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Applications for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Dance Lecture

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Applications for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Dance Lecture
Due May 31, 2014

Are you a dance scholar? Do you know a dance scholar? The Fulbright Association seeks applications to present the 2014 lecture under the Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance. Guidelines and application information are available here. Applications must be received by May 31, 2014.

The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund enables a dance scholar to present a major paper on previously unpublished research at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference. The 2014 lecture will be delivered during the 37th Annual Conference, October 16-18, 2014 in Washington, DC. The recipient of the Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund award will receive round-trip travel and associated expenses.

Applicants should submit applications by e-mail to Please note in the subject line:“Cohen Lecture Submission.”

The 2014 lecturer will be chosen according to guidelines that were developed with the late Dr. Selma Jeanne Cohen, dance historian and founding editor of the International Encyclopedia of Dance, whose generous endowment gift supports the lecture program. The competition is open to all dance scholars. For information on past Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund lecturers, please visit here.

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Support the finalists from our first ever Social Innovation Challenge held on April 5, 2014.




Do you want to get involved in some serious, impactful projects for social change? Support the finalists from our first ever Social Innovation Challenge held on April 5, 2014.  We sought out the most exciting and promising entrepreneurs working in the Fulbright spirit and were blown away by their inspiring ideas!

We are proud to share with you the winner of the Fulbright Association’s first ever Social Innovation Challenge: Odd Jobber, a simple mobile tool that connects low-income workers to everyday jobs to help increase their daily income.  Adnan Khawaja, a Fulbright alumn and Acumen fellow in Pakistan, Skyped in from Lahore to pitch his amazing idea at TEDxFulbright!  Envision the World, a program to distribute reading glasses in developing countries, won the Fulbright Innovative Spirit Award by getting the most votes from around the world during their pitch at TEDxFulbright!  Erwin Cho, Fulbright alumnus, National Board Member, and President of the Northern California Chapter of the Fulbright Association partnered with Mark Sachs, Founder of to form this amazing partnership!

Learn more about these inspiring projects by checking out our Fulbright crowdfunding page to support our winners, finalists, and semi-finalists here:

The fantastic Finalists who pitched live at TEDxFulbright:

  • Lawrence OnBoard, transforming transportation in rural America by using the empty seats in our cars to build a safe network of neighbors driving neighbors.
  • reACTor, a mobile game that connects news with social action, calling users to action inspired by news.
  • SEQUEL, a comprehensive and integrated system of resource services to assist people making wise choices in the retirement transition.

And the amazing Semi-Finalists:

  • GreenRider, sharing, comparing, and “gamifying” our car fuel data as we drive to improve our driving habits, allow us to save money, and encourage responsible use of our planet’s natural resources.
  • Global Healthcare Training Initiative, providing  open access to continuing education to health care professionals to improve their delivery methods.

It is not too late to get involved!  We urge you to check out and support these amazing projects in reaching their goals on the Fulbright Association Rockethub page today.

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Washington DC 20036

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Save Fulbright from a $30 million funding cut!

Save Fulbright from a $30 million funding cut!
Sign the Save Fulbright petition now.
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Help prevent an unprecedented $30.5 million cut to the Fulbright Program!
Yes, you read that correctly. The President’s budget request includes a massive cut of $30.5 million or roughly 13.5% to the Fulbright Program. This would represent a unprecedented reduction in the number of grants and the U.S. commitment to the Fulbright program. As members of the alumni community we must act NOW to prevent these cuts from passing the final budget. Members of the appropriations committees in Congress are now discussing this funding so we must voice our strong opposition to these prospective cuts.

The President’s request for the Department of State’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget is availableHERE (refer to pages 831-832 for educational and cultural exchange programs). The Congressional Budget Justification is available HERE

Sign the petition now!

What Can We Do About It

1.    Sign the Petition.
Sign the petition to let President Obama, key Cabinet leaders and Congress know how valuable Fulbright is to the world and why cutting funds now, when international tensions are at a peak, would not be in our country’s best interest.  Over 20,000 signatures have been collected but we need all Fulbright alumni and friends of Fulbright to support this effort immediately to have the most impact!

2.    Write To Your Elected Officials Directly.
Get on your computer and draft an email, letter, tweet, or other means of communication, to key policy makers in Washington; outlining both the diplomatic and economic benefits of your Fulbright experience. Austerity of diplomacy should not be a Congressional policy.   While every letter counts, reaching out to members on the Appropriations Subcommittees as well as your elected representatives is particularly important. Click here to learn more about how to contact those lawmakers directly.

3.   Engage Your Social Media.
Use #SaveFulbright on our FacebookTwitter or Linkedin pages to demonstrate your support.

4.   Become More Involved With The Fulbright Association. 
The larger and more vocal our organization, the more people know about our positive, lifelong impact across each sector, each continent, and each demographic. We are working to address the near term budget crisis while building a longer term effort to broaden our advocacy efforts on a more proactive basis. We need your continued support to build a stronger foundation to help preserve the program. Encourage Universities and fellow alumni to join or re-join in order to save funding to the program or continue the lifelong commitment to the ideals of Fulbright.

Thank you for your time and attention to this important issue. We welcome your feedback as soon as possible. Be sure to lend your voice to the petition and support our efforts to prevent these cuts.

The future of the Fulbright program is at stake.


Steve Reilly
Executive Director

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TEDxFulbright Invites the Public to “Dare to THINK” Event



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TEDxFulbright Invites the Public to “Dare to THINK” Event  

Washington, DC — TEDxFulbright, to be held April 5, 2014 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will feature TEDTalks videos, 15 original speakers and two gifted musicians. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Seldom do two independent concepts embrace one another as well as Fulbright and TEDx. The Fulbright Scholarship Program nurtures mutual understanding across cultures by the exchange of talented individuals, as ambassadors in all fields of professional engagement.

“TED and TEDx treat brilliant ideas as the rockstars of the world, and Senator Fulbright certainly had an idea worth spreading, It will be a day of creative brainstorms on social innovation, provocative questions to rattle the establishment, and talks that will electrify a diverse community. Whether of courage in the face of oppression, ingenuity at a time of stalemate, or discovery from inspired research, the day will showcase profound stories and remarkable ideas by Fulbrighters,” explains Julianne McCall, the event’s Lead Curator.

Charged, succinct presentations from dynamic speakers, memorable performances, the final, live round of the Fulbright Social Innovation Challenge, and an eye-opening hands-on Experience Lab, will make for a rich and stimulating day—including a catered lunch, and a champagne reception in the evening. The event has been developed by an international team from the Fulbright Association, serving the global alumni network of the scholarship program.

Local, self-organized events branded TEDx—where x = independently organized TED event—receive guidance for the program, but individual events are self-organized. “TEDx has shown immense promise in furthering ideas for the benefit of all societies in a way that is both personable (revolutionary story-telling) and powerful (demonstrating incredible feats of intellect, creativity, and collaboration),” McCall offers.

This year’s TEDxFulbright Host is Ingo Zamperoni, Medium magazine’s 2013 Journalist of the Year and Save the Children Ambassador. Zamperoni ranks among the most popular TV correspondents in his native Germany. He serves as the German ARD Network’s Foreign Correspondent in Washington, D.C., where he spent his Fulbright year in 1998.

TEDxFulbright will welcome up to 350 alumni, current grantees, and friends to the nation’s capital to brainstorm on social innovation, stimulate rich conversation, and connect deeply through a shared commitment to the Fulbright Vision. More than 60 countries will be represented by speakers and participants, guaranteeing a most exhilarating exchange of hope, insight, and passion.

Our roster of stellar presenters:

  • Romain Lacombe, Head of Innovation for Etalab (French PM’s Open Data Taskforce)
  • Laura Skandera Trombley, Member, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and President of Pitzer College
  • Massimiliano Versace, Director of Boston’s Neuromorphics Lab, DARPA SyNAPSE Program
  • Lisa Dyson, Energy Scientist and serial entrepreneur
  • David Baker, Professor of Education and Sociology, Penn State University
  • Danielle Cho, Cellist, Co-Founder of Sound Impact, frequent National Philharmonic guest
  • Rush Doshi, Defense Analyst
  • Arlene Birt, Visual Storyteller, Sustainability Advocate
  • Michael Forster Rothbart, Photojournalist of Contamination Zones
  • Lennart Joos, Climate Scientist, UC Berkeley
  • Rebecca Davis, Founder, Rebecca Davis Dance Company
  • Paola Santana, Lawyer & Entrepreneur, Matternet: Robotic, automated Transportation
  • Santiago Garcia, Founder, online political voting platform
  • Marlene Stearns, Founder, 3Psourcing, Women in Agriculture
  • Jennifer Welch, Committee of 100
  • Jeremy Xido, Documentary Filmmaker
  • Vivienne Aerts, Jazz Singer and Songwriter

Full bios and images are available at
Online: and
TEDxFulbright will be livestreamed and live-Twitted using the hashtag #TedxFulbright.

Licensed by TED to highlight the vision of the Fulbright Program for international understanding and proactive community engagement, TEDxFulbright is a one-day interdisciplinary conference for Fulbright alumni and internationally-minded members of the public guided by the theme “Dare to THINK” and organized by the Fulbright Association. Additional sponsors include the US Chamber of Commerce, Ana G. Mendez University, The Robert and Mimie Helm Family Charitable Trust, Marywood College, Mastech Holdings, Inc., and Executive Speaking Success.

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