Embassy Madrid’s Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer (ACAO) Spencer Cryder delivered remarks at the opening ceremony of the Fulbright mid-year seminar at the Teatro Romea in Murcia on February 6. Spencer discussed how the United States and Spain promote our shared democratic values and create bonds through educational, scientific, and cultural exchanges. The 207 Fulbright grantees in attendance received a warm welcome from the Mayor of Murcia, the Rector of the University of Murcia, and the Head of the Department for Cultural and Scientific Relations for AECID. To ensure this spirit of cooperation continues into the future, the Fulbright Commission signed an agreement with the University of Murcia to provide funding for six additional Fulbright teaching positions for the 2021-22 academic year. After the opening ceremony, the Fulbright grantees shared updates on their research and projects at an auditorium at the University of Murcia.