Separated Powers: The 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections

On June 19, Hans Noel gave a talk on the 2018 Mid-Term Elections at the Amerika Haus. Noel, Associate Professor at the Department of Government at Georgetown University discussed the strategies for the Republicans and the Democrats as well as the major themes and trends that will guide voting. He also touched on what can ...
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Marshall Plan Video Contest Award Ceremony

On June 14, the three winners of the video contest on the occasion of “70 Years Marshall Plan in Austria” were awarded prizes by Ambassador Trevor Traina and Mag. Edeltraud Stiftinger from the Austria Wirtschaftsservice. These are the prize-winning videos: 1st prize – “70th Anniversary Marshall Plan in Austria” , submitted by students from the BRG Körösi in Graz ( report on the school’s ...
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An American Historian´s View of the First Republic, 1918-1938

“Once a teacher, always a teacher” – Prof.emerit. Bruce Pauley, University of Central Florida, an expert on Austrian history, shared his views on the First Republic, 1918-1938 at Amerika Haus at the invitation of Fulbright Austrian and the U.S. Embassy.   He was introduced by Doz. Dr. Heidemarie Uhl, Austrian Academy of Sciences, who underlined the ...
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Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship Awards

This year’s Marshall Plan Fellows received their certificates on June 6 at Amerika Haus, with U.S. Ambassador Trevor Traina and Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, present. The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation supports academic exchange between students and researchers from Austria and the United States, with the goal to deepen relationships between both countries ...
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LGBTI reception

U.S. Embassy Vienna joins celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month. On June 5, Ambassador Trevor Traina hosted a reception for Austrian LGBTI leaders and activists at his residence, highlighting the U.S. commitment to advancing human rights, including equality for LGBTI persons. Stonewall GmbH managing director Katharina Kacerovsky and HOSI ...
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The Future of Journalism & Democracy in the Age of Disinformation

On May 23 and 24, renowned American journalism critic Tom Rosenstiel gave a series of lectures in Vienna, Salzburg, and Krems. The age of journalism as a gatekeeper between newsmakers and the public has ended. The economic model for journalism built around advertising is also broken. State-sponsored disinformation campaigns and Russian trolls are actively trying ...
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Masterpieces by American Women Composers – Piano recital & presentation

On May 17, Linda Holzer performed music by Margaret Bonds (1913-1972),  Missy Mazzolli (*1980), Florence Price (1887-1953) and Gwyneth Walker (*1947) at the Amerika Haus. Linda Holzer is a professor of piano at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. An advocate for contemporary music, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., including ...
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“70 Years Marshall Plan” Exhibit at WKO Steiermark

The travelling exhibit „70 Years Marshall Plan in Austria,“ which focused on the United States’ exemplary recovery program for Europe, stopped in Graz where it opened at the Economic Chamber Styria on May 3. Following words of welcome by WKO-Director Dr. Karl-Heinz Dernoschek, who mentioned how important the Marshall Plan had been for the economic ...
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Austria to Austin Roadshow Kick-off Event

On May 2 we celebrated at Amerika Haus with the participants of Austria2Austin 3.0 as well as our fantastic A2A alumni, and our friends from the Austrian startup community. Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young highlighted the success of Austria to Austin in providing nearly 80 young Austrian entrepreneurs with intensive skills training and mentorship in Austin, ...
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Why Does Ukraine Matter to the U.S. – and What Is at Stake for Europe?

On April 19, the U.S. Embassy organized a discussion with Nolan Peterson, Kyiv-based correspondent of the Daily Signal, moderated by Otmar Lahodynsky, president of the Association of European Journalists, European editor, profil-magazine Ukraine is increasingly at the intersection of Russian, American, European – and now Chinese geographical interests. Nolan Peterson discussed why the U.S. needs ...
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“70 Years Marshall Plan” Exhibit at the Carinthian State Archive

“The Marshall Plan was second to none in promoting and securing peace and prosperity in Europe following World War Two,” said Embassy Counselor Stephen Hubler in his remarks at the opening of the Marshall Plan anniversary exhibit at the Carinthian State Archive on April 11.  Following words of welcome by State Archive Director Dr. Wilhelm ...
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Reflecting on Race in America: Marking the 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.’s Assassination

On April 5, Susan Strasser, distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, gave a talk at the Amerika Haus. The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. serves as a moment to reflect on what African American scholar Ibram X. Kendi calls “a dual and dueling history of racial progress and ...
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Donald Trump and the New Politics of Class

On March 12, Michael Lind, Visiting Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and co-founder of the think tank New America, gave a talk on The New Politics of Class in the U.S. Lind argued that the election of Donald Trump is an illustration of a ...
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Go Silicon Valley Departure Workshop

The U.S. Embassy is a proud supporter of the GoSiliconValley program. Run by the Wirtschaftskammer and Aussenwirtschafts Service, the GoSilicon Valley program brings Austrian entrepreneurs to California, assisting them with placement into local incubators and accelerators, as well as linking them with the local venture capital and investment networks. On March 5, the Embassy hosted ...
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“70 Years Marshall Plan” Exhibit at WKO Tirol

On March 1, the anniversary exhibit “70 Years Marshall Plan” opened at WKO Tirol. Dr. Karl Josef Ischia commended the United States for its foresightedness and generosity following the end of World War II. Mag. Barbara Traweger-Ravanelli mentioned the role of Tyrolean ERP inspector Dr. Walter Hörmann, whose daughter was also present at WKO, in ...
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Fulbright Orientation

On February 23, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Hubler briefed 16 incoming U.S. Fulbright Visiting scholars about “Transatlantic Relations: Austria, the United States, and the European Union” at Fulbright Austria’s offices at Museumsquartier during orientation week. In his remarks Mr. Hubler quoted five key priorities pursued by the U.S. Department of State: counter-proliferation; defeating ...
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Civic Action & Policy Making in the U.S.

How can citizens engage in the legislative process? At Amerika Haus, Joseph Jones, Executive Director of The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement discussed the role of civic action and community engagement in the formulating legislation in the United States. The Harkin Institute, based at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa focuses on ...
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Black History Month Program with Prof. Kim Warren

In honor of Black History Month, this week the Embassy hosted Prof. Kim Warren of the Department of History at the University of Kansas and Fulbright scholar at the Syddansk Universitet for a series of workshops and discussions on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the role of the ordinary citizen in ...
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Marshall Plan Poster Show at the Theresianum

On February 15, Counselor for Public Affairs Dr. Daniel Mattern visited Theresianum highschool in Vienna to open the anniversary exhibit on the history of the Marshall Plan in Austria.  This exhibit is part of a larger initiative of the U.S. Embassy during this anniversary year 2017/18.   Carried out in cooperation with Austria wirtschafts service and ...
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Opening of Marshall Plan Exhibit

On February 6, Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young travelled to Upper Austria to open the “70 Years Marshall Plan” anniversary exhibit at Oberbank Linz.  In his remarks, Chairman of the Board Dr. Josef Weißl underlined the importance of the Marshall Plan as a landmark economic initiative, which Secretary of State George C. Marshall had first introduced ...
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Chargé d’Affaires in Carinthia

Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young visited the province of Carinthia November 30-December 1, where he called on leaders from the political, economic and religious field.  In Klagenfurt, Chargé Young had a highly interesting exchange of thoughts with Bishop Schwarz during a lunch hosted by the Bishop.  He subsequently met with the Mayor of Klagenfurt, Dr. Maria-Luise ...
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“Thanksgiving – Thank Fulbright”

On November 28, this year’s “Giving Tuesday,” the first “Thanksgiving – Thank Fulbright” gala was organized and co-hosted by Fulbright Austria and Austrian Fulbright Alumni at Pfarrwirt in Vienna’s 19th district.  The event was part of the first annual Fulbright Austria call for alumni and private sector support.  In the course of the evening, a ...
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“Song Leaves”

In honor of Thanksgiving, the Embassy hosted a concert at the Amerika Haus on November 28, featuring Waundell Saavedra (vocals) and Stefano Ragusini (piano). The artists presented a diverse program of works by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Claude Debussy, as well as songs inspired by Walt Whitman’s famous poem “Leaves of Grass,” composed by  ...
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Marshall Plan Exhibit – Austrian Ministry of Economics

The finissage of the handsome exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan that has been on display at the Austrian Ministry of Economics for the past month, provided an opportunity to review the impact of this landmark economic initiative for the benefit of European recovery following WWII.  Twelve panels outline the beginnings of ...
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Beethoven’s Apartment in Heiligenstadt is Reopened

At an opening ceremony on November 20, Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young highlighted the essential role of American philanthropy and expertise in supporting the Wien Museum’s efforts to reopen the Beethoven Wohnung on Probusgasse 6 in Heiligenstadt, in Vienna’s 19th district. Thanks to generous support from the American Friends of the Vienna Museum, a Chicago-based organization, ...
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New Approaches to U.S. Foreign Policy

On November 16, foreign policy expert Kim Holmes spoke at the Amerika Haus in Vienna about the outlook and implications for U.S.-European Relations in the Trump Administration. The lively discussion was moderated by Cengiz Günay. Kim R. Holmes is acting senior vice president for research at The Heritage Foundation. He oversaw the think tank’s defense and ...
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Reforming Reform: The Anti-Corruption Agenda After 30 Years

On November 13, Professor Michael Johnston spoke at the Amerika Haus  about the evolution of anti-corruption efforts worldwide since the end of the Cold War, persistent problems in the international anti-corruption agenda, and prospects for the future.  Nicole Shampaine, Chargé d’ Affaires a.i., U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna gave the welcoming remarks. Michael ...
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Chargé d’Affaires in Vorarlberg

On November 2 and 3 Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young visited the Western-most Austrian province Vorarlberg.  He visited the Jewish Museum in Hohenems and met with the museum’s director Dr. Hanno Loewy. During the talks in Bregenz with Landesstatthalter Mag. Karlheinz Rüdisser and Landtagspräsident Mag. Harald Sonderegger the importance of intensifying the already close economic ties ...
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“Alexis de Tocqueville and Donald Trump: or, the Promise and Limits of Democracy in America”

On November 2, Professor Mark Reinhardt spoke about how Alexis de Tocqueville would understand the presidency of Donald Trump. His talk used Tocqueville’s sketch of democracy, and the hopes and fears his American journey instilled in him, to assess contemporary institutions, social structures, and political culture in the U.S.  It addressed the insights and the ...
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The Changing Media Landscape in a Post-Truth World

On October 30, the U.S. Embassy organized a discussion on the future of journalism and media with Nicholas Kralev, a former longtime correspondent for the Washington Times and the Financial Times. Mr. Kralev, who has accompanied four U.S. Secretaries of State on their travels around the world, pointed out the challenges both legitimate media organizations and ...
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Ceremony in Bergham – Bad Wimsbach-Neydharting

Defense Attaché Colonel David Knych participated in the commemoration ceremony in Bad Wimsbach-Neydharting, Upper Austria honoring the crew members of the United States Air Force.  The crew members died there in WWII when the “B-24 Liberator” crashed on February 23, 1944. Apart from the Defense Attaché, other members of the Defense Attaché’s office and members ...
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Museums Re-Imagined: Vision & Design in the 21st Century

On October 24, Steven Engelsman, director of the Weltmuseum Wien and Ralph Appelbaum, museum designer, New York and Barbara Plankensteiner, director of the Museum for Ethnology in Hamburg, discussed the vision & design of museums in the 21st century, showing examples among others from the National Museum of African American History & Culture and Weltmuseum Wien. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Daniel Mattern, Public Affairs Counselor, who also ...
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Chargé d’Affaires in Styria

On October 13, Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young visited the province of Styria. In the course of his one-day visit, he gave an interview for Kleine Zeitung and paid a courtesy call on Deputy Governor Michael Schickhofer. While at the Grazer Burg, the Chargé used the opportunity to visit the famous “Versöhnungsstiege,” a spectacular double spiral ...
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“We are family, we are not breaking up”

On October 13, Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young participated in the “Aussenpolitische Gespräche” at Schloss Hernstein, organized by the “ Österreichische Gesellschaft für Außenpolitik und die Vereinten Nationen (ÖGAVN) ” and the “ Akademisches Forum für Außenpolitik – Hochschulliga für die Vereinten Nationen (AFA) “. During the panel discussion about the relations between the U.S. and Europe with Ambassador Dr. Ursula Plassnik and former Austrian Chancellor Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel, Chargé d’Affaires Young stressed the continuing commitment of ...
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Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria-Klosterneuburg

From evolutionary genetics to nanoelectronics – American and Austrian scientists collaborate on cutting-edge research just outside Vienna. Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young had the honor to visit the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria to hear from American and Austrian professors about how they are working together to push the boundaries of scientific research and technology. IST Austria is just one of ...
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“Transatlantic Relations: Austria, the United States, and the European Union”

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission briefed incoming U.S. Fulbright students and scholars about “Transatlantic Relations: Austria, the United States, and the European Union” at Fulbright Austria on September 21.  In his remarks, Mr. Hubler quoted security, liberty, and prosperity as U.S. Embassy Vienna’s top goals vis-à-vis the host country.  He addressed the U.S. Department of ...
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American Foreign Policy under President Trump

Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to do things differently in foreign policy and to do different things. With his commitment to putting America first, President Trump is changing how the United States operates overseas, creating new challenges for many of its long-time allies. To address these issues, on September 12, the U.S. Embassy ...
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Science Fundraising: Challenges and Opportunities

“In the United States 50 per cent of privately raised funds go into education and science;” “fundraising is all about asking; ” and, “there is not a quick way to raise funds.” These were but three core statements that were made during a panel discussion with experts from Stanford University, Austrian Scientists in North America ...
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Disinformation on the Internet

On June 22, David Mikkelson, CEO of Snopes.com, talked about how do you identify misinformation, what are the effects, and what can we do about it? David Mikkelson is the co-founder and CEO of Snopes.com, a popular, independent fact-checking website that covers stories of unknown or questionable origin including urban legends, internet rumors, and e-mail ...
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70 Years Marshall Plan in Austria

On June 21, austria wirtschafts service (aws) in cooperation with the Austrian Marshal Plan Foundation commemorated “70 Years of the Marshall Plan” with an opening of a museum exhibit and release of the anniversary book “The Marshall Plan – since 1947. Saving Europe, Rebuilding Austria” by Günter Bischof and Hans Petschar. The chosen location was METAStadt, a former industrial site of Elin ...
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The Outlook on Transatlantic Relations

On April 6, 2017, the U.S. Embassy organized a panel discussion with Stanley Sloan, Jan Surotchak, International Republican Institute and Elisabeth Christen, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO).  The discussion was moderated by Arnold Kammel from the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES). Stanley R. Sloan is a non-resident senior fellow at the Washington-based think ...
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The Global Significance of American Avant-Garde Film

On April 4, the U.S. Embassy organized a panel discussion, including video clips, with Bruce Jenkins from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Alexander Horwath from the Austrian Film Museum and Mark Toscano, American filmmaker, curator and preservationist. Mark Toscano is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, curator and film preservationist and works for the Academy ...
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The Jacksonian Tradition and American Foreign Policy under President Trump

On March 8, Walter Russell Mead, Hudson Institute/Bard College, spoke at the Amerika Haus.  The event was moderated by Konrad Kramar, Foreign Affairs Editor at Kurier. President Trump won the election on a wave of support from a loose cultural coalition of Americans who have been a major force in American politics since the victory of Andrew ...
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Lonely Are the Brave: The Enduring Black American Fight for Equality in School Education

On February 21, Dr. Nishani Frazier, Miami University, spoke at the Amerika Haus Vienna. Nishani Frazier is Associate Professor of History at Miami University. Dr. Frazier’s research interests include post-World War II black freedom movement and black internationalism. She has authored numerous essays and anthologies on the subject matter including her latest book, Harambee City: ...
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Und Jetzt? Präsident Donald Trump und Europa

On January 25, Professor Daniel S. Hamilton, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor, spoke at the Amerika Haus in Vienna. Mr. Hamilton stressed that “Europeans are often surprised because they are not familiar with domestic tendencies in the U.S.” Meanwhile, replacing Obamacare will be “the first real test for the new administration.” According to Hamilton, the ...
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U.S. Marines at the BHAK Wr. Neustadt

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s MeetUS program, 3 members of the U.S. Marine Corps in Vienna visited the Bundeshandelsakademie in Wr. Neustadt.  Staff Sergeant Derek Schaap, Sergeant Dylan Driscoll and Sergeant Sylvia Ugo met with approximately 70 high school students and talked about their training and their missions to Iraq, Afghanistan or different parts of ...
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Climate Change: Innovation at the State Level Learning from the California Model

Dr. Sonia Yeh, energy and climate expert, spoke at a series of programs to introduce and discuss state-run policy efforts in California and throughout the U.S. Dr. Yeh is a research scientist at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Davis and Visiting Professor at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology. Her activities in ...
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“Gay Life in New York after World War II”

In cooperation with the Vienna Museum, the U.S. Embassy invited the renowned Yale University professor, LGBT historian and author George Chauncey to Vienna. Activities included talks and discussions at the Vienna Museum and at the Amerika Haus and an interview for a daily. The program provided an opportunity to highlight U.S. commitment to advance human ...
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The Role of Advanced Materials in the Industry

On November 14, the U.S. Embassy organized a discussion with Paul Mayrhofer from the Technical University Vienna, David Forrest from the U.S. Department of Energy and Deirdre Olynick from the Nanofabrication Molecular Foundry. The discussion was moderated by Rudolf Lichtmannegger from the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO), Each year, The George C. Marshall Visit to Austria ...
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IMED 2016 Hackathon

On November 3, Cultural Attaché Kellee Farmer visited the opening day of the IMED 2016 Hackathon to watch the action live. The Hackathon , which is best described as an “invention marathon,” had brought together a number of small, multi-disciplinary and international teams at the Vienna Hilton Hotel with the goal to create innovative ideas, build ...
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The American Elections, the Rise of Populism in the U.S. and Europe, and the Role of Survey Research

Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research at the Pew Research Center led the panel discussion at the Amerika Haus. He was joined by Christoph Hofinger, SORA Institute for Social Research and Consulting and Eva Zeglovits, IFES – Institute for Empirical Social Studies. The program was moderated by Austrian journalist Gianluca Wallisch from the daily ...
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The Anthropologist

On September 27, the U.S. Embassy organized a screening of “The Anthropologist” at the Amerika Haus, followed by a discussion with the American co-director Seth Kramer. “The Anthropologist” is a documentary about the impact of climate change on indigenous communities in Siberia, Kiribati and Peru. The documentary is directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, ...
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American Craft Beer Tasting

On September 21, Deputy Chief of Mission Eugene Young gave welcome remarks at a craft beer tasting for 100 selected guests, co-hosted by Austria’s biggest craft beer store BeerLovers and the U.S. Brewers Association. The event promoted U.S. craft beer in Austria and introduced Sylvia Kopp, the American Craft Beer Ambassador for the Brewers Association.
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Campaigns in 2016 – Digital and Beyond

On September 20, the U.S. Embassy organized a discussion with Daron Shaw, University of Texas at Austin. He talked about how the rise of digital and social media has changed both politics and society immensely. How did democracy work in the digital age and what does that mean for campaigning? Daron Shaw explained how the ...
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The CARE package – an Icon of Humanity

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the CARE package, CARE Austria hosted a swing time era concert for 700 CARE sponsors and patrons with the Ambassador as guest of honor. The Ambassador’s participation highlighted the efforts of the American people to help stabilize Austria and provide essential aid to the Austrian people in ...
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City Cultures – from Greenwich Village to Abu Dhabi

From August 21 to 28, the University of Technology Vienna (TU Wien) hosted a summer school on ”Smart Cities – Designing Places and Urban Mentalities” with grant support from the U.S. Embassy Vienna, among others. Aside from classroom lectures, the summer school also included executive workshops as well as public lectures. One of those was ...
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The U.S. Presidential Election and Its Expected Impact on U.S. Foreign and Domestic Policy

Georgetown Professor Dr. Stephen Wayne gave a series of talks in Vienna, Graz and Krems. He focused on the possible impact of the upcoming elections on U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Dr. Wayne also discussed the foreign and domestic policy positions of the principal candidates, and what policies we might expect to see from the eventual winner. The ...
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Death Cases: Procedures and Forensic Resources in Austria

Amerika Haus, June 15, 2016 On June 15 a Consular workshop took place dealing with death cases, featuring speakers from an Austrian funeral home, a Caritas Hospice grief counselor and a top forensic pathologist. The U.S. Embassy in Vienna was represented by Consular Section staff and a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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The Party Decides

Hans Noel , co-author of “The Party Decides”, an influential book on presidential nominations, participated in a panel discussion on how the 2016 election is changing how political scientists view nominations, and what scholars expect to happen on Election Day. At Georgetown University Professor Noel teaches and researches on parties, elections, political history and political methodology.  He ...
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LGBT Reception & Screening

Ambassador’s Residence, June 11, 2016 This year’s highlight of the Embassy’s LGBT outreach was a Tri-Mission-hosted reception for the LGBT community at which the Austrian film maker Klaus Händl was honored. Händl’s film “Tomcat”, of which an excerpt was presented at the reception, won the Teddy Award for the best LGBT-themed film at the 2016 ...
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Refractions of Bob Dylan & AustroBob

Amerika Haus, May 24, 2016 On Bob Dylan’s 75th anniversary, music journalist Martin Schäfer, editor and critic Rainer Vesely, journalist and radio moderator at FM4 Martin Blumenau, Univ.Prof.Mag.Dr. Alexandra Ganser from the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna, Univ.Ass.Mag. Dr. Eugen Banauch and journalist and musician Markus Brandstetter discussed the ...
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Austria: Made in Hollywood

Amerika Haus, May 3, 2016 Jacqueline Vansant , a professor of German at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and currently a Fulbright Visiting Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, introduced the audience to an Austria as seen through the eyes of Hollywood. Professor Vansant compiled an exhausting list of Hollywood films that are ...
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Disrupt, Deter, Re-Direct: Tackling Terrorism from the Ground Up

Dr. Anne Speckhard from the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism & Georgetown University and Dr. Ulrich Kropiunigg from Women Without Borders & Medical University of Vienna discussed the roots of extremism and shared best practices on how to integrate minority groups. After interviewing nearly 500 terrorists, and in the case of dead suicide terrorists, their ...
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The Universal Language of Rap

The Ambassador’s Residence, April 28, 2016 On the occasion of the Vienna-based “Rap Against” Festival for Social Innovation, U.S. Ambassador Alexa Wesner hosted a rap concert at her residence, featuring the Austrian group “P.Tah & Con” and the American Khary Durgans. Like the festival, the artists with their music make a stand against discrimination, xenophobia ...
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Earl Fry on the U.S. Elections and TTIP

The annual Milton Wolf Seminar – a two-day conference for media practitioners, diplomats, academics, and students to share their perspectives, formulate new ideas, and identify areas where further research is needed – took place from April 4-6, 2016 in Vienna. This year’s seminar focused on “The Paris Effect: Journalism, Diplomacy, and Information Controls.” The Milton Wolf Seminar is ...
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Milton Wolf Seminar Reception

The annual Milton Wolf Seminar – a two-day conference for media practitioners, diplomats, academics, and students to share their perspectives, formulate new ideas, and identify areas where further research is needed – took place from April 4-6, 2016 in Vienna. This year’s seminar focused on “The Paris Effect: Journalism, Diplomacy, and Information Controls.” The Milton Wolf Seminar is ...
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Kelly Gibson analyzes the U.S. Election Campaigns

Kelly Gibson , communication expert at Hamburger Gibson Creative, has lots of experience with the use of the media in campaigns throughout the U.S. In her presentation she showed video ads from the presidential candidates as well as ads produced by independent-expenditure only committees (Super PACs) . Ms. Gibson talked about the financing situation of each candidate, how much money they have ...
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“Transgressive TV” Book Presentation

In October 2014 the U.S. Embassy Vienna, in cooperation with the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna, hosted an international conference on “Transgressive Television: Politics and Crime in 21st-Century American TV Series” with the goal to diagnose the specific transgressions in these series and the significance they have for our ...
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Walter Russell Mead looks at Super Tuesday and Beyond

U.S. scholar Walter Russell Mead shared his views on American politics in the light of the upcoming presidential election. The Austrian journalist Anneliese Rohrer followed up with questions on the candidates and the election process. “Who will be the likely front-runners, and who will they choose as running mates?” were among the many questions raised ...
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Elections Discussion with Ramesh Ponnuru

U.S. journalist and senior editor of the National Review Ramesh Ponnuru gave an outlook on the primaries and the race for the White House. Following Mr. Ponnuru’s introduction was a lively debate with Austrian political consultants Thomas Hofer and Yussi Pick , as well as an engaged audience who valued the experts’ profound views on the candidates’ campaigns and ...
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International Parental Child Abduction

On January 21, a workshop took place on International Parental Child Abduction, featuring speakers from the United States and Austria: the Hon. Judith Kreeger, a Hague Network Judge from the U.S., Judge Andrea Ertl, a Hague Judge at the District Court of Linz, and Judge Christine Miklau, Judge at the District Court of Wien Meidling. ...
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Tom Plant Explains the U.S. Approach Towards Clean Energy

Tom Plant from the Center for the New Energy Economy talked about energy efficiency and the role individual states play in developing an energy policy. One of the goals he discussed was the shift from coal-powered electric plants to natural gas and renewable energy. He explained the various stages of the Clean Power Plan Timeline and answered questions from the audience.
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Young American Artists

The U.S. Embassy supported the exhibition “Young Americans” at the gallery  Franz Josefs Kai 3 in Vienna. The exhibit included installations, paintings, photographs and videos of eight American artists whose work has not been shown in Austria before. “Young Americans” was put together by Irene Gludowacz and Cornelis van Almsick and is part of the two-week long exhibition ...
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Today’s Voices: “Making News in the Digital Age”

In collaboration with the Department of Communication, Today’s Voices hosted a presentation and discussion with the journalist and assistant professor of the George Washington University Dr. Nikki Usher . During the presentation and the following lively discussion Today’s Voices group members and students of the Department of Communication learnt more about the future of journalism in times of ...
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Yussi Pick and Stefan Sengl on the U.S. Elections 2016

Communication experts Yussi Pick and Stefan Sengl presented their new blog USA2016 , which offers detailed information on the candidates, their campaigns, videos and articles.  Following the presentation was a lively Q&A on the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. Yussi Pick is Managing Partner at Pick&Barth, Digital Strategies, and member of the International Association of Political Consultants. Campaigning ...
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“Hollywood in Vienna” Reception 2015

Film composer James Newton Howard is this year’s recipient of the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award which is part of the annual  “Hollywood in Vienna” film music program. U.S. Ambassador Alexa Wesner gave a reception in honor of Mr. Howard and the ongoing musical relationship between the U.S. and Austria. Founder, producer and artistic director of the program Sandra Tomek ...
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Opening Ceremony of the American Institute of Musical Studies 2015

Deputy Chief of Mission Eugene Young attended the opening ceremony of the 45th American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS)  program in Graz. In his remarks he pointed out the high value of this summer program as it promotes cultural exchange and mutual understanding. The AIMS Festival Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Kalajdžić, and the AIMS singers, led by Darryl Cooper, presented compositions ...
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Ogni Suono Saxophone Duo

The U.S. Embassy together with the  Fulbright Commission hosted a concert featuring the duo Ogni Suono , consisting of American saxophone player and Fulbright Scholar Phil Pierick and his partner Noa Even. The duo presented contemporary American and international compositions. Fulbright Austria Executive Director Lonnie Johnson introduced the program and highlighted the value of educational exchange.
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Dianne Welsh on the Future of Higher Education

Professor Dianne H.B. Welsh , Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, recent Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe at WU Wien, delivered a presentation during a workshop at the Amerika Haus. The program was organized by the U.S. Embassy Vienna in cooperation with the ...
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Award Ceremony – Video Contest

Winners of the video contest, organized by the U.S. Embassy in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU Vienna), were invited to the Amerika Haus to receive their awards. The prizes were presented both by U.S. Ambassador Alexa Wesner and Rector Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin H. Gerzabek. The topic of ...
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Women and Entrepreneurship

On June 22, Ambassador Alexa Wesner, a former entrepreneur, participated in a panel discussion on “Women and Entrepreneurship” at Amerika Haus Vienna. The evening was organized by the U.S Embassy Vienna in cooperation with the  Austrian Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright Women’s Roundtable. On the panel the Ambassador was joined by Professor Dianne H.B. Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor ...
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Steve Grand

Singer Steve Grand , an Arts Envoy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and his band, promoted LGBT rights in Austria. While in Austria, he gave a talk and did a video for the local NGO “ It Gets Better “. He gave a concert hosted by the Tri-Mission Ambassadors at the residence of Ambassador Alexa Wesner, a ...
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50th Anniversary of the Film “The Sound of Music”

On May 30, the Austro-American Societies Salzburg and Upper Austria, with the support of the U.S. Embassy and Oberbank, hosted an all-day program entitled “The Sound of Music Experience” for Society members and friends.  On the 50th anniversary of the making of the Hollywood classic “The Sound of Music,” the goal of the program was to ...
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Building Bridges to Make it Better: Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth

Dan Savage , award-winning author, journalist, newspaper editor and political commentator, participated in a panel discussion on “Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth” at the Amerika Haus.  In 2010, Savage, who writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love in The Stranger, an alternative weekly newspaper in Seattle, and his husband Terry Miller began the “It Gets Better Project”  whose ...
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“Erika and Klaus Mann: Traitors to the Fatherland”

The internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker and nonfiction author Dr. Andrea Weiss  presented clips of one of her earlier films “Escape to Life.” This film deals with the life and times of famous German author Thomas Mann’s eldest children, Erika and Klaus. Known as intellectuals, artists, homosexuals and pacifists, Erika and Klaus were forced to leave Germany after Hitler’s ...
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Richard Harknett about Cyberaggression

Professor Richard Harknett from the University of Cincinnati talked about cyber security risks that major companies encounter and of the risks every computer user worldwide is facing. He discussed counter measures that already have been taken and new strategies that have to be developed. He was accompanied by Dr. Alexander Janda from the Kuratorium Sicheres Österreich , who talked about ...
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James Gaylord talks to Austrian high school students

James E. Gaylord, Supervisory Special Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), gave a series of presentations to a total of about 800 Austrian high school students. Apart from talking about his career or how to become an FBI agent, he shared insights about the work of an agent, but in particular about the ...
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“An Entrepreneurial Earth Day”

In connection with Earth Day, Today’s Voices hosted a round-table discussion with a focus on the potential of Green Entrepreneurship. Dianne Welsh and Cornelia Daniel-Gruber , two renowned female practitioners, provided deep insights into their professional experiences both in the United States and in Austria. Participants not only learned about the most important skills to become an entrepreneur, they ...
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Workshop on the Syrian Refugee Situation

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy Vienna hosted a workshop on the situation of Syrian refugees featuring the Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Refugees and senior officials from the Austrian Ministry of Interior and the Country Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Vienna-based diplomats from 30 countries attended, including the countries ...
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Start-up Expert Monica Dodi Supports Female Entrepreneurship

Monica Dodi , Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund, is an experienced entrepreneur. Drawing from her over 20 years experience as a new media pioneer she is a thought-after advisor for young start-ups. In this capacity and with her focus on women she went to schools in Vienna and talked to students and ...
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U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus at the Austrian Military Museum

The U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus are the musical Ambassadors of the United States. On their tour through Europe they gave one of their popular concerts at the  Austrian Military Museum (HGM) in Vienna. Well placed in the museum’s Hall of Fame, the Band surprised the audience with an intriguing mix of classical music, ragtime, Dixie, jazz, rock, pop and of course marches. U.S. ...
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A Spiritual Evening with Nicole Taylor

U.S. soprano Nicole Taylor spoke about the history of the African American spirituals, their original themes and the way they developed over time. Rediscovered during the Civil Rights Movement they continue to enchant audience all over the world. Mrs. Taylor not only talked but sang many examples of well known and lesser known spirituals. She ...
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NASA Scientist Julie Robinson About Future Space Plans

Dr. Julie Robinson, scientist at the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gave a presentation at Vienna’s Natural History Museum. Dr. Robinson, who was in Austria to participate in a United Nations committee, gave an overview of the latest space research and exploration plans, highlighting also the numerous benefits for health on Earth that are arising from this research. Ambassador Laura ...
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Today’s Voices: “Justice for My Sister”

Today’s Voices hosted a screening of the documentary “Justice for My Sister” with Kimberly Bautista, producer of the documentary and renowned human rights activist. “Justice for My Sister” tells the story of Rebecca and her family who are fighting for justice for their murdered sister in Guatemala. During Ms. Bautista’s remarks following the screening, participants ...
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Women’s Leadership: Visions, Connections, Intentions and Presence

Women’s Leadership in the new Global Era: Today’s Voices was privileged to host a roundtable discussion with author, speaker, and consultant Sally Helgesen . Council members had the opportunity to meet Ms. Helgesen and discuss important topics such as “fast forwarding the female advantage,” diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and tapping into the female vision.
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