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Events 2015


  • Consul general residence(Photo: U.S. Consulate General)
    Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program

    On September 30, consul general Marcos Mandojana hosted a reception at his residence in honor of the 75th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), one of the most important U.S. State Department exchange programs. About 400 people from the consular district have been selected to travel under these programs. 

  • The head of Government of Andorra and consul general (Photo: U.S. Consul General, Barcelona)
    Consul General Mandojana’s first official visit to Andorra

    On September 17-18 , the new consul general, Marcos Mandojana, accompanied by the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Krishna Urs, made their first official visit to the Principality of Andorra. They met with the Head of Government, Antoni Martí and the main authorities of the country. The consul general also participated in the annual meeting of the Fubright Bilateral Committee, during which he stressed the importance of the Fulbright Exchange Program, signed 15 years ago between the U.S. and Andorra. 

  • Marcos Mandojana at the IoT Solutions World Congress (Photo: U.S. Consulate General)
    Consul general Marcos Mandojana attends the openning ceremony of the IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona

    On 16 September, the consul general was one of the keynote speakers at the opening ceremony of the first world congress on the Internet of Things, which was held in Barcelona. The IoT Solutions World Congress attracted companies, many of them American, and prominent international experts who offered the latest developments and innovations offered by the Internet of Things applied to the industrial sector. 

  • Fire Film Festiva (Photo: U.S. Consulate General Barcelona)
    The Consulate General collaborates with FIRE!! Gay and Lesbian Film Fest

    For the second year, the consulate general has been a major sponsor of FIRE!! Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. This year, as the festival marked its 20th anniversary, six American films were featured, including the documentary Regarding Susan Sontag. The consulate invited its director, Nancy Kates, to participate in its premier on July 4th. 

  • U.S. Independence Day celebration at the Consulate (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    U.S. Independence Day celebration at the Consulate General

    On July 2 took place in the gardens of the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, the official reception to commemorate the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. Members of the Catalan government, local authorities, representatives of the civil society in the Consular District and American residents attended this traditional reception. The Michelle Faber Quintet and U.S. clarinetist Evan Christopher entertained the party and U.S. singer Gwen Perry sang the national anthem. This year's celebration was an homage to the Route 66. 

  • TEDx Barcelona Women (Photo: U.S. Consulate General Barcelona)
    Promoting social entrepreneurship in Barcelona with Unreasonable Institute founder Daniel Epstein

    Daniel Epstein, a young award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of Unreasonable Group, was invited by the consulate to participate in TEDx Barcelona Women and other speaking events engaging emerging social entrepreneurs at the Impact Hub Barcelona and entrepreneurship students from the Master of Science in Management at Pompeu Fabra University. At the TEDx event, Daniel focused his talk on the Girl Effect Accelerator, an initiative developed by the Unreasonable Institute and the Nike Foundation which empowers girls and invests in startups run by young women and girls that can have a real impact in their lives.  

  • Joseph McBride and Chris Welles Feder (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    The Consulate General celebrates Orson Welles's centenary

    Joseph McBride, Professor of Film at San Francisco State University and a renowned scholar on Orson Welles was invited by the consulate to participate in a two-day seminar, organized by the Film Archives in Barcelona, around the filmmaker’s centenary. This seminar featured international speakers including American scholars as well as actors and artists who had worked with Welles. Joseph McBride participated in a session with Welles’s daughter Chris Welles Feder during which they talked about Orson Welles’ multifaceted career in film, radio, and television. In addition to this event, the consulate also organized a talk with students from the School of Film and Media Studies of Pompeu Fabra University.  

  • Shaun Donelly at the CIDOC (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    Ambassador Shaun Donnelly opens CIDOB’s seminar on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)

    On May 27, 2015 Shaun Donnelly, Vice President of Investment and Financial Services at the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), gave the keynote speech at the international seminar on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) that took place at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Donnelly highlighted the strategic importance of the TTIP for the EU and the U.S., an agreement meant to create jobs and growth. This one-day seminar provided in-depth information on the main issues being negotiated under TTIP. 

  • Consul General Anderson at ESCI (Photo: U.S. Consulate General Barcelona)
    Consul General Anderson addresses the maker movement in “Print the Legend” screening

    On May 20, Consul General Tanya C. Anderson was the guest speaker to ‘Adventure’, an entrepreneurship film series organized by the consulate and ESCI Business School. Coinciding with the screening of the documentary “Print the Legend”, the Consul General delivered remarks on how the Obama Administration is advancing the maker movement and 3D printing as a means to foster innovation, creativity and economic growth.  

  • ESCI (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona)
    ‘Something Ventured’ spurs conversation on entrepreneurship at ESCI-UPF

    On May 13, Dan Geller and Dayne Goldfine, directors of the documentary “Something Ventured” were the guests of honor at the second session of ‘Adventure’, an entrepreneurship film series organized by the consulate and ESCI Business School. The documentary spurred a conversation on the importance of entrepreneurship as well as venture capitalists to the development of new technologies and innovations. The series will continue until May 27 with other guest speakers and screenings.  

  • Jackeline Lesko (Photo: U.S. Consulate General)
    ‘Spinning Plates’ opens entrepreneurship film series at ESCI-UPF

    On May 6, producer Jacqueline Lesko was the guest of honor at the first session of ‘Adventure’, an entrepreneurship film series organized by the consulate and ESCI Business School. Lesko presented her documentary “Spinning Plates” which reflects on what it takes to run a restaurant from many different perspectives. The series will continue until May 27 with other guest speakers and screenings.  

  • 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.