U.S. Ambassador Martin
J. Silverstein visited the Binational Center (BNC) Alianza
in Mercedes on April 14, accompanied by Soriano's governor
(intendente) Gustavo Lapaz and an Embassy delegation that
included the Deputy Chief of Mission James Williard, Consul
Stephen Barneby, Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez,
and Management Officer David Savastuk.
The city of Mercedes is located in the Department
(State) of Soriano in western Uruguay. The city has a population
of over 40,000. The BNC Alianza of Mercedes was inaugurated
in 1996 and has over 100 students. Directors Susana Selios
and Maria Teresa Marsicano and their teachers are busy promoting
American culture through extracurricular courses and various
cultural events. During his visit to the center, Ambassador
Silverstein inaugurated the Mobile Library Project, a joint
effort by the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo and the BNC Alianza.
In the inauguration,
Ambassador Silverstein presented 175 books and videos donated
by the Embassy to the mobile library. Mobile libraries are
common in the United States, thus the U.S. Embassy and the
BNC are adding another cultural element to the centers.
During the visit, Ambassador Silverstein
presented the director of the BNC Susana Selios with a coffee
table edition of a book about the United States and an American
flag that had previously flown over the U.S. Embassy in
BNC director Susana Selios and Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez with some of the books donated to the mobile library.
Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez with part of the donated library.
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