In the city of brotherly love, 125 Fulbright Foreign Students from over 60 countries gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from May 5 – 8, 2016 to explore U.S. political values and traditions, the electoral process, and the current presidential campaign.
Tom Healy, a member on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, provided inspirational remarks at the opening dinner held at the Independence Visitor’s Center. Mr. Healy was appointed by President Barack Obama in July 2011 to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the worldwide Fulbright Program.
Susan Milligan, a reporter from U.S. News and World Report, followed Tom Healy with a keynote address that gave insight and perspective into how America’s changing demographics are affecting the presidential campaign. That evening, Fulbrighters also heard from Carolina Chavez, a Program Officer at U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and William Rosenberg, a professor at Drexel University who served as the consultant for the Philadelphia Enrichment Seminar.
Throughout the four day seminar, Fulbrighters participated in an U.S. election simulation workshop, heard from a panel that examined media’s influence on U.S. elections, gave back to the city of Philadelphia through community service, had dinner with local residents of Philadelphia, and went on cultural site visits.