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50 Years With Fulbright
January 21, 2009 By P.M.    
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A range of events-prepared by the Polish foreign ministry and the U.S. embassy-will be held in Warsaw Jan. 22 and 23 to mark 50 years since the Fulbright Program was launched in Poland and 90 years since Poland and the United States established diplomatic relations.

The two-day celebrations will begin with laying flowers beneath a plaque commemorating the late U.S. Senator James William Fulbright in the lobby of the new Warsaw University Library building. The program will continue at the Royal Castle in Warsaw with an International Academic Forum entitled Fifty Years of the Polish Fulbright Program in the Context of Polish-U.S. Diplomatic Relations.

Guests invited to take part in the celebrations include Andrzej Dakowski, director of the Polish-American Fulbright Commission, Prof. Józef Kobos, chairman of the Polish Association of Fulbright Scholars (PSSF), Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski, Science and Higher Education Minister Barbara Kudrycka, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Victor H. Ashe, and Shirley Moore Green, chairwoman of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The morning session at the Royal Castle Jan. 23 will open with a lecture by Prof. Norman Davies, a British historian noted for his publications on the history of Poland, while Fulbright alumni will take part in a panel discussion. The anniversary celebrations will close with a concert at the Royal Castle.

The Fulbright Foundation is an American program founded in 1946 by Senator James William Fulbright to enable outstanding scholars to hone their skills at American universities and American scholars to spend time abroad.

The Polish-American Fulbright Program, launched in 1959, is designed to train Poland's future leaders in academia, business, government and nongovernmental organizations. The program provides information to those interested in studying in the United States and works with Polish and American businesses to increase scholarship opportunities.

Jan. 22-23, Warsaw Royal Castle
Detailed information at
www.fulbright.edu.pl
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