The Cultura project has been developed, maintained and improved by many people and teams over the years. This is a partial list.

Original Team

  • Gilberte Furstenberg1 (1996-2010): Project Creator: concept development and implementation
  • Shoggy Waryn2 (1996-2014): Project Creator: concept development and implementation
  • Sabine Levet (1997-present): Concept development and implementation

Project Director

Technical Support

Sources of Funding

Cultura has received generous funding from:

  • MIT Global Studies and Languages
  • The French Initiatives Endowment Funds at MIT (since 2007)
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (1998-2001)
  • The Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching, Yale University, (1997-1999), thanks to the unwavering support of Peter Patrikis.


1 Gilberte Furstenberg retired in 2010 and has not been involved in the current development of the project and its website since 2012. She is however still very active, giving talks and workshops, and writing articles about Cultura.

2 With great sadness we announce the passing of our colleague, Shoggy Waryn. He died on February 18, 2014, after an extended illness. As one of the original creators of Cultura, he was an inspired, resourceful and generous colleague. But above all, he was a dear friend. We miss him deeply.