May 17-19, 2019
May 17-19, 2019
International Conference at the University of Arkansas
The conference “Building Bridges” was hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The conference was open to Fulbright grantees and alumni, the University of Arkansas' community and all interested guests.
International exchange programs connect an ever-widening circle of students, scholars, and professionals around the world. Exchange nurtures their appreciation of the value of international engagement, their understanding, and empathy, and fosters important collaborations among nations on such issues as global education, international trade, and mutual security: “Turning nations into people,” to quote the late Senator Fulbright.
Established in the aftermath of the Second World War, the Fulbright Program was founded upon such principles and expectations. Led by the United States government in partnership with 49 binational commissions worldwide, Fulbright offers unique international and cultural exchange programs.
The Fulbright Program has been an especially important component of forging transatlantic ties between Germany and the United States. Throughout the past 67 years, the binational Fulbright Commission has remained the largest and most varied of the Fulbright programs worldwide. By enabling Americans and Germans to experience each other’s communities and culture firsthand, Fulbright exchanges between our two nations have proved critical to supporting German-American diplomacy in the past, and continues to do so in the present and future.
Part of the “Wunderbar Together” campaign focusing on German-American friendship, the international conference investigated the role Fulbright’s educational and cultural exchanges have played in American public diplomacy and foreign policy since the end of the Second World War. The conference also demonstrated how educational exchange can empower individuals to “build bridges” in society and to become citizen ambassadors advocating for continued international understanding.
Visit of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Participants visited the world renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Sunday afternoon. Crystal Bridges takes its name from the natural Crystal Spring and from the unique bridge construction incorporated into the building design. Demonstrating the powerful connections between people through art, the exhibition tied in perfectly with the conference “Building Bridges”.