Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain (December 3, 2018)

Location:  Spain, countrywide  Event:  During the holiday season security measures in Spain remain heightened because of ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners.  ...
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Ambassador Duke Buchan III Op-Ed: A Toast to the U.S.-Spain Military Alliance

A Toast to the U.S.-Spain Military Alliance Ambassador Duke Buchan III Thirty years ago today, in 1988, Spain and the United States signed our Agreement on Defense Cooperation.  This agreement governs the presence of U.S. forces on Spanish bases, consolidating the naval base in Rota and the air base in Moron de la Frontera as ...
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U.S. Consular Agents Join Local Thanksgiving Celebrations across Spain

On Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, U.S. Consular Agents joined local residents for Thanksgiving celebrations across Spain. Celebrating this special holiday with resident and visiting Americans is one of the most enjoyable parts of our effort to connect with U.S. citizens in Spain. In Marbella, U.S. Consular Agent Roberta Aaron gave the Thanksgiving message for the ...
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Embassy Economic Counselor Briefs IE Students on the State of Trade between the US, Spain and the EU

U.S. Embassy Madrid Economic Counselor Thomas Reott talked with students from around the world about the complexities of global trade at the Instituto de Empresa School of Global and Public Affairs on November 29 in Madrid.  Mr. Reott discussed topics ranging from commercial relations between the United States, Spain, and the European Union, to the ...
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Applications for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute at Purdue University

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute at Purdue University   The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative (BFTI) fosters relationships between young Europeans and Americans, and explores shared values.  The four-week program enables participants to learn about U.S. priorities such as support for democracy and civil society, increasing economic prosperity, and ...
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The Embassy Promotes the Work of Women Creators in Music

As part of Embassy activities to highlight women creators, the Cultural Section participated in a recital of works by U.S. and Spanish female composers at the International Institute on Wednesday, November 21.  Featured were historical composers Amy Beach, María Rodrigo, and Eugenia Osterberger and contemporary composers belonging to the New York Women Composers Association, the ...
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Students of Communication from the European University of Madrid Return to the Embassy

Students of Communication from the European University of Madrid return to the Embassy. After a first visit in which the Embassy explained to the students the objectives, priorities and ways of working in the Public Diplomacy Section, the students returned to tell us what they have been working on during these past weeks and presented ...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the day Americans gather to enjoy food and family traditions together. On this, their first Thanksgiving in Spain, the Buchan children would like to share with you a video about a family tradition that they’ve brought to Spain from the U.S. It’s a story of setting down roots, nurturing a crop ...
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Embassy Economic Officer Elliot Carmean Discusses U.S.-Spanish Relations at the University of Valencia

On November 19, Embassy Economic Officer Elliot Carmean and faculty members of the of Economics Department at the University of Valencia discussed U.S.-Spanish relations and a range of issues with students, professors, and professional economists from Valencia.  The group shared views on the role of the United States in the world, including trade and international ...
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Winter Holidays in the United States

Embassy Speaker Claudia Ellingwood volunteered on November 21st to give a talk on “Winter Holidays In America” at Colegio Fomento-Las Tablas.    Before an audience of 160 female students, she explained how the U.S. winter holiday season, which runs from late November through early January, is when Americans take extra time to gather with family and ...
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English Language Expert Shares Bilingual Content Education Techniques at University of Alcala Conference

State Department-sponsored English Language Specialist Ann Mabbott capped a month-long visit to Spain–during which she conducted teacher training workshops for both pre-service and in-service bilingual teachers in Extremadura, Tenerife, and Oviedo —in Alacalá de Henares on November 17th.  She participated in the University of Alcala’s 4th International Conference on Bilingual Education in a Globalized World – Contemporary Approaches to Learning and Teaching organized by the Franklin Institute and sponsored by Madrid´s Department ...
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Consul General Liza Petrush Joins the Seville-based Consular Corps

On Nov. 14, Consul General Liza Petrush and Consular Agent Raynold Von Samson-Himmelstjerna joined the Seville-based consular corps for a discussion of shared interests with Alfonso Rodríguez Gómez de Celis, Delegado del Gobierno in Andalucía, and Carlos Toscano Sánchez, Subdelegado del Gobierno, at Taberna del Alabadero in Sevilla.
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Musical Trio The Americans Presents American Music History, Traditions and Genres to Spanish Audiences

On October 6, 7, and 8, California trio The Americans performed during the second edition of “América late” arts festival held at Casa de América, and gave lecture-performances at the Teresa Berganza music conservatory and the Museum of the Americas. The band, made up of Patrick Ferris, Jake Faulkner, and Zac Sokolow, presented the story ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain

November 7, 2018 Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: The U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona alerts U.S. citizens that local authorities have discovered a suspicious package at Sants Station in Barcelona. The Embassy has advised its personnel to avoid the area until the situation is resolved. You should avoid the area, maintain a high level of vigilance, take ...
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WTO Members Support Policy Approaches to Enable Innovation in Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture Press Release WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States has joined with 12 other nations to support policies that enable agricultural innovation, including genome editing. The International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology was released in Geneva at the World ...
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International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON November 2, 2018 International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology We welcome the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology. Precision biotechnology innovations, such as gene editing, will help our farmers and ranchers and others around the world to increase productivity and promote plant and animal health. The ...
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We Keep Explaining Halloween!

Thank you Alberto Alonso for inviting us to your radio program “The Show with No Name” on Vaughan radio, and giving us the opportunity to explain Halloween! The Spokesman of the US Embassy, David Connell, described the most deeply-rooted traditions about this holiday, such as the famous ‘trick or treat’. If you want to know everything about Halloween, just ...
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Fulbright Program Featured on “Education for Peace” Broadcast

We continue sharing more information about Fulbright! On October 23, the Embassy visited Julia Murga, Director of the “Education for Peace” broadcast on Radio5, RNE, to talk about this prestigious exchange program. U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Counselor and Co-President of the Fulbright Commission Stewart Tuttle, the Commission’s  Director General, Alberto López, and former President of ...
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The Embassy Speaker Program travels to Almeria

The Embassy’s Deputy Cultural Attaché, Ryan Matheny Garrido, spoke to both high school students and adult English learners while in Almería October 11th.  The Embassy Speaker Program provides opportunities for English language students to interact with a native speaker, practice English, and learn about American culture, history, and government.  At the request of IES Maestro ...
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Secretary Mnuchin Statement on Digital Economy Taxation Efforts

Washington – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today regarding digital tax proposals: “Treasury is working very closely with the OECD and our counterparts there to address issues of base erosion and fair taxation.  We believe the issues are not unique to technology companies but also relate to other companies, particularly ...
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Media Literacy Training at the American Spaces in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona

Over the next two months, the network of American Spaces in Spain are organizing a series of media literacy workshops for high school students. The program teaches young people routines and tools to detect false information circulating on the Internet and on social networks in particular. The workshops also promote the responsible and ethical use ...
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The Embassy Commemorates George Gershwin’s 120th Birthday

Last September 26, the Embassy organized a concert at American Space Madrid to pay tribute to U.S. musician and composer George Gershwin on his 120th birthday.  The Press Attaché welcomed the audience and highlighted the importance of Gershwin in musical history.  A trio, composed of pianist Carlos Calvo, soprano Aída Rioja and baritone Gerardo Bullón, ...
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The Founder of the International Movement Directed by Women Visits Madrid

Barbara Ann O’Leary, the founder of the international movement Directed by Women, visited Seville and Madrid for the fourth edition of Directed by Women Spain.  Directed by Women aims to highlight and draw attention to films by women and celebrates a Worldwide Film Viewing Party in September.  In Seville, O’Leary met with members of the ...
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American Citizen Services Supervisor Honored with Cross of Merit by Guardia Civil

Earlier this month, the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Supervisor, Kim Wise, was honored with the Cross of Merit by the Guardia Civil. Ms. Wise was recognized for her commitment to strengthening security and judicial relations between the US and Spain. We thank the Guardia Civil for this award, which highlights the strong cooperation between our ...
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American Citizen Services Meets with U.S. Citizens in Valladolid

On October 9, a representative from the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy spoke to U.S. citizens in Valladolid at an event hosted by CIEE and the Junta de Castilla y Leon. The group of Americans in the audience will be volunteering at bilingual schools throughout the Castilla y Leon region, encouraging the ...
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Consular Agent Meets with U.S. Teaching Assistants in Canary Islands

Earlier this month, the regional government of the Canary Islands invited U.S. Consular Agent in Las Palmas Ana Maria Quintana to speak to a group of newly arrived U.S. citizens who will be working as teaching assistants in the region. The program, managed by the regional government, is designed to assist in bilingual education in ...
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Dr. Ann Mabbott Delivers a Plenary Lecture at the International Conference on Bilingual Education-CIEB in Badajoz

Department of State English Language Specialist Dr. Ann Mabbott is visiting Spain for one month to deliver teacher training workshops in Caceres, Merida, Tenerife and Oviedo.  From October 19 to 21, 2018, she participated in the International Conference on Bilingual Education-CIEB Annual Conference at the University of Extremadura´s School of Education in Badajoz, where she ...
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Consul General’s Visit to Canary Islands Highlights US-Spain Cooperation

Earlier this month, Consul General Liza Petrush conducted her annual visit to Consular Agency Las Palmas, Canary Islands. On October 11, she and Consular Agent Ana Maria Quintana conducted a visit to the Red Cross Emergencies Coordination Center hosted by Red Cross Vice President Jesus Mojota. Later that day, Consul General Liza Petrush and Consular ...
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Tools for Countering Disinformation

Disinformation is one of the main challenges facing democracies nowadays, according to Geysha Gonzalez, Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Gonzalez was in Barcelona at the invitation of the Consulate on October 15, 16 and 17. While here, she held discussions on how citizens can counter false information through responsible journalism, fact-checking and ...
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Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy

U.S Department of State Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Foreign Affairs October 15, 2018 The end of the Cold War forced new thinking among policymakers and analysts about the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. The emergence of al Qaeda,   cybercriminals, and other dangerous entities affirmed the threat of nonstate actors. But equally daunting ...
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Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Visits Go American English! Classroom

On October 16, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce paid a visit to one of the two Embassy-funded Go American English! classrooms in Madrid. This program offers 22 students aged 14 to 16 the opportunity to increase their English language skills while gaining an appreciation for U.S. culture. Assistant Secretary Royce met ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Buchan at Fulbright Spain’s 60th Anniversary

Remarks by Ambassador Duke Buchan Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Spain Prado Museum, Madrid Tuesday, October 16, 2018   Su Majestad, Señor Ministro, Assistant Secretary Royce, queridos amigos. As Ambassador, I oversee our diplomatic relationship.  I help advance our most important economic and security goals.  Even so, I recognize that ...
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Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Meets U.S. Exchange Program Alumni

On October 16, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce met with 15 alumni of U.S. exchange programs including the Fulbright, International Visitors Leadership (IVLP), and YTILI (Young Transatlantic International Leaders Initiative) Programs.  The Assistant Secretary explained to the group, “I’m a passionate champion of people-to-people exchanges… I wanted to meet with you ...
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Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Celebrates International Day of Rural Women with IVLP Alumna

On October 15, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce took part in the AFAMMER (Association of Rural  Families and Women) celebration of the International Day of Rural Women in Socuellamos, a village in La Mancha, during her visit to Spain. Assistant Secretary Royce was invited to address over 500 ...
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Weather Alert – US Embassy Madrid, Spain

Location: Mainland Spain and outlying islands Event: Hurricane Leslie is expected to impact portions of mainland Spain between 08:00 pm on Saturday October 13th through Sunday, October 14th. Spanish authorities are warning people to expect high winds, heavy rainfall and possible flooding. Please follow local weather updates for your location and check our website:  https://es.usembassy.gov For ...
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. Visits Madrid

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. visited Madrid, Spain Oct. 1-2 to meet with Spanish officials, including Spain’s Chief of the Defense Staff Gen. Fernando Alejandre Martinez. Discussions focused on items of mutual security interest. During his visit, Gen. Dunford expressed his appreciation to Spanish officials for Spain’s hosting ...
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Demonstration Alert – October 11 and 12, 2018

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  A demonstration against toll road requirements is expected to take place on October 11 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, from the Port of Barcelona to El Papiol, along the B10, B-23 and A-2 highways. Other area highways may be affected.  U.S. citizens should expect traffic disruptions. Parades and demonstrations are also expected to take place in Madrid and Barcelona regarding the ...
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Ambassador Buchan Engages with 10 American Young Leaders about Excellent US-Spain Relationship

Ambassador Buchan engages with 10 American Young Leaders about the excellent bilateral relationship between the United States and Spain. He shared his experiences as Ambassador as well as his personal connection to Spain.  Invited by the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos and the US-Spain Council, the group made institutional visits to political, economic and socio-cultural institutions ...
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American Space Barcelona Expands Its Activities to New Libraries in Barcelona’s Sant Andreu District

On the eve of its second anniversary, American Space Barcelona has received over 50,000 visitors and organized about 400 activities. American Space Barcelona (ASB) is excited to announce that it is expanding its activities and workshops to three new libraries located in the Sant Andreu District (Bon Pastor, Trinitat Vella-José Barbero and La Sagrera-Marina Clotet) ...
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Demonstration Alert – September 28 to October 1, 2018

Location:  Madrid and Barcelona, Spain Event:  Several demonstrations are expected to take place in Madrid and Barcelona from September 28 through October 1, 2018.  U.S. citizens should expect potential disruptions to traffic flows and public transportation.  Additional demonstrations may occur at other locations around Spain, including in Catalonia due to the Catalan political situation. Please ...
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Pioneers in American Feminism

On September, 19, U.S. Embassy Deputy Economic Counselor Laura Hochla spoke at a roundtable event at Casa America to commemorate Victoria Woodhull, the first U.S. female presidential candidate. Ms. Hochla also shared stories of other inspirational women from American history. The event highlighted the significance of having women’s voices involved in creating a more secure, ...
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The United States Returns a Columbus Letter to Spain

On September 10, U.S. Ambassador to Spain Duke Buchan III returned a rare letter written by Christopher Columbus to Spanish Minister of Culture José Guirao. The letter had been stolen from a museum in Spain in 2004 and was later recovered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The letter is a cultural asset of enormous ...
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4th Edition of the Hispanic Heritage Forum Closing Ceremony

Ambassador Duke Buchan III will deliver closing remarks next Thursday September 20 at Casa de America, at the 4th edition of the Hispanic Heritage Forum, organized by The Hispanic Council and Casa de América on the occasion of the celebration of the National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States under the title “The Rise of Spanish in the United States: A Strategic Opportunity for Spain” . Entry ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain (September 11, 2018)

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Several demonstrations are expected to take place on Catalonia’s national day, September 11, 2018, beginning at 10:00am, regarding Catalonia’s political situation.  Additional demonstrations at other locations in Catalonia may also occur.  Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large ...
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Robert Riley, New U.S. Consul General in Barcelona

Robert Riley is as of August 23 the new United States Consul General in Barcelona.  Prior to arriving in Barcelona, Robert led the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus for two years, serving as Chargé d’affaires from 2016-2018. His other positions within the U.S. Department of State have included Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain (August 21, 2018)

Location: Spain Event: The U.S. Embassy in Madrid reminds U.S. citizens that Spain is currently at a level 2 Advisory: exercise increased caution due to terrorism. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public areas. U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal ...
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US Air Force and Spanish Air Force Advanced Aerial Training Exercise at Albacete Base

On August 16, two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and airmen from the 95th Fighter Squadron of Tyndall Air Force Base visited Spain to participate in an advanced aerial training exercise with Spanish Eurofighter and F-18 airplanes at the Albacete Air Base. The F-22 is the premier operational 5th-generation fighter, possessing a unique combination of ...
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Madrid Zoo Aquarium to Host Technology Event Zoohackathon 2018 For First Time

Illegal trafficking and poaching of wild flora and fauna are among the illicit activities causing the greatest global concern, posing a serious threat to the security, political stability, economy, natural resources, and the cultural heritage of many countries and regions. Each year, 1.5 million live birds and 440,000 tons of medicinal plants are illegally trafficked, ...
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The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2018

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive short term exchange program created in 2006 by the U.S. Department of State to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. The initiative was named after this great American statesman and diplomat, to honor the inspiration his life and career provided to those ...
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Demonstration Alert – July 27, 2018

Location: Barcelona and Madrid, Spain Event: Taxi demonstrations and strikes have disrupted traffic in downtown Barcelona, around Barcelona El-Prat airport, and Barajas airport and Atocha train station in Madrid. U.S. citizens should expect potential traffic disruptions in the area and are reminded to exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings. Even peaceful demonstrations have the potential to ...
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English Teacher Training Workshop at the American Space Barcelona

Throughout the week of July 16, the American Space Barcelona, in collaboration with the Catalan Department of Education and the consulate general, hosted 20 English primary school teachers from the Barcelona area as part of a teacher-training workshop entitled “Digital Literacies: Incorporating the Maker Movement into the English Language Learning Classroom.“ Lorella Lamonaca, a U.S. ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Demonstration on July 25th beginning at 11:00am until approximately 2:30pm. The demonstration is led by various taxi unions and will begin at the Arco de Triunfo to proceed along Calle Mallorca to the Delegacion de Gobierno. U.S. citizens should expect potential traffic disruptions in the area and are reminded to exercise ...
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Sefarad-Israel Center and the Embassy Collaborate on a Recital Paying Tribute to George Gershwin

On July 19, Deputy Chief of Mission Benjamin Ziff spoke at the concert “Gershwin and Improvised Jazz”, an event organized by the Sefarad-Israel Center with collaboration from the US Embassy. Mr. Ziff emphasized the importance of Gershwin’s work in U.S. and musical history, and how glad the Embassy is to celebrate the 120th anniversary of ...
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Launching IN3 Spain 2018

The U.S. Embassy, the Chamberí Valley Association, and Endeavor Spain have officially launched IN3 Spain 2018. Ambassador Duke Buchan III, Chamberí Valley President Ander Michelena, and Endeavor Spain’s Managing Director Adrian Garcia Aranyos signed the official Public-Private Partnership on July 17 at the U.S. Embassy. Sponsored by Cisco, BBVA, Telefonica, Capital Group, EnaGas, and the U.S. Embassy, ...
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Public Diplomacy, Telling the History of the U.S. to the World

A group of students working towards their Atresmedia International Master’s degree in Corporate Communication visited the U.S. Embassy to learn about American Public Diplomacy. Counselor for Public Diplomacy Stewart Tuttle led a presentation describing the similarities and differences between traditional and public diplomacy and pointed out the importance of connecting U.S. and Spanish societies through ...
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American Space Barcelona Hosts Second Edition of #GirlsTech Summer Camp

During the first two weeks of July, students learned and explored basic concepts of augmented reality design and digital fabrication at the American Space Barcelona. Participants were able to create their own digital narratives based on an imaginary world with physical objects and audiovisual content, interacting with each other via different types of technologies. For ...
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#GirlsTech Summer Camp Arrives in Zaragoza

During the last week of June, the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona brought to Zaragoza Mission Spain’s successful #GirlsTech program, following previous editions in Madrid, Valencia, Santander, Barcelona and Girona. This initiative inspires and educates girls in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), giving them the necessary skills to succeed in these fields. Participants ...
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GO TEAM USA!

GO TEAM USA! On Friday July 13th, U.S. Embassy Press Attaché David Connell cheered on Team USA divers at their FINA Grand Prix competition in Madrid. The spirited American athletes made quite the splash in Spain, earning seven medals by the end of the weekend. The group, including former (and, perhaps, future) Olympians, swims away ...
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Acting Cultural Attaché Speaks with Teens Participating in Innovation Camp

On July 12, Acting Cultural Affairs Attaché Ryan Matheny visited teens participating in a technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation camp. This is a pioneer collaboration between innovative educational organization TEAMLABS, based in Spain, French creative programming school Magic Makers, and the U.S. Embassies in Madrid and Paris – funded by the U.S. Department of State. The ...
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English Teacher Training Workshop at the American Space Madrid

The American Space Madrid hosted 25 bilingual primary school teachers from the Madrid Community during the first week of July as part of a teacher-training workshop entitled “Digital Literacies: Incorporating the Maker Movement into the English Language Learning Classroom. “ The course immersed participants in collaborative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning and ...
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Discussing the Relationship between the U.S. State of Texas and Spain

On June 28th, Counselor for Public Diplomacy Stewart Tuttle joined panelists Eduardo Garrigues, Ambassador of Spain, and Miguel Laborda, economist and historian, to discuss the relationship between the U.S. state of Texas and Spain. The Fundación Consejo España -EEUU hosted the event in Casa de America in celebration of the foundation’s recently released book, “Spain ...
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Casa de America Celebrates NASA’s 60th Anniversary

On Thursday, June 28th, Madrid’s Casa de America celebrated NASA’s 60th Anniversary with a presentation entitled “JPL-NASA’s Advances in Space Exploration and the Deep Space Network.” Counselor for Public Diplomacy Stewart Tuttle provided opening remarks about the popularity of NASA amongst the general public and told some personal anecdotes about growing up as a child ...
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The Youth Orchestra of San Antonio Philharmonic Visits the Embassy During Its Spain Tour

On Wednesday June 27, the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) Philharmonic visited the U.S. Embassy in Madrid to speak with Ambassador Duke Buchan and Acting Cultural Attaché Ryan Matheny about diplomacy and US-Spain relations. The youth, who are performing in Spain as part of 300th anniversary celebration of their city’s founding, posed many interesting ...
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Spanish Fulbright Scholars Attend Barbeque at the Ambassador’s Residence

“If you don’t find us, we’ll find you” said U.S. Ambassador Duke Buchan to a group of departing Spanish students accepted to the prestigious Fulbright Program, who attended an American-style barbeque at the Ambassador’s residence on June 26th. The Ambassador was referring to the expectation that alumni keep in touch with the U.S. Embassy upon ...
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Go American English! Students’s Second Trip to NASA

On Saturday June 23rd, a group of fourteen year old Go American English! students joined the International Studies Foundation’s second trip in a week to the Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex – NASA in Robledo de Chavela. Like their peers the Sunday prior, the kids spent time in the Training and Visitors Center, where they ...
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Stewart Tuttle Attends the American Language Academy’s 50 Years of Excellence Celebration

On Friday June 22nd, Counselor for Public Diplomacy Stewart Tuttle attended the American Language Academy’s 50 Years of Excellence celebration in the Lázaro Galdiano Museum gardens. To open the event, Mr. Tuttle spoke in a mix of Spanish and English. He discussed the important role the ALA has in the promotion of a shared language ...
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The Consulate General Supports Important Film Festivals in Barcelona

This U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona supported two film festivals this year sharing U.S. films. In March, it took part in the fifth edition of the Americana Film Fest, the one and only film festival in Spain totally devoted to American independent films. This month, the Consulate General also collaborated with the Barcelona Gay and ...
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Consular Associate Susannah Roetlin Speaks to Participants on an International Internship Program

Consular Associate Susannah Roetlin spoke to participants on an international internship program with PINC International on May 30.  Susannah spoke to them about the role of the Consular Section and services provided for U.S. citizens in Spain such as passport renewals, reports of birth abroad and emergency services.
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Consular Agent Raynold Von Samson-Himmelstjerna Attends OPEN IBEROAMERICANO DE BEISBOL 6 NACIONES

The Consular Agent from the office in Sevilla, Raynold Von Samson-Himmelstjerna attended the first OPEN IBEROAMERICANO DE BEISBOL 6 NACIONES, held at the Amate sports complex in Sevilla on June 2-3. The participating teams represented the following countries: Spain, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and the United States. Pictured with ...
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Consular Agent Kimberly Marshall Attends a Graduation Ceremony in Mallorca

Kimberly Marshall, Consular Agent for the U.S. Consular Agency in Palma de Mallorca, attended the graduation ceremony of the American International School of Mallorca / Rafa Nadal Academy on June 12. The Consular Agency in Mallorca, like our four other consular agencies in Spain, handles the full range of services for American citizens, including passport ...
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Go! Students Visit NASA

On Sunday June 17th, Go American English! students at the International Studies Foundation were invited by NASA to visit its Madrid´s Deep Space Communications Complex in Robledo de Chavela, and were impressed to see and learn about NASA’s international array of giant radio antennas supporting numerous interplanetary spacecraft missions. After visiting the station’s museum (housing space ...
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President Trump Welcomes King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to the White House

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                               June 19, 2018   REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS MAJESTY KING FELIPE VI OF SPAIN BEFORE BILATERAL MEETING Oval Office 2:19 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have the King and Queen of Spain, ...
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American Football Coach Tom Freeman Interview on Cadena SER

The veteran American football coach Tom Freeman sat down with the Cadena SER´s program ´100 Yards´ to discuss the National Football League (NFL), the importance of football in small town America, and the evolution of the game — both over time and between high school, college, and professional leagues. The former coach drew upon his ...
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Dr. Michelle Ybarra interview in RNE’s Radio 5

“Educar para la paz”, RNE’s Radio 5 program specialized in education, visited the US Embassy to interview Dr. Michelle Ybarra, where she talked about the challenges of adolescent education and how teenagers face situations of harassment, violence and sexual health. If you are interested in hearing Dr. Ybarra´s views, you can listen to the complete ...
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Football Coach Tom Freeman Shares His Experience with Coaches and Students in Madrid

College football coach Tom Freeman visited Madrid to give a clinic to local team coaches organized by the American Football Federation of Madrid in collaboration with the Embassy on June 9. He also talked to students training to work in the area of physical activity and sports in Getafe and Tres Cantos regarding his career and the role of coaches ...
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WebSite Story Wins Various Awards

WebSite Story, an original adaptation of West Side Story, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and performed by high school students, won various awards this season. The TeAtreVes group won “Best Play in a Foreign Language” (in English) and “Best Direction” awards at the Madrid Regional Government’s 25th School Theater Competition.  They also won the ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 8, 2018 President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will welcome their majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to the White House on June 19, 2018. As their majesties visit the United States to celebrate the 300th anniversaries of the founding of ...
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Members of Lavapiés Dragons Soccer Club Visit American Space Madrid

On June 5th a group of young athletes, members of Lavapiés Dragons Soccer Club, visited American Space Madrid. The children participate in Dragons after school soccer program and different Dragons teams compete in Madrid’s municipal soccer league. The Embassy is collaborating by supporting coach training and through a U.S. volunteer English teaching project. The Cultural ...
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Ambassador Buchan Meets with a Trade Delegation from Washington State

A trade delegation from Washington State, named by CNBC as “America’s Top State for Business in 2017,” led by Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib met with Ambassador Buchan on June 4 to discuss economic opportunities with Spain. The Washington State delegation included state legislators and senators, and representatives from Central Washington University.  Washington State is headquarters to ...
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Ambassador Buchan Celebrates Iftar

Ambassador Buchan welcomed Muslim community leaders from across Spain and Spanish government officials in his home to celebrate Iftar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast.  The group broke the fast with dates and water after Imam Dr. Allal Bachar’s call to prayer. Ambassador Buchan addressed the group saying ( remarks ) and Muslim youth leaders presented their ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Buchan at Royal Elcano Institute Conference on “U.S.-Spain Shared Visions”

Tuesday, March 13, 11:00am, Instituto Internacional Ladies and gentlemen, good morning.  I am delighted to be with you today.  Welcome to the Royal Elcano Institute and U.S. Embassy seminar.  I would like to thank President Emilio Lamo de Espinosa and his team. I am also very pleased that Manisha Singh is here from the State ...
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U.S. Digital Artist and Educator Nettrice Gaskins Meets with the Education and Maker Community in Barcelona

The U.S. Consulate General invited Nettrice Gaskins, program manager at the FAB Foundation, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) educator and digital artist to participate in a series of workshops and speaking events in Barcelona, including the 4th International Education Conference – STEAMConf Barcelona. During her visit she met with educators, city officials, high ...
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Social Impact Startup Challenge

On May 22, high school students from across Madrid gathered at the Instituto Internacional to compete in the Social Impact Startup Challenge. Organized by U.S. Fullbrighter and IE student Margo Bailey, the Challenge was an opportunity for Madrid youth to practice their English and learn how entrepreneurship can be used as a tool for social ...
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U.S. Implementation, Oversight and Enforcement of the EU-U.S. & Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks

May 1, 2018: From January 2017 through May 2018, the U.S. Government has taken action to support the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. These measures enhance privacy protections for EU and Swiss individuals, while ensuring that American and European businesses can count on the Privacy Shield to deliver innovative products and services across the Atlantic. ...
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Andrew Rabens Visit

On May 22nd, IES Fortuny–one of Madrid´s top public bilingual high schools, and a long-time participant in the U.S. Embassy-sponsored Global Classrooms program (Model U.N.)– hosted Andy Rabens, the U.S. State Department’s Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues. Rabens was in Madrid to participate in the Y20 Public Sector Dialogue on the Future of Work ...
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Embassy Spokesperson Discusses International Relations with Law and Journalism Students at University of Burgos

Great discussion on international relations and communications at the Faculty of Law of the University of Burgos!  University students and professors engaged US Embassy Spokesperson David Connell in a lively conversation on the practice of public diplomacy and US-Spanish relations. Following the discussion, University Vice Rector René Payo and Dean of the Faculty of Law ...
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The U.S. Energy Renaissance

Article by Duke Buchan III, U.S. Ambassador in Spain and Andorra,  Cuadernos Magazine Over the past decade, the United States has experienced an energy renaissance, particularly in oil and natural gas.  Our energy renaissance has had global benefits, including for Spain, which has purchased U.S.-produced, clean liquefied natural gas (LNG).  Growing U.S. exports of oil and natural ...
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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain

The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children.  Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings.  In the past they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices.  They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public venues. ...
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Consulate General Barcelona Celebrates 100th Birthday of Nobel Prize Winner Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman is widely credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing and introducing the concept of nanotechnology. To celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, Consulate General Barcelona collaborated with the Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Division (NanoSpace) of the Catalan Association of Scientific Communication and the University of Barcelona to organize a series of ...
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English Language Event with Tomillo Foundation

In order to enhance their students’ confidence and presentation skills, the Tomillo Foundation organized an English Language Speaking Day on April 26th  for their Go American English! students. Fifteen American volunteers, including UCETAM English Language Assistants and Embassy Speaker Alejandra Ferreira-Sachero, were invited to participate in various activities to help students practice English while having fun. Among ...
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David Connell Participates in Vaughan Radio Program “The Show with No Name”!

Thank you Alberto Alonso, from Vaughan radio, for receiving us and letting us talk about Jazz on your program ‘The Show With No Name’! On the occasion of the Jazz Appreciation Month, the spokesman of the embassy, ​​David Connell explained the history of jazz in the US, how this musical style emerged and how it ...
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Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration with Trumpeter Chris Kase and the Big Band of the Music Conservatory of Móstoles

On the occasion of Jazz Appreciation Month, renowned jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator Chris Kase gave a Master Class to the members of “Rodolfo Halffter” Music Conservatory Big Band in Móstoles on April 26.  Before an audience of students and members of the educational community, and following the introduction by Conservatory Director and Embassy Cultural ...
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Gran Canaria Summit: Entrepreneurship in the Canary Islands

The U.S. Embassy has invited Carolina Huaranca, Principal at Kapor Capital, to participate in the fourth edition of Gran Canaria Summit . A two-day event organized by the San Francisco International Women Entrepreneurs Forum which aims to serve as a bridge between entrepreneurs from Spain and the United States, and presents an opportunity to support the ecosystem of regional entrepreneurship in the Canary Islands. ...
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Information Officer David Connell Visits the Municipality of Poio, Galicia

To commemorate Earth Day 2018, Information Officer David Connell visited the municipality of Poio, Galicia, on behalf of the US Embassy to thank Mayor Luciano Sobral Fernandez and the people of Montes de Xoan de Poio for taking care of Columbus Forest, the largest forest of California Sequoias in Europe. In 1992, a group of ...
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U.S. Embassy Information Officer David Connell Conducts a Master Class on Public Diplomacy

On April 18, the U.S. Embassy Information Officer David Connell conducted a Master Class on Public Diplomacy organized by the European University of Madrid. The meeting was part of the “XXIV Week of Global Communication, Fiction and Truth” in which the Embassy Spokesperson had the opportunity to explain to more than 50 students and professors ...
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Techno-Vernacular Creativity and STEAM: Makers Meet Up at Makespace Madrid

Nettrice Gaskins is joining us as part of a speaker series in Spain to discuss techno-vernacular creativity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Dr. Gaskins’ model for techno-vernacular creativity is an area of practice that investigates the characteristics of cultural art and technology made by underrepresented ethnic groups for their own entertainment and creative ...
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The Embassy Collaborates with the First Edition of “Cine por Mujeres” International Festival

The Embassy supported the participation of Debra Zimmerman, the Executive Director of Women Make Movies (WMM), in the first edition of Madrid’s “ Cine por Mujeres ” International Festival, held on April 3-8. Zimmerman was a member of the jury and gave a workshop about WWM production assistance program and film distribution. As well, she visited two public high schools and ...
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Celebrating Women’s History Month and Honoring the Role of U.S. Women Film Editors in Movie History

To commemorate Women’s History Month, the Embassy organized a film series to honor U.S. women film editors who shaped Hollywood’s classical montage style. Featured film editors included Dorothy Spencer (To Be or Not To Be, 1942), Viola Lawrence (The Lady from Shanghai, 1947), Barbara McLean (All About Eve, 1950), Adrienne Fazan (Singin’ in the Rain, 1952), and Dede Allen (Bonnie and Clyde, 1967). The screenings ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  On Sunday, April 15, 2018, a large demonstration is expected to take place from Plaza Espanya along Avenida Paral-el, concluding at Palaudáries port.  It is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and last for three hours. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of the demonstration. Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings ...
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Demonstrations Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain

Location: U.S. Embassy, Madrid, Spain Event: On Friday, April 13, 2018, a demonstration associated with the Summit of the Americas occurring April 13-14 in Lima, Peru, is expected to take place outside the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Approximately 200 people are expected to participate in the demonstration, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ...
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Lecture on Public Diplomacy to the Master COPE Radio Students

Knowing the functioning of the Public Diplomacy section, and understanding how this office Works in Madrid, has been the objective of the lecture provided by responsibles of the Press and Social Media Section to the Master COPE radio students. It has been an entertaining, informative and practical meeting, where the 25 students of the Master ...
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Ambassador Buchan Meets with a Group of Students from the Roma Community

To mark International Roma Day, Ambassador Buchan recently met with a group of 22 students from the Roma community to underline the U.S. Government’s support for the Roma and emphasize his personal interest in social inclusivity.  The student group was joined at the Embassy by their teacher, U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Mary Clare Freeman.  ...
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Unveiling of Mural Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King jr.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. Embassy’s Political Counselor Shelby Smith-Wilson took part in a moving ceremony on April 4 at the Colegio Antamira in Paracuellos de Jarama (outside of Madrid).  The ceremony involved the unveiling of a mural that the young students at the ...
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Ambassador Buchan Presents His Credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra Maria Ubach

On Tuesday, April 3, Duke Buchan III presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra, Maria Ubach, during his first official visit to the country, which highlighted the growing business opportunities between our two countries and the excellent bilateral relationship. Ambassador Buchan also met with the Prime Minister, Antoni Martí; the Minister ...
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US Consular Agent Kimberly Marshall Participates in a Mock Rescue at Sea Exercise

On March 23, the US Consular Agent in the Balearic Islands, Kimberly Marshall, participated as an observer in a mock rescue at sea exercise with the Balearic Islands’ Maritime Rescue aboard the Marta Mata. The activity provided the opportunity to see the work of the Maritime Rescue closely, and Ms. Marshall also had the opportunity ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain (March 26, 2018)

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place in Barcelona today, March 26, 2018, and may occur there and in other areas of Spain over the next few days. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings. Even peaceful demonstrations have the potential to turn violent without warning. ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain (March 23, 2018)

Location: U.S. Embassy, Calle Serrano 75, Madrid, Spain Event: On Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., a demonstration is expected outside the U.S. Embassy in Madrid to protest U.S., Russian, and Turkish policy in Afrin, Syria. The demonstration is expected to last approximately one hour and involve approximately 100 demonstrators. The demonstrators plan to begin the ...
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Consular Agent Kimberly Marshall Visits the Food Bank of Mallorca

On March 20, 2018, the Food Bank of Mallorca invited Consular Agent Kimberly Marshall to visit their operation. Ms. Marshall thanked them for their wonderful assistance to the Balearic community – the Food Bank serves many residents from other countries, including the citizens of the United States. They talked about future projects and volunteer opportunities ...
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Press Attaché David Connell’s Lecture on Public Diplomacy at the UAB

On March 19, the U.S. Embassy press attaché, David Connell, gave a talk on public diplomacy and the work of a press office of a diplomatic mission to 40 journalism students of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). David Connell explained them the structure of the State Department, how U.S. foreign policy is articulated and ...
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Columbia University Ph.D. Candidate Rebecca Pawel’s Talk at University of Alcalá

Columbia University Ph.D. candidate Rebecca Pawel, Fulbright scholar at Madrid’s Complutense University, gave a talk at the University of Alcalá on how Spanish became the most studied foreign language in American schools, overtaking German (the second most popular language before 1916) and French (the most popular until the  1970s).  The teaching of Spanish in the ...
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U.S. Illustrator and Writer of Children’s Books David Wiesner Inspires Youth in Barcelona

The consulate general collaborates for the first time with the FLIC Festival of Children and Youth Literature and Arts that took place in Barcelona on March 9-11. American illustrator David Wiesner was the keynote speaker of this well-known festival. Wiesner spoke about his creative process, his drawings, his imaginative characters and stories before a group ...
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Alert: Unauthorized Demonstrations in Madrid March 16, 2018

Location: Lavapies neighborhood, Madrid, Spain Event:  Social media reports that unauthorized demonstrations and protests are expected to take place in Madrid in the neighborhood of Lavapies on 3/16/2018 beginning at 18:00.  The demonstrations follow clashes between local authorities and neighbors after the death of a street vendor.  These protests are not directed at the U.S. ...
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Workshop for Study-Abroad Program Coordinators

On March 14, Consular Mission Spain hosted a workshop for study-abroad program coordinators to learn about the assistance consular staff can provide to U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault.  Representatives from study-abroad and teaching-assistant programs from across Spain attended, as did staff from the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona.  U.S. Embassy staff explained the protocol ...
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Consul General Marcos Mandojana Visits the American Space Barcelona’s Booth at YOMO Barcelona

Thanks to the collaboration of the Barcelona’s Commissioner on Technology and Digital Innovation,  Biblioteques de Barcelona and the Consulate General, the American Space Barcelona had for the first time a booth at YOMO Barcelona: Youth Mobile Festival. This event, linked to the Mobile World Congress, aims to inspire young people to pursue education and professional careers ...
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David Larson and Frank Talluto Talk on U.S. policies and Practices Related to the Environment

220 students from eight different bilingual schools of Granada gathered to hear presentations from Big Bend National Park’s Chief of Science and Resource Management, David Larson, and Frank Talluto, the U.S. Embassy’s Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Attaché. They delivered presentations on “US National Parks: a brief history and current resource management practices” and “Water ...
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US TECH Talks Series: Videoconference Roundtables Co-Organized with Spanish Assoc. MujeresTech

To raise the visibility of women experts from the United States on different topics of common interest for Spain and the United States, the U.S. Embassy and the association Mujeres Tech y Aliados are launching the program U.S. <TECH Talks>. U.S. <TECH Talks> will consist of a series of meetings conducted via videoconference between experts ...
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NASA Deputy Associate Administrator Badri Younes Visits Madrid

Visiting Madrid NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation, Badri Younes,  visited the American Space at Madrid’s International Institute to address two groups of U.S. Embassy-funded Go American English! students for a talk entitled Scanning the Universe that included the latest updates on NASA’s current and future missions.   Mr. Younes told the students ...
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Counselor for Public Diplomacy Stewart Tuttle’s Presentation at Complutense University

Stewart Tuttle, the Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy, engaged with students from the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of Complutense University on February 28.  During his presentation, Mr. Tuttle described U.S. governmental policies on a wide range of international issues.  He also explained the role of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section ...
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American Citizen Services Representatives Explain Services Offered for American Citizens

Representatives from the American Citizen Services Section at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid met with members of various commercial and public service sectors from the Canary Islands in Las Palmas on February 22. They explained services offered for American citizens from the Consular Section in Madrid and the local office in Las Palmas. Guests included ...
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Message from Ambassador Buchan

This week, as we mark the culmination of National African American History Month, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the contributions African Americans have made throughout the history of the United States. This year in particular, we recognize “African Americans in Times of War,” and reflect on the heroism of African ...
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Brooklyn Dancer Storyboard P Is Featured at Contemporary Art Museum CA2M during ARCOmadrid 2018

Brooklyn Dancer Storyboard P is Featured at Contemporary Art Museum CA2M during ARCOmadrid 2018, Madrid’s International Contemporary Art Fair The United States Embassy partnered with the City of Madrid’s public contemporary art museum “Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo” (CA2M) to celebrate Black History Month by inviting U.S. African-American artist Storyboard P. Storyboard P, also ...
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Ambassador Buchan’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce in Spain

Ambassador Buchan’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce in Spain Welcome Cocktail The Westin Palace, Madrid Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Good evening everyone. It’s a great pleasure to be here with you. I want to congratulate Jaime and all the members of the AmCham for your 100 years of success. On behalf of my wife, ...
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Ambassador Buchan Recognizes Members of the Spanish Military

In a special ceremony on February 15, Ambassador Buchan presented medals to nine members of the Spanish military in recognition of their military accomplishments and their contribution to the excellent bilateral military relationship between Spain and the United States. In remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Buchan saluted the unbreakable bonds that exist: “The presence of ...
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Opening of Global Classrooms Conference

On Wednesday February 21st  Stewart Tuttle, the Embassy Counselor for Public Diplomacy delivered remarks at the Opening ceremony of Global Classrooms, held at the breathtaking  Asamblea de Madrid’s plenary chamber. A cornerstone of the Embassy’s mission to promote American English language training in Spain, Global Classrooms is a model UN conference in which students participate-entirely ...
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MIT Digital Economy Expert Seth G. Benzell Discusses in Barcelona the Impact of New Technologies on the Economy

The Consulate General invited to Barcelona U.S. economist and researcher at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Seth G. Benzell, who delivered a series of talks and lectures at influential economic and educational institutions reaching a broad array of audiences in the business, economic and academic sectors. His remarks at the Barcelona Graduate School ...
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U.S. Embassy Consul Chris Richardson Speaks on U.S. Civil Rights Movement

On February 20th,  U.S. Embassy Consul Chris Richardson spoke to a full house at the Casa de America in Madrid, reviewing the history of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.  Richardson, the co-author of a book on the subject, explored the legacy of slavery and segregation in U.S. society, before focusing on the leaders of the ...
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Fishackathon 2018: Solutions to Protect Our Waters

On February 10-11, the U.S. Embassy, the University of Cádiz, International Campus of Excellence of the Sea, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment  (MAPAMA), with the collaboration  of the Spanish Oceanagraphic Institute, Santander Universities, Marine Instruments and IBM celebrated the global initiative “Fishackathon 2018.” Fishackathon is a worldwide competition launched by the ...
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Remarks by Counselor for Management David Simons at the International Studies Foundation

On Tuesday February 13, as part of the U.S. Embassy Madrid Speaker Program, David Simons,  the Counselor for Management spoke to students of the Embassy-sponsored Go American English! program at the International Studies Foundation.  Simons explained what an Embassy is; its role in the diplomatic relations between two countries; and the full spectrum of political, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Buchan at Conference on Security, Defense, and the International Order

Joint Conference of the U.S. Embassy and the Royal Elcano Institute: “Security, Defense, and the International Order.” February 13, 2018 President Emilio Lamo de Espinosa; Director General Fidel Sendagorta; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen.  I am pleased to welcome you to the first of a series of conferences on the U.S.-Spain relationship organized by the ...
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Call for Applications: Experience the United States as a YTILI Fellow!

Call for Applications: Experience the United States as a YTILI Fellow! Attention European entrepreneurs: Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) of the U.S. Department of State and is supported in its implementation by The German Marshall Fund of the ...
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Animal Welfare Award

On January 24, Counselor for Public Diplomacy Stewart Tuttle accepted an award on behalf of the U.S. Embassy given by the Official College of Veterinarians of Madrid to the American people for treatment of animals during the evacuations that happened after Hurricane Harvey. The award also recognizes animal protection laws for the rescue of domestic ...
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Ambassador Duke Buchan III Presents Credentials to His Majesty King Felipe VI

On Thursday, January 18, Duke Buchan III presented his Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Felipe VI during an official ceremony at the Royal Palace. He thus officially becomes the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain. The credentialing ceremony dates back to the eighteenth century and maintains traditions that have remained virtually the same to this ...
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Under Secretary Shannon Travels to Madrid

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 10, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., will travel to Madrid, Spain on January 11-12. He will meet with senior Spanish officials to discuss bilateral relations, security cooperation, the situation in Venezuela, and other key issues of mutual concern. To ...
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Under Secretary Shannon Travels to Madrid

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 10, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., will travel to Madrid, Spain on January 11-12. He will meet with senior Spanish officials to discuss bilateral relations, security cooperation, the situation in Venezuela, and other key issues of mutual concern. To ...
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Reopening of U.S. Consular Agency in Seville, Spain

The Embassy of the United States in Madrid is pleased to announce the reopening of the U.S. Consular Agency in Seville, Spain, on January 9, 2018, as well as the appointment of Raynold von Samson-Himmelstjerna as Consular Agent. In this capacity, Raynold will provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens residing in or visiting the western region of Andalusia, ...
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Would You Like to Become a Member of this Group?

On December 21st 2017, most of the Spanish alumni of the Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute Program gathered in Madrid to celebrate the 10th edition of this exchange program for youth.  The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive short term exchange program created in 2006 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth ...
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Reopening of U.S. Consular Agency in Seville, Spain

On January 9, Embassy Consul General Liza Petrush welcomed U.S. citizens to a town hall to celebrate the reopening of the U.S. Consular Agency in Seville. With this reopening, U.S. citizens residing in or visiting the western region of Andalusia, including Seville, Cádiz, Córdoba, Huelva, and Jaén, can obtain locally passport and notary services, reports ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 9, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of ...
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Roundtable: “Meet the Women Who Are Transforming the World”

Roundtable: “Meet the Women Who are Transforming the World” Over 90 women attended the roundtable “Women Transforming the World” organized by U.S. Department of State Exchange Alumna Marta Fernández Herraiz, founder of  LesWorking , a professional network for LGBTI women.  Invited speakers for this event, which was hosted by the American Space Madrid, were human rights lawyer Violeta Assiego and Irene Milleiro, Managing Director of  Change.org ...
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Go American English! Grantees Visit Madrid’s Google Headquarters

On December 21, 2017, the 22 current Go American English! grantees at the International Studies Foundation (FIS) got the opportunity to visit Google’s headquarters in Madrid.  Several volunteers guided them around their facilities at Torre Picasso, a skyscraper designed by famous American architect Minoru Yamasaki, that for many years was the tallest building in Madrid.  ...
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Press Release: U.S. Ambassador Duke Buchan III Arrives in Madrid

Duke Buchan III arrived in Madrid on Sunday, December 17, to take up his duties as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra. His wife, Hannah, and his three children accompanied him. Chargé d’Affaires Benjamin G. Ziff of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid received Ambassador Buchan and his ...
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Statement of Duke Buchan, Nominee to Be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra

Statement of Duke Buchan III Nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra Senate Committee on Foreign Relations September 27, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Murphy and Distinguished Members of the Committee. And another special thanks to you, Chairman Johnson for your personal introduction and for your support. It is a great ...
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President Trump’s Decision To Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

President Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital aligns U.S. presence with the reality that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, Supreme Court, President’s office, and Prime Minister‘s office. We have consulted with many friends, partners, and allies in advance of the President making his decision. We firmly believe there is an opportunity for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution, December 7, 2017

Africa East Asia and Pacific Europe Middle East and North Africa South Asia and Central Asia Western Hemisphere As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities Do you imagine dancing in a wheelchair? Full Radius Dance (FRD), a leading physically-integrated dance company from Atlanta, Georgia visited Spain last May to open the annual performing arts festival “ Una mirada diferente ,” organized by Centro Dramático Nacional. Full Radius Dance was founded in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, and its members are dancers with and without disabilities. Director Douglas Scott has created a ...
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Promoting the Expansion of the Technovation Challenge in Spain and Andorra

The consulate general organized a series of events to promote Technovation Challenge, the world’s largest technology entrepreneurship competition for girls, in Spain a Andorra. U.S. speaker Katie Morton from nonprofit Iridescent led a round-table discussion with educators, academics, U.S. tech companies and tech stakeholders from Barcelona to promote the expansion of this American initiative that ...
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Deputy Cultural Attaché Ryan Matheny’s Lecture on English Language

On Tuesday November 21st  and Wednesday November 29th,  Deputy Cultural Attaché Ryan Matheny lectured at the “Escuela Oficial de Idiomas of Malaga” and the “Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Moratalaz” in Madrid, respectively, for audiences of adult English language learners.  The Escuelas Oficiales de Idomas –EOIs (Official Schools of Languages), a unique Spanish institution created in ...
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US Speaker Dr. Susan Katz Participates in the Celebrations Marking the Andalusian Roma Day

On Wednesday November 22, US Speaker Dr. Susan Katz, Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco along with Deputy Cultural Attaché Ryan Matheny, participated in the celebrations marking the Andalusian Roma Day  at the City Hall square in Granada. The commemoration was an opportunity to call attention to the history, ...
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High school students learn about the Great American Songbook from U. S. jazz expert Will Friedwald

Great American singers such as Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald were heard on November 21 at the Barcelona Music Museum thanks to a presentation on the Great American Songbook by writer and jazz expert Will Friedwald. The audience were 70 high school students from Rubí and Sant Vicenç de Castellet. Friedwald was invited by the ...
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US Speaker Dr. Susan Katz Participates in a Program on Human Rights and Education

US Speaker Dr. Susan Katz, Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco is in Madrid and Granada the week on November 20 to 25 invited by the U.S. Embassy for a program on Human Rights and Education.  On Monday November 20,  she participated  in workshop on Immigrant’s integration in the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: European Travel Alert November 17, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events. This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ...
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Dr. Joseph Wiemelt Met in Seville with American English Language Assistants

Dr. Joseph Wiemelt, the English Language Specialist who is currently in Spain on a three weeks program co-sponsored by U.S. Department of State, the Junta de Andalucía, and the U.S. Embassy, met in Seville with the American English Language Assistants placed by the Junta in schools throughout the province.  On Friday November 10th  he delivered ...
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English Language Specialist Dr. Joseph Wiemelt Will Visit Seville, Cadiz and Malaga

In a program co-sponsored by Department of State English Language Office, the Junta de Andalucia and the Embassy, Dr. Joseph Wiemelt, an English Language Specialist selected by Georgetown University, will spend three weeks in three different cities of Andalusia (Seville, Cadiz and Malaga), delivering Teacher Training workshops for Spanish bilingual school English Teachers in the ...
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Duke Buchan III, New Ambassador-Designate of the United States to Spain and Andorra

Duke Buchan III, of Florida, was confirmed yesterday by the Senate of the United States of America to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Spain, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Andorra. ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson

October 27, 2017 On U.S. Support for Spanish Unity The United States enjoys a great friendship and an enduring partnership with our NATO Ally Spain.  Our two countries cooperate closely to advance our shared security and economic priorities.  Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the United States supports the Spanish government’s constitutional measures ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens, October 27, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstrations Regarding Catalan Political Situation October 27, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations related to the evolving political situation in Catalonia are expected to continue in the coming days and weeks, including today near the Catalan Parliament in ...
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U.S. entrepreneur Ingrid Vanderveldt stresses the importance of women’s economic empowerment

On October 16 and 17, we invited to Barcelona U.S. entrepreneur and investor Ingrid Vanderveldt. During her visit, she met with women entrepreneurs and gave inspirational talks on the importance of women’s leadership in the global economy at the Barcelona Institut d’ Empreneduria, Barcelona Activa and IESE. She also presented her global women’s empowerment initiative: ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens, Oct. 17, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Regarding Catalan Political Situation The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations related to the evolving political situation in Catalonia are expected to continue in the coming days and weeks, beginning the evening of October 17. U.S. citizens should be aware of the increased police presence throughout ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Benjamin Ziff’s Remarks at the III Hispanic Heritage Forum

On October 10, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Benjamin Ziff provided opening remarks at the III Hispanic Heritage Forum (III Foro de la Herencia Hispana), organized by The Hispanic Council and hosted at Madrid’s Deusto Business School.  Since 2015, the Forum has been held to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) in the United States, in ...
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Exhibition of the U.S. photographer Susan Meiselas at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies with the collaboration of the consulate general

Fundació Antoni Tàpies will show until January 14th an exhibit on US photographer Susan Meiselas’ over four decades work imaging world conflicts and US society. The consulate collaborated in the exhibit organizing ancillary program, such as masterclass at the School of Communication and International Relations of Ramon Llull University and a guided tour of the ...
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Road to Women’s Entrepreneurship Day with Ingrid Vanderveldt

Tech entrepreneur, media personality, investor and philanthropist Ingrid Vanderveldt, visits Spain to meet with Spanish entrepreneurs, women leaders and youth, in Madrid, Barcelona, and Santander.  These events will kick off a series of activities that will lead up to Global Entrepreneurship Week and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, annual gatherings aimed at creating an environment that empowers ...
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Go American English! Inauguration

Chargé Ben Ziff  hosted on October 5  at the International Institute the launch ceremony for Go American English!, a two-year microscholarship program that will provide a foundation of English language skills to bright 14 to 16 year old students from disadvantaged sectors of Madrid society through after-school English classes.  The event  concluded  with the screening ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Regarding Catalan Political Situation

The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona inform U.S. citizens that demonstrations related to the political situation in Catalonia are expected to continue to take place in Barcelona, Madrid, and in other locations across Spain in the coming days and weeks. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational ...
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Girl Rising Screening to Celebrate International Day of the Girl

Girl Rising Screening: Join the Embassy, the City Hall of Daganzo, and Atalaya School to celebrate International Day of the Girl Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not.  And yet, when you educate a girl you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film that has already been seen by millions. It’s also a movement for girls’ education.  Join us on Wednesday, ...
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CDA Benjamin Ziff’s Remarks at IN3 Opening, October 3, 2017

IN3 Opening October 3, 2017 La Nave, Villaverde, Madrid   Many thanks, Elena.  And thank you to Miguel for the warm welcome.  Distinguished guests, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, representatives from the public and private sectors, it is both an honor and a pleasure to join you for the third annual IN-cubed conference.  The U.S. Embassy is ...
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Dr. Rupak Biswas, Director of Exploration Technology at NASA Ames Research Center in California Talks to Students at the Complutense University

On October 3, 2017, Dr. Rupak Biswas, Director of Exploration Technology at NASA Ames Research Center in California talked to students at the Computer Science Faculty from the Complutense University. Dr. Biswas when through the core competencies of the Center and how they contribute to every mayor NASA mission and initiative through their research.  He ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: October 3rd, 2017

Message for U.S. Citizens: General Strike on October 3rd, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona inform U.S. citizens that a general strike is scheduled to begin in Catalonia beginning on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Expect possible disruptions to public transportation and other services. We encourage U.S. citizens to ...
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XXII United States-Spain Forum in Williamsburg, Virginia, September 22-23, 2017

Chargé d’Affaires Benjamin Ziff participated in the XXII United States-Spain Forum in Williamsburg, Virginia, on September 22-23, 2017.  Organized by the US-Spain Council and the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos, this location is aimed at highlighting the history and the foundation of the United States of America as a nation.  Also the settlement of a group ...
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The Consulate General Collaborates with the Etopia Technology and Art Center of Zaragoza

American visual artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée showcased part of his research in the Ebro river ecosystem in the exhibit ‘Postnaturaleza’ at Etopia Technology and Art Center. During his stay in Zaragoza, he took groups of students and families to the river to collect material and take pictures in order to create awareness on the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens, Sep. 28, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations regarding Catalan political situation September 28, 2017 The U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations have been taking place at various locations throughout Barcelona regarding Catalonia’s political situation. Demonstrations might continue in Catalonia into the first weeks of October. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Rajoy of Spain Before Bilateral Meeting

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 26, 2017   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have President Rajoy of Spain.  He’s somebody highly respected — highly respected — in this country. We have a very, very close relationship with Spain.  And, Mr. President, ...
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Mission Speaker Program Travels to Almeria

On Friday September 22 and Monday September 25, as part of the Mission Speaker Program, Deputy Cultural Attaché Ryan Matheny took more than 300 students of the Nicolás Salmerón y Alonso and Alhadra bilingual high schools in Almeria, on a virtual tour of Washington D.C. explaining the political, historical, and cultural significance of the city, ...
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XXII United States-Spain Forum in Virginia, on September 22-23, 2017

Chargé d’Affaires Benjamin Ziff will participate in the XXII United States-Spain Forum in Williamsburg, Virginia, on September 22-23, 2017. Organized by the US-Spain Council and the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos , this location is aimed at highlighting the history and the foundation of the United States of America as a nation. The settlement of a group of Spanish Jesuit priests in ...
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Spain and the US Work Closely Together in Areas of Health and Medicine

Spain and the United States work closely together to fight many challenges in areas of health and medicine. Dr. Jack Welch of the US National Cancer Institute held a seminar on September 14 with officials from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) to discuss the approach of NCI to global health, along with trending ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Benjamin G. Ziff at CESEDEN

Chargé d’Affaires Ben Ziff delivered remarks at the Inaugural Ceremony of the Youth Mediterranean Dialogue organized by the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (COAJE) at the Spanish Center for National Defense Studies on Monday, September 11, 2017 Let me start by congratulating the Youth Atlantic Treaty Organization of Spain for your extraordinary work organizing this dialogue.  ...
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Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Barcelona and Cambrils Terrorist Attack

This message updates the Emergency and Security Messages the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona sent on August 17 and August 18 informing U.S. Citizens that terrorist attacks occurred in Barcelona and in Cambrils, Spain.  Spanish media reports that Spanish authorities are still searching for the individual who drove the vehicle involved in the terrorist attack in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Terrorist Attack in Cambrils, Spain

The U.S. Consulate in Barcelona is informing U.S. Citizens that a terrorist attack has occurred in Cambrils, Spain, approximately 75 miles south of Barcelona. Spanish authorities report that a vehicle and explosives were used in the attack. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid unnecessary travel around the immediate area and to follow local media and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Barcelona Las Ramblas Terrorist Attack

This message updates the Emergency Message the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona sent on August 17 informing U.S. Citizens that a likely terrorist attack has occurred at Las Ramblas close to Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona.  Spanish media report the areas in and around Las Ramblas have been blocked off.  There are also reports that two individuals ...
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#GirlsTech Summer Camp at the American Space Barcelona focuses on digital fabrication

During the first two weeks of July, 20 girls from Barcelona learned the basics of robotics and coding. This hands-on workshop introduced them to the world of Digital Fabrication. The #Girlstech Summer camp was co-organized by the consulate general in collaboration with the American Space Barcelona and the Pompeu Fabra University’s Department of Information and ...
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The consulate general arranges a one-week training workshop for Science teachers from Barcelona

Janet McNeil, K-8 Science Coordinator at Brookline Public Schools in Massachusetts, offered a one-week training  on “Weaving Science and Literacy” for 25 teachers who teach science in English, at the American Space Barcelona. She also delivered a talk on the latest innovations in science teaching and curricula in the U.S. at the Catalan Foundation for ...
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U.S. Independence Day celebration at the Consulate General

On July 5, 2017, Consul General Marcos Mandojana hosted at the gardens of the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, the official reception to commemorate the 241 anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. Local authorities and representatives of the consular district’s civil society attended this traditional reception. The Michelle Faber Quintet and ...
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Independence Day Celebration at the Ambassador’s Residence at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid

On July 4, 2017,  Chargé d’Affaires Krishna Urs hosted an Independence Day celebration at the Ambassador’s Residence at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. U.S. Marines and their Spanish counterparts began the night with a presentation of the colors, followed by a renditions of the U.S. and Spanish National Anthems. Chargé Urs gave remarks on the ...
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Iftar at the Residence of U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Krishna Urs

The U.S. Embassy in Madrid hosted an Iftar to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with members of Muslim communities in Spain at the residence of U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Krishna Urs on June 22. Chargé Urs spoke about the importance of promoting democratic principles, as well as working to ensure religious tolerance and freedom of ...
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Inclusive Employment: Customized Employment for Those With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

In collaboration with the Corporate Social Responsibility council Cointegra , the Embassy invited businesses from Spain and the United States to a discussion with Beth Keeton, the Executive Director for The Center for Social Capital and Chief Operating Officer for Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc. Keeton presented the “Personalized Employment” model, a support model designed for people with ...
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500 Spanish Students Receive a Grant to Study in the US or Canada

The Amancio Ortega Foundation hosted an event to celebrate the 500 Spanish students that received a grant to study and live in the United States or Canada for the 2017-2018 academic year. Approximately 10,000 students applied for the grant, which covers one hundred percent of the costs to complete a year of high school abroad. ...
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Bruce Hoffman Participates in a Roundtable Sponsored by the Elcano Royal Institute

On July 5 at the American Space Madrid, Bruce Hoffman, the Director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, participated in a roundtable sponsored by the Elcano Royal Institute about the evolution of jihadist terrorism since the Madrid train bombings of March 11, 2004. Professor Hoffman was joined by two Spanish terrorism experts ...
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“The Art of Startup Funding”: U.S. Entrepreneur Darren Spedale Meets Young Social Entrepreneurs at Teamlabs

U.S. entrepreneur Darren Spedale, co-founder of StartOut and founder of FamilyByDesign, spoke to young social entrepreneurs of Teamlabs —the only university in Spain which offers a degree in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation—. Spedale’s presentation “The Art of Startup Funding”, was included in the 2nd edition of the “Investment Preparedness Lab” organized by Teamlabs and U.S. accelerator for ...
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2017 World Pride Reception

In recognition of LGBTI month and in honor of the World Pride 2017 celebration in Madrid, the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Kris Urs, hosted a reception at his residence. Actng Cultural Affairs Officer Ryan Matheny, along with the Chargé d’Affaires, recognized the work done by the city of Madrid to celebrate ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. “But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why ...
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Isabel Gates Participates at Aging 2.0

The World Health Organization projects that by 2050, the population of people aged 60 and older will reach almost 2.1 billion, more than doubling its size in 2015. The aging of the world population will bring with it significant social and economic shifts, as communities change to meet the needs of their changing demographics. In ...
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Access Microscholarship Program Graduation Ceremony

More than 200 people gathered on June 20 at the American Space Madrid (International Institute) to attend the graduation ceremony of the 46 students who have successfully completed the program both at the Fundacion Tomillo and the Fundacion International Studies.  The event was presided by Christopher Quade, Acting Counselor for Public Diplomacy, Ryan Matheny, acting ...
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“Grand Finale” of NASA’s Cassini Mission

On June 13, 2017, Dr. Earl Maize, Dr. Scott Edgington and Dr. Jo Pitesky of NASA spoke about the “Grand Finale” of NASA’s Cassini Mission. The discussion, which was held at Madrid’s Conde Duque Cultural Center in collaboration with Planetario de Madrid, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, drew 250 participants ...
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Spanish Fulbrighters on the Verge of their American Adventure

A group of Spanish students, scholars, and teachers who have been awarded Fulbright scholarships visited the residence of the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid for a traditional barbeque lunch as part of an orientation prior to their departure for the United States.  The Fulbrighters were welcomed by representatives of the Embassy, the ...
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“Personalized Employment, an Opportunity to Create Unique Situations” by U.S. Expert Beth Keeton

The United States Embassy, in collaboration with the organization Plena Inclusión, participated in a seminar and workshops that offered best practices on Personalized Employment strategies so that people with complex needs can develop their employment prospects. Beth Keeton, the Executive Director for The Center for Social Capital and Chief Operating Officer for Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc., ...
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Design Thinking Workshop by Women’s Network LesWorking

The Embassy, hosted a Design Thinking workshop in collaboration with U.S. Department Exchange Alumna Marta Fernández, the founder of the LGBTI women organization  LesWorking .  The workshop was led by María José Jordá, a national and international expert on innovation and digital transformation. The LGBTI short film “Yo también” , directed by Sonia Sebastián , was also screened during the ...
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Highlighting LGBTI Month #PrideMonth

In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. You can consult the complete text here: https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/06/271626.htm . The U.S. Embassy joins the LGBTI Month celebration ...
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Roundtable discussion at the consulate on the latest trends in social media and digital marketing in the U.S.

The U.S. Consulate General arranged a roundtable discussion at the consulate coinciding with the visit to Barcelona of Adam Gausepohl, CEO and creative director at PopShorts, a social media agency based in California. The event focused on the latest trends in digital marketing and social media strategies for organizations, and gathered a diverse group of ...
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Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute

Maria Jorge visited the U.S. Embassy on Monday June 12th to speak about her experience in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute. The BFTF is a unique and exciting program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  45 students from over 30 ...
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City Lights Film Screening

The U.S. Embassy screened the Charles Chaplin film City Lights on Wednesday June 7th  in collaboration with the American Space Madrid. The talented musician and composer Sonia Mejias played the piano to accompany the silent film.  City Lights was first release in 1931 and tells the story about a tramp who falls in love with ...
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Turning Point Challenge: an Entrepreneurship Experience for Young Graduates

The Embassy welcomed ten participants from the fourth class of the “Turning Point Challenge,” a program that helps young entrepreneurs cultivate their innovative projects. The one-month program gives the opportunity for participants to engage in debates, workshops, and discussions in a co-working space, working among professionals who provide them with guidance. The participants’projects span a ...
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More than 90 Girls from the GirlsTech Program Participate in a Makeathon

Last Saturday approximately one hundred girls between the ages of 9 and 12 participated in the GirlsTech Makeathon at the American Space Madrid. The program, which is funded by the U.S. Embassy, was created to encourage girls to explore the fields of technology and science. The girls were divided into small teams and given an ...
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Rebecca Senf Introduces Us to the World of Contemporary North American Photography

Rebecca Senf, the Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson and the Phoenix Art Museum, spoke about her experiences at la Escuela de Arte Diez, la Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad Complutense, la TAI, and was a judge for Descubrimientos, a program organized by PhotoEspaña to help photographers develop professional ...
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Hidden Figures Film Showing

Around 100 students from public and charter bilingual schools attended yesterday a film showing of “Hidden Figures” at the International Institute’s auditorium, home of the American Space Madrid.  The film was introduced by ACAO Ryan Matheny Garrido who welcomed the audience and underscored that it is a story about how people—in this case women and ...
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Talk by Mission Speaker at IES Joaquín Araujo de Fuenlabrada

Mission Speaker Ryan Matheny Garrido took 50 students of the Joaquin Araujo public bilingual school in  Fuenlabrada on a virtual tour of Washington DC, explaining the political, historical, and cultural significance of the city, its buildings, monuments, and museums, as well as comparing and contrasting the city to other parts of the United States in ...
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#GirlsTech STEM Training Program Arrives in Barcelona and Girona

The U.S. consulate general in Barcelona will offer 40 scholarships to girls between 9 and 12 years old to participate in two summer camps devoted to digital fabrication and augmented reality. #GirlsTech arrives in Barcelona and Girona this summer after a great success in Madrid, Valencia and Santander. This is the U.S. Mission in Spain’s ...
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Full Radius Dance Showcases U.S. Dance and Promotes Disability Rights Among Diverse Audiences in Madrid and Valencia

Full Radius Dance (FRD), a leading physically-integrated dance company from Atlanta, Georgia opened the annual performing arts festival “ Una mirada diferente ,” organized by Centro Dramático Nacional, at Teatro Valle-Inclán on May 26, and gave a second performance on May 27 followed by Q&A with the audience. FRD was the first U.S. company participating in the festival since its first ...
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Workshops for Youth by U.S. Jazz Saxophonist Greg Osby

Renowned U.S. jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator Greg Osby offered workshops for youth at “Teresa Berganza” music conservatory in Madrid on May 23 and “Padre Antonio Soler” music school in San Lorenzo de El Escorial on May 24th.  At the conservatory, Osby worked with a group of eight students including one pianist, one drummer, and ...
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NASA: The Intersection Between Science and Art

Carlos González, the former director of the NASA Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex, and Tom Sachs, an artist from the United States known for his space-related exhibits and film, met at the American Space Madrid to discuss their respective careers. González explained how space telecommunication technology has changed over the years, while Sachs presented about ...
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The Deputy Cultural Attaché of the U.S. Embassy, Ryan Matheny, Presented the Dance Company U.S. Full Radius Dance

The Deputy Cultural Attaché of the U.S. Embassy, Ryan Matheny Garrido, presented the U.S. integrated dance company, Full Radius Dance, that is currently in Madrid to participate in the Performing Arts Festival ¨A different look.¨ This is an event organized in collaboration with the National Dramatic Center, and has been presented today to the public. ...
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Special Advisor Knox Thames Attended the International Conference on Victims of Religious and Ethnic Violence in the Middle East

Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State, attended the International Conference on Victims of Religious and Ethnic Violence in the Middle East at El Pardo Royal Palace in Madrid. Co-hosted by Spain and Jordan, the conference included the participation of more ...
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Statement by Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia

Madrid Conference on Victims of Ethnic and Religious Violence in the Middle East: Protecting and Promoting Plurality and Diversity, May 24, 2017 On behalf of the United States government, I want to thank King Felipe VI, Foreign Minister Datsis and his co-convener Foreign Minister Safadi for hosting this important and timely meeting.  We appreciate Spain ...
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Writer and Producer Terence Winter Visits the U.S. Embassy in Madrid

Terence Winter, the renowned Hollywood writer and producer known for his work on The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and The Wolf of Wall Street, visited the U.S. Embassy in Madrid to meet with fourteen Spanish film students from various universities in Madrid. Winter discussed his own screenwriting career, fielded student questions, and advised students regarding their ...
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Annie Novak Co-Founder of a Unique Rooftop Farm in New York

Annie Novak, a pioneer in New York urban gardening, participated in the conference “The Eco-Habitat City: Biodiversity in the Urban Environment.” Annie Novak, the founder and director of Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork food education program, participated in the roundtable, “The Eco-Habitat City: Biodiversity in the Urban Environment.” Other participants in the discussion included the architect ...
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The Embassy and the Consulate Introduce the PACE Program in Spain to Promote the Energy Efficiency of Buildings

Jane Elias, Program Manager of the Energy and Sustainability Division at the County of Sonoma in California, presented this American best practice to fund and improve energy efficiency in residential homes and commercial buildings. This model has been adopted by more than 2000 cities and 32 states across the United States. Together with the social ...
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Fulbright Alumni and International Visitors Visit the Gloria Fuertes Exhibit–Centenary

The Gloria Fuertes Foundation invited the Embassy and a group of Exchange Alumni (participants in programs sponsored by the State Department, the Fulbright Program, and the International Visitors Leadership Program) to a tour guided by Paloma Porpetta, the President of the Gloria Fuertes Foundation and the curator of the Gloria Fuertes Exposition–Centenary. Gloria Fuertes, a ...
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Agreement of Friendship

The Mayor of Miami and the representatives of the Spanish World Heritage cities (Cáceres, Avila, Baeza, Cuenca, Ubeda, Alcalá de Henares, Córdoba, Ibiza, Mérida, Salamanca, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Tarragona, y Toledo) signed an agreement of friendship at the U.S. Embassy to promote cultural, educational, and tourism exchanges.  The Chargé ...
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Mujeres en Música (Women in Music) Roundtable and Concert Highlighted Memorial Day

A music initiative of contemporary works for classical piano and mezzo soprano with texts or themes inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and U.S. Women Composers such as composer Marga Richter, highlighted Memorial Day through the piece  “Sarah, do not mourn me dead”. Organized and led by members the New York Women Composers Association (USA) and ...
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Entrepreneurship Program Turning Point Challenge Kicks Off Their 3rd edition

Francisco Camara, alumnus of the Embassy-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), launched the program Turning Point Challenge to teach practical entrepreneurship skills to unemployed youth (under 30), with a different group of 10 students each month. The May edition kicked off at the embassy, where participants  discussed program goals, their expectations and what they’d like ...
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“Poetry and Science” Presentations

Poetry and Science presentations by Alison Hawthorne Deming engage audiences in Madrid, Cáceres, and Mérida.  American poet and academic Alison Hawthorne Deming, Regents’ Professor at the University of Arizona, delivered presentations to packed rooms of high school students in Fuenlabrada and Cáceres, and to University of Extremadura students in Mérida and Cáceres during her speaker ...
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Encounter with Award-Winning American Author Siri Hustvedt

More than 100 students with backgrounds in English philology and science attended a PD-organized encounter with award-winning American author Siri Hustvedt at Madrid’s Complutense University on April 25, 2017. In a conversation with students and two of the university’s English language and literature professors, Hustvedt stressed the importance of bridging the gap between the humanities ...
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The Consulate General collaborates with the International STEAMConf 2017

The US Consulate General has collaborated with the International STEMConf Barcelona 2017 which took place April 20-22. This third edition had two prominent American speakers: Sylvia Martinez, Principal Advisor to Stanford University’s FabLearn Fellows and co-author of “Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom” and Eric Rosenbaum, co-inventor of Makey Makey and a ...
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“Concha Espina: Almost a Nobel”

Concha Espina’s significant links to the United States are broadly evident in the exhibit:  “A punto del Nobel: Concha Espina” (“Concha Espina: Almost a Nobel”) now being shown at the Complutense University’s María Zambrano Library in the context of the Week of Letters celebration.  This exhibit, the first of the “Women Nobel Prizewinners” activities to be ...
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Explaining the Success of U.S. MakerSpaces

CJ Lynce, Manager of the TechCentral department at Cleveland Public Library, was invited by the U.S. Embassy to lead a series of presentations and speaking events in Barcelona, Madrid and Cuenca on how makerspaces are transforming local communities in the U.S. and supporting skills development and entrepreneurship across the country. The embassy and the consulate general ...
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Celebrating International Roma Day

To celebrate International Roma Day, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid is sharing this video that demonstrates the ways in which the American government supports the education of Roma, promoting tolerance and understanding of the discrimination Roma still face. Through the program depicted in this video – which supports acquisition of English language skills, we expect ...
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#GirlsTech Closing Ceremony

Acting Public Diplomacy Counselor, Christopher Quade, closed the third edition of the program #GirlsTech, an embassy initiative with the collaboration of Asociación MujeresTech. This program aims to educate, inspire, and equip girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. During this third edition, 150 girls (9-12 years old), participated in a ...
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Operation Miraculous Coincidence

By Capt Jose A. Quintanilla, 725AMS/Det 1/CC Through a series of “Miraculous Coincidences,” the efforts of the Air Force Chaplain Corps Religious Support Teams under the leadership of both 86 Airlift Wing Chaplain, Col Donnette Boyd and 496 Air Base Squadron’s Group Chaplain, Capt Chaplain Ronald Feeser, military members from both Morón and Ramstein Air ...
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‘Connect-US’ talks in Tarragona

As part of our ‘Connect-US’ program to promote English teaching, we invited two Fulbright scholars to deliver two talks at two different high schools in Tarragona. Ian Shirley discussed solar energy at Institut Tarragona, while Cary Fontana explained the complex U.S. political and electoral system to 60 students at Institut Martí i Franquès.
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Consulate General Barcelona celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting an outreach event promoting science education for girls

The consulate general arranged the screening of the documentary Codegirl at the American Space before an audience of 150 high school students from Barcelona’s metropolitan area. Vice consul Hsiao-Ching Chang introduced the event while encouraged girls to pursue careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The documentary detailed the worldwide girls’ coding competition, ...
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Consulate General Barcelona arranges an urban farming workshop at the American Space Barcelona

Ilona de Jongh, a successful social entrepreneur and co-founder of the social enterprise Sprout by Design, offered two workshops on “Let’s Turn Trash into Treasure” for high school students from Sant Andreu’s district in Barcelona at American Space Barcelona. The objectives of the workshops were to teach students how to make compost in a small ...
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Three U.S. Supreme Court Justices participated in a round table discussion at the consulate

Three U.S. Supreme Court Justices, who came to Barcelona to participate in a conference organized by the University of New York, agreed to participate in a roundtable discussion on judicial independence organized by the consulate with representatives of the legal community in Barcelona including judges, prosecutors, academics, and attorneys.
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Mission Speaker Christopher Richardson Shares Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

To honor the Civil Rights movement during African-American History Month, ACS Chief Christopher Richardson delivered a talk at the IES Rosa Chacel -a local public high school in the Madrid suburb of Colmenar Viejo, to around 70 eleventh- and twelfth-grade students on the key episodes and heroes of the American civil rights movement. Consul Richardson ...
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Worldwide Caution, March 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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The Allies for Diversity (AxD) Project with It Gets Better Spain Launched

With the main objective being to promote diversity in Secondary Education institutes to prevent bullying, the U.S. Embassy collaborated with the head of Spain’s chapter of the American organization It Gets Better for the project “Allies for Diversity” (AxD). To help in this program, the Embassy invited Jared Fox, the liaison between the LGBT community ...
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More than 150 Girls Have Participated in the Last Edition of #GirlsTech at the American Space Madrid

The latest edition of the #GirlsTech program has concluded.  #GirlsTech offered 30 technology workshops between October 2016 and February 2017 in partnership with the Asociación MujeresTech at the American Space Madrid (International Institute, C/ Miguel Angel 8). More than 150 girls  ages 9 to 12 participated in the free training to learn about cutting-edge technological tools, as well as the ...
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GirlsTech Visits Art in Embassies Collection

The residence of the American Ambassador opened its door to show the Art in Embassies collection to a group of girls ages 8-13, interested in technology and participants in the GirlsTech program. It was the last tour of Ambassador Costos’ collection before the works are returned to the museums, collectors and artists that loaned them ...
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“Hidden Figures” on International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Inspiring STEM Heroes for Girls

In celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Black History Month, the embassy invited university students of Asociación EJECON’s women in engineering mentoring program, and participants of the embassy GirlsTech program, for a private screening. Sponsored by 20th Century Fox and Asociación Ejecutivas y Consejeras, the program highlighted the importance ...
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Public Diplomacy Counselor, Emilia Puma, Gives an Interview to Students from Juan Patiño Public High School

Public Diplomacy Counselor, Emilia Puma, gave an interview to a group of four students from Juan Patiño public high school who visited the Embassy from Toledo as part of the El Pais de los Estudiantes educational initiative. Daily newspaper El Pais started this contest 15 years ago for high school students to completely produce their ...
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Global Classrooms 10th Edition

Global Classrooms is a highly innovative educational program in which students from bilingual high schools of the Community of Madrid put themselves in the shoes of ambassadors of UN member states on different UN committees. The students have the opportunity to develop capabilities required today of global citizens. Students at 28 public schools have been ...
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MIT’s Nadya Peek Delivered Technology Workshops and Spoke about Fab Labs at Madrid Mini Maker Faire

The Embassy collaborated with the organization Makespace to invite U.S. speaker Nadya Peek, Postdoctoral Research Associate at MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, who participated at Madrid’s annual Mini Maker Faire, a celebration of the local maker culture for tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, artists, students, and entrepreneurs. Video
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Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Punke, Visits Spain

  The Embassy Press Office organized a press roundtable with visiting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Punke, to discuss the current state of TTIP, the trade agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and the EU. Representatives of Spain’s main media outlets attended including national newspapers El Pais, ABC, El Mundo and La Razon and radio ...
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Panel on the American 2016 Elections

On Monday, November 21, the Embassy, VIA-Jefferson Circle, the ASM and the IIE hosted four participants of the IVLP on Demand on the 2016 Elections who participated in a panel on the American 2016 Elections: Juan Lobato, Member of the Madrid Assembly (PSOE), Juan Milian, Member of the Catalan Parliament (PPC), Manuel Hidalgo, Political Science ...
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The American Space Madrid Opens its Academic Year

The American Space Madrid opened its academic year with activities for teenagers, children, and parents, including a series of robotics workshops in which the kids created remote control driven vehicles and other cool stuff. Younger kids participated on a reading roadmap of the building and listened to storybooks read aloud by volunteers. The Embassy spokesman, ...
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Elections Presentations at Access-FIS and Access-Tomillo

The Department of Public Diplomacy visited both the Fundacion International Studies-FIS and the Fundación Tomillo and as part of the State Department’s English Access Program. POL Counselor Shelby Smith-Wilson and Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, Ryan Matheny, gave a presentation to the students in the class on the U.S. Elections process and the road to the ...
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Michael Sikorski Shares His Passion for Music with Primary School Students in Madrid

Scientist and musician Michael Sikorski visited a public bilingual primary school in Madrid to give interactive talks about the origins of traditional U.S. music to students in third to sixth grade. Michael is in Madrid under the Fulbright Program conducting a research project in the field of biomedicine. Besides his work as a researcher, Michael ...
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President Obama Visits Spain

President Barack Obama’s trip to Spain was brief, due to the events in Dallas, but with a full agenda.  The President landed late in the evening on Saturday, July 9, at Torrejon Air base in Madrid, just after leaving the NATO Summit in Poland, where he was greeted by King Felipe VI.  On Sunday, President ...
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Street Naming Ceremony in Pozuelo

Ambassador James Costos and the Mayor of Pozuelo de Alarcón, Susana Pérez Quislan, presided over a street naming ceremony in Pozuelo in which one of its streets was named “Estados Unidos de América.” In his remarks, Ambassador Costos stressed that the United States and Spain have a strong friendship, and that “this community is an ...
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First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Madrid

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Madrid, Spain as part of a six-day tour to promote the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which aims to bolster education levels for girls all over the world. While in Madrid, she, along with Queen Letizia, spoke to more than 600 university girls about the importance of educating girls and the ...
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U.S. Film Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum Shares His Views at American Space Madrid

As part of the activities of FILMADRID International Film Festival, American Space Madrid hosted a talk between U.S. film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum and Carlos F. Heredero, editor-in-chief of Caimán Cuadernos de Cine magazine. The talk was entitled “Movie Mutations. Evolution of the Canon in American Film.” After welcoming remarks by the Embassy’s Cultural Attaché and ...
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U.S. Embassy Madrid and Chamberí Valley Association Hosted the Second Edition of IN3 (“In Cubed”), June 8-10, 2016

U.S. Embassy Madrid and Chamberí Valley Association hosted the second edition of IN3 (“In Cubed”), June 8-10, 2016 The second edition of IN3 scaled up the innovation economy that was incubated last year. With innovators, investors and institutions from tech companies, academia, government, IN3 helped to further strengthen networks between the United States and Spain, ...
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Statement from Ambassador James Costos on the announcement of President Obama’s upcoming visit to Spain

U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Spain represents an important step forward in the United States’ relationship with Spain. This visit, the first by a U.S. President in nearly 15 years, is a recognition of the ever closer cooperation between the United States and Spain on a wide range of issues. It follows a ...
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DHS Official Haris Tarin Visits Spain

To help advance Mission Spain’s Public Diplomacy (PD) campaign to counter violent extremism (CVE), the PD Section organized a visit to Spain by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official Mr. Haris Tarin from May 30-June 3. A Senior Advisor in the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL), PD officials and Mr. Tarin ...
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The U.S. Embassy and the Castilla y León Education Department Present the New Edition of the You(R)Company Videos

The U.S. Embassy and the Castilla y León Education Department reinforce their cooperation in education and present the new edition of the You(R)Company videos. The Cultural Attache Christopher Quade presented, together with the General Director for Education Pilar Gonzalez, the newness that will be incorporated to the program next course and which objective is to ...
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Design Thinking for the Entrepreneurship Network of US Embassy Madrid & JuntoSalimos

This hands-on workshop open to entrepreneurs led participants through the design thinking process. Together we explored how human-centered design can help develop innovative solutions for the complex challenges we face as business people, non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs, and global citizens. The completion of this workshop is part of the launch of the online venture forum of ...
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Business Model Canvas Workshop for the Entrepreneurship Network of US Embassy Madrid & JuntoSalimos

During this practical workshop we met with entrepreneurs to develop different business models using the methodology of the Business Model Canvas. The completion of this workshop is part of the launch of the online venture forum of the US Embassy and JuntoSalimos, which aims to help Spanish entrepreneurs in three ways: increase visibility and promotion ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the Chamberí Valley Association Announce the Second Annual Edition of IN3 Entrepreneurship & Investment Conference

The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the Chamberí Valley Association Announce the Second Annual Edition of IN3  Entrepreneurship & Investment Conference  Offering a unique convergence of the three pillars of a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem, IN3 brings together innovators, investors, and institutions from both the United States and Spain The IN3forum is designed to support the internationalization ...
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Mission Speaker Series of Talks Gets to Villanueva Centro Universitario, Madrid

Since 2005, PD Madrid is offering Mission Speaker talks on how the American government is approaching Public Diplomacy abroad. This time, on May 12, the lecture was delivered at the Villanueva University Center in Madrid by two Information Office speakers, Marta García and Maria Jesús del Olmo, to an audience of International Relations and Advertising ...
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Mission Speaker Talks on Presidential Elections to Madrid Public Bilingual Schools

The 2016 presidential election cycle has attracted significant global attention. PD Madrid is offering Mission Speaker talks on the topic to numerous Madrid public bilingual schools. On May 10th Deputy Cultural Attaché Matt Boland at Embassy Madrid addressed an audience of 11th and 12th graders from the IES Cervantes for a presentation on the current ...
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International Seminar on Games and Education

On May 11, at the Madrid Goethe-Institut, an American speaker participated in the International Seminar on Games and Education with a lecture titled “America at Play: Games and Learning”. Experts from Germany, France and Madrid shared their experiences with around 200 attendees. After a lively Q & A session, the seminar closed with two hands-on ...
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Master Classes and Concert by the Kenny Werner Trio to Celebrate International Jazz Day

To kick off the International Jazz Day commemorations, the Kenny Werner Trio, with Kenny Werner (piano), Ari Hoenig (drum), and Johannes Weidenmueller (double bass), gave a concert at the TAI School of Performing Arts on Friday, April 29, preceded by three master classes, one by each of its members. During the extensive, 90-minute long concert, ...
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The Cultural Section of the Embassy Participates in “La Noche de los Libros” through Film

On April 22, the Cultural Section collaborated on the screening of documentary film “Regarding Susan Sontag” at Casa de América as part of the activities organized to celebrate “La Noche de los Libros.” Professor Eulalia Piñero, professor of North American literature at the Autonomous University of Madrid, introduced Susan Sontag’s life and career before the ...
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American Artists Catherine Opie and Philip Taaffe Visit Madrid

American artists Catherine Opie and Philip Taaffe visited Madrid, where they gave presentations for students at the TAI School and PhotoEspaña Master Program. They also explained their works during a guided tour of the Art in Embassies collection at Ambassador Costos’ residence for students from TAI, PhotoEspaña, Escuela de Arte Diez, and Escuela Sur. On ...
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Experience High Tech with our Girls #Girlstech

We closed Women’s History Month with a visit by GirlsTech program participants to the offices of The Nielsen Company and British Telecommunications. Professionals of the two companies, who also promote activities of women’s leadership through their organizations WINN (Women in Nielsen) and AXLE & CON (Association of Executive and Councilors) went above and beyond to ...
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CPD Emilia Puma Visited the IES Mariana Pineda

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, CPD Emilia Puma visited April 8 the IES Mariana Pineda – a local public high school in Vallecas, and talked to a classroom of tenth-graders about the civil rights leader and the heroes of the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The students ...
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Embassy Information Specialist Mauricio Sanchez Gives a Public Diplomacy Lesson to Students from Universidad de Comillas

Embassy Information Specialist Mauricio Sanchez gave a Public Diplomacy lesson to a group of students from the Public Affairs Management Master´s program at Universidad de Comillas. The group, professionals from different sectors with interest in public affairs, visited the Embassy and engaged in the formulation of the U.S. Public Diplomacy in Spain.
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Pitching for Entrepreneurs: the Entrepreneurship Network by U.S. Embassy Madrid and JuntoSalimos

We have organized a 100% experimental workshop on pitching and public presentation techniques for entrepreneurs planning to speak to investors. These free workshops are part of a joint initiative that connects entrepreneurs and advisors through the online Entrepreneurship Network powered by U.S. Embassy Madrid & JuntoSalimos, which aims to help Spanish entrepreneurs in three ways: ...
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PD Intern Monica Palid Presents on Education in the U.S. at IES Mariana Pineda

Public Diplomacy Intern Monica Palid visited IES Mariana Pineda to discuss opportunities to study in the U.S. and the differences between the Spanish school system and the American school system with classes of 14-year-olds and 18-year-olds at this local public high school in Vallecas. The students had many questions about the U.S. university application process, ...
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Master Class by Soprano Renée Fleming at Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid

U.S. soprano Renée Fleming, on visit in Madrid, offered a master class for Escuela Superior de Canto (Higher Singing School) students in the morning of Wednesday, April 13. Her approachability and generosity captivated the audience packing the theater. Renée Fleming worked with four young sopranos, who listened to her explanations carefully and followed her suggestions ...
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The Embassy Celebrates International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with Screening of Girl Rising

Girl Rising is an acclaimed groundbreaking film that has already been seen by millions. It’s also a movement for girls’ education. The documentary tells the inspiring stories of girls from different parts of the world who overcome extraordinary challenges to get an education. These real-life stories convey the message of how investing in a girl’s ...
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Business Model Canvas Workshop for the Entrepreneurship Network of US Embassy Madrid & JuntoSalimos

During this practical workshop we will meet with entrepreneurs to develop different business models using the methodology of the Business Model Canvas. The completion of this workshop is part of the launch of the online venture forum of the US Embassy and JuntoSalimos, which aims to help Spanish entrepreneurs in three ways: increase visibility and ...
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The United States Announces Additional Pledges in Support of Syrian Refugees

Today, at a high-level meeting convened by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on “Global Responsibility Sharing through Pathways for Admission of Syrian Refugees” held in Geneva, Switzerland, Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom announced additional steps the United States is taking to help Syrian refugees. First, the United States ...
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Ambassador James Costos’ statement on the occasion of President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba

President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba is another step in the process of normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, a process which will improve the lives of the Cuban people and open up additional opportunities for engagement, both people-to-people and government.  This will benefit not only Cubans, not only Americans, but also people from ...
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Fulbright Alumni Association’s Homage to Bernardo de Gálvez

CPD Emilia A. Puma participated in the Fulbright Alumni Association’s homage to Bernardo de Gálvez at Casa de América in Madrid. Counselor Puma addressed an audience of 180 people, highlighting the long, shared history of Spain and the U.S., and the relevance today of Bernardo de Gálvez´s values. She said Spanish Fulbright alumni were Gálvez’ ...
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National Symphony Orchestra Musicians Engage Audiences at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Train Station

A group of four musicians of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Symphony Orchestra offered a surprise performance at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha train station in the morning of Friday, February 5, taking advantage of the Orchestra’s presence in the city. Among other, they performed the jazz standard “That’s A Plenty,” “Power” ...
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A Group of Journalists and Communication Professionals Visits ¨Art in Embassies¨ Exhibit

Ambassador Costos´ residence opens its doors again to show its contemporary art collection. A group of journalists and communication professionals have had the occasion to see on first hand the main art works of well-known American and Spaniard artists exhibit within the ¨Art in Embassies¨ initiative framework. This program belongs to the State Department and ...
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Duke University Professor Bruce Jentleson Visits Spain

Bruce Jentleson, electoral campaign expert and political science professor at Duke University, visited Spain to share his experiences with journalists and political experts. After leading a roundtable discussion with Spanish reporters at the U.S. Embassy, Jentleson gave us an overview of two key themes in the upcoming Presidential election: Foreign policy, and the concerns of ...
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Design Thinking Workshop – USembassyMadrid JuntoSalimos Entrepreneurship Node

This hands-on workshop open to entrepreneurs led participants through the design thinking process. Together we explored how human-centered design can help develop innovative solutions for the complex challenges we face as business people, non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs, and global citizens. Through the recently launched initiative “Embassy and JuntoSalimos Entrepreneurship Node”, the Embassy will organize a series ...
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10th Global Classrooms Conference

A cornerstone of the Embassy’s mission to promote American English language training in Spain, Global Classrooms is a conference similar to the UN in which students participate-entirely in English-as delegates to various UN Committees. This year 73 public bilingual high schools –and 730 students, have participated at four preliminary conferences, although only 200 students from ...
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International Presentation of “I Love Vino”, the TV Documentary Produced by the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and Navarra TV

The U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner, the PP member of Parliament Pablo Zalba, and the Director of Navarra TV, Roberto Cámara, have presented the documentary in the headquarters of the European Parliament. The documentary that reflects the similarities and differences between the sector in the two countries and the wine sector’s contributions to ...
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Gospel-Soul Concert to Celebrate African American History Month

To commemorate African American History Month the Embassy, in collaboration with “Casa de América,” arranged a gospel-soul concert on Monday, February 29. “Casa de América” Director General and Embassy Cultural Attaché welcomed the audience and introduced the band “Freedom.” The group performed songs of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and explained their ...
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Embassy Participates in ARCOmadrid 2016

Ambassador Costos attended the February 25 inauguration of ARCOmadrid 2016, the largest art fair in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. The Ambassador, accompanied by CPD Emilia Puma and other PD representatives, visited with a number of the U.S. gallerists and artists who were exhibiting at ARCOmadrid, and greeted the King and Queen ...
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GirlsTech Program Participants Visit Facebook

“Be the nerd!”: Facebook welcomed the participants of the GirlsTech program. As part of an hour and a half learning program, these young women had the opportunity to explore the Facebook offices and participate in discussions with Elena, a young engineer at Facebook, and Irene and Natalia, who hold executive positions in the company. These ...
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Women’s History Month: Spanish Chapter of Vital Voices launches at the American Space Madrid

In order to highlight International Women’s Day, the Spanish chapter of Vital Voices organized their first event at the American Space Madrid. The aim of this group will be to work with women leaders through a women mentoring program focusing their efforts on youth. The nonprofit Vital Voices Global Partnership grew out of the U.S. ...
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Hilton Hopes Recruitment Day

On March 9th Monica Palid, the intern in the office of Public Diplomacy, participated in Recruitment Day for the philanthropic project Hilton Hopes, organized in conjunction with the local NGO Pinardi that primarily serves immigrant youth from Latin America and North Africa. Eighteen youth were chosen by the Pinardi organization to participate in this year’s ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON—The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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Is Studying Agriculture in the U.S. Right for You?

Spanish students are making the choice to study in the United States every day, and so can you. With so many opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level, and so many institutions to choose from, studying in the United States can be a fantastic learning experience and life-changing opportunity. There are more than 30 possible ...
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Agriculture in the California Central Valley

 by Margery Magill John Diener is the owner, president, and CEO of Red Rock Ranch in Five Points, California. Established in 1986, Red Rock Ranch has over 5,000 acres with 15 full-time employees. Diener grew up on the very farm he now manages and has been an articulate spokesperson for Central Valley agriculture over the ...
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Introduction to California Agriculture: Fresno County

 – by Katelyn Vargas While mention of the State of California will conjure images of Hollywood and its two famous cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, California is actually the leading agriculture producing state in the United States, with 80,500 farms and ranches producing 11 percent of the total U.S. food production. California has ...
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Meet an American Farming Family by Blaire Bloxom

Blair Bloxom took a tour through Mattawoman Creek Farms to see how Janice and Rick Felker are leading the way in organic farming. Nestled behind the small town of Eastville on Virginia’s Eastern Shore sits Mattawoman Creek Farms. Owned and operated by Janice and Rick Felker, the thirty-acre organic farm overlooks its namesake body of ...
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Meet the Virtual Foreign Service Interns

Blaire Bloxom, Princeton University Blaire Bloxom joined the State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program as an Agricultural Research Assistant in September of 2013. Prior to her selection, she spent last August traveling throughout Italy, Greece, and Turkey photographing fourth and fifth century churches for her senior thesis research. Before that adventure, she ...
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Agriculture in the United States: an Introduction

Farmers around the world face the challenge of feeding a growing population with limited natural resources, unpredictable weather, climate change and threats from pests and diseases. This blog will explore farming and agriculture in the United States to demonstrate how some farmers are rising to this challenge using a mixture of traditional practices and innovation ...
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