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  • The Fulbright Program October 7, 2009 ETA Orientation, Rome
  • The Fulbright Program

    1. 1. Il Programma Fulbright Linking Minds Across Cultures The Fulbright Program Commissione per gli Scambi Culturali fra l’Italia e gli Stati Uniti The US –Italy Fulbright Commission www.fulbright.it Via Castelfidardo 8 – 00185 Roma Tel. 06 - 4888.211 - email: [email_address]
    2. 2. Topics <ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>The Fulbright Program </li></ul><ul><li>The Fulbright Program in Italy </li></ul><ul><li>What it means to be a Fulbrighter </li></ul>
    3. 3. History <ul><li>J. William Fulbright </li></ul><ul><li>1905 - 1995 </li></ul>
    4. 4. J. William Fulbright <ul><li>Graduate of the University of Arkansas </li></ul><ul><li>Rhodes Scholar (Oxford): 1924-1928 (personal experience) </li></ul><ul><li>A U.S. House of Representative ( 1924-44 ) and U.S. Senate ( 1945-75 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1959-1974 ( Arrogance of Power , 1996) </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship between getting to know foreigners, the promotion of mutual understanding and peace </li></ul><ul><li>Authored amendment to the “Surplus Property Act of 1944” that established the Fulbright Program in 1946 </li></ul><ul><li>Fulbright-Hays Act, 1961 </li></ul>
    5. 5. History <ul><li>U.S. President Harry Truman signing the initial Fulbright Act, 1946 </li></ul>
    6. 6. History <ul><li>JWF (far left): U.S. President John F. Kennedy signs the Fulbright-Hays Act, 1961 </li></ul>
    7. 7. Fulbright-Hays Act <ul><li>Public Law 87-256, 1961 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations....” </li></ul>
    8. 8. History <ul><li>Sen. Fulbright (r.) with a talented and aspiring young politician from Arkansas (Bill Clinton)(m.), who also was a Rhodes Scholar, in the 1970s </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Program Today: Characteristics <ul><li>Oldest and largest international exchange program (270,000 plus and 140 countries) </li></ul><ul><li>Binational “two-way exchange”,non-partisan </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of mutual understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Instrument of public as well as people’s diplomacy: citizens as diplomats and Public benefit: “giving something back” </li></ul><ul><li>Open, annual, national, merit-based competition </li></ul>
    10. 10. Organizational Chart
    11. 11. The Fulbright Program in Italy <ul><li>Honorary Chairs: Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to Italy </li></ul><ul><li>Binational Funding (U.S. Government and Italian Government) since 1975 </li></ul><ul><li>Binational board (6 Italians and 6 U.S. Citizens) </li></ul><ul><li>Binational decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Binational mobility of graduate students, researchers, and scholars in all fields </li></ul>
    12. 12. What it means to be a Fulbrighter <ul><li>Promote mutual understanding and respect between the United States and Italy </li></ul><ul><li>Meet as many people as possible... </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in a broad range of social and community activities.... </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to learn about the history and culture of Italy </li></ul>
    13. 13. Contacts <ul><li>Commissione per gli Scambi Culturali fra l’Italia e gli Stati Uniti </li></ul><ul><li>The U.S. Italy Fulbright Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Via Castelfidardo 8, Roma 00185 Website: www.fulbright.it </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: facebook.com/fulbrightcommissionitaly </li></ul><ul><li>Tel. 06/48.88.211.18 </li></ul>01/03/11

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