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[UPDATE 1/20/11: Full video of the First Lady's remarks is now available below. Also see President Hu's remarks on exchanges: "It is extremely important to increase exchanges between young people in China and the U.S."]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock addressed a group of 418 Fulbright Foreign Language Assistants last week to express appreciation for the scholars’ contribution to global cooperation and understanding in the spirit of Senator J. William Fulbright.

Introducing Clinton to the group, Stock said:

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock provided a recap of International Education Week in a DipNote post last Friday.

Bill and Melinda Gates were awarded the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding last Friday at the Library of Congress in honor of their philanthropic endeavors, such as their fight to eradicate polio and their efforts to make other wealthy people donate half their worth to charity projects.

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“Exchanges, together with other forms of cultural and educational outreach, are a quintessentially American form of diplomacy that I hope to increase, to amplify, and to sustain in a lasting and meaningful way,” Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, told Alliance members during her plenary address at the 2010 Alliance Membership Meeting, held October 5-6 in Washington, DC.

On the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s video message last week, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Ann Stock, followed up with her own message encouraging more Americans to “[open] their homes and hearts and personally [engage] with people from all over the world”:

Ann Stock, the recently sworn-in Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, has quickly become active with social media tools, launching a Twitter account (follow her here: @AnnatState) and posting on the DipNote blog about her first official trip as Assistant Secretary, to Mexico City:

The Alliance is very pleased to announce that Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Alliance Membership Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for October 5-6, 2010, in Washington, DC. Assistant Secretary Stock will speak at the opening luncheon on October 5.

Ann Stock was sworn in yesterday as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs in a ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. The event was presided over by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The U.S. Senate confirmed by voice vote this morning the nomination of Ann Stock for Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. CQ.com reports that in addition to Stock, the Senate confirmed more than 60 other nominees, including several Pentagon civilian appointees, members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and several U.S. attorneys.

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