first-ever national rock concert. Their dream is to help their country recover from decades of war…through the power of music. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/31745127

Dubbed “raucously crowd pleasing” by the Hollywood Reporter, a “cult classic in the making” by the Huffington Post and “a beautifully shot, superb film” by indieWIRE, Death Metal Angola has screened for sell-out crowds at dozens of film festivals around the world and had its NYC premiere on November 16th at the prestigious DOC NYC Festival along with a panel discussion on Filming Outside Your Turf: Case Studies on Resilience on November 18th at the IFC Center, with directors Jeremy Xido (Death Metal Angola), fellow Fulbrighter Lisa Biagiotti (deepsouth), and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Detropia). 

The Greater New York Chapter launched the FAIR program in 2013 to incubate New York-based alumni projects that embody the Fulbright mission of international understanding, through thematic programming throughout the year as well as mentoring and support. Jeremy Xido and his film DEATH METAL ANGOLA film were pivotal in launching this program, which has been a resounding success, from the initial presentation of the trailer at one of our chapter’s salons, to numerous screenings and subsequent awards, community roundtables and events, and eventually the film's theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles. During this time, Jeremy was also an Arts Envoy with the State Department, conveying cultural understanding and ambassadorship through art. He was subsequently invited to give an electrifying TEDxFulbright talk that traced the path of slave trading from Angola to Portugal to the US, and juxtaposed it with his own personal experiences of Detroit and Angola.

Our 2013-2014 Fulbright NY Alumnus-in-Residence, Jeremy Xido, speaking at TEDxFulbright

The DMA Resilience Tour

In partnership with the Fulbright Alumnus-in-Residence (FAIR) program, the DMA RESILIENCE TOUR was created. The tour is a community development program involving screenings and town halls in cities that have been hit hard by economic and natural disasters. It's about how we can rebuild from the devastation of economic deprivation, crime and/or natural disaster. The tour includes Fulbright preview screenings and town halls on resilience in Los Angeles, Washington, DC and New York.


Los Angeles: November 7th-13th at AMC Burbank Town Center 8 (Special Fulbright screening/town hall on Nov 9th)
Washington, D.C.: Special Fulbright screening/town hall on November 19th at the Landmark
New York: November 21st-23rd at Cinema Village (Special Fulbright screening/town hall on November 22nd) 


DMA's partnership with Fulbright Association's Greater New York Chapter & the FAIR program:http://bit.ly/FAIRDMApost
Jeremy Xido's TEDxFulbright talk: http://youtu.be/RblakAuoG8c
DEATH METAL ANGOLA website: www.deathmetalangola.com
DEATH METAL ANGOLA Trailer: https://vimeo.com/31745127


“Jeremy Xido’s Death Metal Angola : A Cult Classic in the Making”  Huffington Post

“Absorbing, beautifully shot documentary. I predict a long festival life, if not more, for Xido’s superb film”  Indiewire

“Raucously crowd pleasing, enticingly exotic, clangorous, rousingly energetic, promising big-screen debut for Detroit-born globetrotter Jeremy Xido”  The Hollywood Reporter


Featured in the Daily Beast mentioning Fulbright & Resilience Tour campaign: http://thebea.st/1d5Jyri
Featured in in MusicFilmWeb: http://bit.ly/DMAmusicfilmweb
Featured in DNAInfo (Greater NY Chapter is quoted): http://bit.ly/DMAdna


Originally from Detroit, Jeremy graduated cum laude in Painting and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York and trained at the Actor’s Studio. Since 2003 he has been the artistic co-director of the performance and film company CABULA6, which was voted "Company of the Year 2009" by Europe's prestigious performance magazine, Ballettanz, and awarded "Outstanding Artist of the Year 2010" by the Austrian Ministry of the Arts. CABULA6 has produced and presented work for both film and stage all over the world. Jeremy’s film directing credits include the award winning feature documentary DEATH METAL ANGOLA, the six part CRIME EUROPE series, and the short documentary MACONDO in addition to several short fiction films. He is known in Europe as a performance artist with a unique artistic voice and approach to stage and film, blending emotionally gripping personal stories with the larger social contexts within which they emerge – including the recent trilogy THE ANGOLA PROJECT which premiered at Impulstanz in Vienna and PS122 in New York. Working as a dancer, actor and filmmaker, he has performed and presented work around the world on stage, TV and in Cinema.  He speaks English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and is based in Harlem, NYC. For more info, go to www.xido.org