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I just got back from a spectacular 10-day backpacking trip to Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia!

As a Fulbrighter exploring "Civil Society and Political Change in Chile: 1973-present," I am working at ECLAC (the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) with an expert on social capital. As it turns out, this has been an especially exciting time to be here: not only does the Pinochet situation have deep implications for my research, but it just turns out that the UNDP (the UN's Development Program) 1999 Human Development Report for Chile will focus "Social Capital and Citizenship." So.....as it now stands, my Fulbright research will be formally incorporated into the 1999 UN Report for Chile.

In short, I am very, very enthusiastic about my particular Fulbright experience and the Fulbright opportunity in general, and I would be more than happy to share my experience with any and all who are interested once back in the US. I will be back the beginning of June 1999, but unfortunately I won't have much time once home because I have to be back in Argentina by the end of June ( I am a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Buenos Aires from June 1999-June 2000). In any case, during this brief time in the US I would love to talk about my research, my travels, and my life as a Fulbright scholar in Chile whenever it's convenient.

This year has already been an unforgettable one for my personal and intellectual development, and I trust that it will help me make a more meaningful professional contribution in future years.

(I'm glad you enjoyed my letter; it was heart-felt. And, of course, I do not mind that you post it on the web if you think that it will inspire more interest in the Fulbright program or in the country, culture, and politics of Chile.)

Koren

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