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American Center Invites Public to its 65th Anniversary Carnival on November 21

November 19, 2009

Free American Library memberships for students
Half-price American Library memberships for all

Mumbai – The American Center invites people of all ages to celebrate its 65th anniversary on Saturday, November 21 from 10 am – 6 pm at the American Center on New Marine Lines.  U.S. Consul General Paul Folmsbee will officially inaugurate the celebration at 12 noon. 

He will also officially launch a book “National Security – Emerging Dimensions and Threats” by a U.S. government exchange alumna Dr. Navniit Gandhi.  Dr. Gandhi will lead a discussion of the book immediately following the launch.

The carnival-like celebration will also include a musical performance, several enlightening presentations, and the screening of a classic movie.  Quizzes, prizes, and snacks will also feature as highlights.

In celebration of this milestone, free American Library memberships will be available to students while members of the general public will be entitled to half-price (Rs. 200) yearly memberships.

Inaugurated on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1944, the American Center was originally part of the U.S. Office of War Information, the predecessor organization to the U.S. Information Service (USIS) which merged with the U.S. Department of State in 1999.

The mission of the American Center is to understand and inform the Indian public about the United States, and to broaden the dialogue between Indian and American and U.S. institutions.  The American Center has been doing that for over six decades in a variety of ways: dance, drama, books, movies, lectures, discussions, and especially the American Library and its excellent collection of books, periodicals, and multimedia.

The celebration is on a Saturday to allow the maximum number of people to attend and also to remind all patrons of the Library’s Saturday hours which started on August 1.