Fulbright Scholars Focus on Human Rights and Democracy During Enrichment Seminar in Atlanta November 2-6, 2011

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 1, 2011

Fulbright Visiting Scholars from more than 45 countries will join human rights and democracy experts at the first 2011 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar, Human Rights and the Global Democracy Movement, held in Atlanta, GA, from November 2-6, 2011. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is hosting the Enrichment Seminar in cooperation with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the Georgia Council for International Visitors.

Approximately 75 Fulbright Visiting Scholars, who are conducting research and lecturing at colleges and universities across the United States, will interact with keynote speaker Doug Shipman, Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and panels of experts from Atlanta-area universities and human rights and democracy organizations. During the seminar, they will visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Carter Center Museum, and work alongside seminar staff and local volunteers at Atlanta elementary schools tutoring students in reading and math.

The Atlanta Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar is the first of three enrichment seminars for Fulbright Visiting Scholars during Academic Year 2011-12. A diversity seminar will be held in Chicago, IL, and a civil rights seminar will be held in Birmingham, AL. These seminars enrich the experience of Fulbright Visiting Scholars, provide a venue for interaction with the local community, and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

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.

Media Contacts: James Lawrence, LawrenceJA@state.gov, (202) 632-3241, or John Fleming, FlemingJT2@state.gov, 202-632-6454.

PRN: 2011/1850