Moon Museum Lands in Slovenia

For nearly 20 years, Jade Dellinger, the Director of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College, has been curating groundbreaking art projects and exhibitions, among them the Moon Museum project. During his visit to Slovenia last week, Mr. Dellinger spoke about how the Moon Museum (which is, in reality, a microchip-sized compendium of several well-known artists work) was ...
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U.S. Embassy Leadership Talks Business in Maribor

Chargé d’Affaires Gautam Rana visited Maribor October 11 to discuss economic and commercial affairs with local business leaders under the auspices of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leaders Club.  Rana also met with Director Maja Tomanič Vidovič to learn more about the Slovenian Enterprise Fund’s programs to support Slovenian small- and medium-sized businesses and ...
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Country-Western in the Heart of Slovenia

What could be more American than a traditional Western cookout?  A party with grills, American BBQ, cowboy boots, country music, line dance, pony rides, and a mechanical bull!  All this and more was presented to Slovenians as part of the Wild West Fest that took place at Lake Zbilje in mid-August.  The U.S. Embassy in ...
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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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Music Exchange Program with Pianist Linda Holzer

At the end of May, U.S. Embassy Ljubljana hosted Dr. Linda Holzer for a music exchange program in Slovenia.  Dr. Holzer is a pianist and a professor of music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  An active soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Holzer has been heard in concert in 30 states, including at ...
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Smithsonian Gardens Pollination Investigation Panels Opening at UL Botanic Garden

The US Embassy Ljubljana, in cooperation with the Smithsonian Gardens-Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. and the University of Ljubljana Botanic Garden, opened the  Smithsonian Pollinator Garden  “Pollination Investigation” educational panels exhibit at the University of Ljubljana Botanic Garden on Friday, May 25, 2018. The opening was co-hosted by H.E. Brent R. Hartley US Ambassador to Slovenia and mag. Dejan ...
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Award Ceremony for Slovenian Special Operations Unit

01 September 2013 to 10 May 2014, a multi-national unit consisting of 28 American and Slovenian Special Forces Soldiers, were assigned to the Special Operations Task Unit (SOTU) in Laghman, Eastern Afghanistan, serving as tactical advisors (High Risk Arrest, Armed Reconnaissance, Cordon and Search) to a 115 man Provincial Response Company (PRC), advancing security objectives in ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – May 2018

We visited seven Slovenian schools in May! Political Officer Christopher Mondloch and U.S. Marine Security Guards Sgt. Eddie Montano and Cpl. Nicholas Jackson visited OŠ Žetale.  Ninety students from ages from 6 to 14, along with the school’s principal and teachers, welcomed the three, who introduced themselves, talked about the activities of the U.S. Embassy, offered some facts about the United States, and answered many student questions. Assistant Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin ...
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Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP), Regional Countering Violent Extremism Course

Chargé d’Affaires Gautam Rana attended the opening of an international counterterrorism conference focused on  “Violent Extremism and Radicalization Processes as Driving Factors to Terrorism Threats on Western Balkans and Security Implications to Europe”, which started in Maribor on 22 May. The conference is co-sponsored by the Regional Defense Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) and the ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – April 2018

We visited eight Slovenian schools in April! For the first time in a few years, we visited OŠ Staneta Žagarja in Lipnica again. About 90 middle school students were interested in U.S. diplomat’s activities and the comparison between Slovene and U.S. culture. Public Affairs Officer Philip Beekman also talked about the modern day issue of ...
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Ambassador Hartley Hosts Religious Leaders to Celebrate Religious Freedom

On April 17, Ambassador Hartley hosted Monsignor Stanislav Zore, archbishop of Ljubljana, Dr. Nedžad Grabus, mufti of the Islamic Community in Slovenia, and Rabbi Ariel Haddad, chief rabbi of Slovenia, to discuss religious freedom and issues of concern to Slovenia’s Roman Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish communities. Archbishop Zore, Mufti Grabus, and Rabbi Haddad said Slovenia’s ...
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Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP)

Regional Countering Violent Extremism Course Maribor, Slovenia 21 – 24 May 2018 This three-day executive seminar is the 9th iteration of CT focused event in Slovenia.  The event will focus on “Violent Extremism and Radicalization Processes as Driving Factors to Terrorism Threats on Western Balkans and Security Implications to Europe”. The conference is co-sponsored by ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – March 2018

We visited students at nine different Slovenia schools in March!  Assistant Public Affairs Officer Izaak Martin, U.S. Marine Security Guards Sergeant Eddie Montano and Sergeant Jonathan Trei visited Gimnazija Nova Gorica to talk to about 140 high school students about various Embassy activities, their hometowns, and offered some comparisons between Slovenia and the United States. They also answered students’ questions.  After meeting the students, ...
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Ambassador Hartley Visits TPV Group

On March 19, Ambassador Brent Hartley met with TPV Group President Marko Gorjup, Board Chairman Vladimir Gregor Bahč, Deputy President Tomaž Savšek, and Business Unit Director Ignac Bakše to discuss the automotive industry supplier’s European operations and tour its facilities in Novo Mesto and Velika Loka.  With six plants and more than 1,200 employees, TPV ...
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NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik Visits Slovenia

U.S. Embassy Ljubljana hosted NASA astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik, who returned from ISS Expedition 52/53 in December 2017 after spending 139 days in space. He previously went to space in 2009. Mr. Bresnik traces his Slovenian ancestry to Ljubno and Luce in Logarska dolina, where his great-grandparents emigrated from when they came to the U.S. ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – February 2018

Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana visited EU Parliamentarian Lojze Peterle’s Office in Ljubljana to discuss with the students from Gimnazija Jožeta Plečnika immigration and how it has shaped the United States.  Included in the discussion were immigration history and population by race and ethnicity (actual and projected), immigration diversity, and civil rights in the U.S. He ...
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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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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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American Music – Celebrating Global Icon Elvis Presley

A tribute to the music of Elvis Presley thrilled Ljubljana on what would have been his 83rd birthday. Ambassador Hartley joined a crowd of dedicated Elvis fans from Slovenia and the region for an evening of music from the TCB Band, Dennis Jale, and Sam’s Fever. TCB Band members formed the core rhythm section of ...
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US-China Relations

Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana delivered opening remarks as University of Ljubljana Economics Faculty professor and Fulbright alumni Matevž Raškovič delivered a presentation on the history of US-China relations, the subject of his Fulbright research at Harvard University. In addition to his interesting lecture, Professor Raškovič emphasized the importance of international exchange and how ...
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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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Ambassador Hartley Hosts guests and supporters of the American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF)

Ambassador Hartley hosted distinguished guests and supporters of the American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF), including Minister for Slovenians Abroad Gorazd Žmavc, on December 21 to celebrate the 2017 ASEF fellows.  ASEF was created in 2014 to build academic bridges between the U.S. and Slovenia by sending young Slovenian scholars to the U.S.  The 2017 class ...
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Ambassador Hartley Hosts Christmas Party

In the spirit of the season, Ambassador Hartley hosted a festive Christmas gathering. The Ambassador was pleased to catch up with friends and colleagues and discuss what had happened in 2017 and what 2018 has in store. Everybody enjoyed the Christmas carols performed by Big band Grosuplje. Ambassador Hartley wished everyone much joy and happiness ...
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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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Digital Diplomacy

In partnership with the Center for European Perspective and the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy participated in a three-day gathering which focused on digital diplomacy. Over 70 participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine and Slovenia participated as the group heard views from public and private digital communicators ...
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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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100th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Kobarid

Ambassador Hartley joined with other members of the Tolmin Alpine Club in a hike to Krnsko jezero on Saturday, November 11, to participate in a 100th anniversary commemoration of the battle of Kobarid, which shifted hostilities from the “Isonzo” front into Italy. Minister of Defense Katič was the guest of honor at the lake-side event ...
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Harvard University Alumni

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to invite Slovenian alumni of Harvard University into his residence for a reception in their honor. This wide-ranging group of distinguished guests included Harvard undergraduate, graduate and PhD recipients, Harvard Business School attendees, Fulbright and Ron Brown program participants, and American-Slovenian Education Fellows (ASEF).
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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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Ambassador Hartley Visits University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law

Ambassador Hartley and Consular Chief Amy Lorenzen met with students from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law on November 2. The wide-ranging discussion covered topics ranging from international and consular law to the functions of a diplomatic mission and the role of a diplomat.  Thanks to the Faculty of Law for initiating the visit ...
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Ambassador Hartley meets The Queen of Swing

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to welcome the legendary Norma Miller, known to many as The Queen of Swing, to Slovenia in early October.  Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over seven decades. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom’s legendary dancer Twist Mouth George, Ms. Miller ...
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Born Again – Slovenian Partisans and the Rescues of Allied Aviators during the World War II

Ambassador Hartley gives remarks at the opening of the exhibition “Born Again – Slovenian Partisans and the Rescues of Allied Aviators during the Second World War” on October 1. The exhibition is located in near the village of Otok in the Municipality of Metlika.  It tells the story of this region and its people during ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana Talks to Slovene Students

Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana visited Biotehniški izobraževalni center to discuss with students immigration and how it has shaped the United States. Following the presentation, DCM Rana and the students engaged in discussion on a variety of topics. In the end, the students surprised him with an American flag cremsnita which they had baked ...
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Ambassador Hartley hands out award medals to the winning Slovenian winemakers

Ambassador Hartley was happy to award medals to the winning Slovenian winemakers at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and the Great American International Wine Competition. Slovenian wine makers won an impressive 85 medals (four double-gold, 23 gold, 40 silver and 16 bronze) at the two American competitions. After medals were handed out, Ambassador Hartley had ...
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European Day of Remembrance Commemoration

Deputy Chief of Mission Gautam Rana and Study Center for National Reconciliation Director Dr. Andreja Valič Zver commemorated the European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of All Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes by laying a wreath at the U.S. Embassy’s plaque recognizing Slovene victims of fascism and communism.  
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Ambassador Hartley makes cheese

Ambassador Hartley had a terrific time learning “hands on” about alpine dairies and cheese-making.  Recently hosted by the Lipušček-Miklavič family at Planina Medrje, he helped to milk the cows – including mucking out the milking house afterward — and to make Tolminc cheese and skuta.  Learning traditional dairying methods in such a spectacular natural setting ...
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Ambassador Hartley Visits Gorenjska

Ambassador Hartley and other US Embassy staff visited international company Atotech, producer of specialty chemicals. Director Mariana Karla Rebernik explained the history of the company and showed how their products are made.  Mayor of Radovljica, Ciril Globočnik joined the meeting and explained future projects of Radovljica municipality.  Ambassador also visited a Slovenian company Euro Plus ...
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Ambassador Hartley Meets American Actor John Malkovich

Ambassador Hartley spent a pleasant evening attending a sold-out concert by Italian chamber orchestra Solisti Aquilani. The second part of the evening, American superstar John Malkovich joined the program,interpreting excerpts from Ernesto Sabato’s novel “On Heroes and Tombs.” John Malkovich is a versatile actor who performed in over 70 movies and is a two-time Academy Award nominee. Photos Courtesy of Sašo ...
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Ambassador Hartley meets Archie Shepp

Ambassador Hartley was pleased to attend the concert by legendary jazz musician Archie Shepp, who performed last Friday night as part of the 58th Ljubljana Jazz Festival. The concert was a tribute to the fabulous jazz performer John Coltrane, who Shepp worked with in 1965 on Coltrane’s legendary free-jazz album Ascension.  Shepp performed in Ljubljana ...
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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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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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The Beginning of a Sister Parks Relationship

A delegation from Crater Lake National Park (Oregon, U.S.) visited Triglav National Park where TNP officials led them on a three-day familiarization tour. They learned about and discussed common issues that they share and the two parks will sign a Memorandum of Understanding following the tour, becoming “Sister Parks” and partnering on shared objectives such ...
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Ambassador Hartley Visits Slovenian Manufacturer, Elan

Ambassador Hartley had a very enjoyable visit to Slovenian manufacturer Elan, best known for its ski, marine, and wind products.  During the visit, the Ambassador had the great opportunity to examine Elan’s large range of skis, including its latest technical breakthrough – a foldable ski suitable for military and civilian uses.  
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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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Nancy Boswell, the former President and CEO of Transparency International USA, visiting Slovenia

Together with Transparency International Slovenia, we welcomed the opportunity to host one the U.S.’s foremost transparency activists, Nancy Boswell, the former president and CEO of Transparency International USA, for a two day program in Slovenia.  Boswell met with business leaders, government representatives, students, civil society organizations, and media to exchange and share experiences.  Transparency, accountability, ...
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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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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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Green City Design Challenge

The Green City Design Challenge concept was created by an award winning 6th grade science teacher from the Washington, DC area in the USA using a project based learning model. The US Embassy Ljubljana PAS together with the City of Ljubljana created a similar shorter pilot program in Ljubljana, the Green Capital of Europe 2016, ...
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