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Events 2015

Events

  • David Saltzberg at the UB (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    Hundreds attend lecture on The Big Bang Theory

    David Saltzberg, Professor of Physics at UCLA, delivered a talk on April 17 at the University of Barcelona on his role as the science consultant for CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory.” Almost 400 people attended the session. David Saltzberg was invited by the consulate to take part in this year’s edition of the Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona, where he also participated in a round table and an educational workshop.  

  • Corey Wittig (Photo: U.S. Consulate General)
    The Consulate General collaborates with the Ateneu de Fabricació Les Corts

    On April 14, a group of 35 high school students from IES Moisès Brooggi in Barcelona attended a workshop on the basics of stop-motion led by Corey Wittig, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Digital Learning Librarian at the Ateneu de Fabricació Les Corts. In the afternoon, Corey Wittig, gave a talk to a group of educators, teachers, and researches on the basics of Connected Learning, a new model of learning developed in the U.S. 

  • High school students from Badalona (Photo: U.S. Consulate General Barcelona)
    Collaboration with Fundación Secretariado Gitano’s Promociona program

    Since last February, the consulate collaborates with the Fundación Secretariado Gitano’s Promociona providing after school English courses to high school students in Badalona and Sabadell. Highly motivated, the students attend twice a week the courses, taught by a professor from the United States.  

  • Professor Marina Bers at the U.S. Consulate General (Photo: U.S. Consulate General)
    Integrating programming and robotics in early childhood education

    On Monday, April 20th the Consulate General hosted a breakfast roundtable discussion on the need to introduce new technologies such as robotics and programming languages in early childhood education. Marina Bers, professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University, addressed a diverse and distinguished gathering of educators and administrators from Barcelona. Drawing on her earlier work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, Professor Bers develops interactive robots and software designed to introduce very young students—from four to eight years of age—to the basics of computer programming. 

  • Professor Ilan Stavans at the UB (Photo: U.S. Consulate General Barcelona)
    U.S. professor Ilan Stavans spoke in Barcelona on the use of Spanglish among Latinos in the U.S.

    Writer and Amherst College professor, Ilan Stavans, participated in a series of talks in Barcelona where he discussed the origins and use of Spanglish among Latino communities in the U.S. On March 23, gave a presentation to students and professors in a crowded room at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Barcelona. The next morning, at the Fort Pienc Public Library, he gave a talk to 60 high school students from Esplugues de Llobregat. 

  • U.S. Fulbright scholar Kat Lee with students in Gavà (Photo: U.S. Consulate General Barcelona)
    U.S. Fulbright Scholar introduces the basics of regenerative medicine to high school students in Gavà

    On March 13, as part of Consulate General Barcelona’s Fulbright Volunteer Program, Fulbright scholar Kat Lee delivered a lecture to high school students in Gava about the basics of regenerative medicine. Her talk also highlighted the importance of STEM studies and inspired this group to pursue scientific careers. This talk is part of the series of speaking engagements at public schools that U.S. Fulbright scholars in Barcelona have committed to offer students with limited access and exposure to American English language and culture.  

  • Poet Robert Pinsky at the UB (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    Poet Robert Pinsky at the University of Barcelona

    U.S. Poet Robert Pinsky did a poetry reading and delivered a lecture to American literature students, professors, and general audience at the University of Barcelona on March 9. Three times Poet Laureate, Pinsky answered the diverse questions posed by the audiences and read some poets of his latest book published in Spain “Ginza samba.” 

  • DCM Kris Urs and the consul general Tanya C. Anderson at the MWC2015 (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    Deputy Chief of Mission and the consul general visited the Mobile World Congress 2015

    On March 2 and 3, a delegation from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, led by its Deputy Chief of Mission, Kris Urs, together with U.S. Consul General in Barcelona, Tanya C. Anderson, visited the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. This year over 370 American companies and four states (Georgia, Illinois, Washington and Idaho) were present at this important global event showcasing cutting-edge products and services in the field of mobile technologies. 

  • The Consul General, Tanya C. Anderson, at the opening of the Americana Film Festival (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    The Consulate General sponsors the Americana Film Festival of Barcelona

    The consul general Tanya C. Anderson inaugurated second edition of the Americana Film Festival, an event entirely devoted to independent American movies, which took place in Barcelona from February 13 to 16, 2015. The ‘Americana’ festival had a tremendous success, selling out the tickets for almost all the screenings of the movies. Over 4,500 people attended this festival that showcased the latest independent films and documentary productions coming from the U.S. 

  • Jim Bird with other officers from the consulate (Photo: U.S. Consulate General)
    The Consulate General hosts an event for law enforcement officers from the consular district

    On March 3rd, the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona hosted an event for 295 police officers and authorities from throughout the consular district (Catalonia, Aragon, and Andorra). Consular Chief Ramon Menendez-Carreira delivered welcome remarks. The keynote speaker was Jim Bird, ex-FBI agent with 31 years’ experience. During his tenure, Mr. Bird worked as the Legal Attache at the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara, Mexico engaging in hostage negotiation with Mexican drug cartels; and later as an investigator, he worked on corruption cases in Puerto Rico. Mr. Bird has trained hundreds of officers throughout his career.  

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of andorra, Gilbert Saboya, and U.S. Ambassador, James Costos (Photo: Government of Andorra)
    Extension of the U.S.-Andorra Fulbright Program

    Ambassador Costos signs the Memorandum of Understanding to extent the U.S.-Andorra Fulbright Scholarship program. During his trip he also visited an Andorran high school in Ordino and met with the American Fulbright Teaching Assistants. 

  • Nicholas Carlisle (Photo: U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona)
    No Bully founder, Nicholas Carlisle, keynote speaker at TEDxBarcelonaED

    The first edition of TEDxBarcelona devoted to education featured as a keynote speaker Nicholas Carlisle, founder and executive director of the NGO based in San Francisco No Bully. The Consulate sponsored his participation in this unique event, in which he shared his personal experience and how it led him to dedicate his professional career to eradicate bullying in schools. During his visit to Barcelona, Carlisle met with representatives from the regional and local government, NGOs and academics and introduced the innovative method of the so-called Solution Teams. Carlisle also gave a talk at Casal Lambda on LGBT bullying.  

  • UPF students at the USS Vicksburg (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    UPF undergraduate students visit SNMG 2

    A group of 60 undergraduate Political Science students from Pompeu Fabra University visited the three ships that currently make up the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (USS Vicksburg, HMCS Fredericton and TCG Turgutreis) coinciding with its port visit to Barcelona on January 15. Students were highly impressed by how allied countries actually cooperate under NATO on a daily basis to guarantee peace and stability in the region.  

  • USS Vicksburg (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    NATO’s SNMG2 Arrives in Barcelona for a Port Visit

    Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) ships arrived in Barcelona on January 14 for a port visit and to prepare to join forces with France’s Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group for a short period of combined exercises. Local media outlets attended a press conference with Commander, SNMG2, Rear Adm. Brad Williamson.