Special Event: My Life as a Hollywood Actor

HOUSE: Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub. The fifth season of HOUSE premieres Tuesday, Sept. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2008 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Joseph Viles/FOXHave you ever dreamed of meeting a famous Hollywood actor? Now’s your chance! Join us for special guest, Peter Jacobson, an American actor who made his t.v. debut in 1993 on NYPD Blue and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Dr. Chris Taub on the medical drama series, House

Originally from Chicago and a graduate of Brown University and the Juilliard School, Peter has played dozens of film and television roles over the past twenty years. He was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild awards for his performance in Good Night, and Good Luck as well as House. Peter is also an accomplished theater actor.

Thursday, May 5th at 6:30p.m.

 

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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 6th at 6:30p.m.

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

empireThis meeting we will watch Episode III from Ken Burns’ documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” In this section of the film, you will become acquainted with the incredible story of Stephen Mather, a self-made millionaire who gave up his business in order to protect America’s national parks and became the first director of the new National Park Service.

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.

Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30p.m. 

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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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