U.S. Embassy Olympic Graphic Design Contest

Create a graphic design to help U.S. Embassy Seoul welcome Team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympics! The U.S. Embassy is sponsoring a contest for students to create the best design to communicate a warm welcome for Team USA to Korea and demonstrate friendly multi-national relations for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Prizes included! ...
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July 25, 2016 (Photo)

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Knapper (left) and Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Robert Ogburn (right) pose with program participants after finishing the Embassy Youth Forum: Real People Talking event on “Current Trends in U.S.-Korea Relations And Career Paths and the Life of a Diplomat, including His Role as DCM” at the American Center Korea.
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Independence Day

Independence Day, also commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, is the national day of the United States of America. It is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. On that date, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration, setting the 13 colonies on the road to ...
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World Oceans Day 2016

On World Oceans Day, we reflect on the challenges facing our ocean and what we must do to protect this life-sustaining resource for future generations. The fact is that the rich marine environment many of us have enjoyed throughout our lives is under extreme stress from human activity. Without a shift in our approach, our ...
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World Environment Day 2016

This year’s theme for WED – Go Wild for Life – encourages you to celebrate all those species under threat and take action of your own to help safeguard them for future generations. This can be about animals or plants that are threatened within your local area as well as at the national or global ...
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Ramadan 2016

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is a period for self-examination, prayer, charity, and special religious devotion.  Ramadan is a month of obligatory fasting during daylight hours for many adult Muslims; this observance is one of the basic acts of faith.  The Ramadan season commemorates the time when the Quran was ...
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Earth Day 2016

What makes Earth Day special and why we still need it   Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. The Earth Day Network, a loose coalition of 22,000 groups in 192 countries, coordinates activities that raise awareness of local environmental issues, as well as global climate change. U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to ...
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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month 2016

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. U.S. GOVERNMENT TEXTS Presidential Proclamation — Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2016 [Source: The White House] Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are the fastest growing racial group in our ...
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World Press Freedom Day 2016

Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. [Source: Department of State] World Press Freedom Day [Source: U.S. Department of State] “To those who ...
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04/15/16 – Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall’s Remarks at the American Center in Seoul, Korea — As Prepared for Delivery

Remarks Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall Deputy Secretary American Center Seoul, Korea April 15, 2016 INTRODUCTION Thank you, Mark, for the introduction. I am also honored today that my close colleague, and co-chair of the High Level Bilateral Commission, Ambassador Cho Tae-yul has joined us today. Our work together is so important to our two nations and it ...
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Jazz Appreciation Month 2016

Each April, the United States celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), an opportunity to savor a major American contribution to world culture. Initiated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, JAM aims to focus public attention on the music, and on the many talented composers, musicians and other contributors to the sound. [Source: Department ...
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Women’s History Month 2016

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. [Source: Department of State] U.S. ...
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February 25, 2016 (Photo)

Director of American Spaces Anthony Tranchina conducts a storytelling session with children from Sejong City, a new “planned city”, which plays host to several Korean government ministries. The event, held at the National Library of Korea, was a half-day version of the Embassy’s popular “Uncle Sam’s Camp” to promote an interest in reading, English language learning and U.S. history ...
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Black History Month 2016

Black History Month was the inspiration of Carter G. Woodson, a noted scholar and historian, who instituted Negro History Week in 1926. He chose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. ...
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January 5, 2016 (Photo)

Prof. Hope Elizabeth May of Central Michigan University gives a talk on ‘The Memory of Homer Hulbert and his Contribution to Korea’s Internationalism’ as part of the U.S.-Korea Relations: Legacy Series. Hulbert lived in Korea on and off between 1886 and 1907, eventually becoming the loudest Western voice advocating for Korean independence during the Japanese ...
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November 5, 2015 (Photo)

Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs (3rd from left) hosts the Embassy Youth Forum on “Education, Exchanges, and Women” with Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State (3rd from right) and four student panelists at the Embassy’s American Center Korea.
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October 16, 2015 (Photo)

Robert Ogburn, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs (3rd from left) hosts the Embassy Youth Forum on “Children’s Issues and Adoptions-Adoptees” with Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs, Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, U.S. Department of State (4th from right) and student panelists at the Embassy’s American Center Korea.
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49th Embassy Youth Forum – Real People Talking with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the U.S.

August 5, 2015 – Ambassador Mark William Lippert  (2nd from right ) hosts the Embassy Youth Forum on “Justice and Women’s Rights” with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States (3rd from right) and student panelists at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence. 2015년 8월 5일 – 마크 리퍼트 주한미국대사 (오른쪽에서 두번째)와 루스 ...
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44th Embassy Youth Forum – Real People Talking with Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration

November 18, 2014 – Guest Speaker: Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Moderator: Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Robert W. Ogburn
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