Saturday, December 10, 2011

December Monthly Programs for our American Corners

American Corner Bitola
American Corner Stip
American Corner Tetovo
American Corner Struga

American Corner Skopje

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1 is World AIDS Day

Today is WORLD AIDS DAY. World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. 
 How will you get involved?
 Do you know about The (2015) Quilt? 1,000 babies are born with HIV every day. By 2015, that number can be nearly zero! Be part of the Beginning of the End of AIDS! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

International Education Week: November 14- 18, 2011

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. 

If you are interested in pursuing your education in the US, check your nearest American Corner to see what kind of events they have organized for IEW 2011:

American Corner Skopje

American Corner Bitola

American Corner Tetovo
(check the facebook page for more info)

American Corner Stip

American Corner Struga
(check the facebook page for more info)

Monday, November 7, 2011

November monthly programs

American Corner Bitola
American Corner Skopje

American Corner Stip

American Corner Struga

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Halloween as we know it today dates back to the early 20th century.
The holiday was relatively obscure in late 19th century America. It was brought to the country by Irish and Scottish immigrants, combining the features of the Celtic and Christian holidays, and celebrated with feasting, divinations, and mischief making.

Trick or Treat!

The general practice of going door-to-door for treats is clearly similar to a much older practice, "souling," in which the poor would go from house to house begging for alms or food. However, the specific practice of "trick-or-treating" dates to around the 1930s. It is possible—though by no means certain—that it evolved as an antidote for the increasingly rowdy and costly Halloween pranks. It provided a healthier activity for the young and gave them an incentive not to play tricks.

Jack-O’-Lanterns, Massachusetts  

(National Geographic Photo of the Day)

How to make a Jack o' Lantern:
A jack-o-lantern is typically a carved pumpkin and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced. (

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

State Department ExchangesConnect Photo Contest: WIN an iPad 2!

How do people express themselves through dance in your community?

From September 13 until October 25, 2011, you are invited to submit an original photo to the ExchangesConnect Photo Contest, “Dance with Us: Motion across Cultures.” ExchangesConnect is an international online community managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State that brings together over 32,000 members for people-to-people dialogue about U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange and cultural programs. People all over the world, ages 14 and older, are invited to share personal perspectives on dance in their culture by submitting a photo and a short description to ExchangesConnect at Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, effectiveness and photo quality. One U.S. and one non-U.S. grand-prize winners will receive an iPad 2 tablet computer and their photos will be displayed in U.S. Department of State venues. Eighteen runners-up will receive T-shirts and copies of the 20 top postcards. Winners will be announced on November 17, 2011.

Get started today – enter “Dance With Us: Motion Across Cultures” and share a photo that represents the movements and rhythms of your unique culture.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

DC Comics artist Jamal Igle comes to Macedonia!

courtesy of Jamal Igle

COMIC WORKSHOP  with Artist Jamal Igle,
DC Comics

              Throughout his career, Jamal Igle has been working as an Art Instructor and creator of the first Comic Art course. He is the co-creator, graphic designer and illustrator of the Comic Book Graphic Album series ‘L’Armee des Anges” (Army of Angles) and the comic book series “VENTURE”.

As a Freelance Illustrator, he has worked on storyboards and character design, comic book illustrator, product design and freelance consulting for:
Byron Press Multimedia,

  • DC Comics,
  • Dark Angel Productions,
  •  Harris Comics,
  • Indigo Entertainment,
  • Marvel Comics,
  • Milton Bradely Toys,
  • Starbright foundation,
  • Scholastic Books,
  • Scholastic Media and
  • Wizard Entertainment.

Jamal is currently working as a Penciller in DC Comics, on Supergirl, Nightwing, and Firestorm the Nuclear Man.

Join him for the Skopje workshop on Thursday, October 13 at MKC (more info:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October Monthly Calendars

American Corner Struga

American Corner Bitola

American Corner Stip

American Corner Tetovo

American Corner Skopje

Steve Jobs - one of greatest of American innovators

President Obama on the Passing of Steve Jobs: "He changed the way each of us sees the world."

"The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him."
- read more

"Stay hungry. Stay Foolish".

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 4: World Animal Day

Starting from 1931, World Animal Day is observed every year on October 4.

Polar bear cub "Wilbaer", left, plays with his mother Corinna in the outdoor enclosure at Stuttgart Zoo, Southern Germany, on Tuesday June 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Daniel Maurer) #
The day is now set aside as a time to reflect on all of the animals we share this world with, and our involvement with them - and to spur action to commemorate that respectful relationship.

A zebra eyes visitors at the zoo in Chisinau, Moldova Sunday Sept. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/John McConnico) #
Sangworn, a mahout (elephant driver), stands with his 13 year old elephant, Bussaba, at his temporary camp September 26, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. While the elephant is a symbol of Thailand, it is a fairly common site to see the unemployed and homeless animals roaming the city streets begging for food. The tame elephants dodge the traffic as their mahouts sell sugar cane by the bag to tourists who then feed them. Thai officials frown upon the practice and have passed laws banning elephants from roadways but the mahouts still come risking fines in order to survive. Elephants have been big business for the country for centuries but now they are reduced to a major tourist attraction. Elephants are trained to paint, play musical instruments, and even kick soccer balls. Until Thailand banned logging in 1989, many Asian elephants were laborers working in the jungles. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #
Green Sea Turtles in the waters of Bora Bora, Tahiti are seen in this undated photograph from an exhibit titled "Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World," recently shown at the Peerless building in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The exhibit showcased animals most threatened by global warming, such as green sea turtles. The gender of sea turtle eggs are determined by temperature, which means global warming would upset the natural gender balance. (Michele Westmorland)

This undated handout picture shows a Common Kingfisher with a fish in his beak. Germany's environmental protection organisations NABU (Naturschutzbund) and LBV (Landesbund fuer Vogelschutz) announced on October 10, 2008 that they had nominated the Common Kingfisher as "Bird of the Year 2009". (MANFRED DELPHO/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man leaves a stray dog adoption event with his new puppy in his arms after adopting it in Bucharest, Romania on October 4, 2008. There are 30,000 stray dogs in Romania's capital according to an animal rights group, Vier Pfoten Foundation. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) #
The Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, Massachusetts recently acquired a rare male white lion named Ramses, seen here basking in the afternoon sunshine. He is housed with two female lionesses who are sisters and who both carry the gene for the white color form. The zoo hopes to breed the male to the females. (Michele McDonald/Globe Staff) #

Emperor Penguins are seen in an undated photograph from an exhibit titled "Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World," recently shown at the Peerless building in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Warmer temperatures in Antarctica are causing declines in krill, one of the penguin's main food source. (Kevin Schaffer) 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Will.I.Am: The World is so Big but So Small

This video was produced by the U.S. State Department. The speaker is musical artist of The Black Eyed Peas.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21 : International Day of Peace

About International Day of Peace, September 21

International Day of Peace Logo
The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. During the discussion of the U.N. Resolution that established the International Day of Peace, it was suggested that:

"Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."  (read more)

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September 17 is Constitution Day!

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. Constitution Day is observed every year on September 17th. On this day in 1787, 42 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting, and the only agenda on that day was to sign the Constitution of the United States of America!

(from: American Corner Stip)

Friday, September 2, 2011

September montly calendars for our American Corners!

American Corner Struga

American Corner Skopje

American Corner Tetovo

American Corner Stip

American Corner Bitola

Thursday, August 25, 2011

*Top 100* Fantasy and Science Fiction Books

Out of almost 60.000 nominations, NPR published their list of *TOP 100* Fantasy and Science Fiction books. How many of them have you read? Is your favorite book on this list? 
 Here's the Top 10
1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Check out the whole list on the following link:


Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books


Friday, August 12, 2011

American Corners August Monthly Calendars

American Corner Skopje

American Corner Tetovo

American Corner Bitola

American Corner Stip

American Corner Struga