“Mutual Understanding amid Global Economic Challenges”
The Madison, A Lowes Hotel, Washington, D.C.
October 29- November 1, 2009
U.S. Undersecretary for Energy Kristina M. Johnson (Scotland 1991) will give the keynote address at the Fulbright Association 32nd annual conference on Oct. 30. The plenary speaker on Oct. 31 will be Krishna Guha (USA 2003), U.S. economics editor and deputy Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times.
The conference theme “Mutual Understanding amid Global Economic Challenges” has attracted nearly 300 Fulbright alumni and guests, Fulbright Program staff, and representatives from NGOs, higher education, and business to the meeting Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 in Washington, D.C.
“Dr. Johnson and Mr. Guha join other distinguished Fulbright alumni and current grantee speakers who will serve on panels on economics, social entrepreneurship, science and technology, and health care,” said Jane L. Anderson, the Association’s executive director.
“As the foremost global Fulbright alumni event, the Fulbright Association conference features panelists from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jordan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, as well as from the United States. Round-table discussion leaders come from Brazil, Germany, Japan, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Togo, and Turkey. There will be poster presenters from Haiti and Pakistan in addition to those from the United States,” Ms. Anderson said. “Our Arts and International Education Task Forces will also include speakers from France, Japan, and Uruguay.
Tim Nohe (Australia 2006), associate professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, will perform works from “Sounding Botany Bay, Sounding Gamay” at the conference cultural event to be held at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory on Oct. 31. He created his composition during his Fulbright grant to explore the sonic environment of one of Australia’s richest cultural attractions.
The Fulbright Association engages current and former Fulbright exchange participants in lifelong experiences that advance international understanding through volunteer service to communities, people-to-people diplomacy, and dialogue on global issues. The Association is recognized for its work as a private, non-profit organization that supports and promotes the Fulbright Program, an international educational and cultural exchange initiative created in 1946 by legislation sponsored by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. There are now over 275,000 Fulbright alumni worldwide.
Thursday, October 29
11:00 a.m.-6 p.m. Conference Registration Opens
Dolley Madison Ballroom Foyer 7:00-10 p.m. Arts Task Force Sharing Session and Business Meeting
Dolley Madison Ballroom 7:00-10 p.m. International Education Task Force Sharing Session and Business Meeting
Mount Vernon Salon
Friday, October 30
8:00 a.m.-6 p.m. Conference Registration
Dolley Madison Ballroom Foyer 9:00-10:30 a.m. Annual Business Meeting of Members & Fulbright Program Update
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Global Economic Challenges (Panel)
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Moderator: Jane Henrici (Peru 2006), Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Rodrick T. Miller (Mexico 1999), Managing Partner, The Jiao Group
Marwan Muasher (Honorary Co-Chair, Fulbright Commission in Jordan, 2002-2004), Senior Vice President, External Affairs, World Bank
Michael G. Plummer (Italy 2000), Eni Professor of Economics, School of Advanced International Studies Bologna, The Johns Hopkins University
12:15-2:00 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
2:00-3:15 p.m. Member-Facilitated Roundtable Discussions Session I
Dolley Madison Ballroom/Montpelier Salon
3:15-3:45 p.m. Interim between Sessions
3:45 to 5:00 p.m. Member-Facilitated Roundtable Discussions Session II