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Harriet Fulbright to present International Week keynote address

ATHENS, Ohio (May 12, 2005) -- Harriet Fulbright, lifelong educator and arts advocate, will be the keynote speaker for this year's International Week scheduled for May 16-21.

Fulbright is the president of the Fulbright International Center and a member of the JW Fulbright Foreign Scholarships Board, which was established by her late husband, Senator J. William Fulbright. She will deliver, "The Fulbright Legacy: Opening Minds," Monday, May 16, at 8 p.m. in the Walter Hall Rotunda. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Fulbright has spent the majority of her adult life in the fields of education and the arts. As executive director of President Clinton's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, she was instrumental in developing a wide range of initiatives in American national policy for the arts and humanities. When the Congressional Arts Caucus was formed on Capitol Hill she was its first assistant director. While living in Korea, she taught English composition and creative writing and in Moscow, she taught first graders to speak and read English. She has also taught art at several institutions in the United States. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Radcliffe College and a master's degree in fine arts from the George Washington University.

This year's International Week will focus on the theme "Open Minds-Open Borders." The week concludes with the 24th Annual International Street Fair on Court Street from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 21. The fair provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy the music, food and art of many international cultures.

"International Week and the Street Fair offer a unique opportunity for the university, the city of Athens and our student and scholars from countries throughout the world to gather together to celebrate our lives and our cultures," said Alan Boyd, Director of International Student and Faculty Services at Ohio University. "During the week, we can listen to the wisdom of international scholars, sing and dance and enjoy the colors, foods and artifacts of the world."

International Week is an annual series of events sponsored by the International Student Union with the support of International Student and Faculty Services, the Center for International Studies, the Ohio Program of Intensive English, Education Abroad, Student Activities and the City of Athens. For more information please visit www.ohio.edu/intlweek or contact Krista McCallum-Beatty, associate director of International Student and Faculty Services, 740-593-4326.

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Media Contact: Associate Director of International Student and Faculty Services Krista McCallum Beatty, (740) 593-4326 or mccallum@ohio.edu or Assistant Director for Communications for the Center for International Studies Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu.  

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