Upcoming Events

Our 2021 schedule of events will be posted soon. We have an incredible line-up of events planned across the state of Maine, so please watch this space!

Past Events

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.