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July 1, 1998
Release No. 038-98
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SUMMER 1998 FULBRIGHT PROGRAM NEWS BRIEFS


NEW FULBRIGHT INITIATIVES WITH CHINA ANNOUNCED DURING PRESIDENT'S TRIP

During President Clinton's trip to China, June 25-July 3, 1998, the Fulbright Presidential Scholars Initiative was announced. It will result in ten distinguished scholars in various fields, five Chinese and five American, lecturing in each other's country during two to four-week programs. Also, the President gave 550 books making up a comprehensive American Studies Reference Collection valued at approximately $40,000 to Beijing University following his speech there. The collection, organized by USIA's Study of the U.S. Branch, represents an introduction to the values and institutions of American society and culture, past and present.

U.K. FULBRIGHT DIRECTOR RECEIVES ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

James Moore, executive-director of the United States-United Kingdom Fulbright Commission, was cited on Queen Elizabeth's recent honors list. He will be awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), later this year in recognition of his extraordinary work promoting understanding between the United States and Britain through the Fulbright Program. The 51-year old Fulbright exchange program between the two countries brought about the exchange of 41 American senior scholars and students and 59 British scholars and students in 1998.

NEW YORK ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY TEACHES IN GUATEMALA

U.S. Fulbrighter Hector Gonzalez, Assistant District Attorney for New York City, was a visiting professor in the law school of the Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala's only national university. Before returning home recently, Gonzalez was interviewed by a major Guatemalan daily, "El Periodico." The resulting article touched on the relationship between the District Attorney and the police (a key issue in Guatemala), crime scene management and the protection of key evidence, and New York City's progress in reducing violent crime.

BRITISH FULBRIGHT PROFESSOR TO HELP DEVELOP NAVAJO MUSEUM IN ARIZONA

Dr. Christopher Riding, a professor of art history from Derby University, Derby, the United Kingdom, will extend his Fulbright stay at the University of New Mexico-Gallup (UNM-Gallup) to develop the newly opened Navajo Museum in Window Rock, Ariz. Dr. Riding has spent the past year as a lecturer in art history at UNM-Gallup, a Native American tribe-managed college. The university requested that Dr. Riding remain through December 1998 to help set program and artistic direction for the new museum, of which the university is a partner.

LITERARY PRIZE IN SYRIA HONORS FORMER U.S. FULBRIGHT PROFESSOR

"Americans have the freedom to reinvent themselves" began one of the essays written by a Syrian university student which won a 1998 James Nesteby Prize for Excellence in American Literature. The essay contest honored the life and work of Dr. James S. Nesteby, an American Fulbright lecturer in Syria in 1981-83 and 1987-90, who taught in the U.S. at Paducah Community College, Paducah, Ky. The contest raised the profile of American literature in a country where the educational system has traditionally stressed British literature. The top three winners received cash prizes and copies of "The Norton Anthology of American Literature." Also as a result of the contest, several outstanding students applied for Fulbright scholarships to the U.S.

FORMER FULBRIGHTER IN NEW INDONESIAN CABINET

The Minister for Education and Culture in the new Indonesian president's "Reformation Development Cabinet," Minister Juwono Sudarsono, studied at UC-Berkeley as a Fulbright student in 1970 and taught at Columbia University as a Fulbright visiting scholar in 1986. Earlier in his career, he served as dean of the University of Indonesia. In his new Cabinet position, he serves as Honorary co-Chair of the Fulbright Commission in Jakarta, which administers the bilateral program, and already has encouraged the formation of a Fulbright Alumni Association in his country.

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