Last February, the Fulbright Commission in France hosted the American Fulbright Mid-Year Meeting in Paris. Over the span of two days, Fulbright research scholars, doctoral students, advanced students, and English teaching assistants from all over France came together to participate in a variety of programs organized by the Commission. This meeting presented opportunities for Fulbrighters to build connections and create community. Through multiple panels, presentations, and break-out sessions, grantees were able to hear the different projects that people were pursuing and share discussions as well as welcome the newly arrived Fulbright grantees. Not only did did this meeting provide the time and space for people to socialize with one another, but also provided different ranges of activity through the various programs that were offered.
At the Assemblée Nationale, Fulbrighters were joined by guest speaker and alumna of the Fulbright Commission, Bénédicte Peyrol, who is Representative (Députée) for the 3rd district of the Allier for a short speech. Then, our very own Fulbright grantees showcased their work through two different concerts. Louis Goldford displayed his own piece of contemporary music at the Hotel Talleyrand and in the evening, we were given the opportunity to visit the American Cathedral in Paris which featured a wonderful performance of a series of organ pieces by Fulbright students Joy-Leilani Garbutt and Alexander Meszler. We were also joined by Jim Bittermann, Senior International Correspondent for CNN in Paris who gave a talk on the current political environment of France by discussing the Gilets Jaunes and other important issues.