Lecture: “The Latino Migration to the U.S. and the Media”

straubhaarJoin us for special guest, Professor Joseph D. Straubhaar, who is the Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communications in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the current Director of the Moody College of Communications’ Latino and Latin American Studies Program and was the Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies within the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies from 2003 to 2006.

Mr. Straubhaar’s  primary teaching, research and writing interests are in global media, digital media and the digital divide in the U. S. and other countries, Brazilian and Latin American television, media and migration, and global television production and flow.

Thursday, April 28th at 6:30p.m.

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English Conversation Club

IMG_5500Join just for our weekly English Conversation Club, led by Tiffany Law! Each meeting allows participants to practice English, learn new aspects of popular American culture and meet new friends. Club meets most Thursdays at 5p.m.

Topic: Education

Thursday, April 28th at 5p.m.

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Workshop: LEGO Mindstorms (Part III)

legoDo you like playing with LEGOs? How about LEGOs that… move? If so, then join our fabulous volunteer and robotics expert extraordinaire, Connor Pearson, for the final workshop on LEGO Mindstorms EV3! These are special LEGOs with motors and sensors which can be programmed to do various actions.

In this final workshop, you will program the LEGO robots to do fun things such as talk, move, pick things up and much more! Come and create magic!

Workshop is led by Connor Pearson and is open to children (and their parents!) up to 16 years old. 

Thursday, April 28th at 5p.m.

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Workshop: Arduino Computers

IMG_1556We are excited to welcome back Brandon Peart, who will continue conducting his popular workshops on Arduino.

What is Arduino? Simply put, it is a small computer that you can program to interacts with the world through electronic sensors, lights, speakers, motors, and even your smart-phone. You have an idea of an interactive object or a device? Arduino circuit board will carry it out for you! It can be used as the brains behind almost any electronics project.

Learn more about this technology during our next workshop. Open to everyone of all ages.

Wednesday, April 27th at 5p.m.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrating U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Space

Kozlov-Tefft

Join U.S. Ambassador John Tefft, Justin Tilman of the Moscow NASA office and Russian artist, Leonid Kozlov, for a special event commemorating the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s spaceflight and ongoing cooperation between the United States and Russia in space exploration. A special exhibit of selected artworks by Leonid Kozlov will be open for viewing during the event, including the historical poster “The First Ones!”

Tuesday, April 26 at 5p.m. 

Note: This event will be held in the Consular Section Waiting Hall. We expect a large crowd for this event, so please arrive at least 15-20 minutes early.

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Bio:
Leonid Kozlov, Member of the Artists Union of Russia, member of the International Union of Journalists, graduate of the Russian Academy of Arts, member of the Academy of Russian literature. Holder of a number of awards. He is a production-designer to a number of films. Mr.Kozlov’s works has been published in periodicals and are displayed in total ten museums around the world – America, Europe and Asia. One of his cartoon works was flown to space by Russian crew members.

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Film: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”

theo and muirTo continue celebrating National Parks Week, we will watch Episode II from Ken Burns’ fascinating documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” In this section of the film, you will learn more about one of America’s greatest environmentalists, John Muir, and how President Theodore Roosevelt decided to disappear into the woods for a few days with him to learn more about the importance of creating national parks.

Filmed over the course of six years, this six-part documentary chronicles the fascinating history and democracy of America’s parks – from Yosemite to Grand Canyon to Arcadia – and the historical figures involved in protecting these beautiful areas.

Monday, April 25th at 6:30p.m. 

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Workshop: “Positioning: How to Effectively Communicate and Compete”

standoutHow can you make yourself or your product stand out in a competitive world?  Are you interested in developing better marketing techniques? This lecture will discuss the concept of positioning. Come and learn why positioning is arguably the most important concept when starting a new business (or hoping to revitalize an existing one). You’ll learn how to utilize different positioning strategies and, most importantly, how to make your business “top-of-mind” for your target market. Led by Ian Messer, University of Oklahoma (B.A.) and currently at the Moscow School of Higher Economics, who will present hands-on practice and group discussions, using real-world examples of positioning successes and failures.

(And don’t worry – if you’re not majoring or working in marketing/business, this workshop may still greatly interest you, as many of these skills can be applied to regular circumstances as well!)

Monday, April 25th at 5p.m.

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Lecture: “The Various Cultures of Native Americans”

AmericanIndianTribesThe area known as North America has been inhabited by hundreds of Native American tribes for at least 10,000 years. Each tribal nation had (has) its own distinct culture, language and history. Unfortunately, when European settlers arrived, their stereotypes and generalizations of these tribes have forever mischaracterized them and many suffer from incorrect information about who Native Americans were and are. Come and join us for an introductory lecture by Mikhail Vinogradov to correct these historical and cultural mistakes and to learn more about the diversity and richness of Native Americans.

Note: This lecture will be in Russian. 

Friday, April 22nd at 6:30p.m.

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Discussion Group: What Are American Women Talking About?

Women-gossip-595x396Join us for our next discussion group with AMC intern, Renni Garcia! She will continue to explore important topics that concern American women today. Topics in the past have included women’s health, body image and women considered to be role models in American culture.

Friday, April 22nd at 4p.m. 

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Film and Discussion: “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”

ParksApril 22nd is Earth Day and we better way to celebrate the planet than exploring America’s beautiful national parks? Over the next several weeks we will show all six episodes of Ken Burns’ award-winning documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Filmed over the course of six years, it chronicles the fascinating history and democracy of America’s parks – from Yosemite to Grand Canyon to Arcadia – and the historical figures involved in protecting these beautiful areas such as John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt.

This meeting we will watch Episode I and discuss it afterward.

Thursday, April 21st at 6:30p.m. 

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