Music Jam Club

musicDo you love to play music with your friends? Need a fun and free space to do so? Then join our new Music Jam Club! The American Center will offer its space, microphones and sound system to all musicians and singers to play in great company twice a month on Fridays. Sing your favorite song, strum out your favorite tune – and get great feedback from your audience!

Friday, May 27 at 6:30p.m.

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Lecture: “The Importance of Forests”

JenniferRussia’s forests are some of the most beautiful in the world and constitute approximately 25% of the entire planet’s forested area. U.S. and Russian forests share similar species and landscapes, as well as common threats and challenges, and the U.S. Forest Service has collaborated with Russian counterparts for over 50 years in managing and protecting these areas. Join us for an informative lecture to learn more about important areas of cooperation between Russia and the U.S. in forestry.

This lecture will be given by Jennifer Smith, Program Specialist for International Programs for the U.S. Forest Service. In this capacity she oversees several projects in Siberia and Mongolia. Ms. Smith holds an MS in Natural Resources and Environment and an MA in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan. Prior to her work at the U.S. Forest Service, Jennifer served as the Executive Director of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute.

Thursday, May 26th at 6:30p.m.

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English Conversation Club

JasperJoin our weekly club led by Tiffany Law from the U.S. Embassy. This group is open to everyone with all levels of English and is a fun way to learn more about American culture, practice speaking English and meet new people.

This week’s topic to be announced soon!

Thursday, May 26th at 5p.m. 

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English for Business and Entrepreneurship MOOC: Week One

englishIf you are interested in learning Business English, then sign up for the seven-week MOOC “English for Business and Entrepreneurship.” In this course you will learn the English you need to write business plans, conduct market research, and communicate with partners and customers around the world. The online course will start on 15 May 2016 and last for seven weeks. Participation in the course is free as well as the materials used during it. (** If you want a Certificate of Completion from Coursera and University of Pennsylvania, there is a small fee for this.)

We are excited to also offer weekly in-person sessions on Wednesday evenings at the American Center to supplement this course. These sessions are free and will be taught by Natalia Komissarova, who will each week during the duration of this class conduct additional activities corresponding with the MOOC program. You will be able to meet, discuss the course content together, practice the new English that you are learning and keep each other motivated to complete the seven-week program.

Note: These sessions are for participants who have registered for the online class as well.

Wednesday, May 25th at 6p.m.

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Translation Techniques

TranslationTranslation and interpretation from one language into another is a great skill. The “correct” translation of one word or expression can cause indefinite debate. This series of workshops offers participants the opportunity to learn and discuss techniques and tips for English to Russian/Russian to English translations. Led by Petimat Solt, AMC Volunteer.

This week we will continue practicing translating part of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

Each meeting will focus on a different genre, such as anecdotes and wordplay; poems and songs; news articles; advertisements; idioms; scientific texts, manuals and user guides; and much more. Participants will participate in translation activities and peer feedback.

Wednesday, May 25th at 4p.m.

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Storytelling Training Workshops

TkachJoin us for Week Three of our Storytelling Training Workshops, led by Ekaterina Tkach, which aim to help you effectively form your idea into a compelling story. These skills in public speaking and storytelling have been proven to make one more efficient in both career and personal relationships. This seven-week series of workshops will train you on each of the seven principles of storytelling. Each week we will focus on one principle and activities will be given to learn and practice their skills.

Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30p.m.

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Arduino Consultations

ArduinoIf you have participated in our Arduino workshops this past year and would like to continue exploring the lessons on your own, but might want some extra help or time exploring these projects, then sign up for consultations with Brandon Peart! On Tuesday afternoons he will meet with small groups and guide you as you experiment with your own projects, answer questions and give you tips. Arduino kits will be provided.

Note: These consultations will be limited to 4-5 people per group. 

Tuesday, May 24th at 5p.m.

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Special Event: U.S. Quad Rugby Team

Quad Rugby TeamWheelchair rugby (also known as quad rugby) is a co-ed team sport for athletes with disabilities, which includes elements of wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, handball and rugby.  Practiced in over twenty-five countries, it is a summer Paralympic sport, governed by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF).

This week we will be visited by 8 American coaches and athletes of U.S. quad rugby teams and organizations, who will share their experiences playing in U.S. wheelchair rugby. Guests will include:

World Champion and three-time Paralympic medalist, Scott Hogsett;

National Quad Rugby Team member and coach, Eric Chase;

Paralympic athlete and current President of the U.S. Quad Rugby Association, Bob Lujano;

Former head coach of the Mexican National Wheelchair Rugby Team, Gabriel Nyrkkanen;

– Vice President of the U.S. Quad Rugby Assocation, Emily Shryock;

– Paralympic trainer and head coach for Lakeshore Rugby «Demolition» Team, Mitch Watkins.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet these amazing athletes! We will also view videos of some of their games and hold discussions with each of the athletes/coaches.

Tuesday, May 24th at 5p.m.

Note: This event will be held in the Consular Waiting Hall. 

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AMC Slow Reading Club

Lawrence FerlinghettiThis week’s Slow Reading club will discuss Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem, “In Golden Gate Park That Day…” Ferlinghetti is an American poet, playwright and activist who helped spark the San Francisco literary movement of the 1950s and its “Beat” movement. His City Lights Bookstore was an important meeting place for the San Francisco literary world. It remains one of the most important and last independent book stores in the U.S.

This club meets weekly and aims to help practice reading more effectively in English. In our fast-paced world where we are quickly skimming through news, texts and books, we often don’t spend time reading them fully. In these meetings we use poems and short stories to focus on logical and creative thinking. Led by Margarita Shcheglova, a graduate of the Literary Institute of Moscow and a U.S. program of creative writing at the University of Iowa.

Tuesday, May 24th at 4p.m.

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Special Lecture: “The Information Age”

GleickJoin us for a special evening with award-winning author, James Gleick. A graduate of Harvard College and former editor and reporter for The New York Times, Mr. Gleick has been called one of the great science writers and story-tellers of all time.

His works have been translated into over 30 languages and have been instrumental in documenting the impact of technology on culture. James’ international best-selling books include “Chaos: Making a New Science” and “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood” and his works are consistently nominated for prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

Monday, May 23rd at 6:30p.m.

Note: We expect a large crowd for this event, so please arrive at least 20 minutes early. 

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