In 2016, the Fulbright Association’s Advocacy Days took place on April 13-14th; attendees included members of our 1946 Society, the national Board, Fulbright leaders (local chapter presidents, university officials, corporate executives, international Fulbright Commissions/alumni association reps), exchange partners and key Congressmen and legislative staff.
Over two days, Fulbright leaders flooded Capitol Hill to urge Congress to support Fulbright with 46 Congressional meetings taking place with both Senate and House officials. The event included speeches from distinguished Fulbrighters – Congressmen, former Ambassadors, University Presidents and Corporate CEOs – who shared the power of the Fulbright effect in their lives, and the opportunities for Fulbright in advancing peaceful societies and careers.
Senator J. William Fulbright
“Our future is not in the stars but in our own minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal education, which in fact go together, are the first requirements for a hopeful future for humankind. Fostering these–leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures–was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program that I was privileged to sponsor in the U.S. Senate. It is a modest program with an immodest aim–the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilized, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past. I believed in that possibility when I began. I still do.”
Aims of Advocacy Days
We aim to increase visibility for the Fulbright Effect and educate Congressional officials on how vital this program is to continue supporting to secure our program’s future.
Distinguished Alumni Speakers
U.S. Congressmen Tom Cole and Dave Loebsack
Former U.S. Congressman Max Burns (Event Chair)
Ambassador to US from Hungary Reka Szemerkenyi
President Morgan State University, Dr. David Wilson
Executive Director, Fulbright Canada Dr. Michael Hawes