By Boulbaba Ben Amor, Fulbright-Hauts de France Visiting Scholar at Florida State University
From March 8 to 11th, I had the chance to take a break from my Fulbright scientific project to share with 87 other Fulbrighters from 52 countries and the lovely CIES organizers, wonderful moments during the Enrichment seminar (Los Angeles, CA). Our agendas were full of activities ranging from specialized talks on “Building a Sustainable Future: Innovative Approaches for the Environment and Our Oceans”, at the LMU campus, to collecting data on trees with the Amigos de los Rios association.
It was an opportunity to learn that the conventional geographic definition of the Mediterranean region is no more available, as countries of the Mediterranean basin share several common properties with the state of California, central Chili, South Africa coast, and south and southwest Australian coasts. In particular, a common battle brought them together to face current environmental and climate challenges.
With a smaller group of Fulbrighters from Denmark, Ivory Coast and Thailand, we have been received by an LA family to share amazing foods and great discussion. It was a wonderful time of hospitality, generosity and cultural exchange.