Friday, May 21, 2010
I am here in L'Aquila as a Fulbright Specialists working with the Universita degli Studi dell'Aqula after a visit to Baton Rouge by members of the faculty of L'Aquila. The State Department Fulbright Program is very important to international relations of the USA. The program's program states, "Linking minds across cultures" as its guidelines. Senator J. William Fulbright conceived the program and it was signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. I am here as a result of this binational program between Italy and the USA. The program promotes cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries and provides opportunities for faculty and student exchanges between the two countries. I have enjoyed my first two weeks in L'Aquila and have made very close friends and met collegues from different disciplines and different cultures of which I have learned to respect.