The_world_flag_2006This month more than 70 Visiting Fulbright Scholars from 44 different countries will be visiting Louisville for a three-day seminar hosted by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Louisville was chosen in part because of its status as an International Compassionate City Award-winner; we are one of only four cities chosen to host such a group.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is sponsored by the Department of State and provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions.

The Louisville theme is “Strengthening Communities through Diversity and Action” and will focus on the recent work done by citizens, organizations, and local government in creating a more compassionate city.

“This is an honor for Louisville, Kentucky to be chosen to participate as part of the Fulbright Program.  We will have a chance to really demonstrate our compassionate city and bring various civic and community leaders into our seminar, with panel discussions, service learnings, and site visits,” said Xiao Yin Zhao, executive director of WAC, in a news release.

Scholars will be treated to a cruise on the Belle of Louisville while they are in town. They will also have an opportunity to have dinner with local families. The Scholars will be in town from April 13-16.