Alumni


The New York Times and The Jewish Daily Forward highlighted the work of recent Polish International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumnus Albert Stankowski , who coordinates the “Virtual Shtetl” project for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.The project is a large-scale website which uses Web 2.0 technology to collect over 30,000 photographs, documents, videos, letters and other exhibit material of Jews living in Poland before, during, and after World War II.  This “virtual museum” will be given a physical venue in 2012 when the Museum of the History of Polish Jews opens in Warsaw. 

During his September meeting with U.S. journalists as part of his IVLP program, Mr. Stankowski highlighted this fascinating project, which ultimately resulted  in two articles in which the ‘Virtual Shtetl’ project is prominently featured.  The ‘Virtual Shtetl’ project appears as an example of the Polish Jewish community worldwide sharing their history while using new media tools.  Mr. Stankowski’s example illustrates the impact the IVLP program has in enhancing multilateral awareness and ties between international and U.S. communities.

To read the article in the NYT please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/arts/design/20museum.html?emc=eta1

To read the article in the Jewish Daily Forward please visit:
http://www.forward.com/articles/115592/

Related links:

More on’ Virtual Shtetl’ project:
http://www.sztetl.org.pl

More on International Visitor Leadership Program:
http://exchanges.state.gov/ivlp/ivlp.html

Stowarzyszenie Alumni przy Ambasadzie USA w Warszawie zrzeszające polskich uczestników programów wymiany w USA organizuje konkurs na esej. W konkursie mogą wziąć udział osoby, które skończyły 18 lat i które choć raz były w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Konkurs nosi nazwę „Amerykańskie inspiracje.” W eseju konkursowym trzeba opisać swoje doświadczenia związane z pobytem za oceanem, a także ich wpływ na własne życie. Eseiści powinni też pokazać, jak widzą nową kulturę, ludzi i miejsca. Prace należy przesyłać na adres e-mailowy konkurs@alumni-usa.pl do 31 grudnia 2009 roku.

Wyniki konkursu poznamy do 31 marca 2010 roku. Laureaci swoje nagrody odbiorą w kwietniu przyszłego roku w Warszawie. Koniecznie przeczytaj Regulamin! Znajdziesz w nim ważne informacje dotyczące konkursu.

NASA logoWe are excited to announce the launch of a special artistic initiative of the Warsaw Electronic Festival called “One Small Step”, which it is the Embassy’s great pleasure to support.

The WEF artists, including founder and International Visitors Leadership Program alumnus Jarek Grzesica, have created a 16-track disc – which can be downloaded for free – based entirely on sound samples from the Apollo 11 mission, where astronaut Neil Armstrong utters the famous phrase: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Happy listening! For more information on the Apollo 11 mission, including images provided by NASA as well as submitted by visitors, click here.