Fulbright Seminar in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO—From March 7-10, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in coordination with the Institute of International Education, will host a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar in St. Louis, Missouri, for over 100 first-year Fulbright Foreign Students from more than 70 countries. St. Louis was chosen as the host city for the event because of its rich role in the development of the United States and its current urban revitalization efforts, which the students will experience firsthand.

Seminar participants will explore the theme, “Impact of 19th Century Westward Expansion in Contemporary St. Louis,” examining its historical and contemporary impact on the development of the community. Fulbright Foreign Students will also donate their time and skills to assist a variety of local organizations through community service projects involving neighborhood revitalization.

The four-day seminar will feature dynamic keynote speakers, panel discussions, community service events, and visits to key sites in St. Louis. Reporters are invited to attend the panel session and to speak with experts, current Fulbright Foreign Students, Fulbright U.S. Student alumni seminar participants, a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the keynote speaker. Local reporters are also invited to interview selected Fulbright Foreign Students attending St. Louis area colleges and universities.

The St. Louis Fulbright Enrichment Seminar is one of nine Fulbright Enrichment Seminars hosted across the United States by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its flagship Fulbright Program. These enrichment seminars, an integral part of the Fulbright experience, benefit Fulbright foreign students and support the Fulbright Program’s mission – to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic exchange. A video of the 2012 Fulbright Enrichment Seminars demonstrate their impact.

Note to editors:

Interviews with a U.S. Department of State Fulbright spokesperson or Fulbright Foreign Students can be arranged upon request.

The press is invited to cover any or all of the following events. Press attendance is by RSVP only.

Thursday, March 7

  • Opening remarks by Dr. Christie L. Gilson, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board member, and Fulbright alumna, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • The keynote address by Richard D. Baron, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, McCormack Baron Salazar, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 8

  • A panel discussion entitled St. Louis Developed and Defined in the 21st Century, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Panelists:
    Dr. Daniel Monti (Moderator), Professor, Department of Public Policy, Saint Louis University
    Charles Brennan, Broadcaster, CBS St. Louis, KMOX-AM Charlie Brennan Show, KETC-TV Donnybrook
    Pamela Talley, President, Board of Directors, Lewis Place Historical Preservation
  • Community service activities involving Fulbright Foreign Students assisting with: processing donations, pricing items, deconstruction projects, or providing general customer service for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore resale outlet; painting a community banner with afterschool program children through Lewis Place Historical Preservation; assisting with light demolition in a revitalization building project with the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group; learning about and helping with various childcare program administered by the YWCA, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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