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Fulbright Foreign Students From More Than 60 Countries Convene In Providence, Rhode Island Seminar Includes Visits To Local High Schools

March 16, 2009—Approximately 150 Fulbright Program students from more than 60 countries will convene in Providence, RI from March 26-29, 2009 to participate in a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar held at the Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903, telephone: (401) 421-0700. Fulbright students will also give presentations at local high schools on Friday, March 27 from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The Seminar is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through its flagship Fulbright Program and presented by the Institute of International Education.

The Providence Fulbright Enrichment Seminar is one of 10 that will be held throughout the United States in 2009. These seminars are an integral part of the overall Fulbright experience. They are designed to support the Fulbright Program's objective of promoting mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of over 155 Fulbright partner countries. The seminars focus on critical issues facing U.S. society that also resonate in other countries. They provide exposure to the diversity of viewpoints in the United States, promote dialogue among the seminar participants, and allow students to explore particular aspects of life in the U.S. as well as share experiences with Fulbright colleagues.

The Providence Fulbright Enrichment Seminar, entitled Global Challenges, Local Solutions: Fostering Change through Social Entrepreneurship, will explore social entrepreneurship as a method of providing innovative solutions to address public and social challenges in environmental sustainability, public health, education and economic and social equity. The students will participate in panel discussions and activities with social entrepreneurship experts as well as share information about their home countries with Providence area high school students.

Reporters are invited to meet these outstanding Fulbright Foreign Students and several Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni during the high school visits on Friday, March 27. One-on-one interviews with current Fulbright Foreign Students and Fulbright U.S. Student alumni can also be arranged upon request. Media representatives are also invited to cover the opening remarks given by the Seminar's keynote speaker, Diana Wells, President of Ashoka and Fulbright alumna (Trinidad and Tobago, 1995-1996) at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 at the Biltmore Hotel.

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government and has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

About Ashoka

Founded in 1980, Ashoka is the world's working community of approximately 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs. It champions the most important new social change ideas and supports the entrepreneurs behind them to start, grow, succeed, and collaborate on their ventures.


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