Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)

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  • 29 Aug 2018 12:46 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that the topic of this year's AFAA Salon is: Finding a voice in a post-truth world: valuing a critical perspective.

    The 2018 AFAA salon will be held on November 20th at the Woodward Conference Centre.  Fulbright alumni Prof Diane Kirkby and Dr Alice Garner will lead the event and also launch their new book on the history of the Fulbright program.

    This event is hosted by the Victoria Chapter and we thank the University of Melbourne for their generous sponsorship.

    This is an annual public event and is widely popular (nearly always a sell out!). Tickets will be enabled several months prior to the event.
  • 17 Aug 2018 8:40 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Did you know that the first Fulbright Grantees traveled abroad 70 years ago in 1948? To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program AFAA will be hosting a range of events this year including an upcoming Victorian Quarterly Gathering reflecting on the local Australian Fulbright History and our annual Victorian Salon will also take a historical perspective (more forthcoming). Our 2019 Fulbright Alumni Conference will also celebrate the anniversary with a stimulating conference program and dinner.  Watch this space for more announcements of event details!

  • 17 Aug 2018 8:36 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    This year the Fulbright Program turns 70.  What better way to say Happy Birthday to the Fulbright Program than to celebrate its local history? The upcoming Victorian Quarterly Gathering will do just that with Prof Diane Kirkby and Dr Alice Garner!

    The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association's Victorian chapter welcomes you to our upcoming Melbourne event, Wednesday 29th August, 6pm @ the Leather Room, University House, Professors' Walk, University of Melbourne:

    Telling the story of the Fulbright program: From 'war junk' to 'the greatest action taken'

     Prof Diane Kirkby and Dr Alice Garner will discuss the findings of their ARC project, which has researched the story of the Australian-American Fulbright program.

    Refreshments at 6pm; presentation at 6:30pm. Dinner will follow at 7:30pm. 

    RSVP: Dr Elizabeth Brooke, AFAA's Victorian Convener, ebrooke425@gmail.com

    About the presenters:

    Prof Diane Kirkby is Professor of Law and Humanities, University of Technology Sydney and Research Professor (Emeritus) at La Trobe University, Melbourne where she taught US and Australian history for many years. She has published extensively and is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and in 2015 became only the second Australian to be elected a Fellow of the American Society for Legal History. She is a Fulbright Alumnus and has served several terms on the Victorian Fulbright Selection Committee. Research on the Fulbright program in Australia was funded by an Australian Research Council grant and resulted in a book, Academic Ambassadors, Pacific Allies: Australia America and the Fulbright Program, being published by Manchester University Press later this year.

    Dr Alice Garner is an Australian historian, teacher and performer. She completed a PhD in French History in 2001 (University of Melbourne), published A Shifting Shore (Cornell University Press) on the impact of tourism on a French Atlantic fishing town, and then a commissioned student memoir (The Student Chronicles, MUP). Alice was contemplating a move from 19th-century France to the post-war history of hitchhiking in Australia and the US when Diane Kirkby at La Trobe University encouraged her to take a side-step and join a new ARC project researching the story of the Australian-American Fulbright program. She spent the next few years digging through External Affairs and State Department archives, reading Fulbright board minutes and travelled around Australia to meet Fulbright alumni in many different research fields. She created an interactive timeline of the program history, with links to news articles and interviews, which is hosted on the Fulbright Commission website. A renewed appreciation for the power of education then led Alice to make a move into secondary school teaching, which she has pursued while co-authoring the soon-to-be-published history of the Fulbright program (Manchester University Press). Recently, Alice has combined her history and performance skills, appearing as a presenter on Coast Australia, a BBC/Foxtel (History Channel) television documentary series 2, 3 and 4 about the Australian coastline. 

  • 17 Aug 2018 8:34 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Did you know that our PO Box lives with our Treasurer Vanessa Adams? This is because most of the mail we receive relates to our financials, like receiving membership dues. So where she goes, the PO Box goes.

    We're pleased to announce that that Vanessa, and the AFAA PO Box, have moved South to Hobart.  Please note our new mailing address:

    PO Box 5037

    University of TAS LPO

    Sandy Bay, TAS 7005

    And if you're ever down South make sure to say hi to Vanessa and the many friendly Fulbright Alumni. 

  • 21 May 2018 3:06 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    The WG Walker Scholarship Fund is the proud legacy of AFAA.  This fund is held and administered by the Commission and is open for donations by any alumni.  The WG Walker Scholarship is awarded to the top Fulbright Scholar annually.  AFAA has fund-raised more than $250,000 for this fund since its inception in 1993.

    As a sign of continued dedication to this Fund AFAA decided will donate 25% of all membership dues to the fund on an annual basis.

    While AFAA can no longer receive direct donations for this fund as part of your membership renewal, we encourage all of our members to continue their tradition of donating to this fund on an annual basis.  To do this - just visit the donation page and make sure to select the 'W.G. Walker Memorial Alumni Scholarship Fund' from the menu so that your donation goes to this fund.

  • 11 May 2018 9:49 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    CALLING ALL FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS!

    The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association is an official sponsor of AFFORDABLE LIVING IN SUSTAINABLE CITIES: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda

    Newcastle NSW, 1st - 2nd November 2018.
    https://www.nuaconference.com/

    Opportunity for AFAA Members

    The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association has been invited to sponsor this event, and bring to the Conference the richness of our members’ expertise as thought leaders, entrepreneurs, catalysts, researchers, creatives, educators, policy makers, and facilitators.

    Ways in which AFAA members can engage

    We are keen to hear from members who are interested to take part as:

    • Keynote speakers
    • Presenters
    • Panellists
    • Session moderators
    • Discussants
    • Workshop curators and facilitators
    • Performers/artists in residence
    • Organisers that can help us to:
    • Connect to Newcastle experts, entrepreneurs, politicians, NGOs, practitioners, activists, researchers, community builders, thinkers and leaders;
    • Secure sponsorship from key partners;
    • Connect to the University of Newcastle and other universities;
    • Engage with other regional cities, which are critical to implementing the NUA.
  • 11 May 2018 9:43 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    We thank all those who joined us at our AGM. It was a lively meeting with nearly twenty members in attendance (in person or by teleconference).  The president and treasurer presented their reports as a start of the discussion and overall review of AFAA in 2017 (AFAA 2017 Treasurer's Report 2018 AGM.pdf and AFAA 2017 President's Report 2018 AGM - FINAL.pdf). Big news items include decisions about hosting our next conference in 2019, supporting additional symposiums in 2018, and dedicating 25% of all membership dues to the WG Walker Scholarship Fund. 

    To see all that was discussed visit the minutes: AFAA AGM 2018 Minutes.pdf

  • 11 May 2018 9:31 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    AFAA continues to host local events across Australia for current scholars and alumni. Make sure to visit our events calendar to see what events are coming to you.

    Tasmanian Fulbrighters and friends enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast in December 2017.


    New South Wales welcomed new scholars with a classic fish and chips gathering in Balmoral in April 2018.

  • 20 Nov 2017 1:32 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)
    The Western Australian Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association held their annual dinner on Thursday 12th October.  With a healthy turn-out of fifty-four people, including alumni and partners, registrants enjoyed the beautiful outlook over the Swan River, as well as a sumptuous three-course meal courtesy of Acqua Viva in Nedlands (also known as JoJos Restaurant).  Keynote speaker Prof. Ray Wills from the University of Western Australia spoke on “Preparing for the Clean Tech Tsunammi” in a lecture that reflected on the rapid pace of economic and technological change in the modern era. The US Consul General for Western Australia, Rachel Cooke, gave a welcome address, in which she urged the alumni to continue their recruiting efforts for the Fulbright scholarship program.  Dr Jonathan Paget, President of the WA Chapter, gave a brief overview of the WA chapter’s 2017 activities, including statements from recently returned WA alumni Craig McCormack and Shraddha Kashyap. Also in attendance was Dr Pablo Jimenez, Alumni Relations Manager at the Fulbright Commission (Canberra).
  • 20 Nov 2017 10:34 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)
    On behalf of the organizing committee, I want to thank all those who attended the inaugural AFAA Conference - Leadership in a new era - this past Friday and Saturday. Reflecting on the day, it reminded me what I consider to be so special about Fulbrighters - the willingness to share ideas and personal experiences in a such an extraordinary way. For me, the day was filled with awe at those doing amazing things and enjoyment from getting to know my fellow alumni a bit better. Visit the conference page for a few photos that captured the excitement of the day.

    Thank you to all who presented and all who came to share in the day. AFAA hopes to host similar events in the future. To make sure that we tailor these events to the interests of our members, we ask that you complete this post-conference survey. It should only take 5-10 minutes of your time.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AFAAConference

    If you want to co-host an event in the future please feel free to contact us with your ideas!

    On behalf of the AFAA Committee,

    Vanessa Adams

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