First Monday Forum: Fulbright at 75: What role should the Fulbright Program play in fostering human rights and social justice?
As it turns 75, the internationally esteemed Fulbright Program faces a number of critical global challenges including those related to human security. Among the issues are accelerating climate change, unprepared public health systems, threats to civil society and democratic governance by corrupt and authoritarian regimes, communication technologies that mislead as well as clarify.
Underlying these challenges and intensified by them are ongoing injustices around the world related to race, caste, religion, gender, and identity. Disenfranchised individuals and groups are disproportionally the losers in the contest for goods and benefits, services and influence. Lasting solutions to major contemporary issues are unlikely in the absence of fundamental rights and equal opportunities.
How can the Fulbright program contribute to greater understanding and more concerted progress in meeting challenges related to race, religion, gender, and identity? How have Fulbrighters been affected by these issues and what steps would they prescribe for future programs? To what extent are there non-traditional options for future programs that merit consideration? Are there opportunities that the U.S. should seek to expand or re-open Fulbright programs? What other concerns do Fulbright alumni and those of us who have administered Fulbright exchanges have about the program’s future?
At our first hybrid event, PDAA will host a panel discussion on the future of Fulbright at 75. Panelists with experience as prior Fulbright grantees will discuss their experience as grantees and share their views on the future.
This program is a regularly scheduled First Monday Forum cosponsored by the Public Diplomacy Association of America, the Public Diplomacy Council, and USC's Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.