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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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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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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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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Space Apps in Naples: Apple Academy’s Team ‘Pizza Flyers’ on the highest step of the podium

This year’s edition in Naples was a huge success: 155 participants, 16 teams, many interesting ideas and projects developed in the new Federico II University facilities, which also hosted the opening event of the third Naples edition of Space Apps. “Southern Italy has a solid reputation for science, with high quality university programs in engineering, ...
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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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Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan interviewed at Fanpage.it

Naples-based online outlet Fanpage.it published a video-interview with Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan in connection with International Women's Day. After highlighting her participation in the "Showcase USA-Italia" event in Naples, she notes that International Women's day "is an opportunity to celebrate not only the achievements of prominent women in our countries, but also the important contribution ...
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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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Atlantic Council Speaker Exposes Russian Disinformation

He discussed security issues in the Mediterranean, with a special emphasis on Russia's use of disinformation and how to counter the spread of fake news on social media. Czuperski delivered a presentation at Suor Orsola Benincasa University entitled, "The End of Secrets, the Power of Open Source," to approximately 15 School of Journalism Master's students. ...
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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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‘Toys for Tots’ makes a stop in Naples

On January 5, Steven, Tristan, Luis, Travis and Dave, of U.S. Consulate General Naples’ Marine Security Guard Detachment, visited ‘La Tenda,’ a youth community center located in the Naples district of Sanità that has operated for 15 years in support of disadvantaged children and teenagers, to distribute toys, play, and sing together in anticipation of ...
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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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Coding Girls tour, three stops in Italy

On November 17, Coding Girls tour made a stop in Naples, where the program was sponsored for the second consecutive year in a constant effort to promote STEM studies, particularly among young women who seek equal opportunities to express their talents. In this edition, Coding Girls workshops were organized at four Neapolitan schools, where US ...
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A Toast to the New U.S. President Elect

About one hundred close contacts from the political, business, military, and cultural spheres, including Naples Prefect Gerarda Pantalone and U.S. and Italian military commanders from Capodichino, attended the U.S. Consulate General’s reception on November 9 to toast new U.S. President Elect Donald Trump. Several journalists from leading local print, broadcast, and online outlets widely reported ...
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Ambassador Phillips’ Visit to Calabria

On his first visit to the southern region of Calabria October 3-5, Ambassador Phillips paid courtesy calls on Reggio Calabria Mayor Giuseppe Falcomatà and Reggio Calabria Prefect Michele Di Bari. During the trip, the Ambassador also gave remarks at a reception in honor of the official launch of the AmCham in Calabria, and had the ...
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U.S. Speaker Jessica Grounds in Salerno

What are the barriers that women have to face to become leaders? What strengths do women leaders offer? How do we increase the number of women running for political office? These were the pivotal topics during a full-day program on September 30 at the University of Salerno, where U.S. speaker and women’s leadership expert Jessica ...
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American Team Wins “Best Presentation” Award at Cous Cous Fest 2016

No hashtag could be better than #WelcomeDiversity at the Cous Cous Fest 2016, the ‘international festival of cultural integration,’ where 10 countries competed at the Cous Cous World Championship in San Vito lo Capo and some 50,000 visitors came to the event. On September 22, the Department of State’s American Chef Corps member Mary Sue ...
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Consul General Countryman’s First Visit to Sicily

Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman visited Sicily, September 20-22, focusing on meetings and events in the Palermo area during her first visit. She met with Sicilian President Rosario Crocetta, Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando, Prefect of Palermo Antonella De Miro, and Palermo Chief Prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi, who all were pleased that she chose to ...
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Youth Leadership Program for Southern Italy Kicks Off in the United States

The ‘American dream’ came true for 20 young students from Southern Italy who departed for the United States on August 23 for a three-week exchange program. The 2016 Youth Leadership Program (YLP), coordinated by the U.S. Consulate General in Naples in partnership with Indiana University and the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at the ...
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