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November 2020

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You're Invited! Fulbright-Hays Virtual Summit

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You're invited to join us TODAY for the inaugural Fulbright-Hays Virtual Summit! The summit will highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished alumni of our Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowships program, the Group Projects Abroad program, and the Seminars Abroad program


Please note: Due to an internet outage in the Washington, D.C. region on Nov. 17, the originally-planned livestream from the Department of Education's Mediasite platform may not be possible. We are therefore offering the following YouTube link to allow audiences to view the summit this afternoon:


Click here on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. ET to Attend the Virtual Summit

Keynote Speaker Leela Hazzah

Leela Hazzah

Leela Hazzah is the executive director and cofounder of Lion Guardians, a conservation organization dedicated to finding and enacting long-term solutions for people and lions to coexist across Africa. Hazzah founded the organization after conducting research in Kenya with the support of a 2008 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship. Hazzah was named among the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2014. She will speak on the impact of the Fulbright-Hays fellowship on her life and career along with the important work being done by her organization.


  • Opening Remarks by a member of the Fulbright Board and Gary Thomas, director of the Fulbright-Hays Overseas Programs, IFLE
  • Keynote Address by Leela Hazzah
  • Panel Discussions with program alumni on dissertation research experiences, curriculum development projects, language learning experiences, and the impact of Fulbright-Hays programs on their careers
  • Closing Remarks by Cheryl Gibbs, senior director, IFLE

Featured Alumni Panelists

From the Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program:

  • Nathan Brooks, professor, History Department, New Mexico State University
  • Samuel Ostroff, publications officer at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and affiliate faculty in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
  • Pablo Sierra Silva, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, History Department, University of Rochester

  • April Strickland, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, Bowdoin College

From the Group Projects Abroad Program:

  • Lisa Adeli, director of educational outreach, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona
  • Thadeus Dowad, Ph.D. candidate, History of Art Department, University of California - Berkeley
  • Stephen Kalin, Middle East correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

  • Janet Murphy, Union Springs Central School, New York
  • Ndaneh Smart-Smith, International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme coordinator and theory of knowledge teacher, The Baltimore City College, a Baltimore City public magnet high school

  • Denis Sullivan, professor of political science and international affairs, Northeastern University

From the Seminars Abroad Program:

  • Karen Cody, professor, Department of Modern Languages, Angelo State University
  • Holly Bess Kincaid, middle school teacher, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and current president of the Virginia Art Education Association
  • Bruce Schulman, middle school teacher, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

How to Attend

No registration is required for this virtual summit. To watch the event, simply click the following link at 1 p.m. ET today!



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