Ambassador Ricciardone Hosts Reception In Honor of Egypt’s Fulbright Commission
On December 11 Francis J. Ricciardone, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, hosted a reception in honor of the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt and its new Executive Director Bruce A. Lohof. During the reception Ambassador Ricciardone recalled lessons learned from his own experience as a Fulbrighter in Italy. He invoked the words of J. William Fulbright: “The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy, the ability to see the world as others see it….” In thanking the Ambassador, Lohof promised that the Commission would continue to pursue mutual educational exchange “one grantee at a time, so that each ‘Fulbrighter’ remembers his/her year(s) in Egypt – or in America – as a positive, life-altering experience.” The reception was attended by 250 guests, including the Commission’s Board of Directors, its current grantees, and many of its alumni.