Embassy Events 2013
Secretary of State Kerry's Visit to London, 22 October 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Paris, London, and Rome on 21-24 October 2013.
Arriving in London on 22 October, Secretary Kerry will attend the London 11 ministerial meeting with key international partners and Syrian Coalition leadership to review progress towards convening the Geneva Conference on Syria.
News from the Trip
22 October 2013 Kerry: Friends of Syria Seek November Peace Conference Secretary of State John Kerry says he is hopeful that new Geneva
talks can begin in November to resolve the 2½-year Syrian civil war and
lead to a transitional government. Diplomats from 11 Western and Middle Eastern nations met for two days in London to develop plans
for a peace conference and also to encourage opposition groups to
participate in a negotiated settlement. The conference was hosted by
British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
• Kerry on London 11's Meeting on Syria
• Final Communiqué from London 11 Meeting on Syria
21 October 2013 Preview of Kerry’s London 11 Meeting on Syria
21 October 2013 Secretary Kerry's Remarks With Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Atiyah Before Their Meeting in Paris (via State.gov)
2013 USA College Day
19 September 2013
At College Day students will have the opportunity to speak with over 150 exhibitors representing US universities and educational service providers.
For students looking to avoid the crowds – we recommend attending on Friday, as it is expected to be a quieter event.
Date: Friday and Saturday, 27-28 September 2013
Venue: Kensington Town Hall (Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX)
Time: Friday 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
For more information on the great event and how you can book your tickets visit the Fulbright website at: http://www.fulbright.org.uk/news-events/usa-study-events/usa-college-day
Position Filled at Grosvenor Square!
23 August 2013
Matthew Winthrop Barzun, the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, arrived in London this morning to take up his duties.
We welcome the new Ambassador by looking back at some of the former Ambassadors (Youtube).
UK Citizen Paul Holmes Receives 2013 TIP Heroes Award
21 June 2013
Paul Holmes, of the UK, has received a 2013 TIP Heroes Award for his expertise in promoting a victim-centered, human rights-based criminal justice response to human trafficking, and for his development of investigative techniques that are a model training tool used around the world.
Read more in the press release.
What is American Football? Myron Rolle Knows
26 April 2013
We had a great time with NFL's Myron Rolle and our friends at Harris Academy in Peckham on Thursday. Bobby Adelson Jr., Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in London, finds out what a real American football tackle is! (Youtube)
Myron Rolle, former NFL football player and Rhodes Scholar, was in London on April 24-26th delivering talks and leading American football clinics at several secondary schools in underserved neighborhoods. Rolle’s message whilst in London was to inspire students to continue with their studies and show them how to maintain a balance between academics and sport.
Rolle gained national attention in 2008 after winning a Rhodes Scholarship while attending the Florida State University. He made the difficult decision of foregoing a lucrative NFL career, choosing instead to pursue a master’s degree in medical anthropology from Oxford University. Following his time at Oxford, Rolle was drafted in the 6th round of the NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans. After three NFL seasons, Rolle retired and will start at medical school this fall.
Women in Space, Science, Technology and Engineering - The Road to Mars
18 April 2013 at 11:30 BST
The Mars Curiosity Rover is one of NASA most successful interplanetary efforts, landing on Mars and exploring the Red Planet. Nagin Cox is part of the team responsible for that success.
Join her, from world-leading Imperial College London, as she talks about operating the Curiosity Rover on Mars and working at the limits of space exploration. Discover what is like to work in NASA’s most cutting-edge and exciting project. Our webchat starts at 11:30 BST on Thursday, 18th April.
Nagin Cox began her stellar career with NASA working on the projects such as Galileo mission to Jupiter. She is currently working on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, the program which successfully landed the Curiosity Rover in August 2012.
Southern U.S. Cuisine Charms the UK
19 March 2013
The flavors of the American south arrived in London on Thursday, 7 March 2013. Southern Chefs John Besh, Kelly English, Duane Nutter, Chocolate maker Kristen Hard and Mixologist Neal Bodenheimer, showed off their talents (Youtube) at the United States Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Barbara Stephenson's home, Wychwood House.
The evnt was the first leg of a three-day culinary tour that is a collaboration between the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Embassy in London, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Delta Air Lines and Hilton Hotels Worldwide, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.
Through the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival tour, the U.S. Embassy London supported the Secretary of State’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership initiative. The tour aims for America’s southern region to be exposed and celebrated as an ultimate destination to experience exquisite food and drinks while experiencing a culture that is very specific to the United States. All of which can be experienced at this year’s upcoming Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in May.
In the words of the tour organizers, “we promise our guests an evening of good Southern taste as we take you deep into the South. Not a trend - a way of life. A place of tradition.”
Unveiling of the Frederick Douglass Blue Plaque
20 February 2013
On the morning February 20th, a crowd gathered in front of Nell Gwynn House in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea to celebrate the unveiling of a new English Heritage-scheme Blue Plaque, dedicated to the great American abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass.
U.S. Embassy London was proud to partner with the UK-based Nubian Jak Community Trust to celebrate the debut of the plaque, which occurred on the 118th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’ passing. The Nell Gwynn site was chosen due to the fact that Frederick Douglass lived in that physical location briefly during his time in London.
Fencing with Ibtihaj Muhammad
29 January 2013
While visiting London Ibtihaj Muhammad gives some pointers on the sport of Fencing (Youtube video #1).
Ibtihaj, a two-time U.S. National Fencing Champion and a member of the U.S. National Fencing Team since 2009, began fencing at the age of 13. She was raised in an athletic household with four siblings and played many recreational sports growing up.
After searching for a sport that would enable her to comply with the Muslim requirement of modesty, by remaining fully covered, her mother pointed out students fencing in full body uniforms while driving by their local school.
Muhammad said because of this chance moment, "I'd like to think fencing found me." Reminding students again of the ability to find a passion regardless of circumstance she added, "Don't let anyone tell you there's something you can't achieve."