Approximately 140 first-year Fulbright Foreign Students from over 80 countries, studying at colleges and universities across the United States, will participate in each of the nine seminars this spring in cities across the United States.
The seminars are focused on the theme, “U.S. Politics and Elections: Democracy in Action.”
The seminar will start on February 9 in Atlanta, Georgia. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will host the first of nine 2012 Fulbright Foreign Student Enrichment Seminars.
The seminar is a four-day activity wherein participants will meet and interact with local citizens and community leaders as well as with other Fulbright Foreign Students studying in the United States.
The seminar will cover topics about the U.S. political system and the electoral process. The students will learn the contemporary life and culture, policy formulation and public attitudes on nationally and globally important issues in the United States. The students will participate in lectures, hear keynote speakers, and participate in panel discussions, site visits and workshops. Each seminar will allow students to participate in an election simulation exercise.
Atlanta Fulbright Enrichment Seminar participants will also have the opportunity to interact with members of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. It is the 12-member board appointed by the President Obama to establish worldwide Fulbright program policies who will also join the seminar.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar series as part of its flagship Fulbright Program. These enrichment seminars is an integral part of the Fulbright experience which will benefit Fulbright foreign students.
In addition to the Atlanta, Georgia seminar (February 9-12), Fulbright Enrichment Seminars are scheduled in: Nashville, Tennessee (February 16-19); Sacramento, California (February 23-26); Baltimore, Maryland (March 1-4); Denver, Colorado (March 8-11); Chicago, Illinois (March 8-11); Washington, D.C. (March 28-April 1); St. Louis, Missouri (April 12-15) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (April 19-22).
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.