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New Fulbright Chapter in Maine

Maine is the last state in New England to form a Fulbright alumni chapter, writes the Portland Press Herald.
Why took it so long? Must be one of those mysteries that Maine is famous for. ;-) Anyway, congratulations! Here is a quote from the above mentioned article:
Somewhere in Macedonia, people know a little bit more about performance reviews because of Beth Richardson. The Fulbright Program sent the business professor from Saint Joseph`s College to the Balkan nation to teach graduate students about ethical business practices and human resources management. These are vital tools as the country tries to modernize and gain acceptance into the European Union. But Richardson said she got as much as she gave to the educational exchange program, which the U.S. government funds to improve relations with the world. For several months last year, she lived in the capital of Skopje, woke to the Muslim call to prayer, walked among locals at the outdoor market. ``I want others to have the experience that I had,`` she said. ``It was pretty great.`` To promote her experience, Richardson recently helped to found a state chapter of the Fulbright alumni organization.
The US Fulbright Alumni website has some information about the Maine chapter's activities.

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Fuchur on :

These exchange programs are an invalueable instrument to improve the US image abroad. No ambassador, however eloquent and present in the media, could ever achieve a similar lasting effect. Btw, I recently learned (via Chessbase.com) that calling the above mentioned country in the Balkans "Macedonia" apparently is a big fauxpas: [i]"Are you doing it on purpose?" writes Sotiris Logothetis of Athens, Greece. "Your map shows a country adjacent to Greece called "Macedonia". If you have read a newspaper in the last ten years you are surely aware that the country's official name is "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", precisely because there is a raging dispute about it in the UN. In fact, you would know very well that the persistence of the FYROM government to call its country "Macedonia" is the reason why the EU, your country and chancellor included, refuses to discuss its acceptance to the Union, until the issue is resolved. [/i]

Don S on :

The 'raging dispute' about 'Macedonia' or 'FYROM' is basically between Greece and her northern neighbor. I doubt if anyone else on the planet could give a curse one way or the other. Historically I believe the old Kingdom of Macedonia had lands in Greece and in the Skopjie area. Given that Greece isn't using 'Macedonia' itself I fail to see the problem but apparently the Greeks feel that FYROM is asserting a claim to part of Greece. Or something. There seems to be many other precedents for this kind of thing elsewhere. Austria has a province named 'Tyrol' and Italy has the 'Sud Tirol' - but apparently neither country regards that as any kind of claim upon the other. France apparently feels at ease over Alsace, even though her claim is not particularly ancient and Germany has held Alsace within the memory of living people (albeit not many living people as Alsace was ceded to France in 1918). I doubt if Germany is discomfited by Danish claims either.

Pat Patterson on :

It's an argument over who can claim the legacy of Alexander or at least the attendant tourist dollars. But Macedonia has the better flag though I believe the first one(the Un named Republic of Skopje) actually had a representation of Alexander in the center. [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Flag_of_Macedonia.svg[/url]

David on :

Not sure why it took us so long - maybe Mainers don't like to leave such a beautiful state :) By the way, my friend runs the German department at Boston College and has 13 Fulbrighters headed to Germany next year! I believe that's a record for one university.

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