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The Legacy of J. William FulbrightPolicy, Power, and Ideology$
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Alessandro Brogi, Giles Scott-Smith, and Snyder David J.

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177700

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177700.001.0001

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The Making of the Fulbright Program, 1946–1961

The Making of the Fulbright Program, 1946–1961

Architecture, Philosophy, and Narrative

(p.152) The Making of the Fulbright Program, 1946–1961
The Legacy of J. William Fulbright

Lonnie R. Johnson

University Press of Kentucky

The Fulbright program was an unprecedented and innovative enterprise that laid the foundations for development of international education in the United States and abroad after World War II. After its inception in 1946, it rapidly became the best-known and largest educational exchange program in the world. This chapter analyzes the experiences and ideas that informed J. William Fulbright’s initial conception of the program as well as the ingenuity of its statutory basis, funding models, and unique organizational architecture. It also looks at the inherent tensions between educational exchange and propaganda and the impacts of partisan and bureaucratic politics on its administration, and it places the program in the larger institutional and political context of the evolution of US public diplomacy during the first two decades of the Cold War.

Keywords:   J. WilliamFulbright, Fulbright program, Educational exchange, International education, Public diplomacy, Cold War

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