Ambassador Victoria Kennedy traveled to Klagenfurt and Villach last week for an inaugural visit to the State of Carinthia. The day started off with a call on the Governor, Peter Kaiser, where a variety of topics such as the multitude of international cooperations in Carinthia, were being discussed. Following this visit, the Ambassador had a lively engagement with students from the Department of English and American Studies of the University of Klagenfurt, where she responded to their questions about U.S. society, culture, and the political system.
The next day, Ambassador Kennedy visited the headquarters of Kostwein Group, a family-owned manufacturing company in Klagenfurt. As part of her visit, the Ambassador spoke with the company’s apprentices about their work and their motivations. The next stop was Villach where the Ambassador met with Mayor Günther Albel before engaging with pupils at the American Shelf Villach. Some 50 high school students of St. Martin Gymnasium had gathered at the Library of the Chamber of Labor to discuss topics ranging from the midterm elections to health care and gun rights in the United States with Ambassador Kennedy. View our photo gallery of the visit