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International Education Committee to host lectures by Fulbright Scholars on March 14 and 15

The Hawai‘i Community College International Education Committee is pleased to announce that Fulbright Scholars from India and Turkey will present lectures on March 14 and 15 at the Manono campus in Hilo.

Soudhamini, a filmmaker and artist from India, will present Virtual Reality: New Possibilities for Storytelling” on Wednesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. in Kaneikeao (Building 379-1).

Soudhamini began her professional career assisting avant garde filmmaker Mani Kaul and since then has been working across platforms and genres making short fiction, feature length non-fiction and installation works. She has received commissions from the Government of India as well as international institutions like the ZDF, Germany and the Prince Claus Fund, Netherlands. 

Her works lie at the cusp of cinema and other forms of traditional and indigenous culture in South India including music, poetry, performance and ritual. She is deeply committed to understanding how technology inflects these forms in an inter-medial, non-hierarchic relation, and in discovering the aesthetic first principles cinema implicitly shares with them, both on a conceptual plane involving notions of time and space, as well as in the material registers involving body, image, resonance and today, computation.

Soudhamini has a master's in English literature from the Stella Maris College, Madras and a post-graduate diploma in film direction from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

Self-regulated Learning: Students are Controllers of Their Learning Process, Not the Victims of It!

Dr. Seniye Vural, an assistant professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Erciyes University in Turkey, will present “Self-regulated Learning: Students are Controllers of Their Learning Process, Not the Victims of It!”

The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 15 at 4 p.m. in Kaneikeao (Building 379-1).

Vural’s research areas include teacher and student motivation, teacher education, teacher and student self-regulation, curriculum development and evaluation of English language programs, and English as a Lingua Franca.

She holds master’s degree in English literature from Erciyes University, another master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from Bilkent University, and a doctorate in the same field from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She was a Fulbright student researcher in 2012-2013 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is currently a Fulbright scholar-in-residence at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

For more information, please contact Pamela Scheffler at or 934-2622.