It’s not a stretch to say that the Fulbright program gave me professional purpose, put me on the path to my current career and helped form me as a person. As a recent university graduate, I headed to Albania with a plan to study museums and national identity. What I learned while there made me […]

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MG_9429_webIt’s not a stretch to say that the Fulbright program gave me professional purpose, put me on the path to my current career and helped form me as a person. As a recent university graduate, I headed to Albania with a plan to study museums and national identity. What I learned while there made me shift my focus to issues of difficult heritage (post-conflict, post-Socialist, post-colonial). And, my experience in the country sparked a deep love for the Balkans, laying groundwork for me to return to the region.

Since 2012, I have worked full-time in Albania for an organization called Cultural Heritage without Borders, which is dedicated to rescuing and preserving cultural heritage affected by conflict, neglect or human and natural disasters, as a vital contribution both to building democracy and supporting human rights.

Jonathan Eaton
from United States to Albania
Student at University of New York-Tirana (2009)