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Thomas Friedenbach, a History major from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, will spend his junior year at the University of British Columbia as a Killam Fellow.  While in BC, Tom will be blogging about his experiences as a visiting student in Canada.  From time to time, we will be sharing Tom’s posts with you, providing you with a first-hand account of a Killam Fellow in Canada.  You may read his latest post, “Rainy Days and Mondays”, below.

Rainy Days and Mondays

Despite sunny days upon arrival, the weather in Vancouver has finally become what I expected: rainy. But as long as you’re prepared, the rain isn’t too bad – certainly better than the mountains of snow back home (and many other parts of Canada). In fact, the rain seems to be a source of humility for Vancouverites. In stark contrast to their American counterparts in Seattle, who find absolutely no fault in their city whatsoever, Vancouver locals will agree that Vancouver is great but add “except for the weather.” read more

‎"The idea underlying the Fulbright International Educational Exchange Program — the power of intercultural education and people-to-people exchange for building and maintaining a world at peace — is as relevant today as it was during the program’s inception 65 years ago."

Excellent article by Jacob Comenetz (U.S. Fulbright alumnus - Germany) in the Washington Diplomat that discusses the immense value of the Fulbright

From left to right: Dr. Antonia Maioni (Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada), Dr. Christopher Manfredi (Dean of Arts, McGill University),
Ambassador David Jacobson, Dr. Michael Hawes (CEO, Fulbright Canada), and Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum (Principal, McGill University)

Every year, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada hosts a Fulbright lecture where the Fulbright Visiting research chair in Canadian Studies will present a lecture discussing their research and cultural experiences in Canada.  This year was very special.  David Jacobson, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada delivered the 2010 McGill Fulbright Lecture, where he spoke about Canada-U.S. relations.  The video may be viewed in its entirety on the McGill Institute for the study of Canada web site. read more

Deborah Chatsis. Fulbright Mid-Career, Government of Canada to Harvard University, 2006-2007, is our Fulbrighter of the Month for December … and Canada’s new Ambassador to Vietnam!  Chatsis was appointed to the post of Ambassador in August, and arrived in Hanoi the following month. “I feel very honoured and privileged to be here, this is a great opportunity to represent Canada overseas and it’s particularly interesting to be an ambassador,” Chatsis said in an interview with Fulbright Canada. “I’ve been posted before, so that is certainly not new – but being an ambassador is!” read more

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