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Fulbright Day: Ireland – November 2

A woman with red hair and a long green dress plays harp in the outdoors among Irish ruins.
Hannah Flowers, 2020 U.S. Student to Ireland, plays harp.

Throughout 2021, the U.S. Department of State and program partners around the world are marking the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program by highlighting the achievements, innovations, and impact of the U.S. government’s flagship educational exchange program.

To celebrate this milestone, and recognize 64 years of educational and cultural exchanges between Ireland and the USA, the Fulbright Commission in Ireland and the U.S. Embassy in Ireland hosted a special in-person Fulbright Alumni evening at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. This event also celebrated the Fulbright-Frederick and Anna Douglass Award, developed in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Ireland. This scholarship has been developed to encourage participation of diverse communities in U.S.-Irish exchanges, and to spread awareness of the Fulbright Program within more communities, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in international exchange.

The evening of celebration reflected on Fulbright past and present, as well as future ambitions. Irish and U.S. Fulbrighters who undertook awards over a range of decades took part in a panel and discussed their experiences of cross-cultural collaboration, change-making, community engagement and personal development.

Watch the recording of the full event below.