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November; 2008
Issue 55

In This Issue:
*Consul General's message
*American Days in Marcholt
*U.S. Astronaut
*International Education Week
*Blues Documentaries
*Podcasts on Election

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Greetings from Krakow!

Here in southern Poland, we’ve been enjoying the late October sunshine and the leaves changing color.  The beautiful Polish fall reminds me of my native New England.

Ambassador Ashe and I would like to say a special word of thanks to the Polish military for their extraordinary efforts in Iraq that concluded this month.  Polish troops left the Qadisiya province in Iraq more stable and more secure.  Ambassador Ashe visited the 10th Opole Logistic Support Brigade in October to express his appreciation for the work they and other soldiers have done in Iraq and continue to do in Afghanistan.  The coalition could not have achieved the success it has in Iraq without the invaluable contribution of Polish forces.

We are of course just a few days away from November 4th and the 2008 presidential elections.  It is hard to believe the elections are finally here after a campaign that began over 20 months ago!  Here at the consulate, we’ve enjoyed meeting with students from the region as they have come in to watch documentaries on the two presidential candidates and attend programs on the 2008 presidential race.  For the latest information on the elections, including live commentary from some of America’s leading journalists and pollsters, be sure to check out on election night.

Of course we have other events coming up in November.  International Education Week will take place this year from November 17-21.  Our consulate is ready to assist students, their parents and student advisors who are interested in learning more about study in the U.S.  For the latest information on admissions procedures, financial assistance and programs of study, please see the “Education USA” section of our website or call the consulate at 012-424-5140.

We are thrilled to welcome NASA astronaut George Zamka to Poland November 20-23.  This is the second year we’ve had a NASA astronaut in Poland, which is a testament to Poland’s interest in the space program.  In honor of the 50th anniversary of NASA, the U.S. Consulate in Krakow has created an exhibition on NASA and its achievements.  The exhibition will open at the Chorzow Planetarium in November and then be traveling around Poland.

We have prepared another exhibition entitled “American Presidents at Leisure” that will be on display at the American Corner in the Dolnoslaska Public Library in Wroclaw in November.  It is a wonderful glimpse into the private lives of presidents going back a hundred years.  If your institution is interested in hosting this exhibition, please contact the consulate at 012-424-5143.

My colleagues and I will be attending election night events in Krakow, Katowice and Wroclaw on November 4th - hope to see you there!

Anne Hall
Consul General

Consul General, Anne Hall

Consul General Anne Hall

American Days at Marcholt Gallery in Katowice

With the U.S. Presidential Elections just a few days away, the U.S. Consulate in Krakow and Marcholt Gallery in Katowice are organizing a week-long program October 28 - November 7 devoted to American presidents and U.S. elections.  The events will include film showings with an introduction by U.S. Consulate officers, an Election Night party and a lecture.

The films show aspects of the American presidency, presidential elections, democracy in action and also political corruption.  The audience will also see examples of various film genres including a drama, a political thriller, a comedy and a love story.

On November 4, Marcholt Gallery and the University of Silesia, under the patronage of U.S. Consulate, will organize an Election Night event.  The program will include film shows, discussions by university specialists in sociology, political science and political marketing, comments on preliminary results of the election, American music, food and drink.

Finally, the results of the U.S. elections 2008 will be summed up by Public Affairs Officer Susan Parker- Burns on November 7 at 6 p.m.  She will speak about the meaning of U.S. election results for U.S. – Polish relations.

For more information on the program , please contact Marcholt Gallery at 032 2530738.

Election events in Krakow at Krakowska Szko│a Wy┐sza and in Wroclaw at the American Corner, Rynek 58 were advertised in the special election issue of Spotlight.

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U.S. Astronaut George Zamka Visits Poland

On November 16-23, George Zamka, STS-120 Discovery pilot, will visit Warsaw, Olsztyn, Krakow and Chorzˇw.  He will come to Poland at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.  At various speaking events Zamka will be speaking about NASA’s past programs the new "Constellation Program," future missions and an astronaut’s training path.

In Krakow he will meet with the students interested in space exploration and astronomy on Thursday, November 20.  On the same day at 6 p.m. the astronaut will also have a presentation organized by Astronomical Youth Club at Niepolomice Castle.

On November 21 at 9:30 a.m. Chorzˇw Planeterium will hold a meeting and presentation of NASA programs for young people in the region of Silesia.  George Zamka will also open the exhibit, "New Era of Discovery - 50th Anniversary of NASA".  The exhibit, prepared by the Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow, presents some spectacular space photographs acquired during various NASA missions.

In the afternoon he will visit a school in Sopotnia Wielka and will meet students whose passion is space exploration and astronomy.

George Zamka is a United States Marine Corps officer and a NASA astronaut.  He has over 3500 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft.  Zamka was selected for the NASA astronaut program in June 1998.  He has served in various technical and leadership roles in the astronaut office, including space rendezvous and proximity operations, landing and rollout instructor, and lead for shuttle systems within the Shuttle Operations Branch.  In 2007 he completed his first space flight as pilot on STS-120.

For more information about George Zamka’s program, please call: 012 424 5140

George David Zamka

George David Zamka

International Education Week, 17-21 November 2008

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract students from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.  American institutions interested in international education and exchange activities including schools, colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations join in a series of events, including workshops, seminars and meetings, to explain the benefits of international education and encourage young people to study abroad.  The dates for this year's International Education Week are November 17-21.

The Fulbright Commission in Warsaw, together with the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate in Krakow, are preparing a conference devoted to academic cooperation and exchange between Poland and the U.S.

The conference titled: "Po obu stronach Atlantyku: wspˇ│praca akademicka Polski ze Stanami Zjednoczonymi" will be held at the Warsaw University Library on Tuesday, November 18, from 10:00 to 18:00.

American university professors, education specialists from the Fulbright Commission, representatives of the U.S. Mission to Poland and educational advisers will be talking about Polish - U.S. Academic Exchange, transatlantic collaboration in academic and professional programs and benefits of education in the U.S. as well as university applications procedures, scholarships, student visas and summer programs.



Blues Documentaries and Shows in Krakow and Rzeszow

Film producers Phil Ranstrom and Les Walgreen are bringing two blues films to Poland: Electrified: The Story of The Maxwell Street Urban Blues and Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street ( ( .  They will show their documentaries in Krakow's Kino pod Baranami" on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 and in Rzeszow in "Kulturalna Piwnica YES", Rzeszow, ul. Reformacka 4, on November 22 and 23.  The screenings in Rzeszow will be accompanied with blues concerts.

Both of these films are narrated by acclaimed American actor and former Chicagoan Joe Mantegna and offer a "definitive" look at the Chicago blues and its impact on modern music.



New PODCASTS on our Website

2008 Presidential Election Issues: World Trade
In America, the Republican and Democratic candidates for president are speaking to voters at a time of economic distress – for which many citizens blame free trade.

2008 Presidential Election Issues: Health Care
In an election year in which Americans are concerned about the effects of an economic downturn, health care is one of the major political issues the final two candidates for president will be discussing on the campaign trail.

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