Fulbright-Hays Virtual Summit, 11/17/2020, 1 p.m. ET

Keynote Speaker Leela Hazzah

Leela HazzahLeela Hazzah is the executive director and cofounder of Lion Guardians, a conservation organization dedicated to finding and enacting long-term solutions for people and lions to coexist across Africa. Hazzah founded the organization after conducting research in Kenya with the support of a 2008 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship. Hazzah was named among the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2014. She will speak on the impact of the Fulbright-Hays fellowship on her life and career along with the important work being done by her organization.


  • Opening Remarks by a member of the Fulbright Board and Gary Thomas, director of the Fulbright-Hays Overseas Programs, IFLE
  • Keynote Address by Leela Hazzah
  • Panel Discussions with program alumni on dissertation research experiences, curriculum development projects, language learning experiences, and the impact of Fulbright-Hays programs on their careers
  • Closing Remarks by Cheryl Gibbs, senior director, IFLE

Featured Alumni Panelists

From the Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program:

  • Nathan Brooks, professor, History Department, New Mexico State University
  • Samuel Ostroff, publications officer at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and affiliate faculty in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
  • Pablo Sierra Silva, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, History Department, University of Rochester
  • April Strickland, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, Bowdoin College

From the Group Projects Abroad Program:

  • Lisa Adeli, director of educational outreach, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona
  • Thadeus Dowad, Ph.D. candidate, History of Art Department, University of California – Berkeley
  • Stephen Kalin, Middle East correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
  • Janet Murphy, Union Springs Central School, New York
  • Ndaneh Smart-Smith, International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme coordinator and theory of knowledge teacher, The Baltimore City College, a Baltimore City public magnet high school
  • Denis Sullivan, professor of political science and international affairs, Northeastern University

From the Seminars Abroad Program:

  • Karen Cody, professor, Department of Modern Languages, Angelo State University
  • Holly Bess Kincaid, middle school teacher, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and current president of the Virginia Art Education Association
  • Bruce Schulman, middle school teacher, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

How to Attend

No registration is required for this virtual summit. To watch the event, simply click the following link at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 17!



Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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