On September 9th and 10th, Fulbright Canada played host to this year’s incoming American Fulbright students and scholars, along with all of the Killam (undergraduate) Fellows, welcoming them to Canada’s national capital for the annual Fulbright Canada Fall Orientation.
As the students and scholars that make up the class of 2016-2017 embark on their residential academic exchange, it is Fulbright Canada’s aim to kick start the experience in a way that facilitates the goal of enhancing mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States by building connections between and among the members of the Fulbright Canada Community.
Students and scholars engaged in a wide range of academic and cultural activities, including tours of the Supreme Court of Canada and Parliament, and visits to the National Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of History. The participants also enjoyed formal panel discussions, highlighting the cutting edge research of a number of Fulbright scholars. Each year, the panel presentations prompt lively conversations between students and scholars, providing opportunities for networking and for professional development. The weekend is then topped off with one of Canada’s favourite pastimes where participants tried their hand at the good old hockey game.
A formal dinner and reception, with an address from Fulbright Canada alumnus, Anand Mahadevan (Fulbright Student, 2009-2010), recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015, provided an additional occasion for participants and members of the broader Fulbright Canada community to share stories, experiences, and expectations.
Each year orientation proves to be a critical element in the overall residential exchange experience. The ultimate goal is to welcome students and scholars to Canada and to the program and provide them with the opportunity to connect with people who will be part of a lifelong network – the Fulbright community.
Organized by the Fulbright Canada Secretariat, the two day event is made possible by the United States of America Department of State, Global Affairs Canada, and an endowment from the American Killam Trusts.
For more information, please visit www.fulbright.ca or contact:
Coordinator – Alumni and Recruitment Coordinator