Fulbright Program 70th Anniversary Celebration

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Where: The Hugh Lane Gallery
When: 6:30pm sharp, Wed 30th November 2016
Admission: Free – Fulbright Alumni are welcome to bring a guest
Register here by 25th November
*Capacity is limited & early registration is recommended

For 70 years, the Fulbright Program has fostered mutual understanding, impacting communities through innovative and inclusive educational opportunities for current and future leaders. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Global Program, the Fulbright Commission in Ireland, in partnership with the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Ireland, will host a Reception and Panel Discussion with Fulbright Alumni.

Panel Speakers

Dr Thomas Bartlett was a 1982-1983 Fulbright Professor to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the former Chair in Irish History at the University of Aberdeen and Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin. He is a highly regarded historian of eighteenth-century Ireland, has published many books and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Dr Liam M. Carr is a graduate of Texas A&M University and was a Fulbright Scholar to the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit at the NUIG in 2015-2016. During his award he examined how local knowledge of salmon aquaculture and stakeholder communities might be applied to fisheries policy, in an effort to strengthen sustainability goals and economic stability. Liam is now a Lecturer at NUIG.

Maureen Fleming is a choreographer and performance artist from NYC and has performed her work to international acclaim spanning five continents. She is a 2016-2017 Fulbright US Scholar to UL Irish World Academy and NUIG, where she is developing, documenting and teaching her original technique; studying the movement and vocal expressions of sean-nós, and the stories and other manifestations of the Irish Cailleach; and creating new choreography infused by this research.

Fergus Finlay was a Fulbright Irish Scholar to the University of Washington in 1977-1978. He is now Chief Executive of Barnardos children’s charity and a weekly columnist with the Irish Examiner. He has been a senior member of the Irish Labour Party and is author of a number of books.

Senator Alice Mary Higgins was a Fulbright Scholar to the New School for Social Research, New York from 1999-2000. She was Policy Coordinator with the National Women’s Council of Ireland and as an advocate on economic and social equality, climate change, food security and peace-building, she previously worked with Older and Bolder, Trocaire and Comhlámh. She is a former executive member of the European Women’s Lobby and the European Network Against Racism and has presented to United Nations Committees for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Dr Teresa Lynn was a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Awardee to Saint Louis University. While there, she undertook research in natural language processing techniques for the analysis for Irish language on Twitter, and presented about this work at the TEDxFulbrightDublin 2016. She is now a postdoctoral researcher with the ADAPT Centre, DCU, and has recently travelled to Australia to undertake linguistic research with the Kunwinjku Aboriginal community in West Arnhem Land.

Alice Maher was a Fulbright Irish Scholar to the San Francisco Art Institute from 1987-1988. She has travelled widely in Mexico and continues to exhibit in the U.S regularly, where she is represented by David Nolan Gallery New York. A renowned visual artist who works in many different media including sculpture, drawing, film and animation, she represented Ireland at the 22nd Sao Paolo Bienale.  Her work can be seen in the U.S. collections of MOMA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston,the Fogg Museum and the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts at Hammond Museum L.A. She is also present in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, the British Museum, and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris. She is a member of Aosdana and was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art from NUI in 2012. In that same year IMMA presented a retrospective exhibition of the artist’s 30 year practice entitled ‘Becoming’.