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Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program

November 30, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET

Thank you for watching the recorded livestream of the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary celebration broadcasted from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Be sure to join the conversation online using #Fulbright75. We hope you enjoy the show.

The Fulbright Program, celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2021, held a spectacular event on November 30 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. 

Alumni, friends, and supporters of the Fulbright Program joined us virtually to celebrate the accomplishments of the past 75 years and to look ahead to the exciting future of the U.S. government’s flagship program of educational and cultural exchange.

The event included personal stories and performances by some of our most extraordinary alumni, including recent participants and those who have had long and distinguished careers. The celebration highlighted the Fulbright Program’s impact in five important areas: the environment; education; public service; science, technology, and public health; and the arts.

Read more about the event and view more photos.

Featured Speakers

The Honorable Antony Blinken
United States Secretary of State
See the remarks.  Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, has helped shape U.S. foreign policy to ensure it protects U.S. interests and delivers results for the American people over three decades and three presidential administrations. He served as Deputy Secretary of State for President Barack Obama from 2015 to 2017, and before that, as President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor. During the first term of…
Renée Fleming
1984 Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany
Renée Fleming, one of the most celebrated sopranos in modern history, has expanded on her brilliant career performing in opera, concerts, recordings, theater, film, and at major public occasions, by becoming a leading advocate for research and broader application of discoveries at the intersection of music, health, and neuroscience. As Artistic Advisor-at-Large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, she has spearheaded a collaboration with the…
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Ruth J. Simmons
1967 Fulbright U.S. Student to France
See the remarks. Dr. Ruth Simmons is the president of Prairie View A&M University and a former president of Smith College and Brown University, with a lifelong passion for cross-cultural understanding and showcasing Black excellence in academia. When she was named president of Smith College in 1995, she became one of the first African American women to head a U.S. college or university and created…
Ruth Simmons
Lee Satterfield
Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
Lee Satterfield is Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), leading the State Department’s global efforts to engage individuals through academic, cultural, professional, sports, and youth exchanges. Previously, Assistant Secretary Satterfield was President and Chief Operating Officer at Meridian International Center, a non-profit center for diplomacy that strengthens engagement between the United States and the world. At Meridian she…
Douglas Emhoff
Second Gentleman of the United States
Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, is a devoted father, experienced lawyer, and proud husband. Emhoff was a prominent entertainment lawyer for nearly 30 years. As Second Gentleman, he devotes his time to the causes of justice, equality, and human rights. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Matawan, New Jersey by his parents Mike and Barbara with his…
Paul Winfree
Chair, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
See the remarks. Paul Winfree is Director of Economic Policy Studies, Acting Director of the Center for Data Analysis, and the Richard F. Aster Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. His research focuses on public finance and US economic history, especially the history and political economy of U.S. fiscal policy. He is author of a book on the evolution of economic and fiscal policy from colonial…
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Learn more about the program and Featured Fulbright Alumni

With a message from Congress

The United States Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, and its members have sustained that support for the past 75 years. Today, thanks to Congress, Fulbright continues to develop future leaders representing the talent and diversity of all U.S. states and U.S. territories, and of partner countries around the world.

  • Senator Patrick Leahy, Vermont. 
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 13th District of California.
  • Congressman Tom Cole, 4th District of Oklahoma, 1977 Fulbright U.S. Student to the United Kingdom
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota.
  • Congressman John Sarbanes, 3rd District of Maryland, 1984 Fulbright U.S. Student to Greece.
  • Senator John Boozman, Arkansas.
  • Former Congresswoman Nita Lowey, 17th District of New York.

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With Live Performances by

Sam Nester
2010 Fulbright Student from Australia
Sam Nester is a trumpet player, music educator, and “eco-composer.” He has performed at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the BAM Next Wave Festival, the Paris Opera Ballet, Wordless Music Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Center, and the Festival of New Trumpet Music. As a Fulbright student from Australia, he completed a master’s degree in Music…
Sam Nester
Alito Alessi
2009 Fulbright U.S. Specialist to Mexico
Alito Alessi is a dancer and choreographer who has changed the world of contemporary dance through his pioneering work with people with disabilities as the founder of DanceAbility International. Inspired by his mother, a wheelchair user, and his sister, who suffered from polio, Alessi developed an improvisational and inclusive dance methodology to promote artistic expression between people with and without disabilities. His journey towards inclusive dance began at the…
Alito Alessi

75 Years of Global Impact

75 Years of Fulbright Impact on the Arts

The Fulbright Program has supported many artists over its 75 year history.

Read about the featured alumni

75 Years of Fulbright Impact on Journalism

Fulbright journalists have been recognized with some of the highest honors across digital and traditional media.

Read about the featured alumni


Jonathan Rabb
2012 Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany
Jonathan Rabb is the founder and CEO of Watch The Yard, a digital platform for Black college culture. Rabb launched his career as a journalist and entrepreneur with his experience as a Fulbright Young Professional Journalist in Germany after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in German and international relations. His Fulbright award allowed him to research digital audience development and cross-platform…
Jonathan Rabb