CG’s Bookshelf March: Euphoria by Lily King

Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction in 2014, King’s fourth novel is based loosely on the real-life passionate love triangle between pioneering U.S. cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) and fellow anthropologists (and second and third husbands) Reo Fortune and Gregory Bateson, while the trio conducted research in Papua New Guinea in the early 1930s. The New York Times says

Cultural Corner – Sojourner Truth: the woman, the abolitionist, the Dutch speaker

As February draws to a close, Black History Month also ends.  March is when Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States.  This video on the life of Sojourner Truth highlights her contributions as a woman and as an African-American to U.S. history. As a young girl, Truth was known as Isabella “Baumfree”, after her father’s nickname.  For the

U.S. Embassy The Hague remembers 73rd anniversary of the Nijmegen bombing

Public Affairs Counselor Sherry Keneson-Hall joined Mayor Bruls and other regional leaders in laying wreaths at the annual commemoration of the Nijmegen bombing February 22, 2017. The ceremony has taken place since 2001 to remembers the 800 victims of the tragic 1944 bombing of the city of Nijmegen. Keneson-Hall was asked to speak as the representative of the U.S. Embassy

Grant Competition: Remembering the Marshall Plan

Remembering the Marshall Plan Special Grant Competition  As a part of its small grants program, the U.S. Embassy in The Hague is proud to announce a special competition to provide support for programs and projects to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan in the Netherlands.  Programs and projects should fall into one of the following categories:  education, public

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner

When Dr. King visited the Netherlands in 1964, he said, “Honesty and realism impel me to admit that we still have a long, long way to go. But I think the important thing is that we are making progress.” At Sunday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner in the Hague, Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley said that if Dr. King “were

Colson Whitehead in The Hague

American author Colson Whitehead visited the Netherlands last week to participate in the Winternachten Literature Festival in The Hague (January 19-22). The most recent National Book Award for Fiction winner talked about his award-winning novel “The Underground Railroad,” a story about fugitive slaves Cora and Caesar in the ante-bellum South. The network of Americans, black and white alike, who helped African-Americans

What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

This month’s book, the first for 2017, is Cannery Row from Nobel winning author John Steinbeck. Born in California’s fertile Salinas Valley in 1902, Steinbeck went on to become one of America’s most celebrated writers of short stories and novels.  Steinbeck captured the lives and day-to-day struggles of working-class America in ways that few other authors could, highlighting the desperate

What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Thanks to the U.S. Consulate’s Youth Advisory Board (comprised of Amsterdam University College students) for recommending this month’s book—“Catch-22” by Joseph Heller.  The iconic 1961 novel, set off the coast of Italy in World War II, chronicles the experiences of Captain John Yossarian and his 256th air corps squadron as they confront the violence and paradoxes prevalent in war.  Thanks

Thanksgiving in the home of the pilgrims

In many ways, this is where it all started: Leiden’s Pieterskerk in the Netherlands. In 1620, 35 pilgrims departed Leiden for Plymouth in England. From there, they sailed onward aboard The Mayflower to the new colonies of Massachusetts. The first harvest festival celebrated in the new colony is seen as the origin of Thanksgiving. And here, on Thanksgiving Day 2016, more

American “KinderCollege”

More than 100 Dutch students were able to ask their most burning questions about the United States at a recent Kids’ Lecture at Humanity House in The Hague. The students attend Public Primary School (OBS) Waterland from The Hague and the School van Maas en Waal in Amsterdam. During the “KinderCollege,” the children interacted with three guests who had a

Cultural Corner – Emily Dickinson’s Walls of Poetry

The famously reclusive Emily Dickinson might not have felt comfortable with all the attention. But surely she would have loved the fact that one of her poems has been immortalized on a wall of a school house in a lovely neighborhood of The Hague. Dickinson, whose work received almost no recognition while she was still alive, was sweetly feted by

What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf? Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

This month’s book is “Love Medicine” by award-winning author Louise Erdrich.  Erdrich won the 2015 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction “for [portraying] her fellow Native Americans as no contemporary American novelist ever has, exploring—in intimate and fearless ways—the myriad cultural challenges that indigenous and mixed-race Americans face.”  “Love Medicine,” the first of Erdrich’s 15 novels and winner of

What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf?

Showcasing American authors, past and present This month the Consulate General introduces a new social media series to highlight American writers.  Please join us each month as we choose a new book and author.  Some names will be immediately recognizable; others you may be hearing for the first time.  In every case, our hope is to showcase the diversity and

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