31st Annual Conference


“The Interconnected World”

Days Hotel & Suites Beijing

October 19-22, 2008


Sunday, October 19

15:00-19:00 Conference Registration Opens

Monday, October 20

8:00-15:00 Conference Registration
Opening Remarks

  • Jiang Bo, Secretary-General, China Education Association for International Exchange
  • Suzanne E. Siskel (Indonesia 1983), President, Fulbright Association

9:30-10:15 Annual Business Meeting of Members

  • Suzanne E. Siskel, presiding
  • Jane L. Anderson, Executive Director, Fulbright Association

10:15-10:30 Tea Break
2008 Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture on International Dance Scholarship

  • Alison Friedman (China 2002), General Manager, Parnassus Productions, Inc.

Lunch on Your Own
13:15-15:15 Arts Task Force Plenary

  • Leonard Lehrer (Greece 2001, 2003), Associate Provost, Columbia College Chicago, Co-Chair, Arts Task Force, moderating
    • Anthony De Ritis, Composer, Chairman, Music Dept. & Director, Multimedia Studies Program, Northeastern Univ.
    • Natasa Mitrovic (USA 2004), Assistant Professor, Belgrade Academy of Music
    • Xu Changjun (USA 2006), Composer, Professor & Vice President, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
    • Mary Sherman (Taiwan 2008), Director, TransCultural Exchange; Lecturer, Northeastern University and Boston College
    • Karen Stock (China 2008), Fulbright Lecturer, Beijing Normal University; Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Winthrop University

15:15-15:30 Tea Break

15:30-17:45 Best Practices for Fulbright Alumni Organizations

  • Jane L. Anderson, moderating
  • Muhammad Ashraf (USA 2005), President, Pakistan National Association of Fulbright Alumni
  • Young Choi (USA 1973, 1996), President, Korean Fulbright Alumni Association
  • Madan Mohan Das (USA 1985), President, Fulbright Alumni Association of Nepal
  • Charlene Dykman (Panama 2005), President, Houston/Southeast Texas Chapter, U.S. Fulbright Association
  • Li Qingsi (USA 2004), Organizer, Chinese Fulbright Alumni Association
  • Keisuke Nakagawa (Bangladesh 2004), President, National Capital Area Chapter, U.S. Fulbright Association
  • Hiroshi Ohno (USA 1956), Secretary General, Tokyo Fulbright Association
  • Richard Thornton (Japan 1990), President, Greater Puget Sound Chapter, U.S. Fulbright Association
  • Barbara Weiten (USA 2002), Vice President, Communications, Fulbright Alumni e.V. (Germany)

19:00-21:30 Annual Banquet and Keynote Address

  • Yuan Wei (USA 1995), Vice President, Renmin University

Tuesday, October 21

8:30-12:30 Conference Registration

9:00-10:30 Science & Environment Panel

  • Philip J. Bossert (Germany 1968, 1969), Founder China Hawaii Investment Corporation, moderating
  • Hany Ahmed Hanroush (USA 1987, 1991), Scientific Affairs Advisor, U.S. Embassy, Cairo
  • Dan Guttman (China 2004), Visiting Professor, Peking University Public Interest Law Center
  • Zhang Ying (USA 2007), Professor, Forest Economics, Beijing Forestry University & General Deputy Secretary, Professional Committee, Forestry System Engineering of China

10:30-10:45 Tea Break
Business and Finance Panel

  • Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann (Finland 1986), Executive Vice President, Head Small Business Segment, Wells Fargo & Company, moderating
  • His Excellency Carlo Krieger (USA 1982), Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the People’s Republic of China Albert Siu, Vice President, Learning and Development, Boston Scientific

Lunch on Your Own

13:30-15:00 Alumni-Facilitated Roundtable Discussions

Session I

15:00-15:30 Interim between sessions

15:30-17:00 Alumni-Facilitated Roundtable Discussions

Session II

19:00-21:30 Cultural Performance and Reception Buses depart from hotel lobby beginning at 18:00

Wednesday, October 22

9:00-10:30 Journalism & Communications Panel

  • Hoyt Purvis, Professor of Journalism, University of Arkansas, moderating
  • Yang Bu, Correspondent/Producer, Beijing Bureau, Reuters Television
  • Mark S. Leff (China 2008), Fulbright Lecturer, School of Television and Journalism Studies, Communication University of China & CNN reporter/producer (1980 to 2001)

10:30-10:45 Tea Break
Education Panel

  • Suzanne E. Siskel, moderating
  • John Fitzgerald (USA 1988), Representative for China, The Ford Foundation
  • Paul Levine (China 2004), Director of Regional Studies, Shantou University
  • Shi Jinghuan (USA 1995), Professor and Executive Director, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University

12:45-14:45 Plenary Luncheon & Address

  • James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly

15:00-17:00 International Education Task Force Plenary

  • Jenise Englund (Germany 1961, 1962; England 1984; Norway 1991; Belgium 1992), International Education Consultant, Co-Chair, International Task Force, moderating
  • Alicia Carroll (Kenya, Tanzania 2004), Teacher Developer, Boston Public Schools
  • James Franklin (Italy 1981, Russia 2003), Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut
  • Ana Gil-Garcia (USA 1987, Venezuela 2004), Professor, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Lucy Montgomery, Teacher, Boston Public Schools
  • Yang Bu, Correspondent/Producer, Beijing Bureau, Reuters Television
  • Yen Thi Hoang Nguyen, Dean, Faculty of Education, Hanoi National University of Education

18:30-20:00 Closing Reception at the Embassy of Luxembourg

  • 21 Nei Wu Bu Jie 100600, Beijing
  • Buses depart from hotel lobby beginning at 17:30
  • Welcome: His Excellency Carlo Krieger (USA 1982)


The Fulbright Association 31st Annual Conference, 2008: The Interconnected World, will take place at the Days Hotel & Suites Beijing.
The Association has a room block reserved at the following rates:

CNY 738 for standard and superior rooms (approximately US$110)

CNY 868 for deluxe rooms (approximately US$130)

CNY 958 for executive rooms (approximately US$140)


All rates are net inclusive of service charge, tax and buffet breakfast for up to two (2) persons. You must be registered for the Fulbright Association 31st Annual conference to make reservations at these rates. You may register for the conference online at http://www.fulbright.org/conference/2008/registration.htm.


To make reservations at the Days Hotel & Suites Beijing, the conference venue, please follow the instructions below. All hotel reservations must be guaranteed by credit card.

To make reservations online, please visit http://www.daysinn.com

On the left, click on “More search options.

Under the “Your Destination” section, key in Beijing in the field for city and select China for the country.

Complete the information in the “About Your Stay” section by selecting your check-in & check-out dates; number of room(s) required; and guests per room.

Scroll down and under the “Discounts and Promotions” section, type in LKFA in the promotion code box, then click search.

Scroll down until you see the Days Hotel and Suites Beijing, 27 Hua Wei Li, Chaoyang District and then click reserve.

Select the type of accommodation that you would like and then click reserve.


To make reservations by phone in the United States, call (800) 329-7466 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada). Please tell the agent you are with the Fulbright Association group and would like to book your stay at the Days Hotel and Suites Beijing, 27 Hua Wei Li, Chaoyang District. Please confirm that you are booking at the Fulbright Association rate (see above.)


Please note: The Fulbright Association conference room rates are available from October 16 to October 26.  The hotel will try
to accommodate dates outside this range based on space and rate availability. There are limited nonsmoking rooms available.  The reservation system will be adjusted as of August 27 to accommodate such requests, based on availability.

You will receive an email from the hotel confirming your reservation. 


The Master of Global Policy Studies Program The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs The University of Texas at Austin

The United States Embassy Beijing, China

Ambassador of Luxembourg – Beijing


As executive director of the Fulbright Association, Jane L. Anderson has worked with Fulbright alumni volunteers throughout the world. With her leadership, the Fulbright Association launched the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding (1993), the Fulbright Association Fund for the 21st Century (1996), the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal Awards (2000), the Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance (2000), biennial global Fulbright alumni conferences (2004), and partnerships with the U.S. Department of State to strengthen international Fulbright alumni organizations (2005) and to increase outreach on behalf of the Fulbright Program in the United States (2008). Before joining the Association, she was assistant director of Lutheran Resources Commission, Washington, D.C. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Anderson has undergraduate degrees in French and in journalism and a master’s degree in linguistics. She studied in France on a University of Michigan undergraduate program. In June 2003, she earned the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives. Her writing has been published in Associations Now and in the Miami Herald, the Chicago Sun Times, and Knight-Ridder newspapers.

Muhammad Ashraf received his master’s degree in science from Government College, Lahore, Pakistan. In 1978, he earned his doctorate from Queen Mary College (University of London), England. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Laval University, Canada, and then was selected with his wife by the Nigerian University Commission, Ottawa, Canada, to teach at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. In 1985, he returned to Pakistan and joined the Department of Biological Sciences of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU). In his 22-year career as professor of cell biology at the university, he has received various international awards, including grants and fellowships from the European Union, Germany, China, and the United States that have enabled him to interact with researchers of his specialization and to increase international understanding. After having been a Fulbright scholar at the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University (WSU), Pullman in 2005-2006, he was asked to develop and lead the newly established Department of Plant Sciences at Quaid-i-Azam University. While in Beijing, he will also present at the Institute of Plant Protection at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences on collaborative research between WSU and QAU to explore possibilities for Chinese, Pakistani, and U.S. research cooperation in the molecular biology of wheat pathology. Dr. Ashraf is currently president of the Pakistan National Association of Fulbright Alumni (Pak-NAFA).

Founder of China Hawaii Investment Corporation, Philip J. Bossert heads a business development services company with offices in Shanghai and Honolulu that represents and supports Hawaii and mainland U.S. companies in China and assists Chinese companies with business contacts and product sourcing in the United States. Previously, he served as executive director and CEO of the Hawaii High Technology Development Corporation. He has also been vice president for business development for Ohana Learning, a software company, and has held other posts in Hawaii state government, in the private sector, and in education. Dr. Bossert was a Fulbright-Hays scholar and studied philosophy at the University of Freiberg in Germany and at Louvain University in Belgium. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Rockhurst College in Kansas City and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., and worked as an interpreter for the Army Security Agency in Berlin. Dr. Bossert has written five books and more than 30 articles and reviews in the areas of information science, technology and education, and philosophy. He has served as a director of the Fulbright Association since 2006.

Alicia Carroll received a master’s degree from Wheelock College (Boston) and now serves on the college’s Educational Advisory Board. Ms. Carroll has been teaching in Boston Public Schools since 1997. She is currently a teacher developer, mentoring teachers through their first year in the classroom. In 2002, she received the Boston Superintendent’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. With Deborah Meier, she founded the Mission Hill School in Roxbury, Mass., and has taught kindergarten. Ms. Carroll has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Africa, and China. In 2004, she received a Fulbright award to Kenya and to Tanzania and also received a fellowship from the Fund for Teachers for research with two colleagues in those countries. Ms. Carroll and her colleague Lucy Montgomery have completed the research and writing of Malindi’s Journey, the story of a giraffe brought by African ambassadors to China with the treasure ships of Zheng He, the Chinese Muslim explorer of the 15th century. In 2005 and in 2006, Ms. Carroll was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She serves on the steering committee of the Antioch College-sponsored Community-based School Environmental Education Project (CO-SEED) at the Young Achievers School.

After graduating from Ewha Womans University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, Young Choi worked as a reporter for a news agency. Although opportunities for study abroad were rare at that time, Dr. Choi received a Fulbright scholarship for master’s degree studies at the University of Oklahoma. She went on to receive a doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University and to launch her academic career at her alma mater in 1979. Since then, she has taught in the English Department at Ewha Womans University and has served in various administrative positions, including as dean of student affairs and as dean of the graduate school of translation and interpretation. She is currently president of the Korea Fulbright Alumni Association. She has also served as the president of the America Studies Association of Korea (ASAK). Dr. Choi was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, and has lived there her entire life except for the three years of the Korean War and for her years studying abroad, which, she reports, changed the course of her life.

Madan Mohan Das received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Udaipur, India. He earned his first master’s degree in dairy bacteriology from the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Hariyana, India. He won a Fulbright scholarship to study for his second master’s degree in dairy and food science at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He returned to Nepal in 1988 to resume his job in the Dairy Development Corporation (DDC) of Nepal. Mr. Das served in various DDC projects and retired from the post of executive director of the National Dairy Development Board of Nepal, the highest government body responsible for overall dairy development in the country. His international education, especially at Cornell University, enabled him to make significant contributions to the development of the dairy and food industries in Nepal, including introducing the concepts of quality control, quality development, and quality assurance. Mr. Das is currently president of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nepal (FAAN), where he has also served as vice president, general secretary, and secretary. The government of Nepal nominated Mr. Das as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Commission (United States Educational Foundation) of Nepal, where he served from 2004 to 2006.

Music technologist and composer Anthony De Ritis chairs Northeastern University’s Music Department and directs its Multimedia Studies Program. Previously, he taught musical acoustics at the San Francisco Conservatory as collegiate professor. His music has been called “cutting-edge,” “revolutionary,” “groundbreaking and earth-shattering,” “ultra-exotic,” and “really cool.” Dr. De Ritis’s work with Chinese pipa virtuoso and soloist Min Xiao-Fen has led to a series of compositions for the traditional Chinese instrument. His electroacoustic work Plum Blossoms (1999), based on samples of work by Min Xiao-Fen, received its premiere at the International Computer Music Conference in Beijing and was later the basis for a “live” version for pipa, strings, glockenspiel, and electronic sounds commissioned and performed by the San Diego Symphony (2000). Ping-Pong, a concerto for pipa and Chinese orchestra was premiered in 2004 by the Taipei Chinese Orchestra with Min Xiao-Fen as the soloist. Dr. De Ritis received his doctorate in music composition at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked with David Wessel at Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (1992-1997). He received his master’s degree in electronic music composition from Ohio University (1990-1992) and his bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in business administration from Bucknell University.

Charlene Dykman is professor of management and information systems at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex. She teaches international management and business ethics at the graduate level. Dr. Dykman had a distinguished career in information systems prior to moving into the academic arena. Her professional experience included managing systems implementation projects worldwide. She has written more than 100 articles and has received numerous teaching and research awards. She received a Fulbright grant to lecture, research, and consult in Panama in 2005. While there, she worked with Ciudad del Saber, an initiative supported by the United Nations and the World Bank and devoted to the understanding and advancement of knowledge management. Dr. Dykman conducted workshops regarding online education for university presidents and academic administrators throughout the Caribbean basin. She also consulted with the United Nations Program Development Office in design of its Capacity 2015 project addressing leadership development in remote regions of the world. Dr. Dykman was a founding member of the Houston/SouthEast Texas Chapter of the U.S. Fulbright Association and currently serves as its president.

After more than 40 years of teaching English, French, German, social sciences, and American and British studies to children, college students, and adults, Jenise Englund now lectures, conducts research, and consults on international education issues. Born, raised, and educated in the greater Los Angeles area, she has studied, taught, lectured, and traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. Ms. Englund has an undergraduate degree in French from the University of Redlands and a master’s degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach.  In addition to Fulbright grants to Germany (three awards), England, Norway, and Belgium/Luxemburg, she has received several scholarships and fellowships in linguistics, political science, English, German, and education. She hopes to edit a book on Fulbright teacher exchanges. Ms. Englund serves as co-chair of the Fulbright Association’s International Education Task Force.

James Fallows is national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. He has worked for the magazine for more than 25 years, based in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and now Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, Calif., received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard University, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford University. In addition to working for the Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. Mr. Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once. He has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction. Since the creation of the New America Foundation in 1999 he has been chairman of its board. Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China, his newest book, is forthcoming in January 2009. Among his other books are Blind Into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq; Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel; Breaking the News; and Looking at the Sun.

John Fitzgerald is China representative of the Ford Foundation in Beijing. He graduated from Sydney University in 1977, completed his doctorate in modern Chinese history at the Australian National University in 1983, and held a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1988. His recent books include Rethinking China’s Provinces (Routledge 2001), The Dignity of Nations, with Chien Yung-xiang (UHK Press 2006), and Big White Lie (UNSW Press 2007), which was awarded the Ernest Scott Prize for Australian History by the Australian Historical Association in 2008. An earlier book, Awakening China: Politics, Culture and Class in the Nationalist Revolution (Stanford 1996), was awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize for Twentieth Century China by the U.S. Association for Asian Studies in 1998. He has served on the Australia-China Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and on the Australian Research Council and as treasurer of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and as president of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia. Before taking up his position with the Ford Foundation in 2008, he was professor of Asian studies and head of the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

University of Connecticut Professor Emeritus James F. Franklin has worked simultaneously as a teacher, as a lighting artist, and as a scholar. He has taught theatrical stage lighting design since 1970 and headed the theatrical design program at the University of Connecticut from 1981 to 2007. He has created the lighting design for more than 150 professional productions of opera, dance, and theatre. He has worked with the Connecticut Opera Association, the Pittsburg Opera, the Michigan Opera Theatre, Austin Lyric Opera, the Hartford Ballet, and the Alley Theatre, among others. As a scholar, he has studied the aesthetics and practice of lighting design in the United States, in Western Europe, and most recently in Eastern Europe, Russia, and many of the former republics of the Soviet Union. He is completing The Emerging Art of Lighting Design for the Performing Arts in the Post-Soviet Russian Federation and serves as an educational consultant in theatre arts academies in Russia and in Turkey, developing curricular plans for the training of theatrical lighting artists. He received a Fulbright-Hays research grant to Italy in 1981, a Fulbright scholar award to Russia in 2004, and the Fulbright senior specialist designation in 2005.

Alison M. Friedman was international director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company from 2005 until 2008 when she was hired by Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun to be general manager of his company Parnassus Productions. She came to Beijing in 2002 on a Fulbright fellowship to research the development of modern dance in China. In addition to lecturing on modern dance in China and abroad, she has conducted research for the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Asian Cultural Council. Her writing has appeared in Dance MagazineL’Histoire du Soldat, which premiered in May 2005 at the China National Theatre East Pioneer Theatre. An accomplished tap dancer, she frequently teaches tap at the Beijing Dance Academy and in Shanghai. Ms. Friedman graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where she was elected into membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She studied Chinese literature and literary translation. Her senior thesis Across Borders: The Poetry of Xue Di will be published by Green Integer Press in the fall of 2008. (USA). She has worked as consultant for the U.S. Embassy in China, for Columbia University, and for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, among other organizations. She has produced international performance festivals in Beijing and was production coordinator for the John F. Kennedy Center 2005 Festival of China. As a performer and director, Ms. Friedman has collaborated with arts groups throughout China, including the Living Dance Studio and the National Theatre Company of China. She choreographed and directed a bilingual production of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, which premiered in May 2005 at the China National Theatre East Pioneer Theatre.  An accomplished tap dancer, she frequently teaches tap at the Beijing Dance Academy and in Shanghai.  Ms. Friedman graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where she was elected into membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  She studied Chinese literature and literary translation.  Her senior thesis Across Borders: The Poetry of Xue Di will be published by Green Integer Press in the fall of 2008.

Northeastern Illinois University Professor Ana Gil-Garcia holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Tennessee, a specialist degree in middle school curriculum conferred by the Organization of American States, and a bachelor’s degree from the Pedagogical University of Venezuela. Her diverse academic and administrative experience includes classroom teaching and serving as acting superintendent, as acting department chair, and as assistant to the university provost of academic affairs. She was a Fulbright scholar in the United States in 1987 and in Venezuela in 2004. She has also received a Fulbright senior specialist award. Dr. Gil-Garcia is immediate past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association. She is an advisor to the City of Chicago Council on Latino Affairs. In 2007, she received the “Dare to Be Great” award from the Illinois Women Administrators Association; the Education for the Hispanic Communities Award from the Secretary of the State of Illinois; and nomination for the Chicago Latina Professional of the Year. Northeastern Illinois University recently recognized her achievements with the Hispanic Faculty Excellence Award in Education. Dr. Gil-Garcia is the first recipient of the award.

Dan Guttman is a lawyer and teacher. He is currently visiting professor at Peking University School of Law and fellow at Tsinghua University China-America Center, Johns Hopkins University Center for the Study of American Government, and University of California Santa Barbara Bren School. He served in the Clinton administration as executive director of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Human Radiation Experiments and as commissioner of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and was counsel in U.S. Senate investigations of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. He co-authored The Shadow Government, a seminal study of the contracting out of the U.S. government; has written many articles; and testified many times before the U.S. Congress. He has also shared in journalism awards. As a Fulbright scholar, he taught at Tsinghua, Peking, Fudan, Nanjing, and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities. He has represented workers in enactment of laws to compensate workers poisoned by nuclear hazard and to protect against toxic hazard in schools. He represented whistleblowers in anti-corruption lawsuits which recovered hundreds of millions of dollars from oil companies and military contractors. He is fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He was graduated from Yale Law School and the University of Rochester.

Hany Hamroush holds a bachelor’s degree (1977) and a master’s degree (1980) in geology from Cairo University. He received a doctorate in archaeological geochemistry from the University of Virginia (1985).  In 1992, he became scientific affairs specialist at the American Embassy in Cairo where his portfolio covers a wide range of issues including science and technology diplomacy, energy, environment, transportation and telecommunications, and information technology. He has also taught geology at the American University in Cairo since 1991.  While teaching geology and geoarchaeology at Cairo University from 1986 to 1991, he participated in many geological and archaeological expeditions in Egypt and in Sudan conducted by various American, European, and Egyptian institutions.  He served as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization and was a visiting research professor at three institutions in the United States and Europe. He was awarded a Fulbright research grant in 1990-1991 to conduct archaeological geology research at the University of Virginia. Recently, he participated in two workshops as part of the regional UNESCO and U.S. Geological Service program for Reducing Earthquake Losses in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.  In 2008, he directed the geoarchaeology training component of the American Research Center in Egypt project of the Luxor Conservation Field School program.

Secretary General of China Education Association for International Exchange Jiang Bo has been working in the field of education since 1981. He was deputy director general of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China from October 2004 to July 2005. He served as chief education consul and director of the Education Office with the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago from December 1999 to July 2004. Prior to this position, he was deputy secretary general of the China Scholarship Council (CSC) from 1995 to 1999. From 1981 to 1994, Dr. Jiang worked at China’s Ministry of Education. From September to November 1999, he was invited to visit the United States as an Eisenhower Fellow. Dr. Jiang has rich experience in education management. His research interests cover a wide area including higher education, international politics, and applied linguistics. He has made seminal contributions to international student mobility and international education cooperation and exchange.

Since 2007, His Excellency Carlo Krieger has served as ambassador of Luxembourg to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Krieger was ambassador of Luxembourg to the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, and Georgia. He is a social anthropologist, having studied cultural change and religion within native North America, particularly in the Canadian Maritimes. He received his doctor of philosophy degree from Universität Wien in Vienna, Austria, and his bachelor of arts degree from Miami University of Ohio. He was a Fulbright fellow in 1982 in the graduate program in social anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the linguistic, ethnologic and onomastic section of the Institut Grand Ducal. As a career diplomat before 2003, he served in various postings, including to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe based in Vienna, in Washington, D.C., and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg.

Mark S. Leff, assistant professor of broadcast news at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, is a 2008-2009 Fulbright lecturer at the Communication University of China in Beijing. He spent 20 years as a reporter/producer at CNN (Rome and Atlanta), where he was one of the original employees, serving for several years as the U.S. correspondent for CNN’s “World Report” program of news from broadcasters around the world. A San Francisco native, he worked in radio and television newsrooms in California, Washington state, and Ohio before joining a now-defunct TV news syndication service called TVN in New York. He twice worked for NBC News, first in New York with its TV affiliate service and 24-hour radio News and Information Service, and later in Rome. In between, he spent two years in London at Visnews (now Reuters Television) as an in-house correspondent. At CNN, he specialized in historical backgrounders, including a 365-part 1999 series called “This Day/This Century.” He has done award-winning TV documentaries for Ohio University’s WOUB, where he has also anchored radio newscasts and has been an editorial consultant to the nightly TV newscast. He has worked with Shanghai TV and China Central TV on previous visits to China.

Leonard Lehrer is a painter and printmaker whose work has been shown internationally for three decades.  He has had nearly fifty solo exhibitions in the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain.  His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris; and in many other museums.  His work has been noted critically, and he has written various catalogue introductions and articles.  Named professor emeritus of art at New York University, Prof. Lehrer has held administrative positions at other major universities and presently is associate provost of external affairs at Columbia College Chicago.  He is the recipient of many awards including the Grand Prize of the Heitland Foundation, Celle, Germany; a United States Information Agency specialist grant to Bogotá, Colombia; and two Fulbright senior scholar grants in printmaking (2001 and 2003-2005) to Greece. Prof. Lehrer is co-chairman of the Fulbright Association’s Arts Task Force.

Li Qingsi received a bachelor’s degree in British and American literature from Henan University in 1988. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in international politics from Renmin University of China. He is now associate professor in the School of International Studies and executive director of the Center for American Studies of Renmin University. In 2004-2005, he was a Fulbright/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow with affiliations to American University and the School of Advanced International Studies of the John Hopkins University. He was adjunct professor in the Graduate School of International Studies of the University of Denver from August 1998 to June 1999. He participated in a United States Information Agency Summer Institute at Southern Illinois University in 1998 and served as a visiting scholar in the Department of International Relations of the University of Kent at Canterbury, 1994-1995. He is author and co-author of books, including U. S. Congress and American Foreign Policy (Renmin Press, May 2007) and The Politics of American Foreign Policy Making (Peking University Press, Sept. 2007). Other publications include articles on U.S.-EU relations and their impact on China, foreign lobbying of the U.S. Congress, and China’s peaceful rise in the 21st century. He is currently helping to organize the Chinese Fulbright Alumni Association.

Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann is president of Citibank California. She is responsible for profit and loss management of the Small Business Cash Management and Business Direct Lines and Loans businesses, as well as Small Business Marketing and the National Business Banking Center. Before joining Wells Fargo in 1996, she spent three years at Providian Financial, serving the last year as vice president of customer marketing. Prior to that, Ms. Macieira-Kaufmann was senior engagement manager at Retail Solutions Management Consultants in London, England. She graduated cum laude from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in semiotics. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 1986 where she conducted research on news coverage of the Chernobyl disaster. She earned a master’s of business administration degree from Stanford University. Ms. Macieira-Kaufmann serves on the board of Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco and is the congregation’s treasurer. She has been a director of the Fulbright Association since 2005.

A native of Belgrade, pianist Natasa Mitrovic received her graduate and magisterium degrees with honors from the Belgrade Music Academy, where she now teaches piano as assistant professor. Further studies include work with piano professors in Vienna, in Prague, in Weimar and Lindau, Germany, and in Ohrid, Macedonia. In 2004, Prof. Mitrovic was the only artist from Serbia to be awarded a Fulbright scholarship. During her Fulbright grant, she studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and also worked with professors at Julliard in New York and at De Paul University in Chicago. Prof. Mitrovic has received national and international awards for her work as a solo pianist and as a pedagogue, including the Emil Hayek Special Prize for best pianist from the Belgrade Music Academy; first prize in the International Competition in San Bartolomeo, Italy; and the city of Belgrade’s October Prize for highest achievements in music. Prof. Mitrovic has been a guest soloist with all of the major orchestras in Serbia, with the Bulgarian philharmonic, and with the philharmonic in Germany. She has had many recitals on stages in Bulgaria, in the Czech Republic, in France, in Germany, in Italy, in Macedonia, in Serbia, and in the United States.

Lucy Z. Montgomery received her master’s of education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has been affiliated with the Boston Public Schools since 2000, teaching history and Chinese language at both the middle and high school levels.  She currently teaches courses in United States history and global environmental justice at the Odyssey High School in Boston. In 2004, Ms. Montgomery and two colleagues received a Fund for Teachers-Boston Fellowship to travel and conduct research in Kenya. She has lived in China, as well as traveled and led tours for educators there.  Before entering the teaching profession, Ms. Montgomery managed an international fellowship program and coordinated research projects on health and literacy at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a contributing author to papers on surveys about health and literacy published by the National Center for Adult Learning and Literacy.  Her current interests are in the contacts and trade relationships between east Africa and China in the 13th and 14th centuries.  She and her colleague Alicia Carroll have completed the research and writing of Malindi’s Journey, the story of a giraffe brought by African ambassadors to China with the treasure ships of Zheng He, the Chinese Muslim explorer of the 15th century. In 2007, Ms. Montgomery was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Yen Thi Hoang Nguyen is associate professor of pedagogies and dean of the Faculty of Special Education at Hanoi National University of Education, Vietnam. She earned her doctoral degree from Hanoi University of Education No1 (HUE No1). In addition to a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from HUE No1, she holds a diploma in special education from the Institute of the Voor Doven, the Netherlands. Dr. Nguyen has written extensively on special education, and her tireless work on behalf of children with disabilities and their families is widely viewed as a primary factor for the growth of the special education field in Vietnam. In recognition of her work, the government of Vietnam awarded Dr. Nguyen a Diploma of Merit. She serves as consulting editor for the Journal of the International Association of Special Education and is guest reviewer for Preventing School Failure. From 2004 to the present, she has been on the editorial board of the Distance Learning Magazine and from 1999 to 2003, she served as editor of the Special Education Newsletter. In 2006, she received a Fulbright award to study higher education and teacher preparation in the United States. She has made presentations at professional meetings in China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Malaysia, and the United States.

Since April 2008, Hiroshi Ohno has served as secretary general of the Japan-United States Educational Exchange Promotion Foundation (the Fulbright Foundation) and of the Tokyo Fulbright Association. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1955 from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. In 1956-1957, he was a Fulbright and Smith-Mundt grantee at Northwestern University. In 1958, he received a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He had a long career with Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd. Japan from 1955 to 2003, serving as division general manager for the pipes, the environment, and the plastic moldings divisions and then as president of Sekisui USA. In 1990, he taught at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo. From 1996 to 2004, he was also affiliated with Tosa Women’s Junior College as professor, director, and president. His hobbies and interests include table tennis, reading, and language studies, particularly French and Mandarin.

Hoyt Purvis was chairman of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board from 1995 to 1998. He is professor of journalism and adjunct professor of political science and directs the international relations major at the University of Arkansas. He served as director of the Fulbright Institute of International Relations at Arkansas from 1982 to 2000. Before joining the Arkansas faculty, he taught at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Earlier in his career, he worked as a staff member in the U.S. Senate and was press secretary and special assistant to Senator J. William Fulbright and foreign/defense policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd. He served on the presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright program, from 1993 to 2003. He is a newspaper columnist and frequent television commentator on politics and public affairs. Mr. Purvis holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Texas and also did graduate study at the University of Nancy (France) and at Vanderbilt University.

Judy Shen is the founder and director of Promise Foundation, Inc.  The primary purpose of Promise Foundation is to fund and support CAI (儿童才艺行动) which operates in China.  Judy founded CAI while in China as a Fulbright Scholar in 2005.  She practiced corporate law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher (pronounced “Mar”) & Flom LLP and is a member of the American Bar Association.  Her previous experiences also include American Red Cross; U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency; and Deloitte Consulting.  She has an A.B. in Biological Sciences from University of Chicago and a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School.  She currently lives in Beijing.

Founder and director of the international arts organization TransCultural Exchange, Mary Sherman has received many grants and awards, the most recent of which is a Fulbright senior specialist grant in 2008 for work in Taiwan. She has served as an artist in residence at such institutions as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She teaches at Boston College and Northeastern University and has been invited to talk about contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; the University of Chicago; and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, among others. She is widely published on the visual arts in national and international publications. She has worked as the art critic for The Chicago Sun-Times and as a columnist for wbur. As an artist, her works have been exhibited widely both in the U.S. and abroad, including at Harvard University; the Trans Hudson Gallery, N.Y.; the Oskar Friedl Gallery, Chicago; Zendai MoMA, Shanghai; Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul; the London Biennial; and the Keanu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan. She also has curated shows throughout the world, two of which received awards from the Northeast Chapter of the International Art Critics Association.

Shi Jinghuan is currently professor and executive director of the Institute of Education, Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China. She worked at Beijing Normal University for 20 years before she moved to Tsinghua University in 2002. At Beijing Normal University, she was deputy dean in charge of international exchanges and student affairs in the Education Department from 1992 to 1995 and director of the Institute of Educational History and Culture from 1998 to 2002. She was a visiting scholar at Kent State University in Ohio in 1987, a Fulbright professor at the University of Maryland at College Park in 1996, and a specially appointed professor in 2006 at Hokkaido University in Japan. She is now chairperson of the Beijing Association of Women Professors, member of the Beijing Municipal Political Council, and member of the Standing Committee of the All-China Women’s Federation. She was educated at Beijing Normal University. Over the years, she has consulted on various projects for the United Nations Development Programmed, UNESCO, the World Bank, and other organizations on education and development in disadvantaged areas in West China. She has also held a number of positions involving the development of national education policy and strategy.

Named the Ford Foundation’s director, community and resource development in 2005, Suzanne E. Siskel was previously based in Jakarta as the Foundation’s representative for Indonesia from 1990 to 2005. Prior to that, she had been the Foundation’s representative for the Philippines and a program officer for rural poverty and resources in Jakarta. Before relocating to the Ford Foundation’s headquarters in New York City, she had lived and worked in Indonesia for three decades, first as a Luce Scholar at Aranaga University in East Java from 1974 to 1975, and later as a Fulbright scholar from 1983 to 1984 for research on the island of Madera. Ms. Siskel was a social science advisor to development projects in west Timor and Flores islands in eastern Indonesia before joining the Ford Foundation in Jakarta in 1990. Previous research projects took her to northeast Brazil, Andrés Island in the Bahamas, and highland Chiapas in the 1970s. She studied social anthropology at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Siskel has served on the Fulbright Association’s Board of Directors since 2004. She currently serves as president and previously served as secretary, chairing the Board’s Development and Recognition Committee.

Albert Siu is vice president of learning and development for Boston Scientific (Natick, Mass.) where he manages all the learning and development functions of the global medical equipment manufacturer, including leadership and organizational development and the learning technology infrastructure. Before joining Boston Scientific, he was the chief learning officer for AT&T. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Siu executed a memorandum of understanding agreement between China’s State Planning Commission and AT&T to develop 500 director and vice-minister level officials from China on communication technologies, network management, business strategies, quality systems, and management principles to enable the process of transforming China’s state owned telecommunication enterprises into various market-based, customer-focused corporations. Dr. Siu earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate from Purdue University, both in psychology. He is currently a committee chairman on the Board of Directors of Thriven Financial Services Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Siu was AT&T’s corporate representative to the United Nations Global Development Projects (1997-2000). He was also AT&T’s corporate liaison to U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s Twenty-First Century Skills Leadership Group (1999). He is a director-elect of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and served on the U.S. National Governors Association/ASTD Commission on Technology and Adult Learning (1999-2001). He is on the Wharton School-University of Pennsylvania Executive Education Board.

Karen A. Stock received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. She studied modern European art and with a minor in Chinese art. Her focus of research is late 19th and early 20th century French painting. Her dissertation, Bonner, Villar, and Valletta: Masculinity in Question, was completed under the sponsorship of Linda Notching. Dr. Stock has continued to research issues of gender and has presented talks on Pierre Bonner and Felix Valletta. Dr. Stock is currently assistant professor of fine arts at Winthrop University in South Carolina where she teaches courses on 20th century art, renaissance to modernism, gender and art, and the self-portrait, women artists. She also teaches a course on art appreciation at York Technical College. She was named a Fulbright scholar in 2008 and is now lecturing at Beijing Normal University.

First employed as a publications designer at Ford Motor Company, Richard Thornton began teaching graphic design at Washington State University in 1960. From 1977 to 1987, he served as head of the University of Connecticut’s art department, with a brief tenure as dean for the School of Fine Arts. He continued teaching graphic design there until his retirement in 1999. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in fine arts from Scrapbook Academy of Art. His first trip to Japan in 1967 to study design resulted in several publications and the organization of traveling exhibitions of Japanese posters. This research continued with several trips to Japan and the publication of articles on Japanese designers. He has also written introductions for several books and was a curator of a Japanese poster exhibition at the London Design Museum. In 1990, he was a Fulbright scholar in Japan. The experience resulted in the book The Graphic Spirit of Japan. Since retiring, he provides designs for nonprofit organizations. In 2000, he was part of a group of Fulbright alumni who organized the Greater Puget Sound (Wash.) Chapter of the Fulbright Association. He currently serves as the chapter’s president.

Don Q. Washington is minister-counselor for public diplomacy at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China. Prior to his arrival in Beijing, Mr. Washington served as minister-counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. That was his third diplomatic assignment to Korea. His first was from 1984 to 1988 when he served as deputy cultural attaché and 1988 Seoul Olympics public diplomacy projects officer and as director of the Posen American Cultural Center. He also served as deputy director of the U.S. Information Service (USIS) in Seoul from 1995 to 1998. He has also held Foreign Service assignments in Canberra, Australia; in Washington, D.C; in Jakarta, Indonesia; in Douala, Cameroon; in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Washington received a 2006 Presidential Meritorious Service Award recognizing his contributions to the national interest in the field of foreign affairs. He is also the holder of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and two Meritorious Honor Awards. In February 2005, he received an honorary doctorate in political science from Dong-etui University in Bussan, Korea, “in recognition of his outstanding contributions in promoting U.S.-Korea relations and American studies programs in Korea.” Mr. Washington received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Whittier College. He did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) before joining the Foreign Service.

Born and raised in a small town in the southwest of Germany, Barbara Weiten had her first international experience when she spent a year as a high school exchange student in the United States. As a Fulbright grantee, she studied American civilization at Brown University in Providence, R.I., in 2002-2003. After completing a degree in international business and cultural studies at Passas University in Bavaria, she now lives in Munich where she is studying at Ludwig Maximilian University. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in political science and American studies. She participates in diverse activities of Fulbright Alumni e.V., the German Fulbright alumni association, on a regional and national level. Since the beginning of 2007, she has served on the organization’s national board as vice-president for communications, coordinating the communication team’s work on printed publications, e-mail newsletters, and the Association’s website. She also participates in the administrative work and decision making of the board.

Yuan Wei was named vice president of China Renmin University in 1997. He graduated from Tannin Economic and Finance College with a specialty in statistics in 1982. He earned a master’s degree from the university’s statistics department in 1984. He received his doctorate in statistics in 1985 from China Renmin University. Since graduating from Tannin Economics and Finance College, Dr. Yuan has served at China Renmin University. He has been a fixture in the statistics department, becoming a professor in 1992 and conducting research on application mathematical statistics, venture management, and fine calculation. In 1992, he assumed the director responsibilities in the Statistics Department at the university. The following year, he began tutoring doctoral students. Dr. Yuan also spent a year as a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995-1996. He has written several papers on statistics, including “Comparison of Beijing and Tokyo Resident Time Distribution,” “Review and Prospect of China Collegiate Statistical Education,” and “Optimum Design with Dependable Venture.”

Now professor and vice president of the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, composer Xu Changjun began his music career through learning the percussions of the Beijing Opera in 1975 in his home province of Annuli. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Composition and Conducting Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1986, he became a faculty member of CCOM and has remained there ever since. He received his doctoral degree with his dissertation The Thirteen Squeezes of Lucian Brio and his compositions from CCOM in 2000. Since 1995, he has been a visiting scholar abroad several times, including at the Conservatorium Della Music did Milan “Giuseppe Verdi” in Italy (1995-96); Columbia University, New York City (2001); and University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) (2007). In 2006, he was awarded the title of 19th Edgar Snow Professor at UMKC. He was the first visiting Fulbright scholar from China in UMKC history. His compositions have won prizes since 1986. His compositions, such as Swords, Dragon Dance and Phoenix, have been played frequently both at home and abroad. Prof. Xu has composed for both Western and traditional Chinese instruments. His current interest is to further their mixing together to result in a more creative and more innovative musical language.

Professor of Forest Economics at Beijing Forestry University Zhang Ying has pursued both theoretical and experimental research activities in forest economics and management, regional economics, environmental statistics, and macroeconomic statistics. His interests are in forest economics and environmental statistics. Dr. Zhang graduated from the College of Economics and Management of Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China in 1989, majoring in forest economics and management. After graduation he taught and conducted research on forest economics in China and abroad, focusing on green accounting for forest and environmental statistics in China. In 1999, he studied as a post-doctoral fellow for forest economics in the College of Natural Resources, Korea University. In 2003, he served as a visiting professor in forest biodiversity evaluation at Taiwan University, Taipei. Dr. Zhang is general deputy secretary of the Professional Committee of the Forestry System Engineering of China and a member of the Chinese Environmental and Economic Society. He recently completed a Fulbright grant in forest economics at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has published over 70 papers and 14 books in his field and earned four state awards in China.

Roundtable Questions

China and India: Comparative Perspectives

Teaching International Students/ Teaching Abroad

Borderless Education: International Promise & Challenge

Corporations Impact Moral and Ethical Values Worldwide

Exploring Partnerships between National Fulbright Associations and U.S. Fulbright Association Chapters

The Interconnectedness of New and Well Established Fulbright Organizations around the World: A Practical Approach to Establishing a Future Fulbright Chapter, Association or Group

The Role of the Arts in Cultural Diplomacy

A Reexamination of the Fulbright Program in Japan

How is the “Flat World Concept” affecting China and its Role in Economic Affairs?

Waging Peace with Non-European Languages and their Speakers – China and Others

How Others View China’s Rise

The Interconnectedness of the Arts in 2008

Teaching in an International Setting

The Impact of Extremism on Higher Education in Muslim Countries: A Case Study of Pakistan

Newly Independent Landlocked Asian Countries: Challenges for Connecting to WorldEconomies

The Arts of Living with Natural Treatments to Self-Care in East & West

Coping with the Difficulties facing China

Making Study Abroad Accessible and Affordable for University Students

Synergies from Cross-National Economic Cooperation: Why Japan, China, and India Should be Seeking Opportunities for Collaboration

Women’s Rights in Tunisia: Progress or Reform?

Interconnected or Interdependent? 21st century U.S. Relations with the Rest of the World

Teaching American Literature in Inter-Cultural Contexts

On Engaging with Asia

The Rule of Order and Higher Education

Keeping in Touch: Strategies for Continuing Development of Fulbright projects and contacts

The Culture of Sport: Education, Training, Performance, Psychology, andMedia Coverage in the Global Age