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Fulbright Day: Lithuania – August 5

Fulbrighters Dr. Konstantinas Andrijauskas (left) and Dr. Austė Kiškienė (right) receive Fulbright certificates of completion from the Deputy Chief of MissionMarcus Micheli (center). December 13, 2019. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy in Lithuania.
Fulbrighters Dr. Konstantinas Andrijauskas (left) and Dr. Austė Kiškienė (right) receive Fulbright certificates of completion from the Deputy Chief of MissionMarcus Micheli (center). December 13, 2019. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy in Lithuania. See the bottom of this article for more photos from the Fulbright Program in Lithuania.

Lithuania joined countries around the world in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. The U.S.-Lithuania Fulbright Program began in 1992 and has funded the exchange of approximately 500 Lithuanian and U.S. citizens. The U.S. Embassy in Lithuania congratulates all Fulbright alumni in Lithuania and the United States on this important milestone of educational and cultural exchange.  

To celebrate the Fulbright 75th anniversary, Lithuania presented: 

● A reception for Fulbright alumni and grantees. See the Facebook post about the event here.

● A press release: “The Fulbright Program – Celebrating 75 years of Global Impact.”

● A photo collage/video of Lithuanian and U.S. Fulbright alumni with their printed books and publications resulting from their Fulbright exchange: https://www.facebook.com/222708185581/videos/155047633313876  ; https://www.facebook.com/vilnius.usembassy/photos/a.10151435546310582/10165492417540582/?type=1&theater

● A broadcast interview with Lithuanian National Television channel (LRT) (in Lithuanian-language) with the first Lithuanian Fulbrighter (Dr. Egidijus Aleksandravicius) and a current U.S. Fulbrighter in Lithuania (Jonas Kulikauskas) about the Fulbright program’s impact. Fulbright alumna Zivile Raskauskaite (Foreign News Editor at LRT) helped to set up this interview.

● An English-language webinar co-hosted by the U.S.-LT Alumni Association in Lithuania and the Finnish ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association in acknowledgement of international Fulbright alumni collaboration called, “Building international alumni communities for support and resilience.”

● The first episode of the podcast series “75.30” (in English) with Fulbright alumna Auste Valinciute. The podcast will be published as soon as the editing will be finished.

Photo of a TV recording studio with Fulbright alumni.
APAO Caitlin Nettleton and Dr. Auste Valinciute at Mazvydo National Library recording studio.
Two Fulbrighters, both men in suits, holding small Lithuanian and American flags
Dr. Aurimas Švedas (Fulbright Scholar 2015-2016 at Stanford University) and Dr. Saulius Grybkauskas (Fulbright Scholar 2012-2013 at Stanford University) celebrate 25th anniversary of the U.S.-Lithuania academic exchanges. Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy in Lithuania.
Group of Lithuanian, American, and Finnish Fulbright alumni
Lithuanian, American and Finnish Fulbright alumni and grantees joined their first meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius to explore opportunities for alumni collaboration. December 13, 2019. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy in Lithuania. 
Photo of the Vilnius Cathedral taken by a Fulbrighter
One of the winners of the 2021 U.S. Embassy in Lithuania PAS photography contest – best Vilnius cityscape: Petras Staselis, Vilnius Cathedral  
Photo of the Lithuanian landscape taken by a Fulbrighter
One of the winners of the 2021 U.S. Embassy in Lithuania PAS photography contest – best Lithuania landscape: Andrius Ignotas
Photo of winter on the Neris River taken by a Fulbrighter
One of the winners of the 2021 U.S. Embassy in Lithuania PAS photography contest – miscellaneous: Jonathan Ammerman, Winter on the Neris River 
Old Town in Lithuania, taken by a Fulbrighter
One of the winners of the 2021 U.S. Embassy in Lithuania PAS photography contest: Crystal Rodgers – Old Town