As the Mexico-U.S. Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS) celebrates the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary and its own 30th year of existence, November 10 served as “Fulbright Day” in Mexico! This day kicked off with interactive posts and stories on social media and ended with a Fulbright Anniversary Discussion Series (Conversatorios).
Fulbright Italy presented a panel titled, “Identity and searching for Black lives in the archives in the words of Lanitra Berger and Maaza Mengiste” with award-winning author and Fulbright alumna Maaza Mengiste, social justice advocate and award-winning scholar LaNitra Berger, and Fulbright Italy Board Member Timothy Martin.
For their Fulbright Day, the Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) hosted a special virtual alumni anniversary event titled “75 Years of Friendship and Exchange.”
Fulbright Brazil held an online Fulbright Day on 5 November 2021 with a livestreamed panel discussion focusing on Fulbright impact in the lives of Brazilian and US citizens.
Over the next 75 years, what will education and learning look like around the world? Fulbright educators, academic administrators, and international exchange specialists weigh in on the current state of international education, and imagine new ways to live and learn together.
Dr. Manuel T. Pacheco’s path to U.S. higher education leader could be considered “nontraditional.” He was the son of migrant farm workers, became the first in his family to attend college, graduated from a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and earned a Fulbright U.S. Student award to France.
A first-generation college graduate, Dr. García was raised in Brooklyn, New York, by parents who migrated from Puerto Rico to work in factories and provide a better life for their family. They emphasized the importance of education, telling Dr. García and her four siblings, “the only inheritance a poor family can leave you is a good education.” These words have shaped her life.
Known in Rwanda as a mentor and prolific researcher, Dr. Eugene Mutimura advocates for his country’s development of science, technology, and education. While his scientific research is notable, Dr. Mutimura’s contributions to promoting young scientists and the growth of Rwanda’s scientific infrastructure are equally impressive.
Dr. Mona Khoury-Kassabri is a history maker. Her continued role in academics and administration at Hebrew University, informed by her Fulbright Visiting Scholar experience at the University of Chicago, empowers underrepresented communities through education.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary, and recognize 64 years of educational and cultural exchanges between Ireland and the U.S., the Fulbright Commission in Ireland and the U.S. Embassy in Ireland hosted a special in-person Fulbright Alumni evening.
For Fulbright Day: Austria, Fulbright Austria hosted a panel discussion to focus on the achievements of their programs and their alumni.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, U.S. Embassy Dhaka and Bangladeshi Fulbright alumni hosted a special two-day virtual conference titled “Celebrating 75 Years of Fulbright: U.S.-Bangladesh Together Towards Tomorrow” on October 27-28, 2021.