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37th Annual Fulbright Conference & Prize Ceremony


images {focus_keyword} Annual Conference images1The Fulbright Association’s 37th Annual Conference and the J. William Fulbright Dinner, Gala and Prize Ceremony are the leading forum for connecting the Fulbright community and our alumni from around the globe. We continue to honor courageous world leaders including our inaugural winner, Nelson Mandela.


Conference Theme: Dare to Act! Over 60 Speakers and Multiple Networking Events!

This year’s event draws upon a renewed energy amongst our chapters, members and Fulbright family. We have inspiring sessions and Fulbright research in a variety of fields such as technology, diversity/inclusion with Howard University, Deloitte, Lowe’s and Morgan Stanley, teacher aids such as, arts and humanities with the Selma Jeanne Cohen Winner, technology with a mobile story telling app from the Ukraine, advocacy tools and interactive “I am Fulbright” stories, social innovators such as Danielle Cho and the Sound Impact Program and our coveted Fulbright Prize. Join us for one event or all…register today!  


*****NOTE: The Hyatt Regency Hotel is SOLD OUT.

New Speakers Just Announced!

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Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS

President of Howard University, is a U.S. physician and academic. He was appointed president of Howard University in Washington D.C, on July 21, 2014. He previously served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Howard. He has received numerous awards, including being named a “Super Doctor” by The Washington Post and listed on Ebony magazine’s Power 100 in 2010. He was named one of America’s Best Physicians by Black Enterprise magazine.


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Rose E. Gottemoeller

Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security (T) on March 7, 2014. As Under Secretary, Gottemoeller advises the Secretary on arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament. She had served as Acting in this position since February 7, 2012. While Acting, Gottemoeller continued to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, a position she was appointed to on April 6, 2009. She was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation, which entered into force on February 5, 2011.

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Dr. Macfarlane, an expert on nuclear waste issues, holds a doctorate in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s of science degree in geology from the University of Rochester. Prior to beginning her term as the NRC’s 15th chairman, Dr. Macfarlane was an associate professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.


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John Zogby

Founder of the “Zogby Poll” and the Zogby companies, John Zogby is an internationally respected pollster, opinion leader and best-selling author. He has joined with his son Jonathan Zogby as Senior Analyst. A much sought-after speaker, he is represented by the American Program Bureau of Boston.




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The 2014 Selma Jeanne Cohen Awardee and Presenter Dr. Patrick Alcedo!
A former Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Patrick Alcedo is Associate Professor and Director of the MA and PhD programs in Dance Studies at York University. He received his PhD in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside under the auspices of the Asian Cultural Council’s Ford Foundation grant.



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Guest of Honor and Fulbright Prize Presenter: Harriet Fulbright.

Ms. Fulbright has spent the majority of her adult life in the fields of education and the arts. Ms. Fulbright shared with her late husband a dedication to the search for peaceful solutions to conflicts throughout the world. We could not be more pleased to have her join us for our 37th annual conference.

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Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill & Ronald Reagan Bldg and Intl Trade Center | Washington, DC  October 16 – 18, 2014


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Fulbright Conference Details

The conference will include an opening embassy reception, prize ceremony and gala, the Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecturer award, agents of change and social impact sessions, and several other stimulating presentations.  What are you waiting for?
Register today to be a part of the new, inspired Fulbright Association!

  • Draw inspiration and share you impact stories with the first-ever all Fulbright networking session – I am Fulbright!
  • Tackle critical issues such as nuclear security and lessons Learned from a $30Mill cut with Dr. Hans Blix (2014 Prize Laureate), Chairman Allison Macfarlane of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, elected officials and more.
  • Meet remarkable social entrepreneurs among our own membership and otherwise at our TEDxFulbright“like” Dare to Innovate Session.
  • Network with our international audience at our embassy welcome reception and witness the Fulbright Prize for one registration price!
  • Gain important election updates and advocacy tools with John Zogby of Zogby Polls and Mike McCarry of the Fulbright Alliance.
  • Learn important real-time Fulbright program and diversity best practices for your institution, corporation and/or Fulbright chapter!
  • Support visiting Fulbrighters and your peers through poster sessions at the Prize event!


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Conference Date and Location

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill & Ronald Regan Center | Washington, DC | October 16 – 18, 2014

Register today for the international Fulbright event of the year!  As the annual conference and prize ceremony are combined this year, your full registration fee will cover all events.  Members receive a discounted rate and you will need to log in to receive this rate.  If you do not know your username and password, please contact us at info@fulbright.orgJoin the Fulbright movement – support FA today!  Those not currently members of the Fulbright Association will have a 1-year membership to the Association included in their full conference registration. PLEASE NOTE: attendee contact information will be published and shared with conference attendees. Please email if you DO NOT wish your information to be shared.

Registration Fees


Full Registration Type Earlybird Standard Onsite
Full Conference Member $350 $370 $390
Full Conference Non-Member $375 $395 $425
Student (enrolled full time) $99 $99 $99
Young Professional (under 30) $120 $140 $160
Single Day (Friday including Prize Ceremony) $265 $275 $295
Single Day (Friday sessions and lunch only) $95 $95 $115
Single Day (Saturday sessions and lunch only) $95 $95 $115
Single Event & Guest Tickets Standard Onsite
Opening Reception $99 $125
Diversity Lunch $65 $85
Prize Ceremony (Only) $215 $235
Sponsor a Fulbright Grantee to Attend $295 $295

Conference Registration Cancellation Policy: Those who cancel before August 31 will be eligible for a full refund. Those who cancel on or before September 19 will be eligible for a refund minus a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for those cancellations received after September 19. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to the Fulbright Association at

Conference Schedule of Events

Download a copy of Full Program Schedule HERE.

Thursday, October 16

1:30 – 3:00pm Registration and FA Store (FA merchandise and books) Location: Columbia Wall – Hyatt
6:30 – 9:00pm Embassy Welcome Reception Location: House of Sweden

Friday, October 17

7:00am – 3:00pm Registration & FA store
8:00am – 8:15am State of FA Member Meeting (all are welcome)
Speaker: John Vogel – Fulbright Association (FA) Board President
Location for all Friday speaker sessions: Columbia A/B – Hyatt
8:15am – 8:30am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speakers: Stephen Reilly – Executive Director, Fulbright Association
8:30am – 9:45am Dare to Lead! Opening Plenary Session
The Power of Soft Power
• Dr. Hans Blix – 2014 Fulbright Prize Laureate and Former Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency
• Rose E. Gottemoeller – Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security
• Dr. Allison Macfarlane – Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory CommissionJoin these prominent leaders in a first-time meeting to discuss the increased need for nuclear, east-west interdependence, the role of regulators and the increased need for effective soft power diplomacy programs such as Fulbright
9:45am – 10:15am Networking Break, Poster Fair and Exhibits
Location for all Friday Breaks/Poster Fairs: Columbia Foyer and Columbia C
10:20am – 12:05pm Dare to Impact! Spearheading World Change through Social Innovation!
• Jeremy Xido – Filmmaker and Performer, Creator of Death Metal Angola (a film)
• Patrick Dowd – CEO at Millennial Trains Project and Editor-at-Large for National Geographic, The Millennial Trains Project
• Rush Doshi – Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University, The Role of Inspired Leadership in Asia
• Danielle Cho, Tiffany Richardson, Rebecca Jackson – Founders of Sound Impact, Empowerment through the Universal Language
• Erwin Cho – Executive Consultant/Chief of Staff at Kaiser Permanente and Mark Sachs – Founder and Director of, Envision the World
• Moderator: Kei Nakagawa, Medical StudentJoin a packed panel of speakers who are daring to impact the world through social innovations.
12:15pm – 2:00pm Dare to Diversify and Include!
Diverse Perspectives Driving a Truly Innovative Workforce
• Dr. Wayne Frederick – Howard University President
• Clarissa Felts – VP Collaboration, Diversity and Inclusion Lowe’s Companies
• Troy Mooyoung – SVP Wealth Management Morgan Stanley
• Jay Doeden – Director in Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services
• Moderator: Dr. Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh, Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for ResearchJoin leaders with diverse perspectives as they share best practices that illuminate diversity and inclusion as a tool for innovation.
2:10pm – 2:45pm Election Update!
Election Roundup and America’s First Globals: The Well-Traveled, Tech-Savvy, Right-Brained & Highly Networked Twenty-Somethings
John Zogby – Founder of Zogby PollsJohn will lead the audience through a general election round-up including hints overall and an overview of congressional races that could influence Fulbright funding. He will then shift the discussion towards our youngest voters and research supporting their political tendencies
2:45pm – 3:10pm Networking Break, Poster Fair and Exhibits
3:15pm – 4:15pm Dare to Advocate, Collaborate and Act!
Imagine a World Without Fulbright- Effective Collaboration to Secure the Future of a Government Program that Works!
• Dr. Alejandro Toledo – Professor Stanford University and Former President, Peru
• Dr. Francesco Cesareo – President of Assumption College
• Rita Bruun Akhtar – Executive Director, the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan
• Dr. Lonnie Johnson – Executive Director of the Austrian-American Educational Exchange
• Dr. Wilmot James – Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa
• Moderator: Tom Healy – Chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB)Fulbright’s power rests in the impact and global influence of our alumni. Get involved and join this panel of experts as they discuss the current state of the program and the collaborations necessary to sustain its bright future.
4:20pm – 5:00pm Dare to Create! Selma Jeanne Cohen Dance Performance and Lecture
An Empire Stages Back: Nationalism, Post-Coloniality, and the Canadian Diaspora in Philippine Dance
• Dr. Patrick Alcedo – 2014 Prize Winner and Professor at the York University Department Fine Arts
Session Description:
Join our winner for an original cultural understanding of the lives of immigrant Filipinos through the lens of Philippine folk dance as practiced in Canada. This session will use visuals and live demonstrations of selected dance elements to show how dance is a powerful form in coming to terms with a people’s colonial past, ongoing post-colonial realities, and immigration experiences.
6:30pm – 10:00pm Dare to Inspire! Coveted Fulbright Prize Ceremony, Dinner and Gala
We are Fulbright… A Celebration to Remember
*Including the Exclusive Fulbright Photo Exhibit
• Dr. Hans Blix – 2014 Prize Laureate and Former Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency
• Ambassador Tom Pickering – Senior Fellow, Brookings
• Harriet Fulbright – Former Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities
• FA video featuring a tribute to our inaugural Prize winner, Nelson Mandela and the late Gretta Bader
• Voices of our youth – visiting Fulbrighters stories

Saturday, October 18

8:00am – 12:00pm Registration & FA Store
8:00 – 9:00am Networking Poster Sessions and Exhibits Location for all Sat Breaks/Poster Fairs is Columbia C
9:00am – 10:45am Dare to Advocate (Update and Engagement Tools)!
Mike McCarry, Executive Director for the Alliance for International Education and Cultural ExchangeFulbright Movement – I am Fulbright!
Two minute filmed audience impact speeches – tell your story!Dare to Engage – FA Your Way!
Facilitated roundtable discussions on advocacy and globalizing the Fulbright alumni community with Fulbrighters, chapter leaders, international commissioners.
Moderator/Facilitator: Dr. Mona Anita K. Olsen – Assistant Academic Director/Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University
Location: Columbia A/B
11:00am – 12:00pm Dare to Innovate Plenary Session with MacArthur Fellows!
Innovation in Action with MacArthur Fellows
• Dr. Janine Jagger M.P.H., Ph.D. – Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine; 2002 MacArthur Fellow
• Corey Harris – guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and band leader; 2007 MacArthur Fellows
• Moderator: Dr. Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationThe leader of the MacArthur Fellows Program will moderate a discussion about creativity and inspiration featuring two Fellows with diverse experiences and projects.
Location: Columbia A/B
12:30pm – 1:10pm Dare to Transform! (Lunch Included – Concurrent Sessions)
a. The Power of Music to Transform Conflict
• Aaron Shneyer – Founder and Executive Director of Heartbeat
Location: Columbia Ab. Daring to Act in Central America: Picking Coffee Beans, Carrying a Glock, Supporting a Guerrilla Co-op
• Dr. Pat Burr – Distinguished Chair, HEB School of Business, UIW, San Antonio, TX and Founder & President, San Antonio ChapterFive senior faculty members and ten graduate students formed five three-person teams to represent the HEB Center for International Peace Studies in a social innovation and engagement field study in Guatemala. Each team had learning goals, and each team documented its findings with audio, video and published books.
Location: Columbia B
1:00pm – 4:00pm Chapter Leader Workshop!
1:20pm – 2:00pm Dare to Improve Fulbright! (Lunch Continued – Concurrent)
a. Partnerships that Expand Fulbright – Institutions & International Commissions
• Dr. John Leslie – Department Head at Kansas State University
• Dr. Tangerine Holt – Australian-American Fulbright Commission
The Fulbright Program in Australia is underpinned by innovation, creativity and purpose-driven partnerships. We share the story of collaborations between Kansas State University and the Australian-American Fulbright Commission enabled by alumnus-commission interaction. They increase the number of Fulbright participants, broaden their experience and expand their networks. We Dare Fulbright alumni and staff to utilize their networks, expertise and resources to envision new partnerships by building on and extending the vision first espoused by Senator Fulbright.
Location: Columbia Ab. Creating a Global Movement for Changemaking: Fulbright and Beyond
• David Nahmias – Global Security Manager at Ashoka
• Jenni Schneiderman,- Master of Design Candidate and Ashoka Changemaker School Leader
• Kara Andrade – Ashoka Fellow and Founder, HablaCentro Informatics, Ph.D. Candidate, American University
At Ashoka, we seek a world where everyone is changemaker, equipped with the skills to solve the most pressing social challenges. Through their own stories of social change, three Fulbright alumni, all connected through Ashoka’s network of innovators, will share on how their Fulbright grants contributed to their own dedication to making positive change. Together they will emphasize how changemaking is an essential component of the Fulbright program and the future of Fulbright.
Location: Columbia B
2:10pm – 2:30pm Networking Break, Poster Fair
2:40pm – 3:20pm Dare to Use Technology! (Concurrent Sessions)
a. The Power of the Crowd
• Missy Sherburne, Chief Partnerships Officer and EVP Business Development at, a revolutionary charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on their site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you at 200,000 teachers have used the site to raise more than $260 million for nearly 500,000 classroom projects. Come learn from their expert, Missy Sherburne, Chief Partnerships Officer and EVP Business Development, and start proactively funding your next project!
Location: Columbia Ab. Igniting Citizen Action in Ukraine through Mobile Storytelling
• Josephine Dorado – Trainer, State Department; Professor, The New School
• Luke Schtele – Former Assistant Press Attaché at US Embassy Ukraine
• Olena Sadovnik – Media Development Officer, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
• Vadim Georgienko – Developer, Creator of SMS-President and Dobrochyn crowdfunding platform
This session will highlight work being done by Fulbrighters and other agents of change at TechCamps, an initiative under the US State Department and US Institute of Peace which aids civil society organizations in developing countries by building their digital capacities. We will look at TechCamps through the lens of Ukraine and focus on how building skills around mobile storytelling galvanized citizen actions and continues to address the challenge of communicating in conflict regions.
Location: Columbia B
3:30pm – 4:10pm Dare to Empower! (Concurrent Sessions)
a. Muslim Women in Modern Times
• Dr. Melda Yildiz – Associate Professor at Kean University and NJ FA Chapter Leader
• Dr. Tina Lesher – Professor at William Paterson University
• Dr. Nabil Marshood – Professor at Hudson County Community College
This interactive presentation promotes transdisciplinary and participatory action research approach to teaching and research integrating global literacy and 21st century skills. Panelists showcase their research and teaching experiences with Muslim female students while providing strategies for culturally and linguistically responsive curriculum. Conference participants will explore artifacts (e.g, maps, timelines) and resources about Women in Islam and the role of media in education using Quick Response Code (QR) and augmented reality software in their mobile devices.
Location: Columbia Ab. From Broadway to South Africa: “Daring” to Shift Cultural Dynamics of Musicals
• Dr. Harold Mortimer – Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma
Changing musicals and plays created in the United States to fit the needs of other countries has been occurring almost everywhere except in South Africa. How can or should this become a standard for musical theatre in South Africa? Should this occur OR do South African audiences enjoy productions that have a certain American feel or look?Beyond Public Diplomacy: Sketching a Model for Human Rights Advocacy through ETA Supplementary Projects
Speaker: Collin Bjork – Associate Instructor and PhD Candidate at Indiana University
The Fulbright ETA grantee’s “supplementary project” is a chance to advance the vanguard of public diplomacy and to stimulate positive social change through global collaboration—if you know how to leverage your local resources and dare to impact your community. As a Fulbright ETA grantee in Montenegro during the 2012-2013 academic year, Bjork co-produced and co-directed the first ever production of Vaginini Monolozi (The Vagina Monologues) in the Montenegrin language by Montenegrin women.
Location: Columbia B
Note: Dr. Mortimer and Collin Bjork will present separate findings.
4:10pm – 5:15pm Dare to Educate and Create!
a. Say No More: How Games Can Help Solve the World’s Toughest Problems
• Meghan Lazier –MFA Candidate, School of Visual Arts
The challenge sounded almost impossible: how can we create a game around the issue of sex trafficking that solves a real need? Through a human centered design approach, learn how games can serve as a tool for change through the case study of Say No More, an award-winning game that empowers pre-teen girls about healthy relationships and serves as an assessment tool for social workers to better identify at-risk of or currently trafficked girls.b. Tengo un Sueño/I Have a Dream – a 17-year Educational Program for Impoverished Nicaraguan Youth
• Emily Sendin – Associate Professor Senior at Miami Dade College and Director of Human Rights at FNE International
• Kymberly Caddell – Registered Family Therapist
Tengo un Sueño (TUS) is a grassroots effort of IF and FNEI, which turned into a 17-year commitment to support education in Chacraseca, Nicaragua. In 2009, when IF first visited Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the children of Chacraseca were faced with a stark reality–80% of the students dropped out of school after the 6th grade. Parents and teachers were concerned for the future of their children.Educational Challenge: An Emerging Horizon
Dr. Muhammad Aslam Naru – President of Mubarak Institute of Literacy and Learning in Pakistan
With a clear objective of servicing financially disadvantage families, Mubarak Institute of Literacy and Learning began its ground work in 2007. It established an educational facility, Crescent High School, to cater to the learning needs of the poor neighborhood
Location: Columbia A/Bc. Future of Storytelling: The Four Broken Hearts Case Study
Muhammad Babar Suleman – MFA Candidate at Parsons The New School for Design
Muhammad will start the session with a demonstration of his transmedia project, Four Broken Hearts. He will discuss the project’s Pakistani-American story as well as its innovative transmedia form encompassing films, live performances, location based experiences and social media. He will then highlight the importance of diverse storytellers as well as unique forms of storytelling in the future.
Location: Columbia A/B
7:00pm Country Dine-Out and Reunion! (Dinner costs not included in registration price, on-site sign up required)

Sunday, October 19

10:00am – 12:00pm Optional activity – complimentary National Gallery Private Tour (comp)
Confirmed Tour guide: Andrew Robison – Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings 

J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding – Ceremony & Gala

For many years the conference and Prize events were hosted in the same weekend so we are very happy to return to that tradition for 2014. We continue to honor courageous world leaders including our inaugural winner, Nelson Mandela. This year’s Prize event will be a gala to celebrate the contributions and life work of a fellow Fulbrighter, Dr. Hans Blix. RESERVE YOUR TABLES TODAY! The gala event is included in the conference registration fee or tickets may be purchased separately.images {focus_keyword} Annual Conference images

“And this prize, this award, is a source of tremendous inspiration, not only to an individual, but to the men and women right across the length and breadth of our country who decided to fight back, and [to] you, part of that family, those men and women who have chosen the world to be the theater of your efforts.” – Nelson Mandela, 1993 Fulbright Prize Address

The gala will be hosted in the beautiful atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center a few blocks from the White House and will include an opening reception, a plated dinner, and a program of speakers, including Dr. Blix, Tom Pickering, Harriett Fulbright, the inspirational stories of visiting Fulbrighters and a special tribute to Nelson Mandela.

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Fulbright Alumni – Photo Exhibit

2014 Fulbright Alumni Photography Exhibit

“The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.” — Senator J. William Fulbright

A photography exhibit by U.S. Fulbright Program alumni — many of them professional photographers — will open in Washington, D.C. on October 13, 2014. The exhibit, with 30 documentary photographs by twelve photographers, will be in the Atrium Gallery of the Ronald Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) through Nov. 14, 2014, coinciding with the annual FotoWeek DC photography festival. The Fulbright Program is often transformative. After engaging with another culture, Fulbrighters return home seeing themselves — and the world — with new eyes, while host communities develop a deeper understanding of American culture. This exhibit will multiply impacts Fulbright has as a cultural exchange beyond the experiences of those directly engaged with the program.

Enter the open call for submissions:
Deadline August 22, 2014.

The purpose of the Fulbright program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Many Fulbrighters spend their time abroad delving deeply into a specific issue, working in a specific community. The bonds they form as they teach and research are tremendous. Photographs have an exceptional ability to convey the depth and breadth of human experiences and cultures. These photos reveal elements of local culture invisible to the casual traveler. Since these Fulbrighters were deeply immersed in their host countries, their photos also portray their own friendships, the joy and hope of human connections across cultures. These photos need to be shared.

The Fulbright Alumni Photography Exhibit is an alumni-organized program, made possible with institutional support from the following organizations: the Fulbright Association, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Institute of International Education, FotoWeek D.C. and the Office for Trade Promotion of the International Trade Center. Interested in sponsoring the exhibit contact Shaz Akram at

“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.” — Photographer Edward Steichen

Conference Speakers and Poster Session – Line Up Announced!

We seek to inspire you through the work and ideas of our dynamic multi-cultural speakers and posters from a variety of industries including institutional, corporate, non-profit, artistic, media, NGO’s and visiting Fulbrighters! Fulbrighters make an impact every day in their respective fields of professional and academic expertise – learn from and connect with the brightest minds committed to action at this year’s conference! Check back often as more speakers are announced daily!

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Francesco Cesareo Ph.D. is an American educator and historian. In February 2007, he was selected to become the 16th president of Assumption College, and assumed the presidency on July 1, 2007. Prior to his selection, Dr. Cesareo served as dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, he served a position as professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.




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Tom Healy, Chairman Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Tom Healy Chairman Healy was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He is currently serving his third term as Chairman of the Board. – See more




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Mike McCarry – Executive Director, Alliance for International Education & Cultural Exchange Michael McCarry has led the Alliance as its Executive Director since October 1994. Prior to joining the Alliance, he spent 18 years with the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) as a Foreign Service Officer. He served as U.S. Cultural Attaché in Beijing in the years immediately following the Tiananmen Square events of 1989, and led negotiations, which resulted in the restoration of the Fulbright program after its suspension by the Chinese government. He also served as director of USIS Chiang Mai, Thailand, and as Assistant Cultural Attaché in Bangkok. He speaks Chinese and Thai.

Michael’s domestic assignments with USIA include staff director/special assistant in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, chief of Advising and Student Services, policy officer for East Asia, Voice of America branch chief for Southeast Asia, and desk officer for Southern Africa. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Michael worked as a legislative and press aide for Rep. Robert McClory (R-IL), and as a journalist in Illinois and Texas.

Michael received an M.A. from the University of Texas (Austin), a B.A. from Notre Dame, and spent a year at Melbourne University in Australia as a Rotary Graduate Fellow. He is originally from Chicago, IL.

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Kara Andrade Kara Andrade is a Ph.D. graduate student at the School of Communication at American University. Her research interests are primarily in media, technology, entrepreneurship, digital storytelling, community organizing and strategy in Latin America. Her work focuses on the use of technology and online media for democracy and peace-building in developing nations. She has more than ten years of experience working in the United States and Latin America as a bilingual journalist, entrepreneur and multimedia producer for a variety of leading media organizations including Americas Quarterly, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, France 24, Global Post, The New York Times and others. She consults as a trainer for the U.S. State Department’s eDiplomacy Initiative as well as, for the U.S. Institute of Peace, and other organizations to lead trainings on storytelling, blogging, digital literacy, communications, community organizing, online strategy and journalism.

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Rush Doshi is a Raymond Vernon Fellow in Harvard’s PhD program in Government. Doshi’s main research interests include Chinese and Indian foreign policy and he is proficient in Mandarin and Hindi. His work has been printed in the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He was most recently an analyst at Long Term Strategy Group where he focused on Asia-Pacific security issues; previously, he researched international economic issues as an analyst at Rock Creek Global Advisors, participated in Department of Defense summer studies, and was an Arthur Liman Fellow at the Department of State. Doshi was a Fulbright fellow in Yunnan China from 2011-2012, where he researched Sino-Indian relations. He graduated from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 2011 (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) with a minor in East Asian Studies. He received Princeton’s prize for best Woodrow Wilson School thesis, was Editor-in-Chief of Princeton’s American Foreign Policy Magazine, and placed in the top ten nationwide as a college debater.

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Meghan Lazier uses communication and design strategy to help solve some of the world’s biggest and most complicated problems. Her most recent projects include implementing gamification strategy for a U.S. Department of State internal product, building a mobile app help parents of preschoolers make more frequent museums visits and leading a team of volunteers to organize first-ever TEDx event in Afghanistan. She received a B.A. from Eureka College, and is currently enrolled in the MFA in Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts.




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Harold Mortimer is a Weitzenhoffer Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre (MT) Performance at The University of Oklahoma. He is a Fulbright Scholar (2008 – South Africa) and taught musical theatre courses, researched pedagogical approaches, guided curriculum changes, and served as director/musical director for musicals at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. Teaching credits include Ball State University, the University of Connecticut, and for the American Musical Drama Academy (NYC). Harold has been an active professional performer, director and music director for over 20 years and his students have been seen on Broadway, national and international tours and in regional theatre productions.


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Mona Anita Olsen Born in London to Americans from Brooklyn, New York, Mona Anita is of Norwegian descent. She identifies as a third culture kid. Mona Anita serves in a dual teaching/admin appointment at The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Academic Director of The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. Mona Anita was a 2012-2013 U.S. Fulbright Grantee to Norway. While in Norway, Mona Anita worked on building the growing structure for the educational nonprofit, iMADdu. iMADdu stands for “I Make A Difference, Do yoU?” and empowers young entrepreneurs through mentoring and participation in its Student Apprenticeship Program.


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Aaron Shneyer is the Executive Director of Heartbeat, a nonprofit social enterprise uniting Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to transform conflict, which he founded in 2007 as a Fulbright-mtvU Fellow. Aaron has worked as a program leader and dialogue facilitator with various youth empowerment and civil society peace-building efforts. After living in Jerusalem for nearly six years, Aaron returned to Washington, DC, to complete a Masters in Social Enterprise at American University’s School of International Service. Aaron has performed and presented on the role of music and youth in conflict transformation at institutions across the US and Europe including Yale, Brown, Georgetown, Harvard, as well as the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, TEDxAmerican University, and the US Department of State.


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Muhammad Babar Suleman is a Fulbright scholar from Pakistan currently residing in New York City. He is a director, experience designer and writer. His diverse work experience and past credits include awards from Intel and Hyperakt’s Re3 StoryHack, design and marketing for Unilever (TONI&GUY, CLEAR), fiction work (praised by the likes of New York Times best selling author Mohsin Hamid), design writing (published by California based The Daily Egg), user experience design for educational non-profit Shaheen (in collaboration with Harvard and MIT alumna), art direction and editorial for the LUMS Business Review and film work that has been screened for audiences in Paris (NUMA) and New York (Parsons). With passion project Four Broken Hearts, Babar is finally able to combine all of his different interests and skills into a cohesive storytelling experience.


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Melda Yildiz Melda N. Yildiz is global scholar and teacher educator in the School for Global Education and Innovation at Kean University. Melda served as the first Fulbright Scholar in Turkmenistan. Since 1994, she taught Media Literacy Education and Global Education to P-16 educators and teacher candidates and published and presented featuring Educational Media, Global Education, Media Literacy, and Multicultural Education in national and international conferences. She received her Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts on Math & Science and Instructional Technology. She received an M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University on Instructional Technology. She majored in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Bogazici University, in Turkey.



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Mark Sachs is a California native who started the non-profit following a career in the optical industry. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Whittier College and has an MBA from USC. Mark started RestoringVision after distributing glasses to Albania and Mexico where he noted that reading glasses and sunglasses were the most popular items dispensed–but that most groups did not have adequate supplies to satisfy this demand. He built RestoringVision’s capabilities while working at his day job at Blue Shield of California. In April of 2012, he retired to devote more time as the volunteer director of the organization.
Since 2003, RestoringVision has supplied more than 2.4 million new reading and sunglasses worldwide.


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Jeremy Xido Originally from Detroit, Jeremy graduated cum laude in Painting and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York and trained at the Actor’s Studio. Since 2003 he has been the artistic co-director of the performance and film company CABULA6, which was voted “company of the year 2009” by Europe’s prestigious performance magazine, Ballettanz, and awarded “Outstanding Artist of the Year 2010” by the Austrian Ministry of the Arts. CABULA6 has produced and presented work for both film and stage all over the world. Jeremy’s film directing credits include the award winning feature documentary DEATH METAL ANGOLA, the six part CRIME EUROPE series, and the short documentary MACONDO in addition to several short fiction films. Working as a dancer, actor and filmmaker, he has performed and presented work around the world on stage, TV and in Cinema. He speaks English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and is based in New York City.


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Danielle Cho Korean-American cellist Danielle Cho enjoys an exciting and varied musical career. Based in Washington D.C., she regularly performs with the Washington National Opera and National Philharmonic and is co-founder of the dynamic chamber group, Sound Impact ( After studying in Barcelona, Spain as a Fulbright Scholar, she was invited to play with the Palau de Les Arts Orchestra in Valencia where she toured internationally under Lorin Maazel and regularly returns to perform at the Festival del Mediterrani with Zubin Mehta.

A dedicated contemporary music advocate, she has performed at the Cabrillo Festival, Spoleto USA “Music in Time” Series, Santa Fe New Music, and the Lucerne Festival Academy. She enjoys a unique collaboration with the renowned DJ Spooky and has performed with him at the Freer, Corcoran, and National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. Festival appearances in Europe and the US include IMS Prussia Cove, the Santa Fe Concert Association, Music in May, the Holland Music Sessions, Taos, Sarasota, Schleswig-Holstein and the New York String Seminar.

She is a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and New England Conservatory. An avid teacher, she is on faculty at the Washington Conservatory and adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College.


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Pat LeMay Burr Dr. Pat LeMay Burr is Distinguished Chair in the HEB School of Business at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX, where she has also served as dean and vice president. Her Ph.D. is in Business and Economics, and her postdoctoral studies have included the University of Michigan, Yale University, and Harvard University. She has received Fulbright Awards to Mexico (2), China, Kuwait, Vietnam and Ukraine (delayed). Her corporate work has included two New York Stock Exchange corporations and the leading of a leveraged buyout, after which she served as COO of the Specialty Retail Corporation holding company. Her government work includes Executive Office work on the White House Transition Team of President-Elect Carter and as Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. She teaches Digital Media and International Business in the MBA and DBA Programs at UIW, where she founded the laptop program, iPad program, iPad Users’ Group, and Tech Fair. In 2013, she was named among some 64 educators in The Americas as Apple Distinguished Educator.

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Collin Bjork is currently an MA/PhD candidate in the English Department at Indiana University. After working as a technical writer and an actor for a few years, he became a Fulbright ETA fellow in Montenegro in 2012-2013. In addition to teaching at the University of Montenegro, he co-directed and co-produced the sold-out Montenegrin-language premier of The Vagina Monologues. Right now, his professional interests include Shakespeare’s plays, intercultural theatrical performance, and using cognitive science to better understand how humans find meaning in stories. He also loves teaching international students.



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Desiree Caliguire-Maier is the VP of the NE Ohio Fulbright Chapter with the responsibility of not only organizing events for visiting Fulbright recipients but also assisting with networking/ partnering between the private and public sectors. Prior to coordinating IB and Partner Programs for Cleveland Hts. University Hts. School District, she was responsible for overseeing all international education programs at the Ohio Department of Education as well as served the US State Department Diplomacy Schools overseas and worked in the corporate world. She is a Fulbright recipient; she has a MBA from California State University and a MA from Kent State University.



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Cecilia A. Conrad Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program. Before joining the foundation in January 2013, she had a distinguished career as both a professor and an administrator at Pomona College, Claremont, CA. As Associate Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Pomona, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Pomona, Conrad championed the College’s summer undergraduate research program and expanded it to the arts and humanities, led conversations regarding the value and assessment of a liberal arts college education, nurtured collaborations between the arts and the sciences, and worked with academic departments to improve the campus climate for diversity. Before joining the faculty at Pomona College, Conrad served on the faculties of Barnard College and Duke University. She was also an economist at the Federal Trade Commission and a visiting scholar at The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.


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Josephine Dorado is a social entrepreneur, media studies professor, and artist whose work focuses on the convergence of physical+digital experiences, arts with technology, and games with calls to action. Her work has been awarded both a Fulbright Scholarship and a MacArthur Foundation Award in Digital Media & Learning. She is currently President of Fulbright Association’s NY Chapter and teaches at The New School, specializing in networked collaboration and virtual learning environments and trainer for the State Department’s TechCamps. Previously, Josephine founded Kidz Connect, a virtual cultural exchange program that connects youth internationally through creative collaboration and performance in virtual worlds. Her next venture is reACTor, a mobile news game that encourages activism around news stories.



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Patrick Dowd is the Founder and CEO of the Millennial Trains Project (MTP) and youngest-ever Editor-at-Large at National Geographic Traveler. Since graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2009, he has worked as a legal reporter, U.S. Senate campaign speechwriter, and J.P. Morgan investment banking analyst. As a 2010-11 Fulbright Scholar in India, he produced a documentary on informal sector e-waste recycling and helped lead a circumnavigation of India by rail that inspired him to bring MTP to America. A member of the Explorers Club, Patrick is proficient in French and Hindi.



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Corey Harris is a guitarist, songwriter, and performer who is leading a contemporary revival of country blues with a fresh, modern hand. He is a powerful and compelling singer and an accomplished guitarist whose musical artistry is complemented by serious explorations of the historical and cultural conditions that gave rise to the blues. He demonstrates his respect for the past and his mastery of the Mississippi Delta blues tradition by interpreting the songs of early blues luminaries in new ways, while also creating an original vision of the blues by infusing his music with a broad range of sounds and styles. Maturing from interpreter to creator, his imaginative compositions spark renewed interest in the musical potential of the blues. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, he blends musical styles often considered separate and distinct to create something entirely new for the 21st century.



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Tangerine Holt joined the Fulbright Commission in August 2011. She received her educational qualifications from Australia, USA, and India with a focus on human service management, social work, and economics. Prior to joining the Commission she was Director of International Education and Research at Monash University. She has extensive experience in managing key strategic initiatives and overseeing transnational education programs with key international partners and expertise in studying, teaching and leadership in not-for-profit management, medical and health professional education in Australia and internationally.



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Janine Jagger, an epidemiologist, is a leader in the design and dissemination of means and strategies to protect health care workers from the transmission of blood-borne diseases. Each year in the United States, more than half a million health care workers are stuck by contaminated needles and other sharp medical devices, resulting in major psychological and physical trauma. In landmark research, Jagger proved that injury risk was related to specific device design features, thereby reorienting the debate about protecting health care workers from changing their behavior to improving the design of the devices they use. In 1985, she and her associates designed some of the first needlestick protective devices recorded by the U.S. Patent Office. In the early 1990s, she developed the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet), which is now used in some 1,500 hospitals. Her research and analyses guide design engineers in their efforts to improve the safety of medical devices. Her surveillance system is employed in countries around the world. As director of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Jagger is now focusing her attention on applying the lessons learned domestically to increase protection for health care workers in developing countries – See more at:



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John Franklin Leslie is a world authority on the genetics, taxonomy, and population biology of the genus Fusarium. He received a B.A. degree in biology from the University of Dallas in Irving, TX, in 1975. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977 and 1979, respectively, under the direction of Tom Leonard. As a post-doctoral researcher, he worked for David Perkins at Stanford University. In 1981, he took a position with International Minerals & Chemical Corporation in Terre Haute, IN, as a research microbiologist studying the genetics and industrial uses of Fusarium graminearum. In 1984, he joined the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1990 and to professor in 1996. In 2006, he became head of the Department of Plant Pathology.



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Troy A. Mooyoung is a Senior Vice President, Branch Manager of the LaSalle Street office in Chicago, IL. He works closely with the Chicago Regional Management team to recruit and develop new Financial Advisors and maintain Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s commitment to diversity. Previously, Troy was the Regional Business Development Manager based in Chicago where he supervised a team of Complex Business Development Officers.

Mooyoung started out as an intern at Dean Witter in 1994, and swiftly rose to become a Financial Advisor, winning the firm’s National Sales Director Award in 1995. After a hiatus from Dean Witter in 1997, he returned in 2004 to what was then Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.



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David Nahmias leads Ashoka’s global Security initiative, which help social entrepreneurs prevent and respond to threats and emergencies they face due to their work. He also works as the Integrator for Ashoka’s team in Latin America, aligning regional strategy, partnerships and operations. David first joined Ashoka in 2010, coordinating the search and selection (“Venture”) process for new Fellows in Ashoka’s Mexico and Central America office through support through a Fulbright Binational Business grant to Mexico City (2010-11). He then moved to D.C. to work as Americas Liaison, overseeing the Venture selection in North and South America , until fall 2013. His passion for Latin America and human rights issues born from academic and work experiences in Oaxaca, El Salvador, and Argentina, David graduated from Claremont McKenna College magna cum laude with a degree in International Relations and Spanish.



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Muhammad Aslam Naru
Present Position: President Mubarak Institute of Literacy and Learning, Rahimyar Khan
Ph.D. (Chemistry), Justus-Liebig University, Germany. (1965)
M.Sc. Hons. Punjab University, Pakistan. (1959)
Present Position: President Mubarak Institute of Literacy and Learning, Rahimyar Khan
Fulbright Scholar, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA (April 2004-June 2005)
Professor & Chair Department of Chemistry: Lahore Grammar School, Lahore (1993-2004)
Visiting Professor: Indiana University, USA (1986-1987)
Assistant professor: Manchester College, Indiana,USA(1968-70)
Research Associate: University of Illinois, Ill. USA (1968-70)
Assistant Professor: Punjab University Pakistan (Jan.1966-Dec. 1966)
Research Associate: Rheinishe-Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Germany
(Jan.1962-Sept. 1962)
Post-Doctoral Research: University of Islamabad, Pakistan (1972-75)
Lecturer: Dyal Singh College, Lahore (1958-59)
Chemist: Lever Brothers Pakistan Ltd. (1960- 61)
Member: American Chemical Society/German Chemical Society
Delegate to the United Nations, N.Y. 1976
Prisoner of Conscience: Amnesty International 1982
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Emily Sendin is a professor of writing, literature, and reading at Miami Dade College (MDC). she has been the recipient of a multitude of professional awards and learning grants such as a Fulbright Scholar, the National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program fellowship, the Arthur H. Hertz Endowed Teaching Chair at MDC, American Library Association Live!, Eportfolio Title V, Golden Apple Learning Innovations, and Hispanic Educational Telecommunications Systems. As a service-learning educator, her passion for community activism is a staple of her educational philosophy and practice. In her classroom, she encourages her students to become active, engaged citizens who serve their community as a lifestyle choice. Since 2001, Ms. Sendin has been the founding advisor to several on-campus student organizations such as Literature Invites Thinking Club, MDC Democrats, and Urbana Literary & Arts Magazine and Imagination Federation Club.


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Missy Sherburne Chief Partnerships Officer,
Missy and her team are responsible for building partnerships with corporations and foundations across the country. Previously, she served as the founding Executive Director of North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to joining, she was the North Carolina Executive Director with Teach For America. She started her career as a Teach For America corps members in Baltimore, teaching the third and fourth grades. Missy holds B.A. degrees in Political Science and Speech Communication from Miami University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she was a Public Service Fellow.



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Rita Bruun Akhtar is the Executive Director of the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), administering the world’s largest Fulbright Program. In 2014, USEFP sent more than 650 Pakistanis on ten different programs, including 155 in Fulbright Masters and PhD Programs. Ms. Akhtar is a Fulbright alumnus, having researched comparative law in Pakistan on a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in the mid-1980s. She is an ABD in political science from the University of Washington.
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Kymberly Caddell graduated with her Masters of Social Work degree this August from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She currently works for a nonprofit called Completely Kids in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a program coordinator for an after school program. In this role, she serves 100 elementary school children that are severely impoverished to assist with homework and build social, academic, and cognitive skills through curriculum designed by Completely Kids.




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Clarissa S. Felts was named the vice president of collaboration, diversity and inclusion at Lowe’s Companies, Inc. in September of 2012.
In this role, Felts is responsible for driving diversity of thought through collaboration and strategic alliances, and implementing a strategy for diversity and inclusion that impacts talent, suppliers, community and customers across markets.
Previously, Felts was the initiative lead for the integrated workforce experience, responsible for leading a cross-functional team delivering collaborative technology, enterprise content management and seamless workspace to Lowe’s workforce. She also led internal communications and corporate events for more than 12 years, holding the position of director before being promoted to vice president in February 2006, and held leadership roles in Lowe’s investor relations and public relations for 12 years.


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Janine Jagger, M.P.H., Ph.D. is an epidemiologist, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia and author of more than 150 publications. As director of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center, she established a program to reduce healthcare workers’ risks from bloodborne pathogens. Her sharps injury surveillance system, used in 95 countries, helps bring safer technologies to places where healthcare practice carries a life-threatening risk. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2002.
She recently founded the Familial Mediterranean Fever Foundation, a patient support, research organization connecting patients around the world to advance the diagnosis and treatment of FMF.


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Tina Lesher is professor of journalism and former chairman of the Department of Communication at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She was a 2006-07 Fulbright Scholar to the United Arab Emirates and a Fulbright Ambassador from 2010 to 2012. Her Fulbright research centered on the change in the lives of women in the UAE. Her novel, The Abaya Chronicles, based on her studies, won first prize in fiction for 2011 from the National Federation of Press Women. Dr. Lesher twice served as president of the New Jersey Press Women. As a newspaperwoman, she worked for The Scranton Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Hartford Courant as well as for a number of New jersey-based papers. She holds a bachelor’s in history from Wheeling Jesuit University, a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri and a doctorate in English Education from Rutgers University.


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Sound Impact is a collective of renowned musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting change through live performance. Graduates from top conservatories such as The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory, founders Danielle Cho (cello), Rebecca Jackson (violin) and Tiffany Richardson (viola) share a common vision of bringing music to underserved communities as a tool of empowerment. Each project brings aboard different collaborators creating a unique team of musicians and creative spirits. Since its inception in 2013, Sound Impact has connected with communities in hospitals, schools, homeless centers and children’s homes. Most recently, Sound Impact embarked on an international tour to Costa Rica, presenting masterclasses and concerts in five cities across the country. This season includes an educational residency at The Arts Center in North Carolina and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for the Chris4life Colon Cancer Foundation.



The 2014 Selma Jeanne Cohen Awardee ! Dr. Patrick Alcedo

Panaad: A Promise to the Santo Niño from Patrick Alcedo on Vimeo.

A former Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Patrick Alcedo is Associate Professor and Director of the MA and PhD programs in Dance Studies at York University. He received his PhD in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside under the auspices of the Asian Cultural Council’s Ford Foundation grant. A graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, he performed for the internationally touring Filipiniana Dance Group.

His film publications have appeared in the New York Times (November 2009) and are distributed by Alexander Street Press. This year, Gawad Urian (Manila Film Critics Circle) nominated his film, Ati-atihan Lives, for Best Documentary. His research on folklorization of religion and performance of gender and indigeneity in a Philippine festival are published, among others, in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (2007) and the anthology, Dance Ethnography and Global Perspectives (2014).

For his achievements and community contributions, in 2012 the Filipino Centre Toronto awarded him the “Young Professional Award” and the Governor’s Office of his home province of Aklan, central Philippines, “Most Outstanding Aklanon.”

With support from Canada’s Social Science Humanities Research Council, Dr. Alcedo recently completed his 3-year documentary film project, A Piece of Heaven, about the everyday and extraordinary lives of Filipina caregivers in Toronto. This year he won the Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation of the Government of Ontario. This award is in recognition of his body of works in field of arts and humanities and proposed research on Philippine dance traditions, which the Ministry will support for the next 5 years.

On winning the award:
“As a dance artist and scholar, receiving the prestigious Selma Jeanne Cohen Award affirms the critical place of dance studies in the study of culture and history. While I am honored, I am deeply humbled as well by this recognition from the Fulbright Association.”


About Patrick’s work:

“Employing dance ethnography as my primary method, my research has focused on the Ati-atihan festival in Kalibo, Aklan, central Philippines, where I grew up, and as observed by immigrants in the United States and Canada, where I now belong. My writings and documentary films about this festival revolve around political economy, localization of Roman Catholicism, and performance of gender and indigeneity.
Currently my research on Philippine dance intersects with issues of colonialism, nationalism, and touring that dance companies embark on to announce their postcolonial identities. It will yield a book project, a series of documentary films, and dance conference and workshop to be participated in by dancers and scholars within the Philippines and beyond. Such plurality of research output will contribute towards what I term as “multiplatform scholarship,” a layering of discourses that accounts for the complexity of bodies as they live and dance in their local and diasporic environs. ”

About the Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Program

The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance honors the pioneering and seminal contributions of preeminent dance historian Selma Jeanne Cohen. The Fulbright Association created the fund with a generous gift from Dr. Cohen in 2000 to recognize the importance of her Fulbright exchange experience in Russia and to perpetuate her interests in dance as an international enterprise.

Dr. Cohen was an historian, editor, and teacher who devoted her career to proving dance an art worthy of the same scholarly respect traditionally given to painting, music, and literature. She was America’s leading figure in dance scholarship and edited the six-volume “International Encyclopedia of Dance” (1998), the most comprehensive guide of its kind. Dr. Cohen served as a dance critic for the “New York Times” and the “Saturday Review,” wrote and edited several books, and taught at the University of Chicago and other higher education institutions.

The endowed lecture supported by the Selma Jeanne Cohen fund occurs at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference, an important multidisciplinary forum whose participants are prominent Fulbright alumni, public officials, and representatives of the higher education and foreign affairs communities. The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund provides an honorarium, round-trip travel funds, and expenses for a dance scholar to give a major presentation on dance scholarship at the conference.  To inquire about submitting an application for the 2015 Annual Conference, please email us directly at

Conference and Prize Sponsorship

The Annual Conference & Prize are combined this year, affording sponsors with multiple exposure and engagement options. We are expecting a record turnout of attendees including the who’s who of international big thinkers, dignitaries and influencers in the global economy as well as professionals from many different fields.

We are committed to providing value based sponsorship options that are geared towards your organizations goals. Our reach is extensive and based on your sponsorship package, you will be recognized in any number of outlets. We will publicize the event to our audience that encompasses over 300,000 Fulbrighters and interested parties, strategic industry partners, international commissions and alumni associations, main stream media and our social media outlets such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Facebook.

Timing is critical as the earlier you register for your sponsorship, the more recognition you will receive. Download the sponsor options form and submit your request today (link)! Interested in customizing your sponsorship or have questions please contact or 202.775.7725.




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Located in walking distance of the National Mall and its beautiful museums, the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill is conveniently located just three blocks from Union Station, making access to all of metro DC easy and comfortable.

UPDATE! The Hyatt Regency Hotel is SOLD OUT. We have negotiated a rate of $169 at the nearby Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Please contact with your name, number of guests and a telephone number (credit card information will be needed) or call 202-775-0725 between 9am and 5 pm.

The Fulbright Association has negotiated a conference rate of $165 per night + tax. To make your reservations, call 1-888-421-1442 and mention Fulbright Association or visit online at  These rates are good from October 15 – 18, 2014.  In the event you check out prior to your reserved checkout date, an early departure fee of one night’s room and tax will be charged. Guests wishing to avoid this fee must advise the hotel at or before check-in.  In order to take advantage of this reservation rate, hotel reservations must be made by September 15, 2014. Reservations received after September 15 are subject to availability and the hotel’s prevailing rates.

Sharing a room

Are you looking for a roommate for the conference? Please send your contact info to and we will add you to our roommate list. We will put those looking for roommates in contact with one another, but it will be up to the participants to match themselves and book their hotel room.


The best place for attendees to start to determine on whether or not you need a visa to come to the US to attend the conference is on the US State Department website at:  For those that will need a visa to enter, you can determine what kind of visa you’ll need at:

The visa process can sometimes be a lengthy one, so we recommend you start as soon as possible.  Please note that the Fulbright Association is not authorized to provide official advice to conference attendees on visa issues. The information provided is intended as a guideline only. Attendees should read all the information on the US State Department website very closely and should contact the American Embassy in their respective countries for more information about their individual circumstances.

Volunteer Hosts Needed for DC Homestay

The Fulbright Association and our National Capital Chapter is looking for volunteers to host visiting Fulbright alums for a homestay experience during their Annual Fulbright Conference scheduled for October 16-18, 2014. We have several young Fulbrighters who will need a place to stay in order to be able to attend the conference. If you would love to share your home with an international Fulbrighter please send your contact information to