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Chargé d’Affaires and Agricultural Attaché Promote Agricultural Trade

On February 10, Chargé d’Affaires Herro Mustafa, Agricultural Attaché Rachel Bickford, and Acting Political-Economic Counselor Ben Rockwell spent an “Agricultural Day” visiting and meeting with several agricultural partners, businesses, government representatives and stakeholders.  The tour and the resulting meetings allowed Chargé Mustafa and Ms. Bickford to reinforce the already strong U.S.-Portugal bilateral agricultural relations, and to open a dialogue on

Chargé Mustafa talks to naval academy cadets (Photo: US Embassy Lisbon)

Chargé d’Affaires Visit to Naval Academy

Chargé d’Affaires Herro Mustafa visited the Naval Academy in Alfeite on February 8, met with the Rear Admiral António Henriques Marques, the Superintendent of the Academy, and spoke to an audience of approximately 100 attendees on leadership. Following the presentation, the cadets and Ms. Mustafa engaged in question and answers on leadership and current U.S. policies and presented an award

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Exhibition by U.S. artist Sherry Wiggins in Alentejo

The exhibition by U.S. artist Sherry Wiggins, “Reencontrado-a / Meeting Her Again”, opened on January 28 in a ceremony held at the Palace/Museum dos Marqueses de Praia e Monforte, in Estremoz. The event began with music by a young saxophone player, Marina Pereira, from the University of Évora. The Museum Director, Hugo Guerreiro, congratulated Ms. Wiggins and the Foundation OBRAS,

C2S mentoring participants (Photo: US Embassy Lisbon)

Connect to Success (C2S) Student Presentations

From January 19 to 27, the Embassy team joined FLAD in attending a series of final student presentations to women entrepreneurs by groups of student consultants from the five Universities participating in the Connect to Success (C2S) MBA/Masters Consulting Program, including Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Nova School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Economics of the University

Amb. Sherman at the American Club Lisbon delivering a speech.

Ambassador Robert Sherman Bids Official Farewell to Portugal

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman bid an official farewell to Portugal on January 13 in a lunch-conference organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Portugal, the Portugal-United States Friendship Association, and the American Club. The theme of the conference was “Confidence Restored – A Bright Future for Portugal and the U.S.-Portugal Relationship.”   This was Ambassador Sherman’s last official

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Ambassador Sherman visits NRP Arpão

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert A. Sherman visited the Portuguese submarine NRP (Navio da República Portuguesa) Arpão on January 11, 2017 in one of his final official engagements with the Portuguese military.  The Ambassador’s video with the Portuguese Fuzileiros went viral after the Portuguese won the Euro Cup in 2016, but this visit with the Portuguese submarine Arpão was all

Ambassador Sherman at the Commercial Association in Porto

Robert Sherman Last Visit to the North of Portugal as U.S. Ambassador

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman traveled north to Porto and Vale de Cambra on January 8-9 on his last official trip to the north of Portugal. During the visit to Porto, the Ambassador visited the University of Porto Rectory, the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto, the Serralves Museum, met with mayors of several northern cities,

DCM Herro Mustafa talks with students at Aveiro University

DCM Travels to the North of Portugal

On December 12 and 13, the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Herro Mustafa traveled to the North of Portugal for a series of engagements. As part of the program, the DCM gave a talk at the secondary school of Povoa de Lanhoso for 11th graders on “The Refugees in the current multicultural world”.  Ms. Mustafa explained her life story as

Ambassador Sherman delivers his speech before audience

Conference: Portugal and the United States – Partners in a Changing World

On December 7, the University of Lisbon’s School for Higher Social and Political Studies (ISCSP) hosted the conference “Portugal and the United States: Partners in a Changing World”, an event sponsored by the Office of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa which included the U.S. Embassy and the Luso-American Foundation, FLAD, as partners.  The opening session speakers were President Marcelo Rebelo de

Ambassador Sherman addresses the reception guests

Junior Achievement Leaders for a Day

As part of the overall youth and entrepreneurship outreach, the Embassy sponsored Junior Achievement’s Leaders For A Day initiative. On November 22nd, 26 youths shadowed business leaders, including U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman, benefiting from the experience of their working day. At the end of the day, students and leaders exchanged their experiences on career and skills development during a debriefing

Alumni Portugal in speed networking session

Speed Networking on Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Embassy Lisbon organized its second speed networking event for USG exchange program Alumni in Portugal along with various local business leaders on November 16, 2016.  The event took place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. This speed networking event was focused on connecting and networking among alumni and business leaders whose main focus is entrepreneurship, business and/or social entrepreneurship. The

Nicholas Kralev with students at the University of Porto

The U.S. Elections Speaker

As part of our overall elections outreach, the Embassy brought Nicholas Kralev to Portugal from November 2-10, to speak on the impact of the American elections, both presidential and congressional, on U.S. foreign policy. “Nobody really knows, not even Trump himself, knows what will happen”, according to American foreign policy expert, Nicholas Kralev. Adding that, “life is very different in

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Mission to Mars Launched at the Ambassador’s Residence

Ambassador Sherman hosted a reception at his residence on Thursday November 3, in honor of the launch of the National Geographic series MARS.  The reception was co-hosted by Vera Pinto Pereira, Senior Vice-President of Fox Networks Group Iberia.  Emmet Fletcher from the European Space Agency presented on the work of ESA. MARS is a six-part TV event which premiered on

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FCT Fab Lab Inaugurated

On October 28, Nova University’s Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT-Nova) inaugurated the “FCT Fab Lab – Powered by U.S. Embassy” as an expansion of the American Corners program at FCT-NOVA. The Fab Lab concept was developed at MIT through a course named “How to do (almost) anything,” and  Labs consist of a set of digital fabrication tools for rapid

Study Abroad Portugal fair in Funchal

Study Abroad Portugal – Three Days, Three cities

From October 21 – 23, the U.S. Embassy, Office of Public Affairs, partnered with EducationUSA in Portugal, located within the Fulbright Commission in Lisbon, to participate in the third edition of the Study Abroad Portugal fair, the largest information fair for Portuguese students wishing to study abroad.  It offered an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to learn first-hand about

The Ambassador announcing the winner of the Startup Challenge

Startup Challenge Winner Announced

The shortlist of startups who participated in the Startup Challenge consisted of startups competing for prizes which will give the winner the best conditions to be successful in the U.S., including the opportunity to showcase their solutions at the Microsoft booth at the Web Summit, one year membership at a Boston accelerator, flights to Boston, and legal assistance to setup

C2S team with the FEUC students

Women Entrepreneurship: Connect to Success Orientation Sessions

On October 14, the Connect to Success team traveled to Porto and Coimbra to announce the women owned businesses selected to work with teams of student consultants in the MBA/Masters Consulting Program.  In Porto, an orientation was held at UPTEC for students from the Porto Business School (PBS) and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (FEP) for

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Workshops for WOBs in the Azores

The U.S. Embassy and the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) promoted a series of “Connect to Success” workshops for women entrepreneurs, between October 7 and 10, in the Azores. Connect to Success founded by the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with FLAD, aims to support women-owned businesses and promote gender equality in the corporate world. The program already has close to 700 registered

Dan Costa, second from right, at IST Lisbon

Editor-in-chief of PCMag.com visits Portugal

Dan Costa, editor in chief of PCMag.com and Senior Vice President of Content for Ziff-Davis, participated in a series of talks on new journalism, big data, and smart homes.  Mr. Costa believes that the information circulating on social networks and via a person’s digital “finger print” creates various ethical, informational and privacy issues. Mr. Costa discussed how journalism has been

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Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer on gender equality

Kim Sawyer, the wife of Ambassador Robert Sherman, was invited to be one of the four panelists on “Women in Entrepreneurship and Engineering” at the Frontiers Initiative before an audience of 40 people. The Frontiers Initiative is a “space” created at the Nova University Faculty of Science and Technology library that includes a panel discussion three to four times a

Ambassador Sherman speaks about US elections at CAISL

U.S. Elections: The race to 270

The U.S. presidential elections will be decided by the swing state according to U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman.  On October 3rd Ambassador Sherman spoke to 450 students from the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon, St. Julian’s, St. Dominic’s and Oeiras International School at the CAISL auditorium.  He explained that the presidential candidate that obtains at least 270 electoral votes will

At Stanton Chases's HR lunch

Kim Sawyer at the Inspiring Women conference

Stanton Chase Portugal organized on September 28 its seventh HR Lunch under the theme “Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership.” Kim Sawyer, entrepreneur and wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, delivered the keynote address at the Inspiring Women conference. During this event, there were also debates on new trends in gender management and women’s presence in leading positions in companies. Kim Sawyer

Ambassador Sherman addresses a group of guests

Ambassador Sherman Supports Victims of Domestic Violence

Ambassador Sherman and his wife Ms. Kim Sawyer hosted a black tie dinner and a silent auction at their residence to promote the support to the victims of domestic violence. Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer stated that since she arrived in Portugal she has been focused on empowerment of women at different levels. She noted that domestic violence is something affecting American

Ambassador Sherman Opens Cyber Logistics Summit

Ambassador Sherman participated in the opening panel that inaugurated the “Secure Logistics through Cyber” conference held in Lisbon September 19-21. With cyber experts from 11 countries, both in government and academic circles, the US European Command (EUCOM)-funded conference focused on cyberspace perspectives relating to global supply chain protection, international considerations and current unity of effort methodology and best practices. Rear

The entrance to the 3rd edition of "This is America" in Lisbon

“This is America” Brings the American Experience to Lisbon

On September 16 Ambassador Robert Sherman officially opened the 3rd edition of “This is America” and announced the launch of the U.S. Embassy- Microsoft Startup Challenge (http://www.buyusa.gov/portugal/).  “This is America” was organized by the American Chamber of Commerce and designed to showcase American culture and businesses.  The event took place at the Parque das Nações, in Lisbon. The program included

The Ambassador (center) and the Mayor of Vila Pouca de Aguiar standing right.

The Ambassador in Vila Pouca de Aguiar and Marão

On September 16, Ambassador Robert Sherman paid an official visit to Vila Pouca de Aguiar, which is known as the nation’s granite capital.   The Mayor of Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Alberto Machado, wanted to acknowledge the Ambassador’s support of Portugal’s national soccer team during the Euro 2016 games and presented him with a granite table alluding the Portuguese team’s victory.

Ambassador Sherman behind the podium

U.S. Embassy Supports Queer Film Festival

The American Ambassador to Portugal, Robert Sherman, was invited to be a guest speaker at the opening night of the Lisbon Queer Film Festival which featured the world-premier of the play Orlando, by André Murraças which honored the victims of the June 12, 2016 massacre in Florida. The Ambassador addressed an audience of over 850 people, including the UK Ambassador, Kirsty

The Ambassador with four female researchers

Bragança Welcomes Ambassador Robert Sherman

During his visit to Bragança, the U.S. Ambassador explained that he would like to encourage foreign companies, especially U.S. businesses, to invest in the region. In his opinion, there are excellent investment opportunities, especially for those who seek a place that is environmentally-friendly and offers sustainable opportunities. Ambassador Sherman noted, “It seems to me that this is a place that

Foundation director and the Ambassador and a group of several people behind them.

U.S. Embassy Supports Farmers Affected by Fires

After the wild fires that struck Portugal this summer, the United States is providing some disaster relief assistance to those affected by the fires. Through the U.S. Office of Disaster Assistance, the Embassy donated $50,000 to support the work of various NGOs including Caritas which is using the funds to provide feed for farmers who lost grazing lands for their

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Admiral Michelle Howard Visits Lisbon

Admiral Michelle Howard, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, visited Lisbon on July 19, and met with U.S. and Portuguese leaders, received briefings on the current state of military affairs in Portugal, and also participated in the NATO Maritime Expeditionary Operations Conference in Oeiras. Admiral Howard began her visit

Ambassador Sherman Visits Beja Air Base

Accompanied by the Defense Air Attaché Col. Glenn LeMasters and Political Officer Mark Gul of U.S. Embassy Lisbon, Ambassador Sherman made a visit to the Beja Air Base where he was received by Col. José Gaspar, the Commander of Air Base 11. The Ambassador and accompanying staff were briefed about the air base mission and toured the base infrastructure and

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Ambassador Sherman: Scientific Diplomacy is the Path to a Better World

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman spoke at the “Science and Technology for the Atlantic” conference on July 4 in Lisbon where he discussed how scientific diplomacy is the way to create a better world. According to the Ambassador, “the world’s challenges can only be solved by science,” involving multiple partners, including governments, industries and research institutions and scientific diplomacy,

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Independence Day Reception

In celebration of Independence Day, the American Ambassador to Portugal and Mrs. Kim Sawyer held a garden party reception in the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon. A diverse crowd of Portuguese from the local political, business, cultural and academic community, as well as international guests, accepted the invitation to come and celebrate the 240th anniversary of the adoption

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Cutter Barque EAGLE Returns to Funchal

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque EAGLE visited Funchal for four day, arriving on June 23, 11 years after its first visit to the island. The EAGLE, “America’s Tall Ship,” was built in 1936 and their stop in Madeira was part of the celebration of the ship’s maiden voyage. The EAGLE was open to public visitation during its stay in

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U.S. Marines Participate in Portuguese Army Exercise ORION 16

The U.S. Marines of the SPMAGTF-CR-AF (Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Africa) participated in the ORION 2016 exercise between June 17 and July 2 that included a 35-man contingent and focused on crisis response and non-combatant evacuation. This is the first time U.S. forces have been able to participate in the exercise. ORION is an

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U.S. Embassy Supports LGBTI Community in Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

On June 14, the U.S. Embassy raised the LGBTI Pride flag to mark the anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in all U.S. states, and at the same time honor the victims of the Orlando shooting. In his remarks, Public Affairs Officer Mark Pannell, mentioned that “the LGBTI people face discrimination, violence and even death, because of nothing more

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The Ambassador at the 9th Meeting of Portuguese Law Firms

Good governance practices in law firms was one of the topics debated during the ninth Meeting of Portuguese Law Firms. The meeting, organized by the Portuguese Association of Law Firms (ASAP) and held on June 8 at Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, covered measures such as the creation of conditions to avoid conflicts of interest when representing clients, the

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“FCT-NOVA Challenge” Competition Award Ceremony

On June 6, Ambassador Sherman participated in the award ceremony of the first edition of the “FCT-NOVA Challenge” on the campus of FCT-Nova University. The Embassy was a sponsor for this national competition which sought to increase secondary school students’ interest science and engineering. The competition also promoted engagement between students, teachers and researchers. A total of 58 projects authored

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Ambassador Sherman in the Sintra Strategic Entrepreneurial Council Meeting

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman participated in the Sintra Strategic Entrepreneurial Council meeting. In his remarks on “Bilateral Commercial Ties in the 21st Century” he spoke of one of his main priorities since arriving in Portugal: the relevance of economic diplomacy on entrepreneurship given the current economic situation. He highlighted some of the measures that he has supported to

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Ambassador Sherman at Texas-EU Business Summit 2016

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Robert Sherman, was one of the featured speakers at the Texas-EU Business Summit held May 10 in Austin, Texas, the topic this year was “Access to Trade, Investment and Innovation.” It was the 5th edition of an event designed for Texas businesses, entrepreneurs and economic development professionals. Texas is the largest exporting state to the EU

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Kerry Kennedy Visits Lisbon to Promote Speak Truth To Power Project

Kerry Kennedy, writer, human rights activist, and President of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights center, was in Lisbon to promote the ‘Speak Truth To Power initiative,’ that uses experiences of people from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. The ‘Speak Truth To Power:Voices From Beyond the Dark’ play

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Embassy Sponsors University Lisbon “Beyond Creative” Event

The Embassy sponsored the innovative week long program “Beyond Creative” organized by the American Corner at the University of Lisbon’s School of Arts and Humanities. This program sought to bridge the gap between the training and experience of humanities and arts students and the business world with sessions focused on “Markets – global vs. local”, “Production: Innovation vs. Art”, “Word:

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David Drubin in Portugal

The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon supported the visit of Prof. David G. Drubin, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley, to participate in the “1st Small Meeting on Endocytic Trafficking and Signaling – SMETS1”, jointly hosted by the University of Minho and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. As part of his visit to Portugal, Dr. Drubin

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U.S. Speaker Lottie Baker at APPI Conference

The Embassy supported the participation of Lottie Baker, Visiting Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy Graduate School of Education & Human Development, The George Washington University, as a keynote speaker and presenter at the 30th annual conference of the national Association of English Teachers (APPI). The conference was held in Aveiro, April 22-24, and the theme was ‘Global Understanding – Strategies

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Bilateral Military Training with U.S. Marines and Portuguese Fuzileiros

U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) and Portuguese Fuzileiros jointly conducted a bilateral training exercise this week near Lisbon, Portugal. The Marines are embarked on the USS OAK HILL (LSD-51) in Lisbon conducting a port visit from 16-20 April. On April 18, U.S. Marines attended a ceremony commemorating the Portuguese Fuzileiros Corps Day at the Fuzileiros

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U.S. Ambassador and Kim Sawyer Visit the Azores

Ambassador Sherman and his wife Kim Sawyer decided to celebrate their wedding anniversary in the Azores. While on Terceira they met with the Mayors of Praia and Angra do Heroísmo, Roberto Monteiro e José Álamo de Meneses respectively, where they discussed the business incubators in both cities. While in Terceira, they visited the Angra do Heroísmo campus of the Azores

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Aric Rindfleisch on 3D Printing and MakerSpaces

In association with the American Corner network and other partners, the American Embassy Lisbon organized the visit to Portugal of Aric Rindfleisch, executive director of the Illinois MakerLab, the world’s first maker lab located in a business school. Prof. Rindfleisch spoke at a series of engagements related to 3D printing discussing the origins of this technology and how to effectively

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Ambassador Sherman at the JA Creative & Innovation Challenge

The JA Creative & Innovation Challenge, powered by U.S. Embassy in partnership with Casa do Aziete and AICEP was held at Universidade de Lisboa on April 4. U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman was part of the jury to select the winners and was impressed by all of the innovative solutions the teams came up with. The winners of the

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Ambassador Sherman’s Visit to Marinha Grande

Ambassador Robert Sherman visited on March 30 Moldiject’s facilities and factory. Moldiject and its owner Salomé Trigo are members of the Embassy’s Connect to Success program and are currently participating in the Corporate Mentoring Program, being mentored by Siemens Ambassador Sherman visited as part of a trip to Marinha Grande to highlighted how TTIP will benefit precision mold companies like

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EducationUSA and Embassy Participate in Futurália in Lisbon

EducationUSA in Portugal, located within the Fulbright Commission in Lisbon, and the U.S. Embassy, partnered with American Corners from the universities of FCT-Nova, IST and FLUL, to participate inFuturália, the largest educational and job fair in the country that annually attracts up to 50,000 students, parents and teachers. Representatives from ten U.S. colleges and universities attended Futurália on March 19,

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International Week Military Academy

Two cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA) arrived in Lisbon during March spring break for the Foreign Academy Exchange Program (FAEP), in the first exchange program between the United States Military Academy (West Point) and Portugal’s Army Military Academy (Academia Militar). Later this spring, two Portuguese Military Academy cadets will be hosted at West Point to continue the

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Recital de Piano em Honra do Dia Internacional da Mulher

Para celebrar o Dia Internacional da Mulher, a Embaixada Americana em Lisboa convidou Virginia Eskin para dar um recital de piano na residência oficial do Embaixador. Virginia Eskin é uma pianista com uma longa associação à música clássica e uma grande defensora da música executada por mulheres, o repertório americano de 1900, compositores do Holocausto. É também autora do projecto

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Piano Recital in Honor of International Women´s Day

To celebrate International Women´s Day, the U.S. Embassy invited Virginia Eskin to play a piano recital at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. Ms. Eskin is a pianist who has a long association with classical music, and has championed music by women, l900 American repertoire, Holocaust composers, and created the Ragtime Project on the KOCH label – producing four CDs of Ragtime

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Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer and Women’s Role in the 21st Century

To mark International Women’s Day, Mercer hosted at the Electricity Museum in Lisbon a presentation and discussion on gender equality, during which it was also addressed the results of Mercer’s “When Women Thrive” study on women in the workplace. There were two discussion panels on “The role of women in the XXI century” and “Diversity in companies.” Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer

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Ambassador and Embaixatriz at WOW Conference

To celebrate the role and impact of Women in Business and Leadership, Ambassador Robert Sherman and Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer attended a gala dinner organized by The Women Of Wisdom (WOW) Conference. The dinner was preceded by a fashion show of Portuguese designers and culminated in recognition awards by two different organizations. Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer presented an award to Ines Caldeira,

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Ambassador Sherman at IBM’s Innovation Ecosystem Kickoff Meeting

Ambassador Robert A. Sherman spoke on March 2 at IBM’s annual/kick off meeting entitled “Innovation Ecosystem” that included approximately 100 of IBM Portugal’s top business partners, an audience composed of CEOs and other board members of IBM’s top business partners. Members of IBM’s board of directors, António Raposo de Lima, President, António Cerejeira, HR, Lara Campos Tropa, Marketing and Communications

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Ambassador Sherman Hosts Presentation of TAP’s New Routes to U.S.

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman hosted at his residence in Lisbon the presentation of TAP’s two new routes to New York at JFK International Airport, starting July 1, and Boston airport, starting June 1. Ambassador Sherman highlighted the “tremendous potential” of the new routes and said they can bring more tourists, investors and American students to Portugal. In a

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U.S. Government Representatives Meet with ANIVEC

U.S. government representatives were in Porto on the 24th and 25th of February, and visited ANIVEC, the National Association of Clothing Manufacturers, to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Caroyl Miller, Deputy Textile Negotiator U.S. Trade Representative, William D. Jackson, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative and Benjamin A. Rockwell, Economic Unit Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon,

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Young Exchange Alumna Encourages Youth in Madeira to Foster Global Awareness

On February 23-25, several secondary school students in Madeira had the opportunity to discover what it is like to be an international exchange student through Mara Sousa, who gave the talk “How to Get Lost in the World: A Step-by-Step Approach.” In addition to sharing to the students her U.S. exchange experience and the benefits of studying abroad, Mara also

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MOU Signed Between Portuguese Naval School and the U.S. Naval Academy

On February 16, the Superintendent of the Portuguese Naval Academy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Portuguese Naval School (Escola Naval) and the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), which covers the exchange of Escola Naval cadets and USNA midshipmen, as well as instructors and curriculum. The USNA Superintendent will sign the MOU when the original is received in Annapolis.

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U.S. Marines, Diplomatic Security and Portuguese Law Enforcement Collaborate in Embassy Reinforcement Rehearsal Exercise

U.S. Marines from the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) unit located in Moron, Spain, as well as training representatives from the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service participated with the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon in a three-day crisis response exercise, February 8-10, 2016. This was an opportunity for a small contingent of the SPMAGTF-CR-AF Marines and trainers from

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Terceira Hosts U.S.-Portugal Meeting of the Standing Bilateral Commission

The 34th session of the Portugal-U.S. Standing Bilateral Commission was held in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores and brought a delegation of U.S. government officials from Washington, the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, and elsewhere, as well as the Portuguese delegation, to address a range of political, economic, military and strategic issues. The Commission reviewed existing areas of cooperation and

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Embassy Lisbon Celebrates Women’s Entrepreneurship Day with Connect to Success

Embassy Lisbon commemorated Women’s Entrepreneurship Day with an event promoted through Connect to Success, the program launched by the U.S. Embassy in 2014 to strengthen women-owned businesses and promote gender equality in the corporate world. The event was co-hosted by the Luso-American Foundation and Doubletree by Hilton. Cristina Ferreira was the special guest at this event. Aside from being a

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Ambassador Robert Sherman Discusses Energy Security in Portugal

U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman participated in the “Economic Development and Energy Security: strategic challenges” conference organized by the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), during which he noted that Europe’s dependence on natural gas from Russia is a threat to the European Union’s energy security: “As we know, Russia used the supply of oil and natural gas as a tool for regional

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Ambassador Sherman at Seminar on NATO

On November 18, U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman participated in a seminar organized by the Portuguese Institute of International Relations at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IPRI-NOVA) and the Luso-American Foundation for Development (FLAD), entitled “Portugal, NATO and the New Arc of Crises.” The seminar analyzed the evolution of the strategic environment faced by the Alliance, challenges and capabilities in the current

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Barcelos Hosts Seminar to Discuss TTIP with Ambassador Sherman

Barcelos’ city council and Portuguese company Gestão, Tecnologia e Inovação S. A. (GTI) organized a seminar called “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – Impact on the textile, clothing and shoe sectors.” U. S. Ambassador Robert Sherman and Francisca Lucena e Vale from the Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AICEP) were also present at this event in Barcelos, which aimed

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Ambassador Sherman Visits Coimbra

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman was in Coimbra for the first time to visit Mayor Manuel Machado. At the meeting, the Ambassador said the technology produced in Coimbra is among the best in the world and highlighted that he would like to bring investors to the city and help boost jobs and revenue. Sherman believes that the U.S. and

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Ambassador Sherman at FLUP

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Robert Sherman, visited the Faculty of Letters at the University of Porto (FLUP) for a conference on “The Importance and Power of Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Spirit.” This conference was part of the American Corner, a partnership established between the U.S. Embassy and FLUP that provides free access to an extensive list of databases to the

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Trident Juncture 15 Successfully Concluded in Portugal

Trident Juncture 2015, NATO’s largest exercise in over a decade, which took place in Spain, Italy and Portugal, comes to an end today. The exercise demonstrated NATO’s interoperability, transparency, strength and capacity to bring together many Allied and partner nations and organizations to respond to a wide range of security challenges. While on board the USS MOUNT WHITNEY, Ambassador Sherman

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First Speed Networking at the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy Lisbon organized a speed networking event for the first time for USG exchange program alumni in Portugal on November 6. Based on the format of speed dating, speed networking is specifically designed to allow participants to exchange information face-to-face and build contacts in a short amount of time. Alumni not only walked away with stacks of business

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Study Abroad Portugal

On October 30-31, the Office of Public Affairs partnered with FCS and EducationUSA to mark its presence in the brand new and exclusive Study Abroad Portugal education fair in Lisbon. The Embassy’s booth was visited by around 300 students and parents who sought information on how and where to study in the United States. EducationUSA, aside from its presence at

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U.S. Marines, Portuguese Fuzileiros and STRIKFORNATO Conduct Combined Amphibious Assault in Pinheiro da Cruz

On October 19 and 20, as part of the TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 exercise, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), Portuguese Marines (“Fuzileiros”), and the United States Marines Corps demonstrated cooperation and interoperability as they conducted a Combined Amphibious Assault simulation exercise at the Pinheiro da Cruz training range in Portugal. On October 19, the day before the Combined Amphibious

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NASA Mission to Pluto Operations Manager in Portugal

The American Embassy in Lisbon hosted Alice Bowman, NASA Mission Operations Manager (MOM) for the NASA’s New Horizon’s mission to Pluto. Ms. Bowman visited Porto, Braga, Aveiro, Lisbon, Reguengos de Monsaraz, and Ponta Delgada sharing her experience as the leader of this incredible mission to reach new horizons. As Ambassador Sherman said when he introduced her in Alqueva, “Humanity’s push

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U.S. Education Mission Visits Portugal

This week an education mission organized by the Commercial Section of the Embassy in close cooperation with the Fulbright Commission in Portugal and Education USA , visited Portugal, allowing those who are interested in pursuing an education in the U.S. to talk directly with representatives from various American universities. On Monday, the universities who are part of this Trade Mission

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U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Admiral Mark Ferguson in Lisbon

Admiral Mark Ferguson, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, visited Lisbon on September 22-23, and met with U.S. and Portuguese leaders, toured local military installations and facilities, and received briefings on the current state of military affairs in Portugal, as well as on preparations for the Trident Juncture 2015

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U.S. Air Force Celebrates Its 68th Anniversary in Monsanto

Ambassador Robert Sherman and Defense Attaché Colonel Glenn B. LeMasters hosted a reception in Monsanto on September 21 to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. General José Antonio Magalhães Araújo Pinheiro, Portuguese Air Force Chief of Staff, was among several VIPs who attended the reception. We were also honored to have the presence of Airman First Class

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U.S. Embassy Lisbon Brings American Artist to Portugal

The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon brought internationally renowned artist, Mia Pearlman to Portugal for the past 12 days to participate in the Lumina Light Festival in Cascais and to address local audiences. While here Ms. Pearlman spoke about her work and the idea that success is a product of pursuing a dream even in the face of set-backs. Supporting Lumina

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U.S. Embassy Lisbon Celebrates Connect to Success’ First Anniversary

On the occasion of the first anniversary of Connect to Success, Embassy Lisbon launched the next edition of Connect to Success, a program which aims to strengthen Women Owned Businesses (WOBs), and promote gender equality in the corporate world. This was the second edition of the MBA/Masters Consulting program. This program is a dynamic way to provide students with real

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Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

Today, August 6th, in Lisbon, the United States of America and the Portuguese Republic signed the Agreement to reinforce tax compliance and implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The Agreement was signed by U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman and Portuguese State Secretary for Fiscal Affairs Paulo Núncio. The signing of the Agreement advances the shared objective of

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BGI 6th Edition Grand Finale

The Public Affairs Officer of the American Embassy Lisbon, Mark Pannell, gave a keynote speech to open the closing session of the 6th edition of BGI – Building Global Innovators, an integral part of the MIT Portugal program. The event took place on July 31, at ISCTE’s Grand Auditorium, focusing on the important role that the US and Portugal can play

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Embassy Lisbon Supports Food Bank

In November 2014 the U.S. Embassy in Portugal accepted a donation of more than 6,000 used books. The Embassy worked with the American Embassy in Mozambique to distribute most of the books to Maputo public schools. Still, there were many books that were either in poor condition or were out of date and not wanted by libraries or schools. The

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U.S. Embassy Staff Meet with Portuguese Entrepreneurs

On July 16, 2015, four entrepreneurs met with Public Affairs Officer Mark Pannell and Foreign Service Officer Caron De Mars for an orientation session about the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Kenya July 25 and 26. Vera Colaço and Ana Salcedo Guimarães of Manifesto Moda; Cristina Martinho of Acquawise Consulting; and Emília Simões of Last2Ticket were among the 1,000 entrepreneurs

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2015 Fulbright Grantees Reception

On July 15, the American Embassy in Lisbon held a reception in honor of new Fulbright scholarship grantees traveling in 2015. Ambassador Sherman congratulated the scholars and delivered a certificate to each one. The Fulbright Commission Board members and staff as well as next year’s awardees attended the event, among others. This served as an opportunity for Fulbrighters to get

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz in Portugal

On his first official visit to Portugal, the United States Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by President Cavaco Silva, and met with Prime Minister Passos Coelho. Secretary Moniz was a keynote speaker at a conference focusing on “The New Energy Challenges” which took place at the Gulbenkian

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Tyler DeWitt: “Science Can Be Fun!”

In partnership with the American Corners Portugal network, the American Embassy Lisbon promoted the visit to Portugal of microbiologist Tyler DeWitt for a series of talks at Porto, Aveiro, FCT-Nova and IST universities as well as at ExpoLab, in the Azores. DeWitt’s presentation was entitled “Psst: Hey, you want some of this DNA?” A PhD in Microbiology from MIT, DeWitt

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Independence Day at Embassy Lisbon

On July 3, U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Robert Sherman, and his wife Kim Sawyer held a ceremony at Embassy Lisbon to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the Independence of the United States. At the end of his speech, Ambassador Sherman made a toast with Madeira wine and highlighted the strong historical and cultural links between Madeira wine and the U.S.,

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Embassy Holds Ceremony to Honor LGBT Pride Month

The Embassy held a ceremony today to commemorate Gay Pride Month that was attended by politicians, diplomatic community, members of civil society, academia and the press. The ceremony included a raising of the Rainbow Flag jointly with the U.S. “stars and stripes” flag up the Embassy’s iconic flag pole. After the ceremony, attendees were invited to an informal reception at

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Embassy Lisbon Partnership in Entrepreneur Exchange Web Chat

Embassy Lisbon, in partnership with American Corner@FCT-NOVA, served as an anchor post for a live worldwide web chat on the theme, “Raising Capital: Trends and Innovations” hosted by ECA Alumni Division. The program, part of the “Entrepreneur Exchange” series, featured a Portuguese and an American expert. The Portuguese participant, Sandra Correia, an IVLP alum and CEO of designer accessories company

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U.S. Embassy Leads Life Sciences Mission in Portugal

The Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon organized a Life Sciences Trade Mission to Portugal on June 1-3, 2015 that included stops in Lisbon, Coimbra, Braga and Porto. The American delegation was led by Nobel Laureate, Dr. Craig Mello. The mission focused on increasing cooperation and creating synergies between U.S. and Portuguese entrepreneurs, companies, investors and research

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From Massachusetts to Embassy Lisbon

On May 15, a group of students from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth visited the American Embassy Lisbon for a briefing on how an embassy works. These students are currently studying in Portugal under the API UMass in Lisbon program at ISCTE. Ambassador Sherman welcomed the guests. After hearing about how a mission is led and managed, including the

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Students from Babson College at the U.S. Embassy

On May 11, 2015 the Embassy hosted a group of students from Babson College, Massachusetts, who are currently taking the course “Spain/Portugal Start-up Strategy” about the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the two Iberian countries. This visit allowed the students to know a little more about the Embassy as a whole and, in particular, the different section activities, with a special focus

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Embassy Lisbon Supports Translation Prize

Embassy Lisbon once again supported Catholic University’s annual Prémio Traduzir, an event that recognizes outstanding works of translation by Portuguese high school students throughout the country. This was the 16th edition of the competition and had around 1,000 participants. The American Embassy supported the initiative with gifts of an I-Pod Shuffle and books to the three top winners and their

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Spelling Bee Finale

The U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with the Association of Portuguese English Teachers (APPI) and the Fulbright Commission in Portugal, hosted English Spelling Bee competitions for teams of 9th and 10th graders from public schools around the country. Regional Spelling Bees were held in Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroísmo, Porto, Braga, Aveiro, Setúbal, Lisboa, Madeira, Faro, and Guarda districts. On May

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Special Tour of USS Anzio

In coordination with the U.S. Navy and representatives of the USS Anzio, the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy organized a guided tour of the navy cruiser for students and users of the American Corner at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) on May 9. The USS Anzio anchored off the coast of Lisbon for a three-day visit, and provided a

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Multiculturalism and Music at Amadora School

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, and following a request from Amadora High School, the Office of Public Affairs organized a combined event at the school’s Open Day, on April 29. The event took place in the school’s main atrium before over 180 students, and began with a presentation on Multiculturalism and Music, presented by Durwood Young, followed by a

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Kathleen Graves at the 29th APPI Conference

The Office of Public Affairs in Lisbon supported the visit to Portugal of Prof. Kathleen Graves, Associate Professor of Education Practice at the University of Michigan, during the period of April 28 – May 2, 2015. On April 28 and 29, Kathleen Graves made a well-attended presentation, respectively, at the University of Aveiro and Faculty of Letters of the University

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Embassy Lisbon Hosts Briefing on Climate Change

The Embassy proceeded its outreach program to secondary schools this academic year by hosting 40 students from the Castro Verde Secondary School on April 28, 2015. At the school’s request, the PAO spoke about the role of the Public Affairs Office as part of the main topic: The Role of an Embassy. After his participation, elements from different sections gave

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CSI Portugal 10th Year Anniversary

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Container Security Initiative (CSI), the Portuguese Tributary and Customs Authority, and U.S. Embassy Lisbon celebrated 10 years of collaborative efforts in a reception at the Ambassador’s residence. CBP, the Portuguese Customs and U.S. Embassy worked together to implement CSI, which became operational in the port of Lisbon in 2005

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Embassy Lisbon Hosts Secondary School Students

On April 21, 2015 a group of 10-12th grade students of Avelar Brotero Secondary School, in Coimbra, visited the Embassy for a briefing on The Role of an Embassy to learn how a diplomatic mission functions. Public Affairs Officer Mark Pannell greeted them and briefly explained the role of the Office of Public Affairs while other Embassy officials presented brief

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Embassy Official Talks to High School Students about Climate Change

Economic Officer Charles Park spoke to 180 eleventh and twelfth graders at the Palmela Secondary School on April 20, 2015 about Climate Change. The topics of environment and climate change often are very popular with audiences and provide a venue for an active exchange. This event was no exception with students asking questions and others expressing concern about the issue.

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Cultural Entrepreneurship Speaker Alice Loy in Portugal

Cultural Entrepreneurship expert Alice Loy, Head of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, visited Portugal from April 13 through April 20 for a series of lectures on several Portuguese universities, as well as multiple visits to start-up incubators and entrepreneurial centers in São João da Madeira, Aveiro, Porto, Lisbon and Azores. Open to the public were her talks at Serralves

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Military Exercises with Fuzileiros and Marines

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) conducted a bilateral training exercise with Portuguese Fuzileiros near Lisbon, Portugal during the week of April 6. The goal of this training was to strengthen U.S. military relations with our Portuguese partners, while enhancing U.S. capabilities. This is the second of such training and is highly valued as it

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Ambassador at the 4th Franklin D. Roosevelt Azorean Forum

Ambassador Robert Sherman participated in the opening session of the ‘4th Franklin D. Roosevelt Azorean Forum’ which took place in the Azores on April 9-10, at the Lajes do Pico Whaling Museum, Pico island. Co-sponsored by the Government of the Azores and the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), this year’s edition of the Forum was about “Azores and USA: Sustainable Development

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Visit of Senior University Students from Caldas da Rainha

On April 9, a group of 23 senior students from Senior University Rainha D. Leonor in Caldas da Rainha, visited the Embassy and participated in a talk on the Role of an Embassy. The students, all above 50 years old, greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn about the Embassy daily activities, speaker programs namely regarding the Office of Public Affairs.

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Embassy Lisbon Supports APEAA 2015 Meeting

The Office of Public Affairs in Lisbon supported the participation of Richard Zimler at the annual Association of Anglo-American Studies (APEAA) meeting which took place at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), in Vila Real, between 26-28 March. This year’s event focused on “(Re)Shaping the Humanities: New Forms of Representation, New Ways of Reading Plenary”. Author Richard Zimler

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Talk on International Security at Salesianos

At the request of Salesianos do Estoril’s History teachers, U.S. Embassy RSO Nick Fanelli, accompanied by an RSO intern and OPA intern, gave a talk on International Security and Terrorism topics to 150 10th-12th grade students. Students demonstrated a remarkable interest in these subjects and engaged thoroughly in Q&A.

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Study in the USA Promoted at Futurália 2015 Education Fair in Lisbon

In partnership with Fulbright, EducationUSA, American Corners, and nine U.S. colleges and universities, the Embassy organized the pavilion “Destination USA” at Futurália 2015 between March 11-14 to promote studying in the USA to prospective Portuguese students. Futuralia is the largest education and employment fair for young people in Portugal, each year attracting nearly 50,000 Portuguese students, educators and parents. Representatives

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Embassy Offers Connect to Success Workshops for Women Entrepreneurs at Católica Lisbon

On March 7, the first edition of Connect to Success Workshops for Women Entrepreneurs was held to highlight International Woman’s Day (Sunday March 8). The Embassy’s Office of Public Affairs partnered with Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics to organize the workshops held on the School campus. The National Associations of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE), Women Entrepreneur Leaders (LIDE Mulher)

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Embassy Launches Connect to Success MBA/Masters Consulting at Ambassador’s Residence

On March 6, Ambassador Robert Sherman and wife Kim Sawyer, with the participation of the Minister of Education and Science Nuno Crato, hosted a reception at their residence to launch the Connect to Success MBA/Masters Consulting Program. The launch of this component of the Embassy’s women entrepreneurship program was timed to also highlight International Women’s Day on March 8, and

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International Women’s Day at Ambassador’s Residence

On March 5, Ambassador Robert Sherman and wife Kim Sawyer hosted a reception at their residence to commemorate International Women’s Day that included over 80 attendees. International Women’s Day falls on March 8, and is a time to reflect on progress made, to make a call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who

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Ambassador Delivers Remarks on U.S. Foreign Policy at ISCTE-IUL

U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman spoke on “U.S. Foreign Policy: Responsible Leadership, Strong Partnerships and New Challenges” to over sixty ISCTE undergraduate and graduate students of the International Relations, Political Science and History departments, as well as to some members of the press. “Whether it’s a tsunami, a threat by ISIS, or an Ebola epidemic, when there’s a global crisis,” according

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Ambassador Participates in Press Availability on Iberian Suite Festival

U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman joined State Secretary for Culture, Jorge Barreto Xavier, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Luis Campos Ferreira and Spanish Ambassador Eduardo Junco to participate in a press availability to highlight the festival “IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix” to be held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, March 3 – 24, 2015. More than 60 participants

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Fulbright Commission Agreement Signature

The United States Ambassador to Portugal, Robert Sherman, and the Portuguese Minister of Education and Science, Nuno Crato, signed the U.S.-Portugal Fulbright Commission Agreement today in the presence of the Fulbright Commission board and representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education and Science. The Agreement provides for several bilateral educational exchange programs.‎ More information on exchange programs at

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DAS Julieta Noyes in Lisbon

On February 10, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Julieta Noyes visited the American Corner – Digital Innovation Center at NOVA University’s Faculty of Science and Technology and was briefed on the project of the new Fab Lab which will have the support of the American Embassy in Lisbon. Ms. Noyes met with Dean Prof. Fernando Santana and other Faculty

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Exhibition “Sonnabend | Paris – New York” in Lisbon

Ambassador Robert Sherman attended, on February 5, the inauguration of the exhibition “Sonnabend Paris – New York” at the Arpad-Szenes Vieira da Silva museum, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. On display until May 3 will be works by American post-war artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Jones, Robert Rauschenberg, or Roy Lichtenstein , and others. The New York Sonnabend Art

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Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Rep Christina Sevilla in Lisbon

Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Christina Sevilla stopped in Lisbon on February 2-4 to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). During her stay in Lisbon, Christina also participated in a roundtable to debate TTIP with academics and journalists, and met with Portuguese government officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AICEP, and the Wine and Vine Institute. Christina

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Ambassador Sherman in Seminar on TTIP

On January 30, Ambassador Sherman was a guest speaker at a Seminar on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its impact on the textile, apparel and footwear sectors which took place at the AvePark – Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia, in Guimarães. This event was hosted by the Mayor of Guimarães, Domingos Bragança, with participation from the Mayor

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Ambassador Sherman at INL

Ambassador Sherman visited the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) in Braga on January 29. INL is the first fully international research organization in Europe in the field of Nanoscience, Nanomedicine, and Nanotechnology, with at least 200 researchers and 100 PhD students from around the world. Ambassador Sherman met with the director, and researchers for briefings on ongoing and future projects

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Writer Patricia Portela Encourages Students to Read

From 1984, Anna Karenina, Harry Potter, Montaigne and John Cage, to her own works – novelist, playwright, artist, and exchange alumna Patricia Portela promoted reading to secondary school students in Madeira during her “Let’s read for pleasure!” talk on January 26-27. Patricia spoke on how her love of reading turned her into a writer and theater artist, eventually taking her

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American Chamber of Commerce Portugal and Corporate Social Responsibility

The Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon hosted the first meeting of the newly created Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Portugal. Eighteen U.S. companies with operations in Portugal attended the event. The Embassy and the American Chamber will be regularly featuring the great initiatives and meaningful CSR programs created by American

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Quorum Ballet Dance Company Performs “Rights”

On December 20-21 at Recreios da Amadora, the Quorum Ballet Dance Company, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Lisbon, showcased a performance of “Rights,” which included the powerful piece that addresses the theme of human trafficking for the commercial sex and organ trade. “Rights” is choreographed by Donald Byrd, a choreographer with the renowned Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater, and Daniel

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Spelling Bee Competition in Portugal for 2014-2015 Begins

The U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with the Association of Portuguese English Teachers (APPI) and Fulbright Portugal are hosting a Portugal-wide English Spelling Bee competition for teams of 9th and 10th graders from public schools around the country. So far we have held regional events in the Azores, Braga, Porto and Aveiro and will soon be coming to a city near

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Ambassador Sherman Leads T-TIP Delegation to Northern Portugal

Ambassador Sherman took his campaign to promote and discuss T-TIP back to the road, this time by leading a delegation to the northern region of Portugal on December 17 and 18. The delegation visited factories that produce a variety of cloth, shoe, and textile products owned by companies such as Lameirinho, Carlos Santos, Luis Onofre, A. Ferreira e Filhos, and

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Human Rights Day Talk in the North of Portugal

The Assistant Public Affairs Officer of American Embassy Lisbon was the invited speaker to talk to a group of 11th graders at the Secondary School of Póvoa do Lanhoso about International Human Rights Day. There was time to engage all the participants in a brief discussion about the rights of women and children, as well as equal access to education

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Alumni Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship Development

In partnership with IES Social Entrepreneurship Institute, Fulbright, and the American Corner at University of Porto Faculty of Letters, Embassy Lisbon organized an alumni professional development workshop on social entrepreneurship which was attended by a diverse group of alumni from around the country. The workshop especially provided alumni with the tools to develop initiatives that aim to have a social impact,

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Thanksgiving Briefing at Eugenio dos Santos School

U.S. Embassy made two presentations about Thanksgiving at Eugenio dos Santos school, in Lisbon. The topic was the history of the holiday and its importance to American culture. The first briefing had the added plus of being the first time the students in that session had heard a native American English speaker in person. The second presentation was done all in English

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Thanksgiving Cooking Demo and Dinner at FCT-Nova

U.S. Embassy Lisbon’s Office of Public Affairs and Embassy community family members teamed up to present a Thanksgiving Dinner cooking demonstration and dinner at the American Corner of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova. Guests included FCT-Nova’s faculty, staff, students, and exchange alumni. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the traditional American menu.

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U.S. Embassy Lisbon Participates in International Diplomatic Bazaar

The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon participated in the 2014 International Diplomatic Bazaar held at the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa on November 21-22. Now in its 30th year, the bazaar, which is organized by diplomatic staff and their families, provided an opportunity for the public to shop for unique items from all over the world. This year, over 30 embassies

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“Connect to Success” Launches its Corporate Mentoring Program

On Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, November 19, the Embassy announced the start of its first “Connect to Success” corporate mentoring program. Applications from potential mentees had come from all kinds of different sectors, including textile, recruitment and coaching, architecture, law, digital marketing, language training and translation services, food industry, and information technology, among others. Following an evaluation, selection and matching process,

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MD Anderson Delegation in Portugal

At the invitation of the American Embassy Lisbon, a delegation from MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, visited Portugal the week of 17-21 November led by the center’s President, Ronald dePinho. The delegation participated in a joint Conference on Gastric and Hereditary Cancer held at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine on November 20-21, and visited research facilities

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International Education Week in the Azores

During International Education Week 2014, Embassy Lisbon in partnership with the American Corner Azores and Fulbright Portugal promoted a visit by the Embassy’s Information Resource Director and the director of Fulbright Portugal to several schools in the Azores to give sessions on E-Library and Study in the United States. The sessions helped to highlight the opportunities that exist for Azorean

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Ambassador at FLAD Mid-Term Election Night Watch

Ambassador Sherman attended the Mid-Term Election Night Watch at the Luso-American Foundation for Development (FLAD) on November 4, election day in the United States. FLAD President, Vasco Rato, hosted the event, during which Ambassador Sherman and FLAD Senior Fellow Lara Alameh spoke about the mechanics and importance of the mid-term elections. The event was well attended by politicians, academics, pundits

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US Embassy Lisbon Employees Help Build a House

As a yearly event, a team of Embassy staff and family members volunteer to help build or renovate a home for a disadvantaged family in Portugal. This year, the team went to Braga in early October to help build a home for a family through Habitat for Humanity. Rain or shine, the volunteers gladly performed many tasks including laying bricks,

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Ambassador Sherman Drives Electric Ford to Lead T-TIP Delegation to Center of Portugal

Ambassador Sherman took his campaign to promote and discuss T-TIP back to the road, this time by leading a caravan of vintage Ford Mustangs and driving the Electric Ford Focus on October 22 and 23. This second trip targeted the center of Portugal, including the Coimbra and Aveiro districts. The Ambassador led a small delegation that included Paula Redondo Pereira,

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Red Ribbon Week Presentation at CAISL

On October 17, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at the U.S. Embassy Lisbon gave a drug prevention awareness presentation to 110 middle and high school students at Carlucci American International School of Lisbon (CAISL) as part of DEA Red Ribbon Week, which is the oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program in the United States. Red Ribbon Week started

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Ambassador Sherman Visits Sines

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Robert Sherman, paid a first visit to the port of Sines on October 15. Received by Eduardo Bandeira, Director of Sines port authority, the Ambassador was briefed about the characteristics and potential of the port of Sines platform to welcome new American investors, as well as the direct channels that link every week the Sines Container

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Mars Curiosity Engineer Engages with Students

In association with the American Corner network and other partners, American Embassy Lisbon organized a speaking tour across Portugal for the Mars curiosity mission flight engineer, Bobak Ferdowsi, reaching out to hundreds of high school/ secondary students, researchers and the media in the Azores, Lisbon, Aveiro, Porto and Braga. At every stop of his tour, Bobak engaged with audiences about

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Study in Portugal Network (SiPN)

The Study in Portugal Network (SiPN) was launched by the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD) on October 7, 2014. SiPN seeks to provide a flexible study abroad program in Portugal for U.S. students. The program provides semester and summer-long study options, as well as internships. Speaking at the presentation, Ambassador Robert A. Sherman, emphasized that “The program supports one of the Embassy’s

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Ambassador Sherman at the Launch of ABC Justice

Ambassador Sherman joined alumni, the staff of the Portuguese Association for the Protection of Victims (APAV) and students on September 24th to launch the web site of ABC Justice at Casa Pia. ABC Justice is an alumni-led project that won an Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) grant in 2013 to launch a sustainable and creative public information campaign to promote transparency in

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Ambassador Sherman Begins TTIP Campaign in Alentejo with Harley Ride

On September 21-22, Ambassador Sherman kicked off a series of travels through Portugal in a campaign to raise visibility of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). On September 21, the first day of the trip, the Ambassador joined over 300 Harley-Davidson riders in an annual ride, this year beginning in Évora and stopping in Herdade do Vale do Sabroso,

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Embassy Donates Baseball Equipment to Madeira School

On September 19, U.S. Vice Consul visited Dr. Horácio Bento de Gouveia in Madeira to talk to 11th and 12th grade students about the importance of sports in education. This outreach event included the donation of baseball equipment to the school and interview with local media, in which the vice consul highlighted the contributions that sports make to the healthy

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“Connect to Success” Launched Self-Certification Process

“Connect to Success”, a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, which aims to strengthen the Portuguese economy by supporting the growth of women owned businesses (“WOBs”), introduced its self-certification process and MBA consulting initiative on September 15 at the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD). Once certified, WOBs will be eligible to apply to participate in any of the Connect to Success programs,

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Outdoor Screening of American Films

In coordination with the city and the movie initiative called ‘Fitas na Rua’ the embassy organized outdoor screenings of iconic American films free of charge in iconic locations across the city of Lisbon. In this activity, the film Sabrina, directed by Billy Wilder, was screened in the courtyard of Vila Maia, a small working class neighborhood. Barbarella, by Roger Vadim,

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Embassy Supports Walk & Talk Azores 2014

In partnership with Consulate Ponta Delgada, the Embassy supported an American presence at the Walk & Talk International Public Art Festival in the Azores, as well as provided general support for the cultural event. The fourth edition of the Walk & Talk festival was held from July 18 through August 3 on the island of São Miguel, a world destination

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GEP Delegation in Portugal

The U.S. Department of State Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) and the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon organized a high-profile entrepreneurship delegation that visited Portugal from July 14-17, 2014. The delegation included prominent, highly successful entrepreneurs and investors in the technology, finance, marketing, real estate and gourmet food industries. The eleven entrepreneurs traveled throughout Lisbon, Aveiro and Porto to meet with senior

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Reception for New Portuguese Fulbrighters

The Embassy, in coordination with the Fulbright Commission, hosted a reception for the new outgoing Portuguese Fulbrighters. Fulbright alumni and commission members were also invited to the event. Ambassador Sherman congratulated the honorees on their accomplishments and wished them continued success.

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Christopher Emdin Demystifies Math Teaching

In partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, the American Corners in Portugal welcomed Professor Christopher Emdin, the co-creator of the #HipHopEd media movement and the author of the recently released, award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip Hop Generation. Currently an Associated Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Emdin

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Independence Day Celebration

To celebrate America’s 238th birthday, Ambassador Robert Sherman and Ms. Kim Sawyer hosted a traditional Independence Day reception at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon. The U.S. Marine Guards marched their colors, and the U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Band’s “Touch N Go” Rock Ensemble provided non-stop entertainment. Among the distinguished guests were Portuguese politicians, academics and foreign diplomats. Everyone

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Disquiet in Lisbon

The 4th annual Embassy-sponsored Disquiet Literary Program started in Lisbon on June 29 and runs for two weeks until July 11. This festival brings over 90 American authors to Lisbon. It is an event that allows the interaction between American and Portuguese authors via various workshops, lectures, and readings which leads for meaningful cultural exchanges.

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Embassy Officer Speaks at FCT TEDx

DEA Special Agent David Tyree was invited to the Faculty of Science and Technology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL) to speak at its June 20th TEDx event, “Be Positive.” The TEDx Program holds conferences around the world to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation around “ideas worth spreading.” David spoke about the value of community service and

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American Professor Robert Lieber at Tertúlia Diplomática

Robert Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, visited Lisbon on June 17th to be the guest speaker of the monthly debate organized by Tertúlia Diplomática at one of the oldest bookstores in the city, Livraria Ferin. Professor Lieber told the audience about his book, “The American Era: Power and Strategy for the 21st Century,” in which

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APAO Moderates Fulbright Forum 2014

The Fulbright Commission held their annual forum where Fulbright alumni talked about their professional and personal development experiences as well as their exchange experiences in the U.S., all within the context of leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal enrichment. Susan Mann, Global Director of Learning and Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (in Portugal under the Fulbright Specialists Program) opened the forum

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U-18 Men’s National Team at Moinho da Juventude

The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Soccer Team was in Portugal to participate in the Lisbon tournament, which took place June 6 to June 10. On June 5 the American team was at the Portuguese “Moinho da Juventude” Association in Cova da Moura where they had a chance to tour the NGO facilities and learn about the organization’s activities to help

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A/S Economic and Business Affairs Visits Fábrica de Startups

The Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Charles Rivkin, and U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman spent the morning of June 4 at startup incubator Fábrica de Startups speaking to Portuguese entrepreneurs, venture capital investors, and journalists about the value of entrepreneurship and the potential benefits of a new trade agreement between the EU and the United States. The June 4

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Bruce Lewenstein at AC@Aveiro

In partnership with the American Embassy, the Centro Ciência Vivaand the American Corner of the University of Aveiro organized a seminar under the topic “Learning Science in Informal Environment.” The key speaker was Professor Bruce Lewestein of Cornell University. A discussion on Science Communication, Deficits, Dialogues, and Deniers then followed, including the lively participation of university students and faculty members.

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Ambassador Sherman at FCT

Ambassador Robert Sherman and Public Affairs Officer Virginia Staab visited the American Corner of the Faculty of Science and Technology-NOVA facilities including the Digital Fab-Lab and their recent exhibition on dinosaurs. Before the visit, there was a brief talk by FCT-NOVA’s Dean, Professor Santana, Professor Moura and YDreams CEO, Professor António Câmara.

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West Point Cadets at Bento Carqueja School

On May 13, 2014, several West Point cadets spoke to a group of students at Escola EB 2,3 Bento Carqueja in Oliveira de Azeméis. The talk gave the cadets, who are currently studying at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, an excellent opportunity for them to talk about their experience as students learning Portuguese and explain the importance of the

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English Translation Prize Ceremony at Católica

The “Prémio Traduzir” award ceremony took place on May 5, an initiative launched by Universidade Católica 15 years ago which recognizes the best translation from different languages into Portuguese submitted by secondary school competitors. The American Embassy has been one of the sponsors of the prizes for English translation for the last several years. The Assistant Public Affairs Officer represented

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Communicating Science to Youth Speaker: Kakalios in Azores and Madeira

The islands of Azores and Madeira welcomed physics professor and renowned speaker James Kakalios for a series of talks on the physics of superheroes. Currently based at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota where his research focuses on properties of disordered systems, Kakalios is best known for his popular lecture series in which he analyzes

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Spelling Bee @ 28th APPI Conference

The Office of Public Affairs in Lisbon participated in the 28th annual conference by holding a workshop on “Become the Beemaster: Organizing your own English spelling bees.” During this session, in addition to demonstrating a mock spelling bee for participating teachers, participants learned how to prepare, plan and host a spelling bee event at their school, learn how to take

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Embassy Organizes Tours of USS Mount Whitney

The U.S. 6th Fleet flagship, USS Mount Whitney, was in Lisbon ahead of its participation in a Mediterranean Sea drill. The USS Mount Whitney amphibious command ship arrived in the Portuguese capital on April 28 and departed en route to the island of Menorca for training exercise. The Embassy and the American Corner@IST-UTL coordinated with the US Navy and representatives

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American Professor Patricia Szasz at the 2014 APPI Conference

Professor Patricia Szasz, Assistant Dean for Language & Professional Programs, Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation & Language Education, Monterey Institute of International Studies, was in Portugal to talk at the 28th APPI Conference which took place in Porto between May 1 and May 3. The title of this year’s Conference was: “Language & Culture – encourage, engage, empower.” Prof. Szasz

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Assistant Secretary Nuland Traveled to Lisbon

On April 27, Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland traveled to Lisbon, where she met with senior Portuguese government officials to discuss the range of issues on the bilateral agenda and with parliamentarians. Victoria Nuland joined a panel discussion at the Portuguese Catholic University on Women in Leadership, Young Entrepreneurs, Youth Unemployment and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Also presenting was

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Embassy Team Joins APCOI for Fruit Hero Award Ceremony

Embassy Officer Scott Hartmann, IRC assistant Teresa Roque and Embassy Intern Cameron Desonia attended an award ceremony for the “Fruit Heroes” project, a campaign to promote healthy living, healthy diets and fight childhood obesity that the Embassy has supported. This initiative comes on the heels of last year’s Fulbright Brainstorms on Childhood Obesity which brought greater U.S.-Portuguese cooperation on the

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Embassy Lisbon Earth Day Celebration

The American Embassy celebrated Earth Day with a tree planting ceremony featuring Ambassador-designate Robert Sherman. The children of Mission employees lined up to help the Ambassador in this endeavor. In his remarks, Ambassador Sherman evoked the origins of this worldwide event launched by an American congressman 44 years ago, the meaning of a simple gesture like planting one tree and

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Speaker of the House John Boehner Visits Portugal

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner accompanied by a congressional delegation was in Portugal between April 17 and 20. Boehner was received with honors at the Portuguese parliament by the speaker Assunção Esteves and met with members of several parliamentarian committees. Meetings with Portuguese Prime Minister Passos Coelho, Vice-Prime Minister Portas and Foreign Minister Machete

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Multicultural Education American Speaker in Portugal

In light of the growth of Portugal as a multicultural society, the Embassy brought over Prof. James Banks, a renowned expert in multicultural education and diversity to engage with key figures in government, the educational sector and academia in Portugal. Prof. Banks and Deputy Chief of Mission John Olson met with key Portuguese stakeholders regarding multiculturalism in education and society,

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Ponta Delgada Staged Third Inter-School Spelling Bee

On April 4, the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon together with the U.S. Consulate in the Azores sponsored an inter-school, English-language Spelling Bee event for Portuguese public school students in the 9th and 10th grades. The U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Consulate partnered with the Universidade dos Açores; the American Corner@Universidade dos Açores, and the Portuguese Association of Teachers of English

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Hip Hop Explained to Students in Alpiarça

On April 1st, Embassy Officer Durwood Young was at Escola Básica e Secundária José Relvas in Alpiarça to speak to an audience of 11th graders about Hip Hop in the USA. The topic of this presentation was very well received by the students who had a chance to learn more about a theme with which they are familiar, to talk

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