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Fulbright Day: Germany

October 6

Fulbright Germany is pleased to join with the wide array of global Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program with two events on October 6 that reflect the transatlantic bonds – from individual to binational – created and maintained by the program.

The first is Meet-a-German, for which Germans or Americans with first-hand experience of German culture – many of them Fulbrighters – join about 200 primary and secondary schools across the US for fun and interactive sessions on contemporary Germany. Initiated in 2018 as part of Wunderbar Together, gatherings will take place via video conference and in-person, where possible. In cooperation with the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), Fulbright Germany offers this opportunity for speakers to become “citizen ambassadors” at local schools throughout the U.S., while thousands of students can “meet a German” on October 6, when the U.S. marks German-American Day and shortly after Germany celebrates its National Unity Day.

The second event is a hybrid panel discussion, live-streamed internationally and entitled “The Fulbright Network: Strengthening Collective Action on Complex Global Issues.” As we mark a significant Fulbright anniversary, yet face daunting challenges – from the coronavirus pandemic to looming climate crisis – we ask what particular contribution Fulbrighters can make to cope with and solve them. The panel will explore and offer concrete ways to facilitate cooperation among local, regional and international leaders across the public, private and nongovernmental sectors; point to paths for rebuilding trust in expertise and institutions, including science, higher education, and media; and share stories of success in strengthening leadership for environmental and social justice. The event will debut our new Executive Director, Dr. Cathleen Fisher, who will moderate the panel to feature new transatlantic voices from the Fulbright Germany network.

The livestream will be at 5:30-7:00 pm Germany time (CET) and will be available via the Fulbright Germany YouTube channel and via this direct link. A video recording of the panel will subsequently be embedded on the Fulbright Day: Germany page here when it is available.

Connect with Fulbright to learn more about the activities planned for Germany’s Fulbright Day. Find more information on past and future Fulbright Days here.