The Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright Alumni Association are happy to announce the publication of the Fall 2015 newsletter. To download the file (.pdf – 3.8MB), please click this link.
A Chinese concerto van Jan Van Landeghem werd geschreven ter gelegenheid van Europalia China in november 2009, met premiere in het Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussel.
De Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen bestaat uit een groot harmonieorkest van 84 streng geselecteerde musici, allen afgestudeerd aan een van de Koninklijke Conservatoria van het land.
Kapelmeester Yves Segers treedt aan als dirigent. De partijen voor viool altviool en 5-snarige altviool zijn allemaal voor rekening van Jenny Spanoghe. Een huzarenstuk met indrukwekkend resultant.
Een concert i.s.m. Defensie en ten voordele van o.a. Kom Op Tegen Kanker.
Cultuurcentrum Ter Dilft
tel. 03 890 69 30
FAAB Thanksgiving dinner in Leuven made the news!
See http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/Culture/131130_Thanksgiving_Leuven for a full report and pictures.
Fulbright Commission in Belgium celebrates its 65th anniversary
When the late U.S. Senator from the state of Arkansas, J. William Fulbright, sponsored legislation establishing the Fulbright Program (that was signed into law by President Truman on August 1, 1946), he saw a world devastated by war. Remembering his own overseas experience as a Rhodes Scholar, the young senator reasoned that people and nations had to learn to think globally if the world was to avoid annihilation. He believed that if large numbers of people lived and studied in other countries, “they might develop a capacity for empathy, a distaste for killing other men, and an inclination for peace.”
The unique feature of the Fulbright Program is its global system of binational exchanges, each between the U.S. and a partner nation. True binationalism was a primary objective of Senator Fulbright. “I had not wanted this to be an American program”, he wrote. “In each country, binational commissions were to develop the kind of program that made sense to them, what kinds of students or teachers and professors should be selected, what kind of research work…”
Belgium, together with Luxembourg, was one of the first countries in Europe to sign a bi-national agreement on October 8, 1948, thus establishing the U.S. Educational Foundation in Belgium. Today, on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the Fulbright Commission in Belgium will celebrate its 65th anniversary.
We encourage American and Belgian Fulbright alumni alike to make a tax-deductible 65 euro donation to the Fulbright account at the King Baudouin Foundation to celebrate. Payments can be made to the order of the Koning Boudewijnstichting / Fondation Roi Baudouin (bank account n° 000-0000004-04 or IBAN: BE10 0000 0000 0404; BIC: BPOTBEB1) with the reference “Fulbright Fund – FAAB.” Since the King Baudouin Foundation manages many different funds, it is essential that the reference “Fulbright Fund – FAAB” be mentioned with your bank transfer. Donations will be used to help sponsor more scholarships for US-Belgian exchanges in the next 65 years!
In an additional effort to celebrate, we recount some of the Commission’s achievements over the past 65 years:
We hope that, on this day – the Commission’s birthday – all alumni will donate 65 euros to the FAAB scholarship fund to keep the educational exchanges going and that you will stay up-to-date on alumni affairs by visiting www.faab.be and connecting with us on LinkedIn, too!
2013-2014 American Grantees Arrive
On Monday, September 16, the majority of the 2013-2014 American Fulbright grantees arrived in Brussels, Belgium for a mandatory orientation.
As an alumnus, you remember all the logistical questions of being an international student in the US, and the American grantees face the same challenges and concerns coming here. At orientation, they learned how to register at the commune, open a Belgian bank account, connect with the local Fulbright network, and more.
All American grantees in Belgium are connected with a Belgian Fulbright alum living in their area who they connect with digitally and in-person on multiple occasions before, during, and after the grant. The alumni offer advice about living in Belgium, share details about their own Fulbright experience, and continue their journey of lifelong cultural exchange.
During orientation, grantees also learned about mandatory Fulbright events during the upcoming year where they will have the opportunity to interact with FAAB members. You can read about some of these events later in this newsletter.
The orientation ended with lunch at Le Paon in Grand Place, where the grantees learned about Belgian history and culture from Fulbright Advisory Board Member Jerome Sheridan, and a “20 Best Hidden Secrets of Brussels” walking tour of the city with Derek Blyth, author of the local guidebook 500 Best Hidden Secrets of Brussels.
There will be 16 American grantees on the Fulbright Belgium and Fulbright Schuman programs this year, and we hope you will get a chance to meet all of them very soon!
Alumni Stories on Fulbright Belgium Blog
Commission staff is continuing their efforts to become familiar with Fulbright Belgium alumni – new and old alike. In December, Executive Director Erica Lutes sat down with Fulbright alumna Stella Alderweireldt (1954 – 55) to listen to her story, learn what it was like to travel to the US on a Fulbright in the 1950s, and revel in the common Fulbright values that still exist within the program today.
Connect with us on LinkedIn!
FAAB and Fulbright Belgium will be merging LinkedIn accounts this spring. All alumni who are currently members of the FAAB account are invited to join the Fulbright Belgium sub-group “Fulbright Belgium Alumni” by following the link here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Fulbright- Belgium-Alumni-4508339/about.
The Fulbright Belgium LinkedIn account allows you to identify yourself as a Fulbright Belgium alumnus among your professional circles and connect with other alumni about upcoming events, etc. Most recently, Fulbright alumnus Fabrizio Corradini used Fulbright Belgium’s LinkedIn account to organize an informal gathering of Fulbright alumni from a variety of fields (business, law, teaching,…) for dinner at a brasserie in Place Flagey.