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TEDxFulbright 2015, September 26 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica

Eric Trules | Posted 10.01.2015 | Los Angeles
Eric Trules

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the national Fulbright Association and LA's local Fulbright Chapter presented TEDxFulbright 2015 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Fulbright and TED... were match made in heaven.

How Norwegians Thrive In This Small Town Where The Sun Doesn't Rise

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.08.2015 | World

In Tromsø, Norway, a town 200 miles north off the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn't rise between November and January. Some who aren't used to such cond...

Curiously Strong

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.16.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

With my retirement on June 30 barely a heartbeat away, it is, as the hash-tag says, getting real. Each day has the tinge of poignancy, of last times...

The Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As I walked up the familiar steps and entrance everything seemed as it had been during my time as a student. The inside, however, was quite different and the courtyard was bathed in light, still surrounded by some familiar artwork.

State Department Marks 75 Years of International Exchange Programs

Evan Ryan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Education
Evan Ryan

This year, the State Department marks 75 years of implementing international exchange programs. The benefits of exposure to a new culture to learn about people and their viewpoints through an exchange cannot be overstated.

From a One-Bedroom Bronx Apartment to Yale University: Dr. Dena Simmons

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

During her childhood, unsung heroine Dr. Dena Simmons often slept with the sound of gunshots echoing in the background of her family's one-bedroom apa...

Fulbright and the Peacemaking Power of International Education

Betty Castor | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Betty Castor

The strength of the Fulbright Program remains its commitment to immersion through which participants form lasting international connections, gain a deep understanding of other countries and cultures, and work collaboratively to find solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges.

A Fulbright Is Not a Political Football

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Tara Sonenshine

America has to do it work to strengthen ties with other nations and promote international cooperation. Fulbright is one small way to maintain the world's largest multilateral investment in public diplomacy. The Fulbright program must stay fully funded.

Islands of Hope

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Jennifer Schwab

Having just returned from a stint working at Tel Aviv University, my experiences suggest that below the radar, there are a number of positive examples of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.

Breaking Bad in Bavaria

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Laura Skandera Trombley

The best preparation I ever had for becoming a college president wasn't the Harvard IEM seminar or the administrative program at Cornell. It was breaking my ankle in Bavaria.

Washington's Pivot to Ignorance

Ann Jones | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

As Washington increasingly comes to rely on the "forward projection" of military force to maintain its global position, the Fulbright Program may be the last vestige of an earlier, more democratic, equitable, and generous America that enjoyed a certain moral and intellectual standing in the world.

From Obstacle to Opportunity

Denis Nolasco | Posted 06.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Denis Nolasco

Disappointed and sad, I fell into my usual trap comparing myself to my peers, who had been admitted into Ivy League schools. I, on the other hand, was rejected from nine. How could I be proud of this?

How Hispanic Triangulation Can Help the U.S. Innovate in Foreign Policy

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Josue Lopez Calderon

As the relationship between Latin America and emerging regions such as Asia remains strong, the argument for optimally engaging America's largest diaspora, Hispanics, in U.S. foreign policy has never been more essential.

Creating a Global Classroom

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

While it's important for parents to help prepare their children for the global marketplace, educators play an equally important role in developing cross-cultural competency and knowledge.

Nigerian-American Artist and LGBT Activist Ade Addresses Nigeria's President for Criminalizing and Maltreating Gays

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Lia Petridis Maiello

"The same country that just allowed a senator to marry an innocent fourteen year-old girl, has now criminalized homosexuality under the false disguise of same-sex marriage. Whose rights are they planning to go after next?"

Busting the Top 10 Study Abroad Myths

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

Perhaps study abroad is not for you, and if that's the case, it's okay. But if you're saying "no" due to any one of these misperceptions, do your research before you decide not to go.

How Youth, Motivation and Social Entrepreneurship Principles Can Create Positive Change in Afghanistan

Brett R. Smith | Posted 12.28.2013 | College
Brett R. Smith

Social entrepreneurship, a field which has gained solid traction as a component for socio-economic development in areas such as Africa and South America, will soon play a critical role in creating a positive future for Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, the move to embrace social entrepreneurship is being driven by the nation's youth.

George Soros, Carly Fiorina, Albert Schweitzer: Liberal Arts Slackers

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Laura Skandera Trombley

The body politic, the communities in which we live and work, are not so very different from the human body: in order to survive we need to be fed by variety, by what's organic and pure -- fruits and vegetables, perhaps a nice glass of pinot -- not by what's fast and easy.

As Much Power as a Word: Fulbright and Soft Power

Tom Healy | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Tom Healy

What is soft? What is hard? What is power? Can power be created or is there a finite amount, a zero sum game that means if I have the power, you do not?

Georgia and Its Wine

Shirley Wade McLoughlin | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Shirley Wade McLoughlin

In the United States, I enjoyed a nice bottle of chardonnay, but never have I experienced the variety of wines, the passion of the winegrowers, the dominance of the grape in a culture, and the inclusion of this important commodity into so many components of the Georgian way of life.

The Joy of Language Barriers

Shirley Wade McLoughlin | Posted 06.22.2013 | College
Shirley Wade McLoughlin

I continue to enjoy the nuances of navigating the language barrier, laughing with older Georgians as we share our languages' slang terms, as we engage in foolish but effective pantomimes, and as we correct one another on small specifics in each of our languages.

Remembering Senator J. William Fulbright

Tom Healy | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Tom Healy

If Senator J. William Fulbright were still with us, he would be turning 108 today. That's a lot of candles. But with a powerful legacy like his -- h...

The Smell of Jasmine, the Calm of the Crowd

Tom Healy | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts
Tom Healy

Do you know what a jasmine flower looks like? If you close your eyes, can you see it? Can you smell it? It is the ancient smell of calm. The cool beauty of the night.

No, Hitler Is Not Cool: Reflections On Teaching My Indonesian Students About the Holocaust

Sarah Brafman | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Sarah Brafman

Over the course of my year teaching in Indonesia, I have had some troubling encounters with Nazi symbolism. I have repeatedly seen several students walking around the halls "Heiling" Hitler.

All That's Gilded: Finding Meaning in Teaching Wealthy Students in Indonesia

Sarah Brafman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
Sarah Brafman

What am I doing here? Shouldn't I be in a remote village without running water or power struggling to get by on rice and scraps of tempe? Perhaps. But the swimming pool doesn't help my students string together sentences in English.