U.S. Mission Speaker Program – September 2018

Our first school visit of the new school year took us to a middle school in Videm, OŠ Dobrepolje. Stephanie Barret-Zebre introduced the state of Hawaii, and spoke about more than 30 other states that she has lived in or visited. After her presentation that was packed with beautiful scenery from Hawaii, she answered questions from more than 50 eager students on a wide ...
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Integrated Country Strategy – Slovenia

Mission Slovenia’s 2018-22 Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) represents the Chief of Mission’s goals and objectives and articulates U.S. priorities in Slovenia.  The Department of State and other U.S. government agencies at Embassy Ljubljana crafted the ICS through a coordinated and collaborative strategic planning effort, based on the President’s National Security Strategy as well as the Department of State’s ...
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Summer Economics Institute 2018 – 19

US and Slovenian students came together to make a great internship program! The 7th annual SEI 2018 program is aimed at giving university students a hands-on look at how economics, business and entrepreneurship work through sites visits, targeted lectures and expert talks in a variety of fields, as well as a Lean Start Up program ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2018

The Ambassador’s Residence, Ljubljana, June 28, 2018 President of the National Council Kovšca, Minister Židan, colleagues of the diplomatic corps, dragi gostje, dragi prijatelji, dober večer in dobrodošli.  Welcome to this celebration of the 242nd anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. I want to extend a special welcome to Major General Michael ...
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4th of July Reception 2018

4th of July is the day when Americans celebrate the birth of their country.  It is tradition to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks – either at a large public display, or a smaller gathering with friends and family.  There may not have been fireworks at Ambassador Hartley’s the residence, but we’re glad everyone enjoyed the ...
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Mission Speaker Program – June 2018

The education system, schools and school life in the United States were the topics that Gimnazija Koper students were most interested in discussing during our recent visit.  After Deputy Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin briefly introduced the U.S. Embassy’s activities, he answered many student questions together with Marine Security Guards Sgt. Jonathan Trei and  Sgt. ...
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2019-2020 FULBRIGHT PROGRAM COMPETITION IS OPEN

Application deadline extended: July 27, 2018  The Embassy of the United States of Slovenia is pleased to announce the Fulbright Program competition for the 2019-2020 academic year for Slovenian Visiting (Post-Doctoral) candidates and Slovenian (Pre-Doctoral) Visiting research student candidates in the United States. Learn more/Apply    
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Ambassador Hartley Visits the Community of Škofja Loka

On February 14, Ambassador Brent Hartley visited the community of Škofja Loka, where he discussed community development and the local economy with Mayor Miha Ješe.  Afterward, the Ambassador  attended a Business Leaders Club luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed the state of the economy with local business leaders and touted ...
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Ambassador Hartley Presents SelectUSA Program to Business Leaders

On February 13, Ambassador Brent Hartley hosted more than 20 leaders from private sector Slovenian companies interested in exporting to or investing in the United States, as well as representatives from Slovenia’s Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SPIRIT Slovenia, and American Chamber of Commerce.  As Slovenia’s export-based economy grows, Ambassador ...
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Ambassador Hartley Opens the Exhibition “Art of Science: Marine Wonders”

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to join Piran Mayor Peter Bossman February 7 to open the exhibition “Art of Science: Marine Wonders” at Aquarium in Piran. The exhibition showcases the remarkable photographic creations of University of Washington professor Adam Summers alongside the poetry of Sierra Nelson.
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – January 2018

General Service Officer Julia Stanley, together with partner Doug Allen, visited 100 students at OŠ Hudinja in Celje. Ms. Stanley has lived in 15 different countries and nine of America’s 50 states. Her nomadic life was a source of many interesting stories and adventures that she recounted to the students. Mr. Allen also spoke of his home state of Mississippi. They students asked several questions about their private and professional ...
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Ambassador Hartley Visits Idrija

On February 6, Ambassador Brent Hartley visited the western Slovenian community of Idrija, where he met with the management team of Kolektor Group, a multinational company headquartered in Slovenia with operations in more than 30 countries producing highly specialized mobility components and systems for the European, Asian, and North American automotive industries.  Kolektor’s subsidiaries are ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – December 2017

Economic Officer Don Baker introduced his home state of Arkansas to 9th graders at OŠ Polje in Ljubljana. His presentation included an overview of key facts, geography, points of interest, famous Arkansans, including former President Bill Clinton, and Arkansas’capital Little Rock. After the presentation he answered a wide range of questions, most of them were about a diplomatic life, how ...
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“WE Inspire”

  Ambassador Hartley was thrilled to welcome 20 inspiring female entrepreneurs into his home to celebrate their start-ups and hand out special prizes to three recipients. This event was the final event from a yearlong campaign in which the Embassy partnered with CEED Slovenija entitled “WE Inspire.” Photo Courtesy of Janez Kotar  
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – November 2017

  Deputy Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin visited the Vocational College for Food Technology at Biotechnical Educational Center in Ljubljana where he discussed different foods in the United States. His presentation was also focused on New York diverse food options as a result of diverse New York City culture and impact of French and Creole cuisine ...
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Studying in the U.S.

To celebrate International Education Week, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin and Darinka Trček from the EducationUSA at the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia visited two groups of students at the Second Gymnasium in Maribor (II. Gimnazija Maribor). The first group of students were focused on specific details of studying ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – October 2017

Various American diplomats from the U.S. Embassy visited six Slovenian schools in October. General Service Officer Julia Stanley and Marine Security Guard Nicholas Jackson visited OŠ Stična branch school in Višnja Gora and had a lively discussion with 40 middle school students. Captain Jonathan Tyler McAnally visited 2 middle schools, one in Dobrepolje and the other one in Mojstrana, where ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2017

Festivalna dvorana, Ljubljana, June 29, 2017 Ministers, ladies and gentlemen, good evening, and welcome to this celebration tonight of the 241st anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. The drafters of our Declaration of Independence wrote of self-evident truths:  “that all men are created equal,” and that they are endowed “with certain unalienable ...
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Slovenska Filantropija and U.S. Embassy Partner to Help Support and Integrate Refugees in Slovenia

In honor of World Refugee Day, the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana and Slovenska Filantropija are pleased to announce a $25,000 project funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Julia Taft Fund for Refugees.  The one-time grant will provide critical start-up funds to develop a community center to assist refugees and asylum-seeking children and families, as ...
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To Hell and Back

During World War II, 142 American Aircraft crashed in Slovenia. Our Embassy was very happy to support the development of an information portal collecting data on all American planes that were downed over Slovenian territory during the WWII prepared by the Park of military history Pivka, as part of the exhibition “To Hell and Back”. ...
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Visit to Municipality of Cerkvenjak and Venetina War Memorial

Representatives of the U.S. Military Captain Tyler McAnnaly, Master Sergeant Kim Paradise and the embassy Marine Security Guard Sergeant Brandon Field visited the Mayor and Municipality of Cerkvenjak, discussing America and their experiences in Slovenia with local students from OŠ Cerkvenjak, also looking at the new kindergarden. They also attended a commemoration ceremony at a ...
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Visiting two high schools in Murska Sobota

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin visited the High School for Health Care and Bio-technical School Rakičan in Murska Sobota to discuss his hometown of Seattle, including its history, attractions, business and natural surroundings. He also described his work activities in the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section and answered students’ questions. At the Bio-technical school he ...
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Trends in Public Diplomacy and Communications

Public Affairs Officer Philip Beekman joined Slovenian and international students at the Faculty of Administration for a lecture and wide-ranging discussion about public diplomacy May 5th. Beekman introduced himself and the activities of the embassy’s Public Affairs Sections, spoke about emerging trends in public diplomacy and communications, and led a discussion with students on media ...
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Diplomacy in Action

Professor Bogomil Ferfila from the Faculty of Administration in Ljubljana hosted Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana for a lecture with 30 Slovenian and international students. DCM Rana briefly introduced himself and the embassy’s activities, and answered questions on how to become a diplomat, diplomatic life, the key parts of diplomacy, and the role of ...
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What is Public Diplomacy?

Philip Beekman, Public Affairs Officer, was a guest lecturer yesterday at the Faculty of Social Sciences.  Speaking with first year students in Professor Dejan Verčič’s seminar on public relations subject, Beekman discussed the embassy’s public affairs office, public diplomacy, public relations, communications, press freedom, disinformation, and digitalization and answered student questions.
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Meeting Three Groups of High School Students

EU Parliamentarian Lojze Peterle’s Office in Ljubljana invited Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana to talk to three groups of high school students. DCM Rana discussed the different sections of the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana and some of Ambassador Hartley’s responsibilities to the students of Gimnazija Jože Plečnik, Gimnazija Brežice and Šolski center Velenje. He ...
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Discussions on U.S. Education

U.S. Embassy intern Victoria Irvine visited two middle schools, OŠ Predoslje and OŠ Matije Čopa in Kranj, where she discussed the U.S. education system and how it compares to the Slovene system of education. She also answered many questions from the students, most focused on the way of life for youth in the U.S.
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Remarks by Ambassador Brent R. Hartley, Independence Day Celebration 2016

Castle Fužine, June 30, 2016 Spoštovane dame in gospodje, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. Dober večer, in hvala, da ste danes z nami. Thank you very much for coming this evening. It has been my great honor to represent the United States in Slovenia and a particular honor this year as the Slovenian people celebrate ...
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Visiting a school under the Kamnik Alps

The U.S. Embassy paid its first visit to “OŠ Marije Vere” in Kamnik on a beautiful sunny day. Embassy Marine Security Guards Commander Joshua showed the students a short presentation about his home, career, and hobbies and the embassy’s video about the American diplomats (including himself) speaking Slovenian, which brought a lot of laughter, as ...
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How is Living in Wisconsin?

Almost 100 middle school students gathered to meet us during our first visit to OŠ Kanal in Soča Valley. U.S. Embassy Intern Fletcher Goldinger offered a presentation on the Embassy’s activities and his home state, Wisconsin, known for its cold and snowy winters. He also opened the floor up to the students to ask questions, ...
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American Diplomat Loves the Accordion

Each American coming to Slovenia discovers something here that they learn to like very much.  For some it’s nature, for some it’s food, and for others it’s language.  The U.S. Embassy’s Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Krist Thodoropoulos found his own special love here – the accordion.  Here we offer you Krist’s story about his instrument ...
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TechCamp Slovenia 2016

TechCamp Slovenia was a three day event held in Ljubljana, Slovenia and organized by the US Embassy Ljubljana in cooperation with the State Department and various partners such as SLOGA, Kino Šiška, City of Ljubljana, Ljubljana zelena prestolnica, etc.
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American Diplomats Learn Slovene

American diplomats at the U.S. Embassy Slovenia discover something new about Slovenia almost every day. They learn about the past, the present and of course the culture in and around Slovenia. A big part of the culture is of course the language – Slovene. Here is an exclusive insight look into a Slovenian lesson at ...
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