Native American Heritage Month Spotlight: Couple Reflects on Family and Navajo-Persian Roots in the Kitchen

Native American Heritage Month Spotlight: Couple Reflects on Family and Navajo-Persian Roots in the Kitchen   RACHAEL NOVAK AND POOYA REZAI NOVEMBER 29, 2021 As we reflect upon Native American Heritage Month, we would like to invite you to take a look at many families that shape the State Department, including ours—a Navajo-Persian family. My ... Read More»

Every Day, Ordinary Americans Help Syrian Refugees Find Better Lives

What do a professional handyman in California, a college campus church worker in Ohio and a local politician in Virginia have in common? They represent the countless Americans finding ways to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees, either newly arrived in the U.S. or still struggling overseas. “This isn’t just about what I can do as ... Read More»

Innovative Teaching Secrets from the U.S. “Teacher of the Year”

ShareAmerica “I asked my school for a karaoke machine. The kids love ‘Billie Jean,’” says Shanna Peeples,2015 U.S. National Teacher of the Year.  A secondary school English teacher in Amarillo, Texas, Peeples’ class is full of refugees, many who know little English. Using pop music hits like “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson helps students break down words ... Read More»

William Sullivan, the Last US Ambassador to Iran, Died at the Age of 90

William Healy Sullivan, the last US ambassador to Iran, died on October 11, 2013, at the age of 90. He was born on October 12, 1922 in Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University in 1943. After obtaining a joint graduate degree from Harvard University and the Fletcher School at Tufts University Sullivan joined the ... Read More»

Famous Pennsylvanian Synonymous with Patriotism and Science

The 10th son of a candle maker became one of the most intriguing men of the 18th century, influencing science and invention, education, political thought and journalism, all while playing a pivotal role in the struggle for U.S. independence from Great Britain. Benjamin Franklin was the only American who was intimately involved with the four ... Read More»

Pennsylvania at a Glance

Pennsylvania’s landmarks tell America’s story. From Independence Hall in Philadelphia to the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg to the industrial center of Pittsburgh, this state is home to milestones of U.S. history. Capital: Harrisburg Population: Nearly 13 million people live in Pennsylvania. Geography: From an estuary on the Atlantic Coast, Pennsylvania rises through the Appalachian Mountains ... Read More»

Many U.S. Mayors Live in Modest Homes

In many cities, the mayor lives in an official residence that’s palatial by most people’s standards. But in America’s capital city, Washington, Mayor Muriel Bowser lives in a small duplex next to a family of four from Colombia. “It’s wonderful to have the mayor right here,” family matriarch Flor told the Washington Post. “This would never ... Read More»

What’s the Secret That Transforms Newcomers Into Americans So Fast?

Immigrants to the United States are integrating into American society as fast and as broadly as ever, according to a recent study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It’s more than just obtaining U.S. citizenship. Newcomers are reaching benchmarks like homeownership, English-language proficiency, education and job diversity quickly enough that their children are attaining levels ... Read More»
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