Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
|Ambassador Arreaga (center) with Rebekka (left) and Adda (right)|
Monday, June 24, 2013
For more than thirty years, the U.S. National Science Foundation has been funding several science research projects in Iceland covering a broad range of subjects. I had the pleasure of visiting one of those projects and to learn about an excavation site in Hörgárdalur where American, Icelandic, and other international scientists are digging a site that could date as far back as the ninth century. During a very informative conversation with Ramona Harris, an anthropologist from the City University of New York, we learned that the site could very well be early medieval or even Viking Age. Ramona showed us some of the artifacts (bone carvings and beads) found in the site. It is hard not to be impressed with the scientific partnerships between American institutions such as the National Science Foundation and Icelandic institutions such as the Institute of Archaeology (Fornleifastofnun Íslands) and the benefits that accrue to science and our understanding of the interaction between early settlers and their environment.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
I had the honor of participating in the biannual presentation of the Cobb Partnership Award, which is given to an American citizen dedicated to building bridges between Iceland and the United States. This year’s award went to Beth Fox, Director of the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Since 2006, Beth has made annual trips to Iceland, working as a ski instructor and visiting the Grensás Rehabilitation Center, as well as giving talks at the University of Akureyri and at various public events. She has given a great deal of support to her Icelandic colleagues for the benefit of the disabled community in Iceland. The Award is also a testament to the commitment to the Icelandic-American friendship by its creator, Ambassador Chuck Cobb, who represented the United States in Iceland between 1989 and 1992. Ambassador Cobb donated the “Partnership” statue, which stands proudly on Sæbraut, to commemorate the enduring bonds between our two countries. He is a fine example of a citizendiplomat.