"Just think, for the cost of one wing of a jet bomber, what we can do for international relations through beauty, American beauty at that. For nothing--not arms, not technical help, not even a well-known soft drink--can reach on so deep a level the peoples of the earth that we want to reach now, that, in fact, we must reach now if we are to save everything that is good and beautiful in our world from utter ruin."
Binational commission executive officers from Latin America meet with Senator Fulbright in Washington, D.C., May 22, 1964. Left to right: Dr. Artur Hehl Neiva, executive secretary, Brazil; Mrs. Artur Neiva; Luis Valverde Lopez, executive secretary, Ecuador; Renee Abaracon, executive secretary, Uruguay; Dr. Pedro David, executive secretary, Argentina; Senator Fulbright; Dr. Joaquin Pineros Corpas, executive director, Colombia; Teresa Vial de Guzman, acting executive secretary, Chile; and Dr. Eduardo F. Indacochea, executive director, Peru.
Photo: John N. Richards, Sr. Department of State Photograph.
First American Fulbright students arrive at Los Cerrillos Airport in Santiago, Chile, July 20, 1956.
Chile was the first Latin American country to sign a Fulbright agreement, in 1955. Left to
right: Elinor Halle, member of Fulbright Commission; James Ritch, Yale University;
Mario Alburquerque, University of Chile; Gloria Schaffer, University of Utah; and James Graham,
Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura, Santiago.
Senator Fulbright meets former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Soviet embassy in
Washington in December 1987. The first academic exchange agreement between the Soviet Union
and the United States was signed in 1958. Alexander Yakovlev, long-time adviser to Gorbachev,
studied American history at Columbia University that year.
C. Burke Elbrick, U.S. ambassador (left), and Vukasin Micunovic, Yugoslav
Federal Council President for Education and Culture (right), sign an agreement
extending the U.S.-Yugoslav binational educational exchange program in December 1968.
Senator Fulbright traveled to Yugoslavia for the signing of the initial agreement in November