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Social Networking & Web 2.0 Tools
Social Media and Web 2.0 are umbrella terms that define the range of activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and content creation. Social media are primarily Internet- and mobile-based tools that allow people to easily share and discuss information. The term is often used interchangeably with "Web 2.0" to indicate that the role and use of the World Wide Web is changing: moving from traditional websites to a network of social interaction in which users, not only webmasters, create and organize content.

International Women's Day & Women's History Month
During this year’s Women’s History Month in March, the United States is celebrating the pioneering and creative ways in which women are working both locally and internationally to help save the planet.

International Women's Day is an occasion marked around the world on March 8. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday.

Literature: Junot Diaz
Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His family moved to the U.S. when he was six years old. His Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, centers on an outcast, science fiction-obsessed kid who comes from a family of Dominican immigrants.

Leipzig Book Fair 2009 — A Reader’s Delight
March 12-15 at the Leipzig Neue Messe, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily

Visit the Mission Germany booth in Halle 4 D301 and take a look at the latest American books, many of which were generously donated by U.S. publishers. *

Wednesday, March 11, 20:00 -- krautgarden: leipzig.liest.amerika
Junot Diaz: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”, bilingual reading with actress Jasmin Tabatabei.

Friday, March 13 & Sat., March 14, 18:00–23:00 -- “Krautgarden”
American authors T.C. Boyle, Steven Bloom, Ralph Martin, Tao Lin, Anya Ulinich, Tod Wodicka, Anna Winger, Ron Winkler, Aleksandar Hemon und Willy Vlautin.

In Focus: St. Patrick's Day & Irish-American Heritage Month
“St. Patrick's Day might be one of the world’s most celebrated holidays, with city-sponsored festivities held in Japan, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Great Britain and the U.S. as well as Ireland." (

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Webcasts @ The "First 100 Days" and the New Administration. March 11, 2009 - 16:30
The inauguration of America's first African-American president has generated excitement around the world and interest in learning more about democratic systems. Join us for the webcast of a discussion on the first days of the new administration with well-known political analyst Charlie Cook. - Policy News: NATO Agrees to Resume Dialogue with Russia
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton (center front), flanked by foreign ministers attending a NATO meeting in Brussels, counseled members to revive the NATO-Russia Council. “It's time to explore a fresh start. We can and must find ways to work constructively with Russia.”


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Updated: March 2009