Mark Nance, on Reflections from a Two-Time Fulbrighter
"Promoting international understanding feels more important these days than in has been in some time. The Fulbright program continues to fund one of the most important strategies toward that end: sending people for extended periods to another place. The “return on investment” for such initiatives is hard to measure, but I’m convinced there is a return. I’ve had countless conversations with people from across Sweden: with dogsledders in Kiruna, north of the Arctic Circle; with friends in Halmstad, in the southwest; with current and former government members in Stockholm. They have shared their impressions of the US and of Sweden with me. Those conversations and experiences shape how I understand the US and Sweden. I will take those new understandings with me into my research, as well as into the classroom. Likewise, my children will take their experiences into their own classrooms. The ripples continue from there. That is how Fulbright spreads the seeds of long-term change."