Due to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Fulbright Association is cancelling its Annual Conference, scheduled for October 6-8, 2020 in Taiwan, and all its 2020 travel programs: Slovenia (June), Spain/Portugal (August), and Taiwan (October).
“This prudent action follows the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control which has increasingly encouraged the reconsideration of non-essential international travel at this time, with no clear prediction of how COVID-19 will develop over the next several months,” explains DeDe Long, Chair of the Association’s Board of Directors.
These programs are integral to our mission of promoting international understanding, but our first responsibility is to our community’s health and safety, hence the cancellations for 2020. We are working to reschedule our conference and our travel programs in 2021 and beyond.
We will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation, and suggest you do the same at www.cdc.gov, and www.who.int. We will update you on programming through emails, our website and monthly newsletters, the Fulbright Edge and Networker.
October 6-8, 2020 in Taipei, Taiwan
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The Fulbright Association’s 43rd Annual Conference will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from October 6-8, 2020. The conference is co-organized by Fulbright Taiwan (Foundation for Scholarly Exchange) 學術交流基金會. Themed “The world is for all,” the conference speaks to the missions of the Fulbright Program and the Fulbright Association and hopes to strike a balance between global and regional issues. Some of the topics under consideration will be Climate Change, Global Health, Cross-strait and Triangular relationships (China, Taiwan, US), strengthening global communities with a focus in the Asia-Pacific region, domestic Politics in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong., Ethnic, Gender, Sexual, and Cultural Identities, and the Global Economic Outlook.
The Fulbright Program may be a flagship program for U.S. public diplomacy, but the empiricism on its execution and impact, here and abroad, is often anecdotal. We want to complement powerful Fulbright stories—which we welcome to this conference—with rigorous frameworks for analysis and data-rich evidence. We invite proposals from researchers at all levels, who need not be Fulbright alumni, to share their findings on public diplomacy, broadly defined and not limited to the Fulbright Program.