Clinton and Stock address Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock addressed a group of 418 Fulbright Foreign Language Assistants last week to express appreciation for the scholars’ contribution to global cooperation and understanding in the spirit of Senator J. William Fulbright.

Introducing Clinton to the group, Stock said:

“In speaking of the importance of learning, Senator J. William Fulbright once said: ‘We must try to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy, and perception and there is no way to do that except through education.’ Throughout her career and as America’s top diplomat, Secretary Clinton has worked to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy, and perception.”

Clinton, recalling Senator Fulbright’s statement that “educational exchanges can turn nations into people,” noted that the Fulbright programs “have become a centerpiece in American engagement around the world, and by doing so […] have helped to provide unforgettable experiences to hundreds of thousands of students and scholars from so many countries.”

She further stressed the important role Fulbright scholars play in building global cooperation and understanding, both by teaching foreign languages to students across the United States as well as by increasing their fellow countrymen’s access to the English language in their respective home countries. Thereby, Clinton said, the scholars help create the lasting effect of “that sense of fellowship, of better understanding between people.”