Americans in Switzerland: Amanda Bennett Director of Ballet School Theater Basel

We visited the Ballet School Theater Basel and got an in depth look at ballet education in Switzerland. Our host was the Texas-born director of the school, Amanda Bennett. Basel has played an important role in Amanda’s career. From 1978 to 1989, she fascinated audiences as the principal dancer under the leadership of Heinz Spoerli. Since 2001, she has ...
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Arts Envoy Musician and Spokesperson Gaelynn Lea Wowed Swiss Audiences

The U.S. Embassy Bern was happy to host the American violinist Gaelynn Lea from June 12 until June 21, 2018.  She visited Switzerland as part of the State Department’s Arts Envoy Program.  During her stay, Gaelynn met with several high school classes from Bern and Aargau and more than 100 students from the International School ...
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Ambassador McMullen Addresses Miami Beach Delegation Visiting Art Basel

For the opening of Art Basel 2018, Ambassaor McMullen gave a welcome address at a reception for representatives from Miami Beach at the City Hall in Basel. The Canton of Basel-Stadt has long-standing ties to the United States. In 2002, the Art Basel took place in Miami Beach for the first time, which established an ongoing ...
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Embassy Bern Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

April 26, 2018, marks the 18th annual celebration of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day.  Intellectual property underpins nearly every aspect of the economy – it supports good paying jobs, creativity in the arts, innovation in sciences and technology, and it creates a framework that allows new industries and innovations to flourish. Every year, we celebrate ...
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Chargé Erath at House of Religions for Ramadan Iftar

On June 11, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath attended a panel discussion and Ramadan iftar at the House of Religions in Bern. The dialogue focused on building bridges and combatting fear; the first panel included student representatives who shared their experiences with both stereotypes and acceptance, while the second panel included religious leaders who highlighted ...
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Pulitzer Prize Winner Adam Johnson Shares Stories with both Students and Academics

Adam Johnson, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel The Orphan Master’s Son, was in Bern from May 22-23. On invitation from U.S. Embassy Bern, Johnson was the guest of honor in a fireside chat about his approach to writing The Orphan Master’s Son, a novel set in North Korea following the life of orphan and ...
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Helen Zughaib to Discuss Fostering Mutual Understanding through Art

With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib will be in Switzerland June 12-16. A painter whose work has been shown in multiple exhibitions all over the world, Zughaib maintains that art is one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue among people from ...
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Pulitzer Prize Winner, Adam Johnson, in Bern

Adam Johnson, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel The Orphan Master’s Son, will be in Bern May 22-23. He will give several talks focusing on his approach to writing and on The Orphan Master’s Son, a novel set in North Korea following the life of orphan and model citizen Pak Jun Do. Adam Johnson is ...
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April 30 is International #JazzDay

By Christopher ConnellShare America (April 10, 2017) Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (Jazz at Lincoln Center/Frank Stewart) Rock, rap and hip-hop may rule the charts, but jazz, with roots in the spirituals of African-American slaves, is still America’s gift to the world. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble: ...
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Screening of “Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart” and Discussion with Director Phil Comeau

Join Us on March 21, 2017 at 18:00 at the Bubenberg Cinema in Bern!   In France, Canada, Switzerland and many other countries people speak French, but did you know that there is a French-speaking community in the United States too? You can learn something about the Cajun culture and community, mainly found in Louisiana, ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Zurich

On May 24, 2016, Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Eric, traveled to Zurich to meet with members of the Zurich Cantonal Government and talk about the growth of Swiss start-ups. While there, they also met with the South Pole Group to learn more about how the private sector can help reduce carbon emissions. Later, the ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Jeffrey R. Cellars Celebrates “Latin-America”

On November 27, 2015, Deputy Chief in Mission Jeffrey R. Cellars addressed Swiss students who participated in the Latin translation contest «Certamen Translatorium». The contest takes place every year during Latin a cultural month organized by the Society IXber St. Gallen. The program theme for this year was Latin-America — not the geographic Latin America, ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Jeffrey Cellars Highlights International Importance of Jazz

On February 26, 2015, Deputy Chief of Mission Jeffrey Cellars addressed the audience of the Jazzwerkstatt Bern before a concert of the HKB Large Ensemble. In his remarks, he pointed out the international importance jazz has gained since its emergence at the beginning of the 20th century: “Like no other music genre, Jazz has traveled around ...
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Call for Artworks: Art in Embassies – The Intersection Between Art, Science, Technology and the Environment

The U.S. Embassy Bern, in cooperation with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, announced the opening of a competition for Swiss artists on the theme of the intersection between art, science, technology and the environment. The selected works will be displayed as part of the collection currently on show at the Residence of Suzan G. ...
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