Past Events

March 18, 2021

International Migration During Uncertain Times: What Triggers the Flow

Virtual Event | In partnership with Colby College

This virtual event was a collaboration between the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby College and the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association. The event focused on the very topical subject of international migration and the global circumstances (such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and food insecurity) that drive its flow. Additionally, the topic was very global in scope, targeting mutual understanding between peoples of the world—perfect for the 75th Anniversary celebration of the Fulbright Program.

We were very excited about partnering with the Goldfarb Center again, particularly as their mission, “connect[ing] Colby to the world of public affairs and inspir[ing] active citizenship to explore creative, interdisciplinary approaches to complex challenges” is so complementary to the legacy of J. William Fulbright. The Maine Fulbright Chapter has a rich history of collaboration with this institution. In fact, our first reception celebrating the inauguration of our Chapter took place at Colby, back in 2007.

The panel discussion was moderated by Professor Christel Kesler, Associate Director of the Goldfarb Center at Colby, and featured:

  • Erol Yayboke, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Dr. Susan Rottman, anthropologist and faculty member in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Southern Maine
  • Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and co-founder of The Migration Policy Institute.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Celebrating Global Education: Focus on K-12 Teachers, Higher Education, and Teacher Exchanges

October 24, 2020 was the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, and 2021 is the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program! What a perfect opportunity to focus on a segment of our alumni and friends who have been recipients of awards that target support of global education, distinguished achievement in the realm of teaching, and international teacher exchange, such as Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DAT)Teachers for Global Classrooms, and English Teaching Assistant (ETA).

The Oct. 24 virtual event featured an informational session and overview provided by Outreach & Recruitment of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Washington, DC, of the types of Fulbright awards that are available to U.S. teachers of early, secondary, and higher education. A panel of recently returned alumni addressed the value and impact of their awards. Additionally, a panel of representatives from area colleges discussed global teacher exchange programs at their respective institutions.

Our Speakers:
Emily Dudley, Deputy Project Director for Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programs at IREX
Lee RiversOutreach and Recruitment Specialist at the Institute of International Education

Our Panelists:
Lillian Eckstein, English Teaching Assistant, Spain 2018-19
Guy Hamlin, Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms, Indonesia 2018
Miranda Richman, English Teaching Assistant, South Korea 2019-20
Erin Towns, Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms, Kazakhstan 2012-13 
Dr. Linda Beck, Fulbright Hays Scholar, Senegal 1992
Dr. William Lindblad, Husson University
Dr. Joanne Williams, University of Southern Maine

The Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association gratefully acknowledges the support of Bangor Savings Bank in sponsoring this event.

June 18, 2020

Celebration of the Legacy of Cultural Exchanges: A Story Telling Event

This community event was a collaboration between the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the World Affairs Council of Maine (WACM).

The program and stories demonstrated the impact and value of international education programs, people to people diplomacy, and global outreach in Maine and internationally. WACM and the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association represent the two flagship programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department, which made this get-together particularly special.

Storytellers included Shaz Akram, Deputy Director, Fulbright Association, Washington, DC; Susan Crystal, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Washington, DC; Karen Massey, exemplary host to over 40 international visitors from around the globe and retired social studies teacher, Freeport High School, Freeport, ME; Rick Peterson, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies, University of New England; Dean Shankle, PhD, Town Manager, Amherst, NH; Nancy Smith, Executive Director, Grow Smart, Maine; and Michael Socolow, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine, Orono.