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The Fulbright Program

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

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