Ms. Fay Gartenberg
Specialization: Education
Home institution in US: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Loreto Day School, Kolkata, West Bengal  
Start date/Month in India: 26 June 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Fay Gartenberg received her B.A. in film studies and the arts and society from Mount Holyoke College in 2011, and she also holds a certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Language Learner (ELL) instruction.  As an undergraduate, Ms. Gartenberg held administrative, programming and teaching positions with several non-profit organizations: Docs In Progress; Mount Holyoke College Speaking, Arguing and Writing Program; Richard Hugo House; Jewish Family Service of Seattle; and Seattle Central Community College.

Ms. Gartenberg is also a film and sound editor, videographer and filmmaker whose work was screened by various college film festivals throughout her undergraduate career. Her submissions to the 2011 Five College Film Festival in Western Massachusetts won the Best of Mount Holyoke College award. In 2010, she attended a conference on Indian Experimental Film in Santiniketan, India and traveled throughout the country to conduct research for a project exploring Indian experimental filmmakers and how they contribute to notions of modern Indian identity.

After graduation, she was a project coordinator in the Media Services Department of TransPerfect Translations, a global translation and business services company in New York City. Ms. Gartenberg hopes to ultimately work for international NGOs as a media education programmer and consultant, designing and running media literacy programs for youth and adults from diverse backgrounds.

Ms. Gartenberg’s Fulbright research project will explore conceptions and practices of media education both within the school system where she will be teaching and outside the formal school system in local youth and community-based projects. Her research will question whether or not media education at her Kolkata school follows the dominant Western, and specifically English-language, models of media education practiced globally. Ms. Gartenberg hopes to examine the prevailing perspectives regarding media education in India using her placement in Kolkata to explore the following questions:

How is media education integrated into Indian schools, and youth and community-based projects? How are media technologies being utilized to enhance standard pedagogy?