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APSU co-sponsors Fulbright Association Conference in Greece

Reflecting Austin Peays renewed emphasis on the values inherent in a liberal arts education as well as its new Vision Statement, which promises that APSU will prepare students to live and work in a global society, APSU officials decided to sponsor the Fulbright Associations 27th Annual Conference, Olympism and the Fulbright Spirit: Humanism in Action.
Reflecting Austin Peay's renewed emphasis on the values inherent in a liberal arts education as well as its new Vision Statement, which promises that APSU will prepare students to live and work in a global society, APSU officials decided to sponsor the Fulbright Association's 27th Annual Conference, “Olympism and the Fulbright Spirit: Humanism in Action.”

Besides APSU, the conference, which was held Oct. 8-10 in Athens, Greece, was sponsored by The Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad and The Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Balkan and Mediterranean Studies and Research, The Fulbright Institute of International Relations at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the U.S. Educational Foundation in Greece.

According to Dr. Tim Winters, associate professor of Greek and Latin and coordinator of APSU's Study Abroad in Greece, the sponsorship brought international attention to APSU.

APSU was listed in a Fulbright Association newsletter, which is read by thousands of people in 141 different counties. Austin Peay also was posted on the Fulbright Association Conference Web site, with a hot link to APSU's homepage. A paragraph about the University's Study Abroad in Greece Program was included in the conference program, and brochures about APSU were inserted in participants' registration packets.

Winters, who was invited to make a presentation on international education at the conference, has a personal understanding of the inestimable value of the University's linkage to such a highly respected scholarly organization.

As a graduate student at Ohio State University, Winters received a Fulbright Fellowship for dissertation research at the American School of Classical Studies in Athensan experience that profoundly influenced him as a lifelong learner and scholar. That the classics professor has a special affinity for the host country, Greece, also was a factor in his urging University officials to sponsor the conference.

“Greece is a country rich in history in the ancient world and the modern,” Winters says. “The Fulbright Fellowship allowed me the opportunity to accomplish research on the ancient world, while deepening my knowledge of modern Greece.

“The importance of that experience has led me to develop a unique study-abroad program, which combines elements of both ancient and modern. I could not have done this without that Fulbright.”

Sponsored by the U.S. government and established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the world's flagship international educational program. Its mission is to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

With this goal, the Fulbright organization has provided more than 250,000 peoplechosen for their academic merit and leadership potentialwith the opportunity to study and teach in each other's countries, exchange ideas and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.
—Dennie Burke