Fulbright Specialist Alumni Forum
Join World Learning to celebrate the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary with the Fulbright Specialist Program! During the Fulbright Specialist Virtual Alumni Forum, you’ll hear short, recorded presentations from four alumni who are making an impact and will learn from their stories, their expertise, and their work to better our world. From navigating mindful travel to how people-to-people connections influence post-disaster recovery, we hope you will join this live watch party to explore themes of creating connections in a complex and changing world, learn about a diverse range of topics, and interact with and ask questions of alumni speakers.
This event is hosted by World Learning, which serves as the implementing partner of the Fulbright Specialist Program. A part of the larger Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Specialist Program provides short-term, flexible opportunities for established U.S. academics and professionals to share knowledge and collaborate with institutions around the world through two- to six-week, project-based exchanges. To learn more about the Fulbright Specialist Program, visit fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org.
Daniel Aldrich, 2018 Fulbright Specialist to Trinidad & Tobago
An award-winning author, Daniel Aldrich has published five books including Building Resilience and Black Wave, more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, and written op-eds for the New York Times, CNN, HuffPost, and many other media outlets. He has spent more than five years in India, Japan, and the African continent carrying out fieldwork and his work has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, the Abe Foundation, and the Japan Foundation, among other institutions. He is currently the 2021 Klein Lecturer at Northeastern University, where he is also a professor of political science, public policy, and urban affairs and directs the Security and Resilience Studies Program.
Lisa Dale, 2019 Fulbright Specialist to Rwanda
Lisa Dale teaches at Columbia University in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development. Her research on environmental policy includes a particular focus on climate change adaptation governance. She explores these dynamics in two distinct landscapes: rural agricultural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and federally managed public lands across the American West. She has a background in academia and policy in Colorado, with time on the faculty at the University of Denver and as a policy advisor with the Department of Natural Resources for the State of Colorado. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from Colorado State University in 2003, with dissertation research on community forestry in Ethiopia. Additional current appointments include Faculty Affiliate for Columbia’s Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Rwanda (UR), and Senior Research Fellow at UR’s Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management.
Anu Taranath, 2015 Fulbright Specialist to India
Anu Taranath brings both passion and expertise to her work as a speaker, facilitator, author, and educator. A University of Washington professor for the past 20 years and DEI/racial equity consultant, she invites people into conversations about belonging, identity, race, travel, equity, and compassion. Her book “Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World” was named a Finalist for the Washington State Book Award and included in Oprah Magazine’s “Best 26 Travel Books of All Times.” Dr. Anu and her book have been profiled in Newsweek, YES!, AFAR, Bitch, Mindful, and National Geographic magazines. Please visit www.anutaranath.com for more on Dr. Anu and her work.
William Jesse Weins, 2018 Fulbright Specialist to Bhutan
William Jesse Weins is a principal lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He practiced law and then spent 10 years on faculty at Dakota Wesleyan University, where he served for five years as a college dean. His work on court precedent and criminal law has been noted by several state and federal courts and by media outlets such as The New York Times. In 2018, he served as a Fulbright Specialist at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law in Bhutan, where he developed coursework in oral advocacy and instructed the Himalayan nation’s first class of law students.