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John Kerry delivers 2022 Fulbright Distinguished Lecture

On December 9, 2022, John Kerry, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, spoke on “The Urgency of Global Climate Action.” A video of the lecture is available on the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s website. Secretary Kerry’s conclusions made use of new research, conducted by a social research collaborations between Kings College London-Ipsos, on public perceptions …

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Lois Roth Foundation Presents 6 Lois Roth-ECA Awardees for 2022

This year’s awardees for Excellence in Cultural Diplomacy will be honored at the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on Dec. 1! Three will attend the celebration: Dorothy Ngalombi, winner of the Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award, is coming from Kampala, Uganda; Richard Pinkham, winner of the Lois Roth Award (Hon. Men.), is …

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Ryan Milov-Cordoba Wins the Inaugural Project Support Award for Morocco

The Roth Foundation provides supplementary support for projects in the social sciences and humanities, including the visual and performing arts to one American Fulbrighter working in Morocco each year, in collaboration with Moroccan-American Commission for Education and Cultural Exchange (MACECE Fulbright Morocco). The Inaugural Morocco Project Support Award went to Ryan Milov-Cordoba. Our award for …

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Vanessa Wagner Wins Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award

Congratulations to Vanessa Wagner for winning a Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award! Over the course of a career spanning nearly two decades, she has led the entire range of cultural programming at the US Embassy in Lima, secured $2.5 million to conserve dozens of heritage sites and led the repatriation of some 2,000 artifacts from …

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Fatma Souidi Wins Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award

Congratulations to Fatma Souidi on winning a Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award! Her work to protect and preserve Algerian cultural artifacts culminating in the region’s first Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Property and updated cultural preservation legislation and training. What an impressive achievement!

Elena Broszkowski Wins Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award

Elena Broszkowski won a Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Career Achievement Award for her contributions to promoting mutual understanding, through the arts, between citizens of the U.S. and Venezuela. She managed the Performing and Visual Arts Portfolio at the US Embassy in Caracas for 12 years as well as programs aimed at social transformation through the arts, which …

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Dr. Gözde Doğan Yalçıner Wins Gill Jacot- Guillarmod Award (Honorable Mention)

The Lois Roth Foundation congratulates Dr. Gözde Doğan Yalçıner on receiving the Gill Jacot- Guillarmod Award (Honorable Mention). Her superior diplomacy skills helped link the Turkish government, NGOs and academic institutions to advance cultural heritage preservation, a mission that Turkey and the U.S. share. She brought the two countries together which resulted in the signing …

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Elina Akhtiyarova Wins Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award

Elina Akhtiyarova earned the Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award for her extraordinary efforts in shaping exchange programs at the US Embassy in Kazakhstan. She shaped over 12 exchange programs from inception to fruition, developing what will be ongoing relationships that benefit both Kazakhstan and the U.S. When COVID cancelled the in-person event celebrating the 80th anniversary of …

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Elizabeth Schmidt wins Australia Project Support Award

Elizabeth Schmidt Wins 2022 Australia Project Support Award

The Roth Foundation provides supplementary support to one American Fulbrighter working in Australia each year, in collaboration with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. The 2022 Australia Project Support Award was presented to Elizabeth Schmidt. She will use this award to conduct a policy and media analysis of Australian policy on the rights and safety of LGBTQ …

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Join the Educational Gag Order Webinar on June 21st

According to PEN America, in the first 9 months of 2021, 24 legislatures introduced 54 bills that would restrict academic discussions and dictate teaching instructions in k-12 schools, higher education institutions, and state agencies. But what do you know about the impact of these legislations on students and academic professionals? Join representatives of PEN America …

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Congratulations to Illchman-Richardson Honorable Mention Awardee Charlotte Titus

Charlotte Titus received the Lois Roth Foundation’s 2021 Ilchman-Richardson Award Honorable Mention in recognition of over 30 years of principled leadership and distinguished service to the State Department’s flagship International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). As Branch Chief of IVLP’s Europe/Eurasia Branch, Charlotte provided real-time guidance to keep exchange participants safe during the pandemic, while also …

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Fugl (Bird) by Peter Kujooq Kristiansen, 2000, Qaqortoq, Greenland

Dr. David Norman Wins Denmark Project Support Award

The Roth Foundation offers supplementary funds to a grantee of the American Scandinavian Foundation traveling to Denmark. This prize was instituted in honor of Lois Roth’s friend, Sonja Bungard-Nielsen, long-time director of the Danish American Foundation. The 2022 Denmark Project Support Award went to Dr. David Norman. He will use this award to conduct research …

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Congratulations to Ilchman-Richardson Awardee Toni Bowser

Toni Bowser, Director of IT at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), received the Lois Roth Foundation’s 2021 Ilchman-Richardson Award in recognition of her dedication and creativity in adapting technologies in response to the seismic workplace shifts brought by the pandemic. Her principled leadership led to the multi-year Vision21 Project, permitting ECA to …

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Raisa Dukas Wins Lois Roth Award Honorable Mention

Cultural Affairs Officer Raisa Dukas’s exemplary support of her peers during the pandemic earned her the 2021 Lois Roth Award (Honorable Mention). Based at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, her strategic outreach initiatives to coordinate programs among neighboring posts have had a lasting impact on regional CulturalDiplomacy efforts. Our congratulations, Raisa!

Roth Foundation- ECA Awards Ceremony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWR2mOo_MDw Congratulations to the recent recipients of the Roth Foundation ECA Awards for excellence in cultural diplomacy! These nine individuals embody Lois Roth’s spirit of building cross-cultural understanding in their career achievements and/or special initiatives. Meet them in this video and then follow us in the coming weeks as we spotlight their achievements in areas …

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Kathleen Maris Paltriner wins 2022 Norway Project Support Award

Kathleen Maris Paltriner Wins 2022 Norway Project Support Award

In collaboration with Fulbright Norway, the Roth Foundation grants an award to an American Fulbrighter in Norway every year. The 2022 award went to Kathleen Maris Paltriner. Kathleen is translating an anthology of ecopoetry to be published in the US where there is a lack of Norwegian poetry in translation. She will translate a total …

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2015 Ilchman-Richardson Awardee Lorie Nierenberg Wins Edward R. Murrow Excellence in Public Diplomacy Award

The Roth Foundation extends hearty congratulations to 2015 Ilchman-Richardson Award recipient, Lorie Nierenberg, on her selection for the State Department’s Edward R. Murrow Excellence in Public Diplomacy Award. This prestigious award recognizes Nierenberg’s long service to U.S. educational and cultural diplomacy, at both the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State. Practitioners of U.S. …

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