On the Road! Exploring the U.S.-American Heartland

May 11-17, 2019

Program Description

As part of the Year of German-American Friendship (Deutschlandjahr USA), Fulbright Germany's roadtrip project took three groups of current German Fulbright grantees and American Fulbright alumni on different routes across the country: Off the beaten track, they were looking for new perspectives on German traces in the region, for roots of our transatlantic relations and some of their manifestations today. All the while asking larger questions about our democracies, diversity, changing perceptions, and stereotypes. 

Be it at a meeting with the mayor and citizens of Germantown in Memphis, a conversation on transatlantic security cooperation with soldiers at the US army base Fort Leonard Wood, or at a concert of German country musicians in Austin: plenty of opportunities for exchange between Germans and Americans at the many community events organized by the roadtrippers!

Three routes – numerous insights

From the East into the American Heartland (yellow route):
Indianapolis, IN - Cincinnati, OH - Lexington, KY - Shelbyville, KY - Chattanooga, TN - Helen, GA - Atlanta, GA - Birmingham, AL - Memphis, TN - Fayetteville, AR

From the North into the American Heartland (violet route):
Milwaukee, WI - Madison, WI - Davenport, IA - Springfield, IL - St. Louis, MO - Hermann, MO - Jefferson City, MO - Fort Leonard Wood, MO - Branson, MO - Fayetteville, AR

From the South into the American Heartland (blue route):
Austin, TX - New Braunfels, TX - Rosenberg, TX - Galveston, TX - Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, LA - Monroe, LA - Little Rock, AR - Conway, AR - Fayetteville, AR

For photos and stories please follow the roadtrips on facebook and instagram.

“Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange” – International Conference at the University of Arkansas, May 17 to 19, 2019

The conference “Building Bridges” marked the culmination of the Roadtrip. It was hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Please find further information here

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Community Event Map

Click around below on the map to learn more about the teams' activities. Press on the colorful circles to get more information on each event ("grab" the map to move it for easier reading). If there is a number next to a circle, multiple activities and events are taking place in this city! All public events include a link to the invitation or registration page. Join the teams "On the Road"!

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