Fulbrighters celebrate 70th anniversary in Scotland

Fulbrighters past and present celebrated the 70th anniversary of the US-UK programme in Edinburgh, Scotland on 29 and 30 June.

On Friday, Edinburgh’s Right Honourable Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost Frank Ross hosted a civic reception at the Edinburgh City Chambers for Fulbrighters, supporters and advocates.

Remarking on the special relationship between the US and Scotland, he said, “Scotland has a long and proud relationship with our friends in the US, stretching back to the founding of your nation and continuing into the future,” and remarked that, “the success of cities such as Edinburgh in the future will be through connecting to the rest of the world and accessing such a diversity of creativity.”

Other speakers included Susan A. Wilson (Principal Officer for the US Consulate General in Edinburgh), Jamie Cooke (Head of RSA Scotland), and Arlene Holmes-Henderson (2013 Scottish Studies Scholar Fulbright Award recipient) who entertained the audience with stories of finding surprising cultural connections on her award year to Hawaii, being recruited to the Caledonian Society of Hawaii and proudly displaying her official Hawaiian tartan.

On Saturday, as part of the annual, concluding celebration for American Fulbrighters preparing to depart the UK for home, current grantees and alumni took to the stage at the Scottish Storytelling Centre to present “Telling Tales: A Series of Short Talks”. Presentations included “Rewriting the future: changing the discourse on biotechnology” from Dr. Amel Ibrahim (2017 Royal College of Surgeons Research Award recipient) and “The future of equality: allies needed” from Jason Olsen (2016 US Scholar Award recipient).

Recordings of all presentations will shortly be made available on our YouTube channel.

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Both events were supported by RSA Scotland, and we thank RSA and its fellows for their active participation throughout the weekend. These events marked part of the Commission’s wider anniversary celebrations.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission partners with Scottish universities and institutions to offer inward and outbound academic exchanges and undergraduate summer programming. In the 2017-18 academic year, 19 postgraduate and post-doctoral exchanges took place, and ten American undergraduate students are attending summer institutes in Scotland.