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Islands of Hope

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 08.14.2014 | 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.

Middle Eastern Peace, for Christmas Please!

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 02.27.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

For 64 years the United States Military Academy at West Point has invited seniors from universities across the United States and teamed them with mili...

The Storm Demon, Father of All Monsters

Tom Healy | Posted 01.20.2013 | Green
Tom Healy

Scientific facts alone have not and will not be enough to get us to comprehend or cope with the scale of the issues our planet faces, the clouds of crisis that with that sweet name Sandy, literally gathered around my hometown within minutes.

Polishing One Very Rough Stone

Stanley K. Sheinbaum | Posted 12.09.2012 | Books
Stanley K. Sheinbaum

And that's how I ended up becoming an economist -- one answer to an essay question that happened to catch the eye of a professor who cared.

Fulbright and the Giant Brain

Tom Healy | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Tom Healy

From the Arab spring to the explosive growth in Asia, from the financial crises in Europe to the rapid development of our own hemisphere, this program is global in ways that its founder could barely have imagined when that first group of Fulbright scholars arrived in 1947.

U.S.-Muslim Relations: The Second Coming?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

Despite division on what to do with the Arab Spring, one thing was for certain, the educated classes of young people felt this was their time to take the lead and push the envelope.

What Will We Say to Each Other?

Tom Healy | Posted 10.02.2012 | World
Tom Healy

Protest is a conversation. It's been a strange, often frustrating, sometimes easy to mock, but essential ethos of American protest movements like #OWS and the Tea Party. And if you think about it, true conversation is democracy.

Fulbright Scholars: Sharing the World Through Storytelling

Tom Healy | Posted 09.05.2012 | World
Tom Healy

Fulbrighters prove that storytelling is very much alive -- in the wilderness and the city, in medinas and souks and villages, among the cats and storks, in the world's tallest buildings, in the slums and labor camps, on artificial islands lined with McMansions, in the sandstorms of the desert.

'888 Portraits In Taiwan' Captures The Spirit Of Its People

Posted 06.05.2012 | Arts

Pablo Picasso once asked: "What is a face, really? Its own photo? ... Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way?" While today photogr...