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Amerigo - International Cultural Exchanges Programs Alumni Association, Italy
The Amerigo Association brings together Italian alumni of the International Cultural Exchanges Programs promoted by the US Department of State (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs). Launched in May 2007 at the initiative of eight founding members from the Italian academic, business, journalistic, political and institutional worlds, it aims to encourage the exchange of personal and professional knowledge and experience gained in the USA through the study programs. The Association is inspired by the eminent Italian navigator and explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who landed in La Guajira peninsula (Colombia) in 1497. He was the first to realize that he had discovered “the fourth part of the earth” - a new Continent and not a new Eastern route to reach the Far East . In letters to Lorenzo di Pier Francesco de’ Medici and, in particular, in the one titled “Mondus Novus”, Vespucci wrote:
“I arrived at the Antipodes land and realized I was before the fourth part of the earth. I discovered a Continent populated by many people and animals, more than our Europe, than Asia or even than Africa”. With the same spirit, without prejudice and rich with experiences, Amerigo promotes meetings, seminars, conferences and research studies. It produces documentation and didactic material related to its aims and activities in order to continue to enhance International Cultural Exchange Programs and to improve the knowledge of US society and its institutions in Italy and vice versa. Through its website, Amerigo interacts with its members, thereby generating a wide network of contacts between Italian and American citizens and institutions. Working in cooperation with the Cultural Office of the US Embassy in Rome, the Association intends to carry out joint projects and to participate in activities and initiatives promoted also by other Italian or foreign institutions and associations, which pursue common objectives.
At the same time, Amerigo intends to build a national network that can join the wider global State Alumni Community, an interactive and dynamic network among people who benefited or intend to participate in the International Cultural Exchange Programs sponsored by the US Government. Within this community, Amerigo’s members can :
In questo box sono presenti i sondaggi.
Missione Diplomatica USA in Italia
Ambasciata USA a Roma
Consolato USA di Milano
Consolato USA di Firenze
Consolato USA di Napoli
Dipartimento di Stato
Studying and Teaching in the USA
International Visitor Leadership Program
Fulbright Program Italia
State Alumni Community