From September 29 to October 23, 16 emerging American leaders will travel throughout Europe for 24 days with the Marshall Memorial Fellowship program (MMF). Participants come from 13 states, from Colorado to North Carolina, and include a State Senator from Nebraska, a journalist for NBC, and the founder and CEO of an internet child-care company.
The Fellows are spending five days in Brussels, Belgium where they will discuss the European Union, NATO, and the European Parliament, as well as view historical art collections in Belgium. After their time in Brussels, the Fellows will be divided into smaller groups to visit a range of cities across Europe, including: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Warsaw/Krakow, Poland; Ankara/Istanbul, Turkey; Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain,Belgrade, Serbia; Prague, Czech Republic; Sofia, Bulgaria. After they visit three cities in smaller groups, the fellows will reunite for four days in Berlin, Germany where they will visit the German Bundestag, experience a lesson at the Nelson Mandela International School, and will attend a Hertha BSC (Hertha Berlin) football match.
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is a group program that delves into the inner workings of European society through briefings, site visits, and experiential learning opportunities. The fall program includes activities such as a bicycle tour of Copenhagen, exploring the Blue Mosque and Underground Cistern in Istanbul, and discussions with journalists from Germany to Turkey to the Czech Republic. In each city stop, individual appointments have been arranged for Fellows according to their professional interests to facilitate the sharing of best practices across the Atlantic. Whenever possible, current Fellows will connect with European alumni of the program to foster relationships and strengthen the network of young transatlantic leaders created by the program. GMF would like to acknowledge the partnership and support of all European city coordinators and the Kresge Foundation on this program.