Resources on the Life of Senator Fulbright

The Fulbright Association has assembled selected resources and readings for our alumni and friends interested in learning more about the life and political career of Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright (1905-1995).

J. William Fulbright: The Man, the Mission, & the Message

Video documentary, 2006

This sixty-minute video documentary, directed and produced by W. Drew Perkins, is based on archival material, historical footage, and interviews with Senator Fulbright and his former associates and coworkers in the early 1990s as well as his contemporaries, including Senators David Pryor (D-Arkansas), George McGovern (D-South Dakota), and President Bill Clinton, who worked on Fulbright’s staff for two years in the mid-1960s while he was a student at Georgetown. The Fulbright Center, a non-profit established by Senator Fulbright’s widow Harriet Mayor Fulbright but no longer in existence, facilitated the production of this video in 2006.

Memory, Commemoration, Crisis: Fulbright, Arkansas, and the Seventy-Fiftieth Anniversary of the Fulbright Program, 1946-2021

Author: Lonnie R. Johnson - published in two parts in Hungarian Review, 4/2021 (December), Part I, and 1/2022 (March), Part II

This two-part article analyses how a disparate variety of factors – ranging from the global war on terror over MAGA and BLM to the Covid pandemic – impacted on the memory of Senator Fulbright and commemoration of the Fulbright Program in the seventy-fifth anniversary year of its establishment. Part I provides an overview of a controversial debate at the University of Arkansas regarding Fulbright’s “presence” on campus and a critical analysis of Fulbright’s legacies. Part II addresses the State Department’s recent revision of the traditional narrative history of the Fulbright Program, including the omission of historical references to the importance of Senator Fulbright’s initial agency in establishing the program.