Fulbright Days in Paris

On November 14, 15 & 16 the Commission will celebrate its 70th anniversary during the Fulbright Days!

November 14, 2018: Réception at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
The "Fulbright for the Future Prizes" will be awarded to Ariane Mézard ("Scholars category") and Timothée Boitouzet ("Students" catégory)
(by invitation only)

November 15, 2018 (morning): Hôtel Talleyrand - George Marshall Center

Fulbright Graduation Ceremony
(by invitation only)

Fulbright certificates will be awarded to the returning French grantees
Commencement speaker: Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of the National Association of State Colleges and Universities.Fulbright alumna.

Musical promenade

Marie Oppert will sing several pieces taken from famous musicals and other works celebrating the Franco-American relationship
(by invitation only)

November 15, 2018 (afternoon): Hôtel Talleyrand -George Marshal Center

A French-American Dialogue on Soft Power in the Transatlantic Relationship

(by invitation only)

** Conference to be held in English **


** Individual registration required **

Entry free of charge, limited space available

1:30 pm–2 pm: Participants arrival

2 pm–2:15 pm: Welcome remarks

Ms. Angela Aggeler, Co-President of the Fulbright Commission, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S Embassy in Paris
Ms. Laurence Auer, Co-President of the Fulbright Commission, Director of Culture, Education, Research and Network at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
M. Arnaud Roujou de Boubée, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Fulbright, Soft Power, and the Post World War II Liberal Order

Dr. Gary Gerstle, Paul Mellon Professor of American History, Cambridge University, UK.
Dr. Justin Vaisse, Historian, Director of Policy Planning at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

3:20 pm – 4:20 pm: Fulbright, Higher Education, and Research in the Transatlantic Relationship

Dr. François Weil, Conseiller d’Etat, former Rector of the Académie de Paris, former President of EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Fulbright alumnus
Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Fulbright alumna

Moderator: Dr. Liliane Kerjan, President of the French-American Institute of Rennes, Fulbright alumna

4:20 pm – 4:45 pm: Break

5:00 pm–6:00 pm: Law as Soft Power in the Transatlantic Relationship

The Honorable Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
The Honorable Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister of Education

Moderator: M. Antoine Garapon, Secretary General of the Institute of Judicial Studies

6 pm: Closing remarks -> M. Arnaud Roujou de Boubée

Summary:  The constructive exercise of soft power to promote mutual understanding between the United States and France is a key element of the mission statement of Fulbright France.  In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the program, six distinguished observers of the continued, and constantly reinvented, Franco-American dialogue will address the following themes:

The intellectual and historical roots of the Fulbright program: their foundation in the post-WWII liberal order and the careful balance of soft and hard power.
Fulbright and the transatlantic relationship: the program’s impact on political, economic, and cultural change on both sides of the Atlantic and how colleges, universities, and research institutions foster mutual understanding.
Transatlantic exchange in the legal field: how legal models and concepts have circulated between the U.S., France, and Europe and structured their relationship.  

With the rise of non-democratic models internationally, how important is it for transatlantic partners to maintain their common vision and sense of history?  How can our shared legal and educational principles and standards continue to support liberal democracies on both sides of the Atlantic?


November 16, 2018: Hôtel Talleyrand - George Marshall Center

1:00pm-5:00pm information session on studying inthe United States for high school students

(by invitation only)

This event is organized by our EducationUSA Center on the occasion of  International Education Week

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