Harriet Mayor Fulbright
|Harriet Mayor Fulbright|
|Born||Harriet Anna Mayor
December 13, 1933
New York City, New York
Harriet Anna Mayor Fulbright AM (born December 13, 1933) is the widow of United States Senator J. William Fulbright and the former Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities under President Bill Clinton. She currently serves as President of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center and Harriet Fulbright College. In addition, she serves as a Board President of Harriet Fulbright College.
Early life and education
Harriet Fulbright was born in New York City, New York on December 13, 1933. Her father, Brantz Mayor, worked for Time Magazine. She has five siblings, one of whom is bestselling mystery author Archer Mayor. The family moved often during Fulbright's youth and as a consequence, she spent much of her childhood in Washington, D.C., New York City and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Her first overseas experience was at the age of 14, when she traveled to Colombia for a summer study program. She continued her education at Radcliffe College, the women's college counterpart to Harvard University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1955. In 1975, Fulbright earned her MFA from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Fulbright married in 1953 and gave birth to three daughters. The family spent two years each stationed in the USSR and South Korea and one year in Germany. She taught English in each country and would continue to teach for many years to come.
Life with Senator Fulbright
In 1987, Fulbright served as the Executive Director of the Fulbright Association and moved the headquarters from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. Senator Fulbright was on the board of the Fulbright Association at the time and the two began spending a great deal of time together. As a result, the two were married on March 10, 1990, in a private ceremony at Senator Fulbright's home in Washington. After marrying, the two traveled extensively. Notable trips included a journey to Japan for the publication of Fulbright's autobiography, Against the Arrogance of Power: My Personal History, Moscow and Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Hawaii. Near the end of January 1995, Senator Fulbright suffered a stroke. He died shortly after, on February 9, 1995.
Harriet Fulbright serves as an "unofficial ambassador" for the Fulbright Program and is often invited to speak at events that range from university commencements to milestone anniversaries for Fulbright Commissions around the world who are celebrating the presence of her late husband's educational exchange program in their respective countries. As a result of her status as an international figure of peace and education, she has received many awards and honorary degrees. She currently sits on the advisory board of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. In 2006, she created the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting peace through international education and furthering her late husband's legacy. She currently serves as president of the organization. Recently, Fulbright celebrated her 75th birthday in Washington.
Awards and honors
Fulbright has received numerous honor and accolades throughout her career. Below is a partial list:
|Honorary Doctorate of Law||University of Scranton||1996|
|Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters||Long Island University||1997|
|Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero||The Government of the Republic of Panama||1997|
|Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters||Bank Street College of Education||2000|
|Arts in Education Award||Fillmore Arts Center||2001|
|Middle Cross of the Order of Merit||The Republic of Hungary||2002|
|Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters||University of Development Studies, Ghana||2004|
|Hubert H. Humphrey Humanities Award||Association of Teachers of Social Science||2004|
|Rotary Person of the Year Award||Rotary International||2005|
|Honorary Benet Fellow of the School of International Studies||Oklahoma State University||2006|
|Honorary Member of the Order of Australia||The Governor-General of Australia||2006|
|Honorary Degree in Humane Letters||Pace University||2006|
|Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy and Physics||Stevens Institute of Technology||2006|
- Orden de Manuel Amador Guerrero
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