CG Countryman Explores the Home of the Mediterranean Diet

Consul General Countryman visited the city of Pollica, located in Campania’s Park of Cilento and Valle di Diano, Italy’s second largest national park.  Mayor of Pollica Stefano Pisani and Legambiente IVLP alumnus Valerio Calabrese welcomed CG Countryman and offered her a tour of the local “Living Museum of the Sea” and “Living Museum of the ...
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CG Countryman Attends Detroit Exhibit Inauguration in Sicily

On June 29, CG Countryman traveled to the Sicilian community center FARM, near Agrigento, to attend the opening of “Detroit Syndrome,” an art exhibition focused on the city of Detroit and featuring American photographer Geoff George.  The exhibition was organized by Sicilian IVLP Andrea Bartoli as a follow-up to his participation in a Southern Italy-focused ...
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Ambassador Eisenberg’s First Travel to Palermo, Sicily

Ambassador Eisenberg visited Palermo, his first trip to Sicily’s capital, which is also the Italian Capital of Culture for 2018. After touring the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies (ISMETT) which he described as “an excellent example of successful cooperation between the United States and Sicily,” he met with Palermo Prefect Antonella De ...
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Stars and Stripes over Palermo and Naples: Happy 242° Birthday, America

On the evening of June 28, Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg and Consul General Countryman welcomed about 100 guests to Villa Niscemi, the representation HQ of the Municipality. The official U.S. Independence Day celebration moved back to Sicily’s capital after being held for three years in Catania. The official program included remarks by the Consul General, the ...
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Young Americans Support Marine Conservation Efforts and Speak Out Against Plastic Pollution in Naples Area

U.S. Consulate General Naples facilitated two speaking programs with Carter and Olivia Ries, two American teenagers who launched their NGO “One More Generation” in 2009 to empower youth around the world to create solutions for the pressing issues of today.  Focused on the dangers of plastic pollution, the Ries siblings spoke with approximately 150 students ...
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Consul General Welcomes U.S.-Italy Exchange Program Alumni

On May 10, U.S. Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman hosted over 50 U.S.-Italy exchange program alumni originally from southern Italy at her residence, underlining in her remarks that “the mutual understanding and collaboration that are the result of these exchanges are critical to peace, cooperation, and problem solving in today’s increasingly challenging and globalized world.” 
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Enthusiastic Turnout for Opening of New American Studies Course in Puglia

The Bari edition of Corriere del Mezzogiorno highlighted the event with an article under the headline “American Studies Relaunched with U.S. Embassy Support.” Praise for the Embassy’s initiative was effusive: Rector Uricchio called it a “Mini Marshall Plan” for American Studies in Italy. Professor Lorena Carbonara related that she has already received several thesis requests ...
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Consul General Countryman Engages in Political and Cultural Diplomacy in Sicily

During an extended visit across Sicily, U.S. Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman met Governor of Sicily Nello Musumeci, with whom she discussed continuing collaboration on an array of shared interests, and several other key officials:  Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando, the prefects of Ragusa and Agrigento, and the mayors of Agrigento and the small town ...
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U.S. Arts Envoys Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs Play to Enthusiastic Audiences in Sicily

Energetic rhythms, Tejano sound, rock and jazz elements, and appreciative audiences  – these are the ingredients that made the Sicilian tour of Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs a success. The band, which won a Grammy award in 2010, brought conjunto tejano music to Sicily, a unique music genre that comprises various forms of folk and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg at SelectUSA Seminar in Florence

It’s a real pleasure for me to back in Firenze – a city I visited twice in my first 100 days. I am particularly pleased to be here in front of you: We have over 75 delegates from Italian companies as well as representatives from 17 U.S. states present. Our shared goal is to find ...
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Southern Italians Selected for State Department Exchange Program

Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman hosted an informal coffee for three of the four exchange participants selected for a special International Visitor Leadership Program on Economic Development and Urban Revitalization. The participants include Alessandra Clemente, Naples Alderwoman for Youth, Simmaco Perillo, founder of Caserta-based NGO ‘Aldilà dei Sogni’ (Beyond Dreams), Andrea Bartoli, founder of Sicily’s ...
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“Toys For Tots” Gives Back to Naples

Italian and American holiday traditions came together again for the second year when U.S. Marines from the Marine Security Guard Detachment at the U.S. Consulate General in Naples returned to local NGO ‘La Tenda’ as part of the “Toys for Tots” program.  Owen, Jacob, Anthony, and Andrew visited a youth community center located in the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg met with Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris

As part of his first visit to Naples, Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg met with Mayor Luigi de Magistris. Ambassador Eisenberg expressed words of appreciation for the city, which is the first outside of Rome that the Ambassador has visited in his official capacity since his arrival in Italy.
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Ambassador Eisenberg’s Remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony for American Studies

As U.S. Ambassador, it’s important for me to visit as many regions in Italy as possible to gain a deeper understanding of this country, which is such a close friend of the United States. Naples is the first city outside of Rome that I am visiting in my official capacity:  and this is entirely appropriate ...
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Consul General Martinez Meets the Mayor of Milan

Consul General Martinez had a cordial introductory call with Beppe Sala, the Mayor of Milan. Sala praised U.S. investment in Milan, specifically citing Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. He noted the growth in foreign students in the city and the overall global focus he and his administration share. Sala discussed his administration’s priorities for improved public ...
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Consul General Hosts Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Evening Reception

On September 28, Consul General Countryman hosted a reception on the Consulate’s terrace for local contacts in innovation and entrepreneurship.  She delivered welcome remarks to approximately 70 guests, including regional government representatives, members of the local business community, universities, and the Apple iOS Developer Academy, underscoring her goal, from the day she arrived in Naples, ...
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“Food is a universal language!” – Chef Programs Support Social Inclusion and Entrepreneurship in Naples

On September 25, American Chef Marc Murphy partnered with top Neapolitan pizza maker Ciro Salvo for a cooking workshop for 45 youth held at “La Gloriette,” a Naples-based NGO focused on equal opportunities/inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.  Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman, as well as the city Alderwoman for Youth attended the event and ...
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Chef Marc Murphy Promotes Diversity and Social Integration in Sicily

American chef and television star Marc Murphy represented the United States at the 20th edition of the Cous Cous Fest, the International Festival of Cultural Integration held in San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily September 20-23. The Cous Cous Fest theme “Welcome Diversity” allowed Murphy to highlight some core American themes, such as the value of ...
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Consul General Conducts Cultural Diplomacy in Sicily

Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman supported several cultural events and public diplomacy programs during a trip to Sicily, September 18-22.  On September 19, she met with Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando to discuss Palermo’s plans as Italy’s “Capital of Culture” for 2018, and she attended a performance at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo.  On September 21, she ...
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Independence Day at the U.S. Consulate in Naples: This year with a special “snowflakes flag”

“The enduring bond between Americans and Italians continues to be based on a shared spirit of generosity and compassion, a culture of tolerance and respect for others, a mutual love of liberty, and a long history of partnership in business, the arts, science, and politics.” With these words Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman underlined the ...
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Celebrating the 241st Anniversary of America’s Independence at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.

Consul General Reeker highlighted that in 2017, we mark the 70th anniversary of something that will continue to bind Italy and the United States together: The Marshall Plan. He went on to say, “The spirit of the Marshall Plan is as needed now as it was seventy years ago, ” and added “the success of ...
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Remarks by Consul General Amb. Philip T. Reeker on Independence Day 2017

In 2017 we mark the 70th anniversary of something that will always bind our two countries together: The Marshall Plan. As the German Marshall Fund reminds us, the Secretary of State George Marshall’s plan was an audacious, innovative strategy to tackle the most pressing challenges of its time. In 1947, Europe was reeling from the ...
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Remarks for the 241st Anniversary of U.S. Independence

First, I want to thank the Italian and American civilian and military representatives who are here with us tonight. We honor your service and dedication to country and people. It’s a special honor for me to welcome this evening the Prefect of Naples Carmela Pagano, the Mayor of Naples Luigi De Magistris, as well as ...
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Independence Day at the American Consulate in Florence

I am only one in a long chain of Consuls General who have served our country from Florence, and all of us leave a piece of ourselves here when we go. This city, which over hundreds of years has generated international dialogue, revolutionary art, and controversial philosophy, inspires us all. If I had to pick ...
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Signoff Ceremony of Permanent Partnership Between MIT and FVG Universities

On June 23, the Udine seat of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region hosted a signoff ceremony of the “Permanent Partnership Agreement,” endorsed by Regional President Debora Serracchiani, between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and FVG Universities, namely SISSA, the University of Trieste and the University of Udine. The Regional Council approved the agreement on June 1. ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at Florence American Cemetery

On Monday, May 29, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States in Italy and San Marino Kelly C. Degnan, Italian for Defense Domenico Rossi, and Commander U.S. Army Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges delivered remarks at the Memorial Day ceremony which took place at the Florence American Military Cemetery. Together, they also laid wreaths at the ...
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Workshop on American Gullah Culture and Heritage

On Wednesday April 26th, Public Affairs Officer Christopher Wurst spoke at a press conference hosted by the Cariplo Foundation to highlight American Gullah culture and heritage at a workshop hosted by the Accademia delle Belle Arti of Brera. The program was organized by Fare Arte and Global Culture Talks, and included the participation of John ...
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Consul General Abigail M. Rupp speaks at Donation Day

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp spoke alongside Florence City Councilor for Welfare Sara Funaro at the American International League’s (AILO) annual Donation Day ceremony hosted by the City of Florence at the Palagio di Parte Guelfa. In her remarks, Consul General Rupp emphasized the point that among the many shared values that bind the U.S. ...
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U.S. Consul General Abigail M. Rupp celebrates Women’s History Month in Bologna:

Every year in the month of March, the U.S. celebrates Women's History Month to recognize the accomplishments that so many women fought so hard to achieve, as well as the accomplishments of women making history today. To mark the occasion, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp traveled to Bologna to engage with leading women in their ...
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Consul General Abigail M. Rupp Visits Ferrara

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp traveled to Ferrara to meet with Prefect Michele Tortora, Mayor Tiziano Tagliani, and Questore Antonio Sbordone. She visited the Castello Estense and met with its director Ethel Guidi. She also visited the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) study program to meet with director Patrizia Turchi.
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Consul General Abigail M. Rupp Visits Reggio Emilia

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp traveled to Reggio Emilia to meet with City Councilwoman for International Relations Serena Foracchia, Vice Prefect Alessandra De Notaristefani Di Vastogirardi, Questore Isabella Fusiello and Chamber of Commerce President Stefano Landi. Following the meetings, she spoke at a seminar, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, entitled, "Le opportunità commerciali tra ...
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CG Countryman Encourages Women to #BeBoldForChange

“Things have become easier as I moved up in my career path, but not because my job is easier. Things have become easier also because men have changed their mindsets, and are now very supportive of women in the workplace.” Consul General Countryman spoke at an International Women’s Day event hosted by the Allied Joint ...
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CG Countryman Remarks at an International Women’s Day event hosted by the Allied Joint Force Command Naples

Today, I want to talk to you about the State Department’s commitment to promoting women’s rights through U.S. foreign policy, especially since 1995 when we established the Global Office of Women’s Issues.  For over twenty years, this office has worked to ensure that women’s issues are considered in formulating and conducting our foreign policy. It’s ...
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Consulate Launches Concert Featuring Gloria Gaynor, Queen of Disco

At a press conference hosted at the Consulate on March 1 launching the Gloria Gaynor concert on March 7 in Santa Croce Sull'Arno (Pisa), U.S. Consul General Abigail M. Rupp focused on the importance of Women's History Month. In her remarks, she said: "Gloria Gaynor does not belong just to America -- she belongs to ...
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Discovering the Wonders of the South: CG Countryman Visits Basilicata

Consul General Countryman visited Basilicata, achieving her goal of visiting all six regions of the Naples consular district in the first six months of her tenure. The CG paid introductory calls on the mayors of Potenza, Matera and Melfi, and the prefects of the first two cities. She also toured stunning wonders of the South ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Degnan and U.S. Consul General Rupp Met with Managers Silvester, Hossain, Giotti, and Bonavia

Chargé d'Affaires Kelly C. Degnan and U.S. Consul General in Florence Abigail M. Rupp toured the historic Giotti factory, and met with managers Chris Silvester, Amira Hossain, Enrico Giotti, and Carlo Bonavia. Giotti is a leading producer of flavors, aromatic herbal extracts, and concentrated juices - and is now part of McCormick Italy Holdings.
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Abby Wambach’s Jersey at the International Soccer Museum in Milan

On Wednesday, February 8, Milan Consul General, Amb. Philip Reeker visited Milan’s new soccer museum, Museo Internazionale del Calcio La Stringa d'Oro (“the Golden Shoelace”). The museum opened in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, within the site of the former Expo 2015 James Beard American Restaurant. The museum not only displays memorabilia and mementoes from Italian ...
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American Education Expert Lectures on Immigrant Integration in the School Systems

On Thursday and Friday February 2 and 3, Dr. Delia Pompa, a Senior Fellow for Educational Policy at the Washington based Migration Policy Institute, lectured in Milan and Vicenza on integration programs for students in the U.S. and Italy in a comparative approach. At Catholic University Dr. Pompa discussed the unique challenges that migrant students ...
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Consul General Visits “Ecosistemi” Art Exhibition Featuring Work by Fulbright Alumna Victoria DeBlassie

On February 2, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp visited the “Ecosistemi” art exhibition at the Biagiotti Progetto Arte Gallery which features exhibitions of eight international artists, including that of Fulbright alumna Victoria DeBlassie. DeBlassie uses discarded objects and materials to create art work that suggests change and development over time. She also applies a special ...
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Consul General Abigail M. Rupp Lectures on Rock and Roll Diplomacy

On February 1, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp was a guest speaker at the British Institute Library's 100th anniversary speaker program and gave a lecture entitled, "Rock and Roll Diplomacy: How American Music Influenced the Rolling Stones, and How the Stones Changed America." In her lecture, CG Rupp looked at a slice of American musical ...
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Consul General Abigail commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp attended a special council session alongside top authorities and members of the local community at the Tuscany Regional Council honoring Holocaust Memorial Day. The event featured speeches by Eugenio Giani, President del Consiglio Regionale della Toscana; Enrico Rossi, President of the Region of Tuscany; Dario Bedarda, President ...
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Expert Pollster Speaks to Italian Journalists About Public Opinion and the 2016 Election Cycle

On Wednesday and Thursday January 25th and 26th, Chicago Council on Global Affairs Senior Fellow Dina Smeltz delivered an in-depth analysis of public opinion polling in the 2016 presidential election at the Walter Tobagi School of Journalism of the State University of Milan and at the Catholic University School of Journalism. USG alumni association Amerigo ...
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Budding diplomats at the IMUN Naples 2017 Closing Ceremony

“It’s great to see so many students from so many schools involved. IMUN has proven itself to be a huge success, thanks to the interest and enthusiasm of thousands of young people. You had a unique educational experience: to become ‘budding ambassadors and diplomats,’ and to get closer to the world of diplomacy and international ...
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Road to integration through digital handicrafts and 3D printing

On January 18, Sicilian NGO Mosaic launched a three-day workshop aimed at providing job skills to a group of 15 young migrants aged 15-18 coming from six different African countries – Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, and Mauritius. They are currently hosted at migrant or refugee centers in Palermo. This initiative was an opportunity ...
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Remarks by Consul General Rupp at “Amerigo Media Award”

The Amerigo Association brings together Italian alumni of the International Cultural Exchanges Programs promoted by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Throughout the year, Amerigo organizes large public events and conferences all over Italy. One of Amerigo's most important events takes place each year in early December, when Amerigo's national ...
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Inauguration of KFC – Kentucky Fried Chicken – in Assago

On November 23rd, Consul General Amb. Philip Reeker participated in the opening of the eighth KFC – Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Italy this year, at suburban Milan's Assago shopping mall. KFC expects to open 14 more restaurants in the next few months. The Assago KFC (sharing a vast parking lot with a thriving McDonald's) ...
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Sharing Thanksgiving with Homeless and Migrants

Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman, with a group of Marines, and other consulate volunteers cooked and served a bountiful Thanksgiving meal to approximately 30 homeless Italians and migrants at the daily soup kitchen run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Naples, at the “Saint Louise de Marillac” Convent, located near ...
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