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Harriet Fulbright delivers International Week keynote address

ATHENS, Ohio (May 18, 2005) -- Lifelong educator and arts advocate Harriet Fulbright delivered the keynote address during Ohio University's International Week on Monday, May 16.

FulbrightFulbright, who is the president of the Fulbright International Center and a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarships Board, delivered her speech titled "The Fulbright Legacy: Opening Minds" to an audience at the Margaret M. Walter Hall Rotunda.

During her speech, she engaged the audience by speaking about her late husband's outstanding political career and explained why he chose to create the scholarship program that focuses on the international education of students. She said he was particularly interested in the United States building educational partnerships with Japan and Germany, two of its fiercest enemies during World War II. She also spoke about her husband's political position on several important issues, including the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Ms. Fulbright, who travels the world representing the scholarship program, says international education exchanges will continue to play an important part in the future of the United States and she hopes to see the program grow with more financial support from the government.

"It is important for students to experience education in other countries in order to increase the world peace," Fulbright said. "I know there won't be total world peace, but exchanging students and ideas is one way to break down the barriers between nations."

Ohio University has more than 40 Fulbright scholars on campus and nine Ohio University students have been selected to receive the award next year. The Fulbright Program was signed as a law by President Harry Truman in 1946 and was designed to create an educational exchange between the United States and rest of the world.

"International Week got off to a wonderful beginning with Ms. Fulbright's speech," said Ohio University Director of International Student and Faculty Services Alan Boyd. "To have someone of her stature speak on campus was great."

International Week, which runs May 16-21, 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.

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Media Contact: Assistant Director for Communications for the Center for International Studies Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu.  

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