The "Window on America" Center in Dnipropetrovsk & "Gabfest"
The Window on America Center in Dnipropetrovsk is designed to provide up-to date information on the United States.
The mission of our Center is to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Ukraine.
This afternoon the Gabfest Club session (Window on America venter in Dnipro, Ukraine) was dedicated to the anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day. To warm up the group talked about the difference in the dates for celebration in different countries and tried to explain this difference. The main topic for the conversation was the US input into Victory in Europe. The group was familiarized with the term “Lend-Lease”. The Lend-Lease policy, formally titled "An Act to Promote the Defense of the United States “ was a program under which the United States supplied Free France, the United Kingdom, the Republic of China, and later the Soviet Union and other Allied nations with food, oil, and materiel between 1941 and August 1945. This included warships and warplanes, along with other weaponry. The topic was illustrated with documentary and educational videos. The WOA’s US volunteer Mr. Jason was present at the session and made his comments. The Club members shared with him their impressions about the page in history that was unknown to them previously. The V-J Day is a popular holiday in the USA. The group’s attention was drawn to the iconic American photo – V-J Day in Times Square (also V-Day and The Kiss) by Alfred Eisenstaedt. It portrays a U.S. Navy sailor grabbing and kissing a stranger—a woman in a white dress—on Victory over Japan Day ("V-J Day") in New York City's Times Square on August 14, 1945. The topic was illustrated with a video about the people who were in this photo. We had a good laugh and enjoyed the touching story. Number of participants – 24 persons.
This afternoon “Wednesday Movie Club” at Window on America center Dnipro, Ukraine had watched a film Martian Child. It’s a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Menno Meyjes and written by David Gerrold based on his 1994 novelette of the same name. The film stars John Cusack as a science-fiction writer who adopts a strange young boy (Bobby Coleman) who a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars. WOA’s patrons enjoyed the film and the discussion that followed.
This afternoon the WOA’s volunteer Mr. Oleksiy offered the third coding session for children within the CodeClub.UA framework in Window on America center in Dnipro, Ukraine. The kids familiarized themselves with the functions of the SCRATCH program. Scratch is a free visual programming language developed by the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab. Scratch is used by students, scholars, teachers, and parents to easily create animations, games, etc. It provides a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming. Moderator: Oleksiy Yefimenko Pictures: Svitlana Usenko Number of participants – 10 persons.
Today members of English Speaking club GABFEST in Dnipro Window on America center (Ukraine) communicated in the Speed English format on topic «Travelling. Dreams and dreams that came truth. Cities or nature. Landmarks. Seaside resorts» All visitors have left the Library fulfilled with great mood and new skills and knowledges. Moderator: Elizaveta Stepanishina Pictures: Svitlana Usenko
Today members of English Speaking club GABFEST in Dnipro Window on America center (Ukraine) had a wonderful chance to discuss «Eurovision Song Contest: challenges and advantages of hosting in Ukraine». Elizaveta Stepanishina successfully debuted as moderator – prepared an interesting video for watching and discussing, text for reading and translation, questions for discussion. New members introduced themselves and shared their motivation for learning English with the group. In the end of the meeting members of the club communicated in the Speed English format on topic «Travelling. Dreams we had and dreams that came true. Cities or nature. Landmarks. Seaside resorts» All visitors have left the Library fulfilled with great mood and new skills and knowledges. Moderator: Elizaveta Stepanishina Pictures: Svitlana Usenko Number of participants – 28 persons. Have a look at more pictures, please
Nobody has been arguing about the importance of learning English as the global language for long now. The library and the information and resource center Window in America invite everyone interested to attend free Basic English and Activate English courses, English speaking club and to watch American feature films. The information-resource center "Window on America" Dnipro this month presented to its patrons the book display "Learn English in Our Library ". The display introduces the collection of textbooks, books, audio books, CDs and DVDs available to all those wishing to improve their language skills. The displayed books were donated to the DOUNB library by the US Embassy in Ukraine and the US charity foundation "Sabre-Light" within the period of 25 years since diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the USA were established. The display will review by all visitors of WOA center in May.
“Wednesday Movie Club” at Window on America center Dnipro, Ukraine had watched a spaghetti western film For a Few Dollars More. For a Few Dollars More (Italian: Per qualche dollaro in più) is a 1965 Italian-Spanish spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volontè. German actor Klaus Kinski also plays a supporting role as a secondary villain. The film was released in the United States in 1967, and is the second part of what is commonly known as the Dollars Trilogy, following A Fistful of Dollars and preceding The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. These three films catapulted Eastwood into stardom. Film historian Richard Schickel, in his biography of Clint Eastwood, believed that this was the best film in the trilogy, arguing that it was "more elegant and complex than A Fistful of Dollars and more tense and compressed than The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Director Alex Cox considered the church scene to be "the most horrible deaths" of any Western, describing Volontè's Indio as the "most diabolical Western villain of all time." WOA’s patrons enjoyed the film and the discussion that followed. Number of participants – 7 persons.