Grand Opening of the Austrian-American Society

  “And this is what the Austro-American Society is all about: friendship at every level of society.” In his remarks at the grand opening of the Austrian-American Society refurbished club quarters in Vienna last night, Ambassador Traina pointed out the significance of bilateral relationships on the personal level, and the important role of the AAS: “The close …

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Fulbright Reception and Farewell to Dr. Lonnie Johnson

A welcome – and a goodbye: Ambassador Traina hosted a reception for incoming U.S. and returning Austrian Fulbright students & scholars and alumni & friends of Fulbright Austria . Every year, dozens of Austrians and Americans participate in Fulbright exchange program which includes the 4th largest Fulbright US scholar program in the world. As students, teachers, and …

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Ambassador Traina at Street Photography Exhibition

Ambassador Traina, an avid photography collector, spoke at the opening of the new exhibition on street photography at Kunst Haus Wien/ Museum Hundertwasser. In his remarks, the Ambassador also remembered the recently deceased Robert Frank. “Street. Life. Photography” showcases works by U.S. and international artists.

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Cultural Icon Award for Helga Rabl-Stadler

Ambassador Traina presented Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, with the “Cultural Icon Award” at the International Salzburg Association-Gala, celebrating her significant contribution to U.S.-Austrian cultural relations. The Gala’s venue, Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, is the birthplace of the Salzburg Festival.

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Cultural Icon Award for Elisabeth Gürtler

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina presented Elisabeth Gürtler with the Embassy’s Cultural Icon Award in acknowledgement of her impressive achievements and long friendship with the United States.   Ms. Gürtler, former director of Hotel Sacher, was also managing director of the Spanish Riding School for many years. Part of the history of this institution, a favorite sight …

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A Spotlight on Visibility and Growth of LGBTQ Rights

Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gave a talk about the odds of LGBTQ politicians compared to their straight counterparts. While many politicians still hesitate to out themselves for fear of the effects such announcement might have on their career, others have come forward, promoting the cause for …

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Milton Wolf Seminar Reception

Chargé d’Affaires Robin Dunnigan hosted a reception for the participants of the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy at her residence last night. This year’s Seminar –  is jointly organized by University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication, The American Austrian Foundation (AAF), and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA) – explored the theme …

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Ambassador Traina visits Vorarlberg

Ambassador Trevor Traina greatly enjoyed his first visit to Vorarlberg. In his meeting with Markus Linhart, Mayor of the province’s capital Bregenz, they discussed strengthening trade between Vorarlberg and the U.S. At Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Ambassador met with Director Thomas Trummer and visited Miriam Cahn’s upcoming exhibition. In Stadt Hohenems, Director Hanno Loewy welcomed the Ambassador …

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