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Saturday, April 30, 2011


Question for Groups
·       Find out the following two pieces of information about your neighbor:
1) What are they afraid of? (For example spiders or snakes)
2) What food they cannot live without.
Topic for Discussion: Role Models
1.    How do you understand the idea of a role model? Who was your role model when you were growing up?
2.    How much do you think the actions of adults affect children? How much do children learn from what they see adults doing?
3.    What current public figures or famous people do you think would make a good role-model?
4.    Do we have an obligation to act as role-models for younger generations?
Group Contest
·       Many people have a four day weekend. Together with your team, design the most exciting, interesting four-day weekend possible. You must start and end in Vinnytsya, and it should not cost a lot of money.
Our Schedule
Saturday, April 30 – 1030 Library
Saturday, April 30 – 1400 Rehabilitation Center
Tuesday, May 3 – 1745 Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, May 5 – 1730 Library

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Plagiarism. Punishment at American Universities

Question for Groups
·       In your opinion, what profession is the most exciting? If you could change your profession right now, what job would you most like to have?
 Topic for Discussion: Plagiarism
 1.    Did you (or somebody you know) ever plagiarize on a test or paper? 
2.    To you, what is the difference between cheating, plagiarizing and helping a friend to get a good score?
3.    Some American Universities use an honor system to stop cheating and plagiarism. Do you think this is a fair system, or is it too harsh?
4.    What should be the punishment for plagiarism?
5.    Can you think of any famous examples of plagiarism?
Practice with Questions

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Topic for Discussion:
·       What did you do during the three-day weekend?
·       Do you like to play sports? What is your favorite sport?
·       Can you play a musical instrument? Which one?
Interview Your Neighbor
Talk to you neighbor and learn 2 interesting places they have visited, and 2 interesting places they would like to visit:
 Has Visited: 1.       2.      
Would like to visit: 1.        2.
 Questions Game
 Category Game
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Saturday, April 23, 2011


Dear participants of seminars on Economics with PC Volunteers (Jim Buel) the next meeting will take place on 27, April. 

Waiting for you! 

Starting Over

Introductions Question for Groups
•   Imagine that you didn't have to work or study for the next month, and you had no responsibilities. You had completely free time for a month. What would you do with this time?

Topic for Discussion: Starting Over
1.  Have you ever decided that you needed to change something about your life, or maybe everything? What change did you decide to make?
2.  Is there any part of your life you would like to change now? Maybe your work or some bad habit? Is it easy to make such a change?
3.  In general, do you think that people need to change something about their lives every few years? Why?
4.  What parts of our life can be changed and which ones cannot?
5.   Some times people change something to overcome some problem in their life. What problems can be helped by changes, and which can't?

                                                              Practice with Questions

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Introverts and Extroverts

Question for Groups
•   When you were a child, did you have a hero? What is someone from a film or book or maybe from you knew in real life?
Topic for Discussion: Introverts and Extroverts
1.  Do you think that you are an introverts or an extrovert? How do you know it? "
2.  Do you enjoy spending time with large groups of people? Are you more comfortable with smaller groups of people?
3.  In general, which group is more successful in life? Do you think that it makes any difference in the working place?
4.  What are the best professions for Introverts, and the best for Extroverts?

Group Task
•   Imagine that your group is a team of film directors. You have a huge budget, and can produce any kind of film that you want. It can be a drama, a comedy, a thriller, etc. The story can be based on true events, or it can come from your imagination. What would your film be about?

How to Take Care of Your Mother: Earth

Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.

In today's world everyone is talking about green living. While the emissions from cows do more harm to the environment than all of the people, cars, and factories on earth, we still need to do our part to protect the environment. We need to do everything that we can to insure the best future of our planet for generations to come.

Change your incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. If every home in America replaced just one light bulb with the compact fluorescent light bulb, enough energy would be saved to light more than 3 million homes for a year! Imagine what would happen if we all replaced the five most used light bulbs in our homes with the compact fluorescent light bulbs. While these bulbs do cost more than standard incandescent light bulbs, the energy savings, and reduced impact on the environment are well worth the extra money. Plus, they last longer than standard light bulbs, which in the long run will actually make them cheaper to use. Also, look for the new LED light bulbs. At the moment they are quite expensive, but they are even more energy efficient than the compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Turn off the water. Water is a precious necessity of life, and shouldn't be wasted. 

Read more: How to Take Care of Your Mother: Earth |

If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.

Information Center "Window on America" invites you to discuss the following topic together at our English-Speaking Club! 
Introduction Question
  • If you could win an important award for any achievement, skill or talent, what would you like to win one for? (For example, for writing a book, acting in a movie, success in business, success in sports, etc.)
Writing Contest Samples
Quote for Discussion:
If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time. - Edith Wharton
  1. Do you believe that the pursuit of happiness is the goal of your life? What is it that makes you truly happy?
  2. What kind of people are happy? Do you think that some people are happy naturally, while others are always looking for something because of their nature?
  3. Do you think it’s possible for a person to come to the end of their life and be happy with what they’ve done? How can this be done?
Group Competition
  • As a group, think of a very interesting question that you want to ask the entire English Club. The group with the most interesting question will win a prize.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mission Statements

Do you like to discuss the following topic "Mission Statements" with PC Volunteers and know more about American companies? We're waiting for you on Wednesday, 20 April at 15.30.
Coca Cola (International Food and Beverage Company)
“Everything we do is inspired by our enduring mission:
  • To Refresh the World… in body, mind, and spirit.
  • To Inspire Moments of Optimism… through our brands and our actions.
  • To Create Value and Make a Difference… everywhere we engage.”
Brown Rudnick (International Law Firm)
Brown Rudnick is a premier international law firm that strives to achieve results that exceed expectations through
Our Commitment to Our Clients Adding maximum value to their business * Handling complex and sophisticated matters locally, nationally and internationally * Being accessible, efficient, responsive and technologically sophisticated *
Our Commitment to Our Communities providing extensive and worthy pro bono and public service * Promoting active involvement and leadership on the part of our firm and ourselves *
Our Commitment to Ourselves Sustaining an enriching environment through diversity and teamwork * Striving to improve while celebrating our accomplishments * Assuring career opportunities by sustaining growth and financial strength.
Culver’s (Restaurant Chain)
Every guest who chooses Culver's leaves happy.
ADM/Arthur Daniels Midland (International Agriculture Company)
ADM Mission: To unlock the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.
At Microsoft, we work to help people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential. This is our mission. Everything we do reflects this mission and the values that make it possible
Nike, Inc
To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.
The Elephant Sanctuary
A Natural-Habitat Refuge Where Sick, Old and Needy Elephants Can Once Again Walk the Earth in Peace and Dignity...
Sun Microsystems
Solve complex network computing problems for governments, enterprises, and service providers
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
To make, distribute & sell the finest quality all natural ice cream & euphoric concoctions with a continued commitment to incorporating wholesome, natural ingredients and promoting business practices that respect the Earth and the Environment
Joe Boxer
"JOE BOXER is dedicated to bringing new and creative ideas to the market place, both in our product offerings as well as our marketing events. We will continue to develop our unique brand positioning, to maintain and grow our solid brand recognition, and to adhere to high quality design standards. Because everyone wants to have fun every day, JOE BOXER will continue to offer something for everyone with fun always in mind.
To satisfy the world’s appetite for good food, well-served, at a price people can afford.
To organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Display exhibition "American Art": History and Culture

Do you enjoy the American Art and want to know more on History and Culture of it? You are invited to the Information Center " Window on America " from Monday (4, April) till Monday (19, April)

Saturday, April 16, 2011


 Question for Groups
1.Imagine that you had to change places with one other person for a day. What person would you like to be for one day? Why?

Topic for Discussion: Journalism
1.Do you think that journalists have an interesting profession? What kind of journalist would you like to be?
2.What do you think are the best places to get news for you? Is there a good newspaper, electronic source or television program that you like?
3.Do you think that the rights of journalists are protected in Ukraine?
4.Would you like to work as a journalist who reports from dangerous places?
5.When you read or watch news, how can you tell if it is of high-quality?

Group Task
Imagine that your group has the opportunity to
Our Schedule
Tuesday, April 19 – 1745 Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, April 21 – 1730 Library
Saturday, April 23 – 1030 Library
Saturday, April 23 – 1400 Rehabilitation Center

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Atmosphere of Creativity

1. Do you like to work alone or in teams? Tell an example from your life of good teamwork, and one of bad teamwork.

Topic for Discussion: Atmosphere of Creativity
1.   Are you a creative person? How do you express yourself creatively? (Maybe you like to write, paint, sing, play music, etc.)
2.   Which kind of work is easier for you, creative work or work that does not require creativity? For example, for you is it easier to write poetry or a report about a book that you have read?
3.   What conditions do you need to work creatively? (For example, some people need isolation, while others need to be among people and noise)
4.   Do you think that the place where you live or work has an atmosphere of creativity? Why or why not?

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3.Interesting Questions

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Webchat "The Chornobyl Disaster and its Impact on Ukraine and the World"

Webchat "The Chornobyl Disaster and its Impact on Ukraine and the World"
April 14 at 4pm

On the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster, you're invited to take part in a webchat where you can ask questions about the disaster and its impact on Ukraine and the world. During the webchat, there will also be a discussion of assistance to children who were affected by the disaster.

The webchat will feature Alexa Milanytch, Country Director of the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund and Anna Korolevska, Director of the National Chornobyl Museum in Kyiv.

The wechat begins at 4pm on April 14 at the address:
You can send in your questions to the webchat room by registering as "Guest" and also filling in your first name. You can send questions in advance, starting today.


Disneyland Park  is a theme park located in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of The Walt Disney Company. Known as Disneyland when it opened on July 18, 1955, and still colloquially known by that name, it is the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. In 1998, the theme park was re-branded "Disneyland Park" to distinguish it from the larger Disneyland Resort complex.

Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. He initially envisioned building a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank to entertain fans who wished to visit; however, he soon realized that the proposed site was too small. After hiring a consultant to help determine an appropriate site for his project, Walt bought a 160-acre (65 ha) site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on July 17, 1955.
Since its opening, Disneyland has undergone a number of expansions and renovations, including the addition of New Orleans Square in 1966,Bear Country (now Critter Country) in 1972, and Mickey's Toontown in 1993. Disney California Adventure Park was built on the site of Disneyland's original parking lot and opened in 2001.
Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with close to 600 million guests since it opened. In 2009, 15.9 million people visited the park, making it the second most visited park in the world that calendar year.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Mission Statement (The second session on Economics by Jim Buel)

On the 11th of April the Information Center "Window on America" was inviting participants of the second session on Economics by PC Volunteer Jim Buel). It was reviewed and discussed the following questions:

At the very least, a Mission Statement should address the following:
По крайней мере, миссия должна рассмотреть следующее:

1. What are the opportunities or needs that exist that we address? Каковы возможности и потребности, которые существуют, что мы обращаемся?(Цель организации)
2. What are we doing to adress these needs? (The Business of the organization) Что мы делаем для удовлетворения этих потребностей?(БИЗНЕС организации)
3. What principles or beliefs guide our work? (The VALUES of the organization) Какие принципы или убеждения руководства нашей работы? (Ценности организации)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The pursuit of happiness is the goal of your life...

 Introduction Question
If you could win an important award for any achievement, skill or talent, what would you like to win one for? (For example, for writing a book, acting in a movie, success in business, success in sports, etc.)
Writing Contest Samples
Quote for Discussion: 
If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.                  Edith Wharton 

1.Do you believe that the pursuit of happiness is the goal of your life? What is it that makes you truly happy?  
2.What kind of people are happy? Do you think that some people are happy naturally, while others are always looking for something because of their nature?
3.Do you think it’s possible for a person to come to the end of their life and be happy with what they’ve done? How can this be done?
Group Competition
As a group, think of a very interesting question that you want to ask the entire English Club. The group with the most interesting question will win a prize. 
Our Schedule
Saturday, April 9 – 1400 Rehabilitation Center
Tuesday, April 12 – 1745 Library (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, April 14 – 1730 Library
Saturday, April 16 – 1030 Library
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Friday, April 8, 2011

‘Traditional and Innovative Methods of Self-Teaching Other Languages’ for you at our Center

‘Club Discovery’ with the leader of the project "SETEOLA"
The club members’ meeting was dedicated to the subject ‘Traditional and Innovative Methods of Self-Teaching Other Languages’. The meeting was conducted by Oleksii Riabokon – the founder and leader of the project ‘SETEOLA’ (‘Self-Teaching Other Languages’).
The following problems were on the agenda:
-baby-like self-teaching other languages’;
-taking any opportunity for self-teaching other languages;
-linguistics parallels in self-teaching other languages;
self-teaching extremely difficult languges;
-phraseology in self-teaching other languages;
-theoretic basis for self-teaching other languages;
-making use of self-teaching other languages experience;
-professionally  oriented self-teaching other languages experience;
-modern information and communications technology in self-teaching other languages;
-life-long self-teaching other languages.

10 students of the Pedagogical University and Pedagogical College were present.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. – Jacob M. Braude

Imagine that you had the ability to invite any one group or singer to perform this summer for free in Kyiv. All Ukrainian people would have the opportunity to attend. Who would you invite?

Quote for Discussion:
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. – Jacob M. Braude
  1. Have you ever tried to stop doing a bad habit (For example, smoking)? Was it difficult to change?
  2. What parts of our character are the hardest to change? Is there anything about yourself that you would like to change, but it is just impossible?
  3. Do you think that you can influence someone else to change? For example, can friends help each other to get better at something? Is it possible to change something for worse?
  4. Can there be any problems if you try to change someone, or try to tell them that they need to change?
Group Task - 5 Questions
Writing Task Winners!

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IWO National Winners

Congratulations to Ukraine's national winners in the 2011 International Writing Olympics!  Judging, completed by a range of Ukrainian professionals and Peace Corps Volunteers, was completely anonymous.
Congratulations to...
6th form: Masha Romanova, Rivne School 15, Rivnenska oblast
7th form: Kristiana Katarina, Chervonohrad School 13, Lvivska oblast
8th form: Anastasiya Senchuk, Vyzhnytsia Gymnasium, Chernivetska oblast
9th form: Ann Liesova, Cherkaska School 17, Cherkaska oblast
10th form: Stanislav Plegutsa, Vyzhnytsia Gymnasium, Chernivetska oblast
11th form: Yulia Pyshko, Rivne School 15, Rivnenska oblast
university-1: Irene Sandoul, Kriviy Rih State Pedagogical University, Dnipropetrovska oblast
university-2: Oxana Melashenko, Kriviy Rih State Pedagogical University, Dnipropetrovska oblast
university-3: Katerina Golubnitchaya, LNU Stakhanov Pedagogical Complex, Luganska oblast
university-4: Oksana Melnychuk, Chernivtsi National University, Chernivetska oblast

As a reminder, these winners will all receive the following:
- a certificate [from the US Embassy]
- books about America/ American Literature [from the Embassy]
- a writing-related book [from English journal]
- a booklet of writing ideas [financed by American Councils]
- publication in The Kyiv Post [online and/or in print] (
- publication in English journal
- publication on a dedicated IWO-Ukraine website (

Additionally, their essays will continue on to international competition!  International judging begins in one week, and international winners will be announced on April 18.

Best wishes to all of our national winners, and many thanks to all who participated in this year's event!  With the positive feedback we've already received, we hope that this will become an annual event in Ukraine.  Please help us to make improvements to future contests by filling out the attached reflection form.  Your thoughts and opinions are appreciated!

Arrangements for sending out certificates and prizes are now underway!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

World Health Day – 7 April 2011

For World Health Day 2011, WHO will call on governments and stakeholders to implement the policies and practices needed to prevent and counter the emergence of highly resistant microorganisms.
World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In 1948, the World Health Organization held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.[1] The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. Resources provided continue beyond 7 April, that is, the designated day for celebrating the World Health Day.
World Health Day is acknowledged by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health isssues, who also organize activities and highlight their support in media reports, such as through press releases issued in recent years by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Global Health Council. /
You can read about Health at our Center:

The First Discussion on the Topic "SWOT ANALYSIS" with PC Volunteers

On April, 4 at Vinnytsia Information Center “Window on America” it was discussed the first topic on  Marketing. This set of seminars has been planned by the PC Volunteers who have experience in this sphere. The first discussion was on the following topics: Why planning is important? The Process of Planning, 4 Components of Successful Business, Strategies of Planning, Models of Strategic Planning and SWOT. The participants (students of Trade and Economics University, associate professors of this University, economists, and bookkeepers). All the participants made SWOT analysis of their Trade and Economics University finding out strengthes and weaknesses, opportunities and a future threat of a University as an organization. The next meeting is planning to be on the 11th of April.


Дана технологія дає можливість навчатись так, як Ви дитиною брались вчити свою рідну мову – без правил, шляхом занурення у мовну атмосферу, багаторазового повторення і вироблення асоціативного ряду у різноманітних сферах життя, формування шаблонів і автоматизмів за принципом від абеткового до складного, від практичного сприймання до написання і правил.

Rosetta Stone — No.1 у світі серед лінгвістичного програмового забезпечення. Rosetta Stone найбільш "рідний", а тому і найефективніший для людини спосіб вивчення практично будь-якої іноземної мови (31). Компанією використовується спеціально розроблена технологія Dynamic Immersion — «динамічне занурення».

“Rosetta Stone teaches us to learn languages like we did when we were kids. 
It was easier back then. Use Rosetta Stone to make it easier right now”. — Eddie Izzard, comedian and actor

Monday, April 4, 2011

Topic for Discussion: Work and Study
1. Do you like your job or studies? What do you like about it? What do you dislike about it?
2. What professions do you think or the most interesting? Which professions are the most boring?
Do you think life is better at school, in the university, or in the working world?
Interview Your Neighbor
1. Do you have a favourite musician or musical group?
2. Do you like to read books? What book are you reading now?
3. Do you like to drink tea or coffee? How many times a day do you drink them?
4. What is the funniest movie that you have ever seen?
Questions Game

National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

У Вашингтоні стартував Вишневий фестиваль
Щорічний Фестиваль сакури - найбільше свято японської культури в США.
В американській столиці 28 березня розпочався знаменитий "Вишневий фестиваль", або "Фестиваль квітучої вишні", на який щороку з'їжджаються мільйони туристів з усього світу.
Попри холодну і похмуру погоду, близько 4 тисяч вашингтонських вишень вже встигли заквітнути. "Якщо хочете дізнатися, що таке справжня весна - приїжджайте до нас, до Вашингтона", - каже президент фестивалю Дайена Мейхью.

2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival Dates:
March 26 - April 10, 2011.
Washington, DC welcomes the arrival of spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a tradition that showcases the beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-week, city-wide event featuring more than 200 international cultural performances and over 90 other special events. From arts and exhibits to cuisine and sports, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Humor - American, British, or Ukrainian? Which culture's humor do you enjoy the most?

Describe your perfect profession … what type of work would this be? Would you work in an office or outdoors? Would it involve travel? How many hours a week would you work?

Discussion Topic: Humor
1.Yesterday was April Fool's Day... did you play any jokes on anyone? Did someone play a joke on you?
2.Do you think that humor depends on culture? For example, is Ukrainian humor different from American or British Humor? Which culture's humor do you enjoy the most?
3.Which current famous personality, movie or television program do you think is the funniest? What person, film or program from the past do you think had the best humor?
4.The city of Odessa has a reputation for being humorous. Why is this? How do they celebrate April Fool's Day in Odessa?

Group Task – 5 Questions
Writing Task Update: My Perfect Travel Experience

Saturday, April 2 – 10-30
Tuesday, April 5 – 17.45 (Beginners and Intermediate)
Thursday, April 7 – 17.30

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Summer School for Young professionals 2011 Challenges of Global Security Environment

Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA) together with its partner Armed Forces Academy of General M. R. Štefánik (AFA) in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia, the financial support given by NATO PDD, Slovak Ministry of Defence, Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Embassy of United States of America is organizing the following educational event:
Summer school for young professionals 2011
Challenges of Global Security Environment
25 June 2011 – 3 July 2011
Armed Forces Academy of General M. R. Štefánik
Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia & Uzghorod, Ukraine
If you are a master or doctoral level student of political science and/or international relations, or a young professional who is interested and active in the foreign and security policy issues, then we would like to invite YOU to join other students from Central Europe (V4), South Eastern Europe (Western Balkans), Ukraine and South Caucasus in an interactive weeklong forum focused on the current issues of the security policy.
You can enjoy the environment of the Armed Forces Academy in Liptovský Mikuláš, located between the beautiful High and Low Tatras. On Jun 30th we will move our summer school from Liptovský Mikuláš to Uzghorod in Ukraine and we will continue with our program. The structure of the teaching at the summer school is aimed to provide you with the basics of the security policy background, main security threats of today such as cyber terrorism, strategic defence review, extremism, conflict regions, current event in Middle East and Africa and energy security.


A Program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the 
U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is pleased to announce a open competition for the 2011 Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops, under the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute Program.  This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of (ECA).  The application deadline is April 6, 2011.  U.S. Embassy Kyiv will be allowed to nominate only four Ukrainians to participate.

These six innovative, experiential, one-week seminars focusing on U.S. political history will take place in the U.S. in June and July 2011.  This highly competitive program is designed for secondary school educators who teach social studies, civics, journalism, and related academic areas.  (Note:  These workshops are not really aimed at teachers of English, unless they regularly incorporate discussions of the above-mentioned areas in their classrooms.)  The program is also open to the heads of cultural or educational institutions that strive to promote civic debate and public discussions through their programs, exhibits or other activities.

ECA, in collaboration with the NEH, will bring 18 international visitors to the U.S. to participate in the 2011 "Landmarks of American History and Culture" workshops.  The international participants will engage with elementary and secondary school teachers from the U.S. in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture.  These one-week academies are designed to give participants direct experience in the interpretation of significant historical sites and the use of archival and other primary historical information.  Participants will then be able to develop enhanced lesson plans and teaching materials for use in their home countries.
Brief summaries of the six interesting workshops are listed below. 
Further details are available on the NEH website at: http: //

The Statue of Liberty as a Work of Art

The Statue of Liberty is nominated for the Academy Award and the Emmy Award. Winner of the CINE Golden Eagle, Christopher Award, and the Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival. For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In this lyrical, compelling and provacative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America's premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Featuring rare archival photographs, paintings and drawings, readings from actual diaries, letters and newspapers of the day, the fascinating story of this iniversally admired monument is told.
It interviews with Americans from all walks of life, including former Governor Mario Cuomo, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, The Statue of Liberty examines the nature of liberty and the significance of the statue to American life.
The Statue of Liberty is a 1985 American documentary film on the history of the Statue of Liberty. It was produced by Ken Burns. The film included readings by Jeremy Irons and Arthur Miller, among others. The film first aired on October 28, 1985. It was narrated by historian David McCullough. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature