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Originally posted on Norwich University’s Peace & War Center

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University welcomes David Last, PhD, as a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Peace and War Center this semester.

The program between Norwich Universityand the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the US establishes a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Norwich University to focus on research pertaining to military and diplomatic affairs.

Last brings vast experience from having served in the Canadian army for 30 years, and teaching political science and war studies at the Royal Military College of Canada since 1999. He is an accomplished scholar with a focus on understanding what our future officers and security professionals will need if they are to be successful in an uncertain future.

While at Norwich, Last plans to support two international initiatives that will involve bothNorwich students and cadets from Canada’s Royal Military College: an international seminar on non-violent conflict in Toronto, February 27-28, and an international field study of conflict perspectives in the Middle East in May. He will also be finishing a book for mid-career security professionals.

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By Claire Gjertsen, 2015-2016 Killam Fellow from University of Calgary to American University

Over my trip, I visited the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. I visited Duke University and met with one of my favourite historians, Laura Edwards. I explored the cities of Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh, meeting locals, visiting the universities, and meeting up with fellow Killam Fellow Andrew Royce Bauer.
In South Carolina, I spent time in Charleston where I befriended locals and visited plantations, ate barbecue, and visited more university campuses. I ended up skipping Savannah because I loved Charleston so much.

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By Michael Hawes, CEO Fulbright Canada, 1999-2000 Fulbright Scholar from Queen’s University to UC Berkeley

By any measure, 2015 was an incredible year for Fulbright Canada. We celebrated our 25th anniversary, launched the new Fulbright Arctic Initiative with a highly successful series of meetings in Iqaluit, developed exciting new partnerships with universities in both countries, and welcomed our first cohort of Fulbright Canada – Palix Visiting Research Chairs in Brain Science and Family Wellness. At the same time, we co-sponsored a symposium on Arctic Governance at the University of California at Irvine, hosted a series of events for Earth Day, sponsored two art shows – one in Ottawa and one in Washington – featuring the work of Fulbright alumna and Arctic photographer Acacia Johnson, dramatically increased the activities of EducationUSA in Canada, co-hosted another successful round of the Youth Ambassadors Program, and renewed key partnerships with public and private sector partners. In the process, we managed to grow both the reputation and the size of our Killam Fellowships program and the Fulbright program in Canada.

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How do we inspire the next generation of neuroscientists who will find cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease? This is the mission of the Firefly Foundation in Toronto, and my community partner for Canada’s first hands-on Neuroscience summer research camp that runs every July at the University of Toronto Schools.


Hello! My name is Anand Mahadevan and I am one of the recipients of the 2015 Fulbright Community Leadership Program grants. Over the last three years, I have run Bright Lights in the Lab, a research based summer camp for kids in grades 6-12 in the greater Toronto area. This camp allows students to learn about neuroscience through hands-on inquiry activities and designing labs to measure action potential speeds in earthworms, rate coding in crickets, classical condition in fruit flies and nematodes as well as learning and behavior experiments using snails. Through our partners at the Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, we allow teenagers to meet and learn from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and scientists at the forefront of innovative neuroscience in Canada.

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By Macey Shay, 2015-2016 Killam Fellow from University of Texas-Austin to l’Université de Montreal

I had the privilege of receiving a Killam Fellowship cultural awareness program grant to travel to Nova Scotia.  It was my first time visiting the province, and I was blown away by its natural beauty and the friendliness of its people.  The history and culture of the Maritimes is very rich, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to experience it firsthand.

During my four-night trip  I was able to experience more of Nova Scotia than I ever thought I would!  This was thanks to the very kind owners of the bed and breakfast I stayed at in Ferguson’s Cove, just twenty minutes from downtown Halifax.  Eva and Tom’s place is called Star of the Sea, and it was in fact the very first of many historical properties that I saw in Nova Scotia.  Beautifully situated next to the famous fort York Redoubt and graced with spectacular ocean views, the bed and breakfast used to be a Catholic church, built in 1846, for the Irish soldiers who were sent to protect the city and its harbor during wartime.  This registered historical property that has been masterfully conserved has a bell tower that still has its original bell that came from a ship and even World War II bunkers to explore on the property!  I loved staying with Eva and Tom because, as locals, they had a lot of knowledge about the region to pass on to me. 

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In October 2015, Fulbright Canada sponsored Rochelle Willier’s attendance at a week-long course on “Reconciliation, Conflict Prevention and the Promotion of More Inclusive Societies” offered by McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID). The program was designed to challenge participants to think critically about the role they can play in building societies that embrace difference and forge a path forward that is representative of diverse views. Central to this program is the understanding that renewed relationships, based on dialogue, mutual respect and understanding, are key to achieving long-term reconciliation and conflict prevention. This is directly relevant for improving relations between civil society and the private sector, as well as for improving the relations of both of these sectors with governments at the local, regional national and ultimately the international level.

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