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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Ambassador McMullen Visits the Swiss Canton of Ticino

On September 7, Cerbios’ top leadership hosted Ambassador Edward T. McMullen Jr. at its facility outside of Lugano to discuss Cerbios’ business current and future business activities in the United States.  Cerbios has been active in the United States since 1982 with an established leadership with its reduced folates products used in oncology. Ambassador McMullen ...
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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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Impressing Students with Pulled Pork Burgers and Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwiches

Embassy Bern attended the Global Village event organized by the international youth organization AIESEC at the University in Bern. The students present were able to try food specialties from all around the world, prepared by Embassies and citizens of the respective countries.   We contributed two American classics: pulled pork sliders and peanut butter jelly sandwiches. ...
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Ambassador McMullen at Geneva Book Fair

On April 25, Ambassador Edward McMullen attended the official opening of the 32nd annual Geneva Book Fair–the second largest French-language book fair in the world. The Fair attracted 100,000 guests and up to 1,000 authors over five days. The city of New York was honored with a special pavilion and an extensive program of activities. ...
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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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Americans in Switzerland: Jessica Caldwell “Sometimes, I’m speaking in French and nobody knows that I’m speaking in French!”

Jessica Caldwell, a native Hoosier (colloquial tern for a resident of the State of Indiana) came to Switzerland in September of last year for a Master’s degree program at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg which offers a broad array of programs with specialties in biology, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and more.  She met with ...
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Ambassador McMullen Cooks His Favorite Chili

At the U.S. Embassy’s chili cooking competition last week, Ambassador McMullen’s recipe took home the top prize in the meat and bean category. The Ambassador is a passionate cook and now he invites you into his kitchen to share with you how he makes the timeless American classic—best served with a topping of shredded cheddar ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Heather’s and Jonathan’s Creative Summer in Bern

Embassy Bern met with two American artists, Heather and Jonathan, to learn about how spending time in Switzerland, being immersed in a different landscape and culture, and exchanging ideas with strangers has impacted their creativity. What inspirations will they take back home? Read below. The two American artists visited Switzerland as artistic fellows with the ...
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New York Poet and Film Maker Max Stossel in Bern to “Tell stories that matter”

On invitation by U.S. Embassy Bern New York poet, social media activist, and film maker Max Stossel was in Bern for various speaking engagements. Max spoke with four groups of high school students at the Gymnasium Kirchenfeld and Neufeld on the use of social media and how it should enhance one’s life, instead of making ...
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U.S. Embassy Participates in Bern Ouest Pride March

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, staff from U.S. Embassy Bern joined the Bern Ouest Pride march. Six sections representing the colors of the rainbow kicked off the march from different parts of the city, coming together at the Bundesplatz. Embassy staff and family members walked along the orange route whose theme was “The Power of ...
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Chargé Erath Remarks for Independence Day Reception 2017

Excellencies, Representatives of the Swiss federal administration, Representatives of the Liechtenstein government, Representatives of the Swiss Armed Forces, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you all so much for joining us today to celebrate the 241st anniversary of American independence. We are so pleased to welcome guests from the many facets of our engagement with Switzerland and ...
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Basel and Miami: Partners in Art

On June 14th, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath was warmly invited to a lunchtime discussion with representatives from Basel Stadt, MCH Group AG, City of Miami Beach, Basel Tourism, BaselArea and Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. President of the Government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt Elisabeth Ackermann kicked off the event with a welcome to ...
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Lebanese-American Artist Leads Workshops at School & Asylum Center

On invitation of the U.S. Embassy Bern, Helen Zughaib visited Switzerland this week as a part of the State Department’s Speaker Program. On Monday she held workshops for a multicultural school class in Bümpliz and a “Durchgangszentrum” (transit center for asylum seekers) in Lyss. She opened the workshops by discussing her family’s migration story and ...
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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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Media Literacy and Rumor Research: Snopes.com Founder David Mikkelson in Switzerland

David Mikkelson, co-founder of Snopes.com, a leading U.S.-based resource for debunking rumors and bad information, discussed media literacy, rumor research and the importance of trustworthy sources with a wide variety of audiences in Switzerland. Addressing university students in Bern, high school students in Wettingen, an audience at the Museum of Electronic Arts in Basel, Swiss ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Celebrates American Pop Art Master

On April 8, 2017, Vice Consul Benjamin Baughman spoke at the opening of the Robert Indiana exhibit at the Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca in Locarno.  U.S. Embassy Bern is a proud supporter of the celebration of the American pop art master.  Best known for his iconic LOVE sculpture, Indiana’s art has been inspiring people around ...
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David Mikkelson, co-founder of Snopes.com, speaker on Urban Legends and Rumor Research

Public Lecture at the House of Electronic Arts in Basel on April 27 from 18:00 – 19:00 David Mikkelson, co-founder of Snopes.com , will be speaking and leading the discussion Admission: free – No registration needed Drawing on his experience as co-founder of  Snopes.com , a leading U.S.-based resource for debunking rumors and false information, David will ...
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Chargé Erath Highlights Louisiana French Heritage Community During Francophonie Week

On March 21, as part of the “2017 Week of Francophonie” celebrations, the U.S. Embassy and the Embassy of Canada hosted a screening of the film, “Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart,” in Bern. The movie shows the history of the Acadian people, their expulsion from Canada in the 18th century and the migration of many of ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Celebrates Jazz Together with the Jazzwerkstatt Bern

For its 10th anniversary, Jazzwerkstatt Bern, a festival supported in part with a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Bern, featured musicians from all over the world: Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, Great Britain, Italy, Austria and the United States.  Chicago musicians Josh Bernan, Keefe Jackson and Frank Rosaly performed with Swiss musician Marc Unternährer, and ...
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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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Jonathan Mitchell Spoke at the SonOhr Festival

With support from the U.S. Embassy, American podcast producer, director and writer Jonathan Mitchell’s visited Switzerland from February 16 to 19. He spoke at the sonOhr Festival at Bern’s Cinema Rex on Saturday, February 18, leading a master class and participating in a panel discussion on podcasting. At the master class he guided the audience through the ...
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Jonathan Mitchell at the sonOhr Festival with Support from U.S. Embassy Bern

We are happy to support U.S. podcast producer, director and writer Jonathan Mitchell’s visit to Bern this week. From February 16 to 19 Mitchell will be here give talks and lead a workshop at the sonOhr Festival at Bern’s Cinema Rex on Saturday, February 18. Mitchell produces “The Truth” which makes “movies for your ears”: audio short ...
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U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath Opens Visit USA Seminar 2017

Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath delivered opening remarks at the Visit USA Seminar on February 1, 2017 in Zürich-Regensdorf.  A total of 375 travel professionals attended the event which featured 54 partners and exhibitors.  Chargé d’Affaires Erath thanked the audience for promoting tourism to the U.S. and thus contributing to the U.S. economy.  She noted ...
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Tour de France Comes to U.S. Embassy Bern

On Tuesday July 19,  the U.S. Embassy welcomed U.S. cycling team Trek-Segafredo for a coffee break as part of their rest day activities in Bern. The team, which includes Swiss rider and local hero Fabian Cancellera, U.S. rider Peter Stetina and current #2 in the overall race, Bauke Mollema, stopped by the Ambassador’s Residence where ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Anti-Piracy Exhibition in Gandria

On May 25 Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Eric, visited the customs museum in Gandria, to view the special exhibition organized by the anti-piracy organization Stop Piracy. The exhibit, “Beguiling Appearance, Murky Shadows, ” focuses on the importance of protecting intellectual property rights. Along for the visit were Swiss musician IVO and Cecile Drexel from ...
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