Friday, December 2, 2011

Week of 12/5 Events

Mon 12/5 (4pm) – Christmas Craft and Conversation Hour

Tue 12/6 (4pm) – “Guest Speaker: Isabel Rioja Scott on Influential Women and Women’s Empowerment”


Isabel has been serving in U.S. Embassy Tunis as the Commercial Attaché since March 2009. In addition to assisting U.S. companies trade with and invest in Tunisia, she covers energy issues, civil aviation, bilateral trade, investment, and foreign assistance. Since her arrival, Isabel has been active in promoting strengthened bilateral commercial ties through her work on franchising legislation, the Trade Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), U.S. company advocacy, and outreach to the Tunisian business community. Isabel is slated to serve in Mexico City as lead on trade issues in the summer of 2012.

Isabel joined the Foreign Service in 2002 and served previously as the Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University, where she researched Latin American economic policy and taught a course on U.S.-Venezuela foreign relations. Before that, she was a Watch Officer in the State Department Operations Center, a 24-hour crisis management office working closely with former Secretary Condoleezza Rice and other senior State Department principals.

She has also served as Economic Officer in Caracas, Venezuela, where she reported on Venezuelan economic policy, petro-diplomacy, land expropriations and other economic issues such as intellectual property, trade, and aviation. Isabel has also served Consular Officer in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and in Washington, DC in the Office of Cuban Affairs.

Isabel was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, but moved to Tucson, Arizona at an early age. She holds a B.A. with honors in International Relations and History from the University of Pennsylvania, and also studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked as an insurance broker. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks French. She is married and has one daughter.

Wed 12/7 (3pm) – Rehearsal for the AC Volunteers Environment Group elementary schools presentation

*Please come to this event if you plan on presenting with this group

Wed 12/7 (3pm) – Rehearsal for the AC Volunteers Orphanage Group for the upcoming event at the orphanage

*Please come to this event if you plan on volunteering with this group the following weekend

The AC will open late, at 2:30pm this day

Thur 12/8 (2pm) – Debate Skills Presentation at Tunis Business School

This event is open to the public so, please come if you like.

This means that the AC will close at 1:15 this day

Fri 12/9 (3pm) – Film Screening: Cartoon Christmas Classics

Monday, November 28, 2011

Week of 11/28 Events

Mon 11/28 (4pm) – Conversation Hour: American Indian and Alaska Native Month

Tue 11/29 (2pm) – Come meet members of the Legacy hip hop group at the AC and then join us for their concert at Ibn Rachiq Cultural Center at 6:00 pm (we will leave from the AC at 5:00 pm exactly)

Wed 11/30 (4 pm) – Conversation Hour led by American Exchange student, Gambe Gamez researching in Tunisia on the topic of “Political Islam in Tunisia: The Public’s Point of View”

Thur 12/1 (4 pm) – All AC Volunteer Groups’ Meeting

Fri 12/2 (3 pm) – Film Screening: Frosty the Snowman

Friday, November 18, 2011

Week of 11/24 Events

The American Corner will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgivng and Ras al-Am holidays.

Mon 11/21 (4pm) – Karari – It’s Your Decision

Aymen Ben Abderrahmen, Secretary-General of IWATCH ORGANIZATION will be speaking about a new project he's working on in collaboration with the Karari Foundation for participative democracy (

Tue 11/22 (4pm) – Thanksgiving Presentation and Activity

Wed 11/23 – The AC Will Close Early for the Thanksgiving Cooking Event

For those who signed up for the Wednesday cooking event will be contacted about the details.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Week of 11/7 Events

Mon 11/7 – The AC will be closed in observance of Eid Al Idha holidays. Eid Mubarak everyone!

Tue 11/8 (4pm) – Conversation Hour: Occupy Wall Street with Americans from Caravan TV Series

Wed 11/9 (4pm) – Senda Zayati on Cultures in Harmony

Wed 11/9 (5pm) –Environmental Group Volunteer Meeting

Thur 11/10 (Time tbd) – Presentation on public speaking at Tunis Business School

Fri 11/11 (Time tbd) – Tour at the American Cemetery in Carthage for Veteran’s Day

Monday, October 31, 2011

Week of 10/31 Events

Mon 10/31 (3pm) – Halloween Presentation and Activities

Tue 11/1 (11am) – AC Tunis-IRC Cairo Web Chat: The Tunisia Elections

Come and discuss the Tunisian elections with Egyptian youth eager to learn from the wonderful precedent Tunisians provided for future Arab World elections.

Tue 11/1 (3pm) – Business Entrepreneurship Delegation Motivation Stories

Meet at the AC at 3:00 pm (no later) to go on a trip to Ghazela Techno Park to hear from a US-Tunisian Delegation for Business Entrepreneurship!

Wed 11/2 (3pm) – Portfolio Workshop

Learn important tips for writing resumes/CVs, writing cover letters, and having a successful interview.

Thur 11/3 (3pm) – Comic Book Club Meeting

Thur 11/3 (4pm) – AC Volunteers All Groups Meeting

Come share your successes from the first month of AC Volunteer groups focused on Environmental issues, cultural heritage, orphanage volunteering and artistic promotion!

Fri 11/4 (10am) – Tunisian Debates led by Jamil Choura

Fri 11/4 (3pm) – Film: College Inc.