Fulbright Talks: Stories by Fulbrighters

On Wednesday, March 1 the World Affairs Council partnered with the Fulbright Association at Folio: The Seattle Athanaeum for a unique event featuring seven presentations, modeled after TED Talks, by visiting Fulbright scholars and Fulbright alumni from all over the world on highlights of their project and how the grant has impacted them. Panelists reinforced the importance of cross-cultural exchange, some of the core foundations of the Fulbright program.

Please find a list of the presenters and their presentation titles below. For full presentation descriptions see the event handout here.

  • The Pursuit of the American Dream in Children’s Immigrant Multicultural Literature & Film 
    by Vera Sotirovska, Visiting Student from MacedoniaDSC_2497
  • Empowerment and Equity: Starting with Perception 
    by Farah Nadeem, Visiting Student from PakistanDSC_2500
  • From Civil War to Ebola: The Story of a Sierra Leonean Girl 
    by Albertina Sesay, Visiting Student from Sierra Leone


  • HIV Discrimination Hurts More Than the Virus Itself 
    by Siradj Okta, Visiting Student from Indonesia


  • Moving from Communism to Capitalism 
    by Joe Wolfe, U.S. Scholar in Hungary


  • The Case of the “Balay Cuyonon:” A Community-Run Tourism Project that Inexplicably Works
    by Lace Thornberg, U.S. Scholar in the Philippines DSC_2508
  • You Are Your Own Miracle 
    by Zainab Al-Tameemi, Visiting Student from Iraq