SAVE THE DATE! Cookies and Carols on December 10, 2017

On December 10, 2017 from 5pm until 7pm, former FAAB President Salomé Cisnal de Ugarté will host our annual Cookies and Carols event in Brussels to celebrate the upcoming holidays. This will give you a chance to mix and mingle with members of our Commission’s Board while getting into the holiday spirit. To attend, please email (before Dec 1) with the number of people you want to bring.

Fall Event: A History of Human Rights in Mechelen (October 22, 2016)

Join Fulbright alumni and current grantees in Mechelen on 22 October 2016 for a lesson in the history
of human rights. Event highlights include a walking tour of the city, a visit to the Kazerne Dossin, and
lunch at the Het Anker Brewery.

Event Schedule:

10:30 – Meet at Mechelen Tourist Office.
Participants arriving by car may choose to park at Thomas More University College at 10:15.
We will walk from the campus to downtown Mechelen.

Mechelen Tourist Office, Hallestraat 2-4-6.
The Tourist Office is a 15 minute walk from the Mechelen train station.

10:45 – Mechelen Human Rights Walking Tour
Get to know the city of Mechelen, with a focus on the lesser-known locations that have
played a role in the city’s human rights history.

Depart from Mechelen Tourist Office, Hallestraat 2-4-6.

1:00 – Lunch at Het Anker Brewery Enjoy a delicious lunch — complete with a traditional
Mechelen-brewed beer – at Het Anker Brewery in downtown Mechelen.

Het Anker – Guido Gezellelaan 49.

2:30 – Visit to the Kazerne Dossin: Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on
Holocaust and Human Rights During World War II, the Kazerne Dossin served as a detention
and deportation camp through which over 25,000 people were transported to Nazi concentration
camps. Today, the site serves as a memorial and museum. Our visit will begin with an
introduction by museum staff, followed by a visit of the museum at your leisure.

Kazerne Dossin, Goswin de Stassartstraat 153
The Kazerne Dossin is a 15-20 minute walk from ViaVia Mechelen.

5:30 – Drinks at the Grote Markt Finish up the day with a sample of one (or two!) of
Mechelen’s famous beers. (Optional: not included in the price mentioned below).

Cost: Cost for alumni and other guests: 45€. Current grantees do not need to pay,
as the Commission will cover their costs.

Once you have registered for the event, please make a bank transfer of 45 euros per participant
to the Belgian Fulbright Commission. Registration is not final until payment has been received.

Name: Commission for Educational Exchange between the U.S., Belgium & Luxembourg
Bank: CBC Banque
IBAN: BE79 7320 0561 4533
Message: ‘Human Rights Mechelen [and your first name/ last name]’

Fall event preannouncement: WW I remembrance day

2014 Fall event pre-announcement: World War I remembrance day

Saturday 15 November


In August 2014 the world marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. By the end of the First World War there were very few people in the countries that took part who remained unaffected. The war reached out and touched almost everyone’s life in some way or other.

Children grew up in the shadow of battle, their fathers absent or lost. Women became directly involved, picking up the pieces of industry and agriculture as the men went off to fight. By 1918, they too could join the army and serve their country.

Men enlisted, or were called up, in their millions, being sent to fight in places that many had never heard of before. It was a global struggle. Life changed forever. Nothing was ever the same again.

‘Sometimes I don’t think about it for months on end, then I come back and dream about it all.  How really extraordinary it was.  I can’t quite get it out of my system.  I can’t sleep sometimes.  I just think about it.’
Stephen Williamson looking back at the First World War in 1985

In the opening moves of the war, both in the West and the East, the nature of modern warfare soon became clear. Armies were numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Modern weapons rapidly caused heavy casualties and laid waste to whole communities. Soldiers went to ground, digging trenches and dugouts that soon began to feel almost permanent.

The crucible of war also proved very creative. Aircraft developed quickly, taking death and destruction into the sky. New ways of fighting made better and more effective use of huge quantities of shells and bullets manufactured on a scale never seen before.

“I felt that I didn’t want to live, I’d no wish to live at all, because the world had come to an end, then, for me, because I’d lost all that I’d loved.”
Kitty Morter remembering the birth of her baby after her husband had died on the Somme

The power unleashed by modern war resulted in previously unimagined losses. Over 9 million soldiers died as a result of the fighting. Food shortages, sometimes deliberately inflicted by blockade and sometimes resulting from failed harvests, weakened the people who remained on the home fronts. Nearly 6 million civilians died from disease or starvation. Almost 1 million more were killed as a direct result of military operations. In all, the estimate of dead resulting from the war stands at over 16 million. And then there were the more than 21 million wounded. Some recovered, others were never the same again, either in body or in mind.

It was not just people who died. The old world order was also irreparably damaged. Both the Austro-Hungarian and Turkish empires were destroyed. Russia was wracked by revolution and became the world’s first Communist state. Monarchies fell. A new world order emerged, with the United States developing a League of Nations that they then opted not to join. The consequences of many of these political changes can be heard today reverberating around the world, nearly a century later.

“I am for the front on Tuesday, but if you write and say I am only seventeen it will stop me from going. Don’t forget.”
Stephen Brown to his mother, April 1915. He was killed in action at Ypres a month later.

Sometimes the First World War feels like distant history. The jumpy black and white films, the unfamiliar clothes and the horses pulling wagons, all look like something from a world long forgotten. Yet the last soldiers who fought in the war have only recently died. Only a few of the 1914–18 generation, who witnessed the war but were too young to take part, are still alive. The war is slipping inexorably beyond the fringes of living memory and, so we have to work harder to make sure we do not forget.

The Fulbright Alumni Association Belgium would like to take this unique opportunity to visit Ypres, an important enough site in the Belgian war context, but even more so in a global context due to it being the site of the first use of chemical warfare agents.

The program is not fully finalized, but here’s a sneak preview of what we have in mind for you:

09.00 h: Departure by bus in Brussels
10.30 h: Arrival in Ypres: Battlefield coach tour: northern salient
13.30 h: Lunch in brasserie Kazematten
14.30 h: CWXRM workshop (group 1) + walk on the ramparts (group 2)
15.15 h: CWXRM workshop (group 2) + walk on the ramparts (group 1)
16.00 h: Coffee break
16.30 h: Visit museum “In Flanders Fields”
18.00 h: Dinner in Ypres city centre
20.00 h: The Last Post

20.15 h: Departure
21.45 h: Arrival in Brussels

So: please stay tuned for more specifics as the program matures – but don’t forget to block your calendars already for this unique event on Saturday November 15th.

We’ve tried to keep the price for this full day program as low as possible to allow everyone to join in. We expect this be be about 35 euro pp.

We hope to greet many of you at this important site, at this momentous anniversary. Stay tuned for final enrollment detail.


The organizers, Filip Vandevelde and Paulien Detailleur

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Special ACB event invitation

Dear friends of the American Club of Brussels,

Please find below the new announcement for the ACB’s upcoming ”Nuts!” Night which will be held on December 16, 2013.

As you will see, the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denise Bauer and representation from all those affected by the Battle of the Bulge –friends, allies and former foes who now stand united– will be present at the event/dinner and will take part in the commemoration ceremony at the beginning.

As this is an important evening for the American-Belgian community, we hope that you will be part of its success in the build-up to next year’s 70th anniversary, so please join us in participating in this year’s inaugural Night.

Marcia Doyle
President, American Club of Brussels

Battle of the Bulge commemoration ceremony and dinner

U.S. Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe

On December 16, 1944, the Battle of the Bulge began on the Western Front of World War II, and lasted until January 25, 1945, inflicting heavy casualties. During the Siege of Bastogne, despite overwhelming odds, U.S. Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe responded to a request to surrender the town with the one word answer, “Nuts!” This marked the turning point of the Battle of the Bulge for the American troops and on December 30, 1944, General McAuliffe was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General Patton for his actions at Bastogne.

Almost seventy years later, the American Club of Brussels invites you to “Nuts!” Night to remember the courage and indomitable spirit of those who sacrificed so much during the Battle of the Bulge. The event features a commemoration ceremony honoring all those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice in order to lay the groundwork for the peace, freedom and friendship we now enjoy.

In the spirit of reconciliation and friendship, the ceremony will include U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denise Bauer and representation from all those affected by the Battle of the Bulge – friends, allies and former foes who now all stand united as we build on the lessons of the past and address the challenges of the future together.

Date: Monday, December 16, 2013.
Time: Registration and drinks at 7 p.m. Ceremony begins at 7:45 pm, followed by dinner. Cash bar available after dinner.
Place: Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels.
Dress: Black tie or dress uniform
Price: €80. For active military personnel: the € equivalent of $80 and a one-year free membership in the ACB (value: €140).
Sign up: Reservations should be made by Friday, December 13 by email to, online at, or by telephone to the ACB Office Manager (02/219.58.08). Payment to ACB at BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB) will confirm your reservation. Be sure to mention “Nuts!” in the communications section of the virement. Cancellations are possible until noon on Friday, December 13. Cancellations after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.
Hotel Reservations: For attendees who wish to stay the night in Brussels, the Renaissance Hotel is offering a special room rate of €127 that includes breakfast. Please register directly with the hotel by December 9, 2013. (also for online registration)

Late 2012 – early 2013 events: sneak preview

Near future events: sneak preview

September 16-23, 2012: Incoming American Grantees Arrive in Belgium

October 18-21, 2012: 35th Annual Fulbright Association Conference in London (details here)

November 22, 2012: Thanksgiving Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel (with American Club of Brussels)

March 2, 2013: Lunch & Walking Tour of Bruges with Fulbright and Fulbright-Schuman Grantees


After a busy late 2012, organizing Maggy Nicholson’s retirement event, the committee reluctantly decided not to organize a Fall event this year. Instead, we will focus our attention on events later this year – watch this space for more details in the near future!

Details and invites will follow by way of the electronic newsletter as well; please sign up using the form on our front page if you have not done so already.