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"Around the World in an Afternoon" Department of State Festival Celebrates Educational Exchange

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 22, 2013


On July 25, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host more than 125 international student leaders and scholars for the third annual “Around the World in an Afternoon” festival. The Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) participants will share with the public their culture, experiences and academic research, in order to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

At the festival SUSI student leaders will share aspects of their home countries and cultures through traditional dress, photos, cultural artifacts, and interactions with guests. SUSI Scholars, including participants in Institutes on Secondary Education and American Politics and Political Thought, will present their current research through an academic poster session.

Each summer, more than 500 student leaders and scholars from around the globe participate in State Department-sponsored Study of the U.S. Institutes, hosted by U.S. academic institutions. SUSIs provide opportunities for foreign students and scholars to develop a better understanding of U.S. society, culture, institutions, and values such as democracy, freedom of expression, diversity and tolerance. Most SUSI participants are experiencing the United States for the first time. Upon returning to their home countries, SUSI students and scholars share their U.S. experiences with colleagues and friends in their home communities through updated curricula, presentations, and innovative projects.

A video from the first “Around the World” event in 2011, illustrates the impact of the SUSI program. For more information, visit the SUSI website at

The event is open to the public and the press and will take place in the Exhibit Hall of the U.S. Department of State’s Harry S Truman Building (2201 C Street, NW; Washington, D.C.), from 2 to 4 pm. Interviews with a U.S. Department of State spokesperson and international participants can be arranged upon request.

Members of the press are asked to RSVP to Josue Barrera,, or (202) 632-6454 by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24th.

PRN: 2013/0911

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