Consul General Marcus Micheli traveled to Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, from January 31 to February 2, 2017. In Ufa, CG Micheli met with representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Bashkortostan, the MFA Office in Ufa, and the Republican Chamber of Commerce and Industry. CG Micheli also met with the leadership of the Burintekh Company, and
On January 25, an exhibition of American universities and colleges was organized by EducationUSA and took place in Yekaterinburg. Representatives of four American educational institutions – John Cabot University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Shoreline Community College and American University in Bulgaria – consulted students and their parents on the diverse educational opportunities they offer. At presentations and workshops Education USA
Hazami Barmada, co-founder of Al-Mubadarah and prominent civic leader connected via video conference with Muslim women in Russia. The audience included representatives of the Inter-ethnic Information Center in Yekaterinburg and a Muslim Women’s Club composed of Siberian Tatars at the Yalutorovsk Mosque. The discussion focused on the hot topic of social entrepreneurship as a business model for social innovation. Although
Bravely enduring the truly severe Urals winter weather conditions, Brooklyn-based artist Carol Salmanson presented her installation of light Water Bubbles on the famous Yekaterinburg UNESCO-recognized monument of constructivism The White Tower (architect Moses Reischer, 1931). Carol was invited to create this work by the organizers of the International Festival of Light Art UnDark. The Festival has been held in Yekaterinburg
The ACCESS Microscholarships program for high school students wishing to study American English has been launched in Yekaterinburg, thanks to the English Language Teachers Association of the Urals (ELTA-Urals) and the English Language Office of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. On December 19 Consul for Education, Culture and Media, Peter Burba welcomed the students of the first ACCESS group in
On December 13, experts from the University of Kansas Sean Swindler (Center for Autism Research and Training at Kansas University) and Amy Allison of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City Amy Allison shared their experience on supporting children with autism with interested stakeholders in Yekaterinburg. The meeting took place via a video conference organized by the U.S. Consulate
Photo: US Consul General opens the World AIDS Day Gala at Yeltsin Center with Izumrud musical group on stage (Photo belongs to the US Dept of State) A World AIDS Day gala arranged in collaboration with the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum, and Consulates General of the United States of America, Republic of Cyprus, Federal Republic of Germany, the United Kingdom,
Photo: A digital video conference with Nina Murray, Health Officer at the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow On November 25 U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg and partner organizations held an event to mark both the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/ and the 25th Anniversary of the “16 Days of Activism
In November, Marcus Micheli, the U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg, and Michael Ritchie, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, visited Irbit, Sverdlovsk Oblast. The Ural motorcycle is one of the Oblast’s most iconic brands, and is loved and collected by enthusiasts around the world, including in the United States. Vladimir Kurmachyov, the CEO of the Irbit Motorcycle Plant, took the
From November 14-18 the U.S Consulate General in Yekaterinburg and local partners celebrated the International Education Week – 2016 with a number of events including lectures and online presentations, discussions in English on educational issues and film showings. Chief of the Consular Section Rafael Gonzales spoke on U.S. student visas and the Summer Work and Travel program; IRC specialists conducted
The opening night performance of the musical, “Message from Saturn,” written by U.S. jazz pianist, composer and educator Eli Yamin provided a magnificent conclusion to his 2016 tour of the Urals. This first performance of his musical outside of the United States occurred on November 19 at the “Ural Center” where a full house had gathered. The next day the
On November 15, 2016 U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg Marcus Micheli visited Chelyabinsk. The Consul General presented at a conference entitled “International Programs to Support Scientific and Technical Cooperation: Transfer of Technology and the Search for Partners.” Later that day, the Consul General also greeted the participants of the 7th International Environmental Forum of Chelyabinsk, with the focus of this
On November 15, 2016 U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg Marcus Micheli visited Chelyabinsk. The Consul General presented at a conference entitled “International Programs to Support Scientific and Technical Cooperation: Transfer of Technology and the Search for Partners.” Later that day, the Consul General also greeted the participants of the 7th International Environmental Forum of Chelyabinsk, with the focus of this year’s form “Climate Change and the
Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Perm October 11-12. Mr. Micheli met with Mr. Igor Y. Makarikhin, Rector of Perm State Scientific Research University, and congratulated the University on its Centennial anniversary. Several delegations of U.S. partner universities also attended the celebrations, including the University of Louisville, Delta State University, Ohio Northern University, and Lyndon State College. The Consul General also
Stephen A. Roosa, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in energy management and urban sustainability, and LEED Accredited Professional, presented at the 100+ Forum on High Rise and Unique Construction. The Forum was held October 5-7 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In addition to his presentations at the 100+ Forum, Dr. Roosa also presented at the Institute of Construction of the Urals Federal
Dwayne Scheunemann and Marion Baldeon of REVolutions Dance Company, Tampa, Florida spent an intensive week of workshops, performances and public meetings in Yekaterinburg in September 18-24. The American dancers participated in the Inclusive Arts Festival organized by Blagoe Delo non-profit group in preparation for the 1st World Congress of People with Disabilities scheduled for September 2017. Within the framework of
Northern Virginia-based progressive rock band Burn The Ballrooom spent an intensive concert week in the Mid- and South Urals. The band performed in both large and small venues, including the Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg and Sergy Prokofyev Concert Hall in Chelyabinsk. The American musicians performed at the Day of Knowledge celebration show at Tchaikovskiy Institute of Arts and met
US Actor and theater director Allen Nause was invited to the once-Siberian capital, Tobolsk to stage Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at the Tobolsk Ershov Drama Theater. Mr. Nause spent five weeks in Russia directing and staging the classic American play. A follower of Stanislavskiy, Mr. Nause noted in his interview to a local news outlet how mutually enriching and
An exhibit of Native American arts and crafts put together and curated by professor Susan Fricke toured Surgut, Chelyabinsk, Izhevsk, Glazov, Salekhard and Orenburg, allowing Russian art fans to better understand the contemporary native American art scene. Three native artists visited the hosting cities: Diani Whitehawk Polk traveled to the Arctic city of Salekhard and held workshops on the Lakota
Portland-based Student Loan Stringband spent two weeks in Russia as cultural ambassadors supported by the U.S. Department of State. From June 28 through July 10 the band had an intensive schedule, playing shows almost every night. Their performances at official Independence Day receptions in Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg brought an authentic spirit to the American celebration. The band held shows
From June 26-July 3, a group of high school physics students and their team leaders from around the United States traveled to Yekaterinburg to participate in the International Young Physicists Tournament. During the tournament, teams from 29 countries competed to solve challenging physics problems while sharing their cultures and their love of science. Congratulations and great job to the team!
On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg held a reception in honor of Independence Day at the Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg. Representatives of the region’s official, cultural, educational, and business spheres attended the celebration. Following the American and Russian national anthems, Consul General Marcus Micheli highlighted the connections between the United States and the regions of the Urals
On June 7, Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Tyumen. He met with Tyumen oblast and city officials, as well as a representative of the Tyumen Oblast Chamber of Commerce, to discuss areas of possible cooperation between the United States and Tyumen, including in the commercial and cultural spheres. During his visit to Tyumen, CG Micheli also toured Schlumberger Siberian Training
On May 26, Consul General Marcus Micheli and Embassy Moscow Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs Karen Enstrom visited the Verkhnaya Salda Metallurgical Enterprise (VSMPO-AVISMA) and Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM), the joint venture between VSMPO-AVISMA and the Boeing Company. Both are located in Verkhnaya Salda, Sverdlovsk Oblast. At VSMPO-AVISMA, the world’s largest producer of titanium and titanium alloys, the Consul General
On May 10, the Consul General Marcus Micheli met with Andrey Kozitsyn, General Director of the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC), and toured the company’s historic copper production facility in Verkhnaya Pyshma. The site visit included a discussion of the cooperation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in World War II, the workings of UMMC, which produces 39
On May 18 U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Orenburg. During meetings with Acting Minister of Culture and External Affairs Aleksander Kalinin, Deputy Mayor Yaroslav Moiseev, and MFA Representative in Orenburg Aleksander Kuznetsov, Consul General Micheli highlighted the importance of maintaining and strengthening productive ties between Orenburg region and the United States through cultural projects, educational exchanges, and commercial connections.
On April 26, U.S. Embassy Moscow Deputy Senior Commercial Officer Scott Pozil and Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Yekaterinburg’s Penetron production facility. Their visit was hosted by Igor Chernogolov, President of Penetron Russia Group of Companies. Penetron is a joint venture of ICS/Penetron International Ltd. of New York, a prominent world producer of materials for concrete protection and repair. The
Lehrer Dance is an exciting and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, NY. Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, the company embodies his definitive style. The Lehrer Dance style is based on three main elements of movement: Circularity, 3-Dimensionality, and Momentum. These combine to create a form that is best described as “Organically Athletic,” integrating the approach and fluidity
On April 23rd, 60 people took part in our annual scavenger hunt, highlighting Russian-U.S. ties in Yekaterinburg. Over the course of two and half hours, students and teachers visited ten stations in the center of Yekaterinburg to complete various challenges about Russia, the U.S. and the English language. They caught a football in full American football gear; reported news at a
April 11-16, Yekaterinburg English Language Specialist Eve Smith led intensive training sessions in Tyumen State University, Urals State Pedagogical University and Urals Federal University for English teachers who will work as consultants in the newly opened writing centers. Academic writing centers are aimed at providing assistance to scholars and students on their papers, projects, articles, thesis, etc., and keeping up
Doug McDonald, ISO, opened In a League of Their Own at Dom Pechati in March. The film, which is based on real-life story of the first women’s baseball team, was screened in honor of Women’s History Month in the United States. After the film, attendees participated in a discussion about the movie in English, led by Doug.
April 11-13, Stephen Roosa, PhD, visited Yekaterinburg to share information about sustainable design and energy efficient technologies. An expert in green building, Mr. Roosa spoke with university students and ecological experts in Perm, Nizhniy Tagil, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk. He also gave a public lecture at the Museum of Architecture and Design and spoke at the Rotary Club. Mr. Roosa believes
Continuing the Consulate’s efforts to highlight diversity in the United States, on March 26 the Consulate was delighted to open Woven Together in Salekhard, the capital of Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Dyani White Hawk Polk, a Lakota artist, visited the opening and offered workshops on porcupine quilling techniques to local artisans, students and indigenous tribes. The Public Affairs Officer, Sarah
World-renowned pianist Ilya Itin performed at the Urals Musical College on April 8 and the Philharmonic on April 10. Born and raised in Yekaterinburg, but having lived in the United States for many years, Mr. Itin’s visit highlighted the strength of cultural ties between Russia and the United States. During his visit, he also offered workshops to students at his
On April 6, Consul General Micheli hosted a reception at his residence in honor of Ilya Itin. Guests from the cultural scene in Yekaterinburg enjoyed the opportunity to converse with Ilya Itin, a world-class pianist and cultural ambassador uniquely able to represent U.S.-Russia cultural ties. Mr. Itin, was born in Yekaterinburg and educated in both Yekaterinburg in Moscow. For many
March 31, the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), Sarah Saperstein, hosted 15 university students for a discussion about U.S. elections. The students and the PAO talked about the Electoral College, the primaries and the basics of a political campaign in the United States.
March 31, teen participants in Smart Teen! Camp hosted by Global Ambassador and the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), Sarah Saperstein, discussed intercultural communication and the life of a diplomat. During the presentation, they explored the many ways in which we communicate beyond just verbal ques by creating their own culture and set of communication tools.
March 8-13, 80 football enthusiasts from around the Urals, representing different teams and skill levels, traveled to Yekaterinburg to participate in intensive training and practice sessions lead by Mike Haynes, a former defensive player with the Chicago Bears and first round draft pick, and Billy Elmore, coach at West Memphis Arkansas high school and the 2007 State Farm 3A Football
Roomple.ru, an internet TV site, spoke with the Consulate’s PAO, Sarah Saperstein, about her experience in Yekaterinburg as a foreigner. You can hear more about what Americans think of business lunch, a foreigner’s take on crossing a frozen river, and a story about a Yekaterinburg taxi driver and Venezuelan cat by watching the video on Roomple Facebook page.
On February 19, the PAO Sarah Saperstein spoke about Black History Month and diversity in the U.S. with students in Novouralsk as part of the Consulate’s Ask America program. During the course of the activity, the students discussed the civil rights movement in the United States, famous African Americans, the purpose of history months in the United States and how
On February 19, the Consulate hosted 11 university students from Izhevsk and Yekaterinburg as part of our Young Diplomats day program. Throughout the course of the day, the students met with U.S. diplomats, solved real-world problems diplomats face, conducted mock visa interviews, and learned about E-library USA resources. In addition, the students learned about different diplomatic services around the world
Monthly Discussion Club Focuses on Black History Month. On February 18, PAO Sarah Saperstein lead Post’s monthly English discussion club at Simple Coffee. In honor of Black History Month in the United States, participants of the club explored the history of the civil rights movement in the U.S. and the themes of diversity and tolerance. Once a month, the Consulate
On February 15, EducationUSA hosted an international education fair for local students who were interested in educational opportunities in the U.S. At the fair, students were able to meet with representatives of American universities to learn about application processes, exchange programs and financial aid packages. In addition, attendees listened to presentations about how to apply for a student visa and
On February 8, the PAO, Sarah Saperstein, visited a local school to discuss Black History Month with students in grades 9-11. During the course of the visit, the students discussed famous African Americans who inspire them. In addition, they talked about travel, tolerance and Russian holidays that are celebrated in February.
On January 28, the Consulate, in partnership with Dom Pechati, screened Selma to the public for free. Based on true events, the movie tells the story of Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement and its epic march from Selma, Alabama. 60 people attended the free screening and discussed the film afterwards with the PAO, Sarah Saperstein, in English. This program
On January 25, Echo-Moskvy Yekaterinburg aired an interview with CG Micheli about his career, experience in Yekaterinburg, and the mission of the U.S. Consulate. You can learn more about CG Micheli and his work at the Consulate by listening on the Echo-Moskvy website.
Filligar, one of the leading Indie rock bands in the U.S., toured the Urals as U.S. Cultural Ambassadors January 11 – 18, 2016. They played as a headliner at the Old New Rock festival and offered free performances to enthusiastic Yekaterinburg crowds at the Yeltsin Center and Dom Pechati club. In addition, Filligar visited Alapayevsk, where they led a workshop
On December 27, the U.S. Consulate General presented American Christmas traditions to the people of Yekaterinburg at a street festival, called Christmas Trip, which was organized by Stol food magazine. U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli greeted guests and the Consulate staff conducted a series of master classes for the public. Children and adults assembled bookmarks with LED lights, and learned
Washington-based and world renowned contemporary dance group Company E conducted its second educational and concert tour in Russia’s Urals region. In their first week the dancers led workshops on contemporary dance technique for students of dance and choreography in the Liberal Arts University, Urals State Pedagogic University and Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Arts. They also conducted a seminar for Yekaterinburg
December 4, Consul General Micheli traveled to Chelyabinsk to visit South Urals State University. During the trip, he met with students who had graduated from a joint degree program between South Urals State University and Clark University in the United States.
As part of the Consulate’s World Aids Day outreach, December 2, 2015 a group of medical professionals from Yekaterinburg participated in an hour and a half long conversation via digital video conference (DVC) with Dr. Lamont Scales, Public Health Analyst, Office of Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. Dr. Scales presented
November 17-19, Consul General Micheli traveled to Chelyabinsk to support the Chelyabinsk Ecological Forum. The Consulate is pleased to regularly support a range of programs, such as speakers programs and exchanges, that connect Russians and Americans and help us work together to protect our planet.
On October 28, Consul General Micheli visited the town of Verkhnyaya Salda, Sverdlovsk Oblast, the home of the world’s leading titanium producer VSMPO – AVISMA. In Verkhnyaya Salda he toured the VSMPO plant and visited the successful Russian –American joint venture of VSMPO and the Boeing Corporation – Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM). UBM does the initial machining of VSMPO-produced titanium
Coach of the U.S. National Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Team Trooper Johnson and coach of Miami Heat Wheels – the 2015 National Championship winner team, Parnes Cartwright spent a busy week in Tyumen, West Siberia, Russia October 20-25 as part of the Sports Diplomacy Program of the U.S. Department of State. Johnson and Cartwright were invited as Honorary Guests to take
October 15, Consul General Micheli opened an exhibit dedicated to Sister Cities during World War II at the Museum of Fine Arts in Perm. During the course of his visit to Perm, CG Micheli meet with members of the business community and government representatives. He also toured the museum of contemporary art.
September 22-28, the legendary jazz band the Headhunters toured the Urals. They began their tour in Yekaterinburg and offered workshops to young students of music at the Kamerton Jazz Academy. They later participated in the first Inclusive Jazz Festival in Yekaterinburg at EverJazz that included collaboration with student bands. The proceeds of the festival will support organizations that advocate for
On September 3, Woven Together: Celebrating Spider Woman in Contemporary Native American Art opened at the Surgut Regional Studies Museum. Suzanne Newman Fricke, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor at the Art History Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, who curated the exhibit, explained, “grandmother Spider Woman, in many Southwestern cultures, wove the world into being, creating the Earth and the stars and the planets and bringing order the
On August 12, the photo exhibition Triumph and Tragedy opened at the Chelyabinsk Regional Studies Museum, commemorating the shared history and victory of the Soviet Union, Great Britain, the United States and other Allies in World War II. The images remind us of the human element in war and of the atrocities of World War II that should never be
Two time Grammy-award winners Terrance Simien and Zydeco Experience brought a flavor of a genuine Creole culture to Tyumen and Tobolsk during their visit July 23-25. In Tyumen, the band performed for tourists with disabilities at the annualRobinzonada Disability Hiking Festival near Krivodanovo village, excited the guests of the Tyumen City Day celebration at the city multicultural project Arbat Sodruzhestvo,
July 4, 2015 marked the 239 anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. On this day, Americans celebrate the principles on which our nation was founded. As our founding fathers famously remarked in 1776, “We hold this truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among
As part of the International Platform of the UTRO Youth Forum, a large annual forum that gathers 1500 students from across the Urals region, Consulate Staff lead a Young Diplomats Day workshop. During the workshop, 25 motivated university students spoke with American diplomats about life in the foreign service, the various sections of the U.S. Consulate and diplomacy. In addition, the Public
On June 11-12 Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen visited the Udmurt Republic. In Udmurtia he met with representatives of the Udmurt Republic’s government and the Izhevsk Municipal Administration, and discussed educational and exchange programs with the leadership of Udmurt State University. The Consul General also visited regional museums, including Kalashnikovs’ Museum, the Tchaikovsky Estate-Museum, the National Museum of Udmurtia
A prominent native artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico Nanibah Chacon has created a mural on the wall of the Municipal Arts Gallery on Izhevsk’s central square. The artwork was finished and unveiled on Izhevsk City Day which coincided with the Day of Russia and the Udmurt ethnic holiday Gerber. The mural was appreciated by and received an overwhelmingly positive response
On June 9, U.S. Consulate Yekaterinburg representatives attended a Round Table “Modern models of support for HIV-positive children” in Yekaterinburg. The round table was organized on the basis of a one year Russian-American cooperation project “ASSET” (Advanced Support Services, Education, and Treatment) run by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) from the United States and the Novoye Vryemya NGO
On June 3 – 6 internationally renowned American flying disc golf champions Nathan Doss and Valarie Jenkins visited Omsk. They held several disc golf clinics for the local community, PT coaches, and kids, held workshops for children with disabilities at two Omsk orphanages and finished their program with an inclusive disc golf fest at Omsk’s “Rassvet” rehabilitation center.
A U.S. film director Suzan Beraza recently screened her “Bag it: is your life too plastic” movie at the Environmental Film Festival in Khanty-Mansiysk. The audience ranging from university to elementary school students applauded the film maker and her documentary exposing the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer goods on the environment, wild life and human beings. The film’s message of
The Consul General on June 4 visited Omsk, where he supported a visit of U.S. disc golfers and opened the 2nd Annual Omsk Public Arts Festival. The Consul General visited a workshop for schoolchildren conducted by Valarie Jenkins and Nate Doss, world champions of disc golf and Sports Envoys to Russia. The Consul General also joined a walking tour for the
On May 31, Marcus Lamb and Sarah Saperstein offered a workshop on cookie decorating to celebrate the International Day of the Child. In Mayakovsky Park, they offered children the chance to decorate sugar cookies using traditional American buttercream icing. The icing is a home-made recipe from North Carolina, Marcus’ home state. In addition, children made fruit sticks, a snack that American children
On May 30th the U.S. Consulate staff took part in the charity event, called Sport for Good, and ran the 1000 m relay, each sprinting 250 meters. This relay is an annual event launched by the Sun Kids NGO to support people with Down syndrome.
On May 19, the Ural Chamber of Commerce, with the cooperation of the U.S. Consulate General, hosted a videoconference with American entrepreneur Terry Jones. In his career, Mr. Jones was involved in the startup of ten different companies, including founding a three billion dollar company, Travelocity.com, and co-founding Kayak.com, which is now part of a fifty billion dollar travel conglomerate.
May 13-16 American choir director Brian Winnie visited Yekaterinburg and conducted workshops with choirs from local schools and universities. The workshops were part of the Choral Music Conference arranged by Arts School 11 and Yekaterinburg Department of Culture. Students of Sviridov School of Arts #14, Rakhmaninov Music School #7, Youth Arts School #11, Urals State Economic University, Urals State Federal
On May 14 Consul General Van Maerssen visited Irbit District. Irbit District is well known as a cultural and agricultural center. The Consul General met with Irbit City and Irbit Municipal District authorities with whom he discussed opportunities for economic and cultural cooperation. He also visited several area museums, including the museum of the twice awarded Hero of the
Over 200 students from 19 Art Schools of Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk oblast took part in the International Contest of Youth ArtWorld Without War devoted to the 70th Anniversary of the Meeting on Elbe. In partnership with the United States Consulate General in Yekaterinburg the contest and final exhibit was organized by ShlemGraphic Arts Fund, Union of Art Teachers and Yekaterinburg Gallery
On April 27, Triumph and Tragedyopened at Kosmos, commemorating the shared history and victory of the Soviet Union, Great Britain, the United States and other Allies in World War II. The images remind us of the human element in war and of the atrocities of World War II that should never be repeated. Photos about D-Day, the Battle on Britain,
Dwayne Scheuneman and REVolutions Dance, an inclusive dance company that comprises one wheelchair dancer and three dancers without disabilities, visited the Urals April 21-29, promoting diversity in the arts. They offered workshops for Russian youth and adults in Yekaterinburg and Perm, challenging children and adults of all abilities to be creative together. In Yekaterinburg the U.S. dancers participated in the
“The level of cohesion and harmony in your music is beyond comprehension… Simply amazing!”, “Fantastic performance!”, “Wish you played more” – these are only a few remarks of the overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception of the Chicago-based bluegrass quartet Henhouse Prowlers’ music by Russian audiences. From April 8-21, The Henhouse Prowlers toured the Urals in Russia at the invitation of the U.S.
In his visit to Yekaterinburg on April 13 – 15, U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft re-affirmed his commitment to supporting people-to-people, cultural, educational and business ties with Russia. He also laid a wreath at the World War II memorial in Dendro Park to honor the region’s soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Great Patriotic War. Ambassador Tefft said he
The Consul General trekked to Salekhard, which is positioned precisely on the Arctic Circle within Russia’s Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YaNAO), on April 3-4, 2015. Various officials from YaNAO’s regional government, as well as from Salekhard and Priuralsky District’s municipal administrations, discussed opportunities of cultural and educational exchange programs. In meetings with representatives of cultural establishments and public organizations, he also
Chris Merrill – an author, poet and translator, Founder and Director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa visited Yekaterinburg on March 30-31. He met with the members of the Yekaterinburg division of the Russian Writers Union and young playwrights – pupils of Nikolay Kolyada. He also made a presentation on using creative writing exercises for Yekaterinburg
English Language Fellow Melissa Hauke led two groups of interested citizens from Yekaterinburg and PhD students of Urals Federal University through the 5 week Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) on Academic Writing offered by UC Berkley in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The course participants learnt about vocabulary development; tone & diction; common errors in writing; editing and
The Consul General visited Orenburg on March 18-19 to take part in the special events devoted to the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Orenburg Oblast Museum of Fine Arts. The Consulate has partnered with the museum in a number of cultural projects. In 2014, the Consulate presented a photo exhibition of the American-Italian photographer Frank Dituri. More joint
On March 1-2 DCM Lynne Tracy visited Chelyabinsk to introduce an American Rock and Roll band “The Spyrals” at the III International Music Festival “Spring Beat”. In the course of the visit, Ms. Tracy met with the Chelyabinsk Oblast Minister of Culture Alexey Betekhtin, the Director of Chelyabinsk State Regional Studies Museum Vladimir Bogdanovskiy and the Ombudsman for Human Rights
Thanks to the State Department’s cultural exchange program, San-Francisco based rock-n-roll band The Spyrals headlined the International Music Festival – Spring Beat – that took place in Chelyabinsk, Russia February 28 – March 1, 2015. More than ten bands participated and more than 2,000 rock-n-rollers of all ages attended the shows. Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Lynn Tracy from the
On February 12, as part of the Consulate’s Sports and Friendship program and UGMK’s outreach program, American basketball superstars Candace Parker Williams, Diana Taurasi, Kristi Toliver and Deanna Nolan and American coaches Todd Troxel and Jenny Moshak visited School 99. They challenged students in a series of athletic drills, gave tips on the technique to a perfect layup, and lead
U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg has hosted the 3d grade students of Koriphey gymnasium. They enjoyed free communication with Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen, quest on American traditions and a short tour of the Consulate.
Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen visited Perm to present the American repertory company, film-making group and educational organization, Company E. Following master-classes with students of dance in Perm, Company E performed on December 5 to demonstrate the artistic excellence that graces the Washington DC dance scene. The Consul General also met with the Deputy President of the Perm Chamber
On December 9, the Consul General visited the Ural Humanitarian University to deliver a lecture on the common law approach of jurisprudence (the theory of law) in the United States. He outlined the basic foundation of the United States legal system, including the reliance on judicial precedent, with the Law Faculty students, shared his personal experiences of practicing law in
World’s first 3D printing pen came to Yekaterinburg recently. Magia Krause, Information Resource Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, visited Yekaterinburg last week to hold a series of workshops on 3D-modeling and LED bracelets. During her workshops, she also discussed the maker movement and “fab labs” – workshops that provide a space for inventors of all ages to create
On October 3, the U.S. Consulate invited ten high school students from Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk and Lesnoy to spend the day learning about diplomacy. The students toured the consulate, learned the inner workings of the Consular Section, tried their hand at designing a cultural program, and had lunch with Consulate staff. The program, conducted mostly in English, is an excellent opportunity
Amy Ballard, a senior specialist for historic preservation at the Smithsonian Institute, visited Yekaterinburg this past weekend. During her visit, Ms. Ballard spoke with enthusiastic university students in Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Yekaterinburg about the Smithsonian and about similarities between Russian and American architecture. On Monday, Ms. Ballard and her colleague, Sally Yerkovich, conducted a workshop on a number of topics,
The U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg is pleased to announce the “Discover America in Yekaterinburg!” City Quest. The contest will take place on October 18, 2014, at 14:00 and is open to interested high school students (10 and 11 grades). Students may participate in the competition in teams of three. To enter, please submit your team name and slogan, a funny
The VisitUSA RoadShow, a public event about traveling to the U.S., took place at the Ural Economics University on September 15th. The Consul General and representatives from the Foreign Commercial Service and Consular Section gave presentations on tourism in the U.S. and how to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. They also answered questions from the roughly
The Consul General visited Artyomovsky district of Sverdlovsk oblast to further mutual understanding in Russia’s rural communities. During his visit, he was shown various sites, including an agro-business, “Artyomovskiy,” which is involved in poultry, cattle and crops. He also visited Pokrov Cathedral. Pictured here is his visit to a school in Artyomovsky, where he explored possible cooperation in English-language educational
Twenty-five students at English Drive Summer Camp learned what it takes to be a diplomat on Monday, when the Public Affairs Officer and staff from the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg visited. The students participated in role plays, in which they reacted to common situations faced by consular, management, political and public diplomacy officers. In addition, the students took a mock
Approximately 120 campers at Hilton Summer Camp partook in “Jeopardy,” a popular American quiz game, with the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) from the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg. On August 11, summer campers competed against each other and tested their knowledge of U.S. geography, society, schools and history.
“As We See It,” a photography exhibit by Native American artists about modern Native American life in the United States, opened at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts on August 8. The U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg was delighted to be able to sponsor the exhibition, which depicts modern triumphs and struggles in the Native American community as seen through the
On August 2-3 the Consul General participated in Omsk’s City Day Celebration. The Consul General attended a variety of cultural events, including participation in a traditional tree planting ceremony. In his congratulatory remarks to Omsk City Mayor, Vyacheslav Dvorakovsky, the Consul General noted Omsk’s positive socio-economic dynamics, conveyed appreciation for the continuous support of the U.S. Consulate’s cultural initiatives in
On July 15, Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen visited American manufacturing firms in Chelyabinsk oblast. Emerson-Metran is a leading manufacturer of technical equipment for the oil & gas sector and other industries. The company provides customers with 24/7 support through its Eurasia Customer Support unit. Carbo Ceramics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of environmentally friendly ceramic proppant.
Continuing a tradition of many of his predecessors, the Consul General hosted an Iftar meal last night at his residence during this month of Ramadan. Representatives of the Muslim faith attended, shared in a halal meal, and engaged in a friendly exchange about customs and traditions in the Muslim world, including in the USA. The Consulate showed some short films
Cooperation between the Perm State National Research University (PSNRU) and the University of Louisville is growing. As part of that cooperation, three American students studied the Russian language from February to June 2014. The students resided on the university campus, attended Russian classes daily, and explored the city and life in Russia during their free time. All of them commented
The Consul General met with the Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, His Holiness Kirill, to discuss benevolent activities and religious issues. His Holiness Kirill also outlined the religious history of Yekaterinburg, and offered a visit of the last Russian Tsar’s Saint Family Museum.
On the 4th of July, the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg gathered friends and partners to celebrateAmerica’s Independence Day. This jubilee, the 20th Independence Day celebrated in the Urals and the 238th in American history, featured an official speech by the Consul General, a cake cutting ceremony and, of course, American music. Classic swing, Latin, rock and jazz tunes, masterfully
In expectation of the upcoming American Independence Day celebration, employees at the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg share a delicious cake, prepared and donated by our next-door neighbor, the Novotel.