65th Anniversary of the Fulbright Center

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Date(s) - 06/13/2015
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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On June 13, 2015, the Fulbright Center celebrated its 65th anniversary at a special event hosted by Mr. Timothy Broas, Ambassador of the United States to the Netherlands and NAF Honorary Chair, at his residence. The event was attended by over 700 alumni of the Fulbright  program, including many alumni of NAF sponsored fellowship programs. Pauline van der Meer Mohr, Chair of the Board of the Fulbright Center and Marcel Oomen, Executive Director of the Center, acknowledged the NAF as one of the principal sponsors before alumni spanning seven decades caught up on past experiences, current occupations and a future plans.

The Fulbright-program is named after the American senator

Senator fulbright on the cover of Time Magazine

Senator J. William Fulbright on the cover of Time Magazine

J. William Fulbright who proposed in 1946 to finance a worldwide education program from the proceeds of the sales of war material. Purpose was and is to promote the understanding of American citizens and citizens of other nations. This led to the launch of the Fulbright program in 1950. The Netherland-America Foundation has been one of the main sponsors of the Fulbright Center and has maintained strong relationships with the program and its Netherlands-based center. The Fulbright Center is the name under which the Netherlands America Commission for Educational Exchange, previously known as ‘NACEE’ has operated since June 1, 2004.

In addition to the event being hosted by the NAF’s honorary chair, Ambassador Timothy Broas, the NAF was represented at the celebratory event by several members of the Amsterdam NAF Alumni Committee, including Margje Lafourcade-Haverkamp and Roos Stallinga, as well as two of its Netherlands-based Board members, Marc van Gelder and Merijn Boender.

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