Fulbright in Portugal

Steve Doig in Lisbon August-December 2010

Lisbon skyline

Fulbright work

Ellyn and I have greatly enjoyed the free time of our first month here in Portugal, exploring the different neighborhoods of Lisbon, sampling the food and wines, visiting the standard tourist sites, and learning to use the Metro, the buses and the regional trains. But my professional life here is about to get busy.

The first of my weekly four-hour sessions for master’s students at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa is next week. I have been working steadily on preparing for this class by gathering Portuguese and European data, and attending a briefing by the census experts at the Instituto Nacional de Estat√≠stica.

And on Sept. 29 I will give a talk on “The New Challenges of Journalism” as part of the welcoming orientation for first-year communications students at UNL’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

In addition, the excellent staff of the Fulbright Portugal Commission is arranging opportunities for me to talk with students at other universities in mainland Portugal and the Azores, and to do workshops in computer-assisted reporting with professional journalists in Lisbon and elsewhere. Some of these events will be open to the public, and I welcome anyone who is interested to attend and ask questions.

I’ve added to this blog a schedule of my Fulbright activities, which I will update as new items are added and details about time and location are decided.

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