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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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