American Corner Innsbruck

    Inauguration Day Cocktail Party

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    Bob Tennyson (Austro-American Society), Mario Klarer (Department of American Studies), and Steve Labensky (U.S. Embassy Vienna)

    A sea of star spangled banners heaving and rolling with enthusiastic applause, innumerable close-ups of faces gleaming with hope and the appreciation of witnessing history in the making - This was the impressive image of two million people gathered at the Washington Capitol for the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. Although the crowd that attended the ACI’s inauguration event, which was hosted in cooperation with the Austro-American Society and the University of New Orleans Center Austria, was considerably smaller, its members nevertheless shared the same air of enthusiasm surrounding this historical event.

    More than eighty students, members of the Austro-American Society, the Department of American Studies, and Steven Labensky, Public Diplomacy Officer of the U.S. Embassy Vienna, enjoyed themselves over delicious snacks and wine. However, they all fell instantly silent as the new President stepped up to the podium to deliver his eagerly awaited inaugural address which contained both the awareness of past blunders and determination aspiring to inspire further trust and optimism in the promise of America which this unprecedented election already testifies to.
    (text: Andreas Leisner)


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    The American Corner Innsbruck, the University of New Orleans Center Austria, and the Austro-American Society Tirol Chapter invite you to our first-ever

    Inauguration Day
    Cocktail Party

    Tuesday, 20 January 2009, 5.30 p.m.
    American Corner Innsbruck
    (Claudiana, 1st Floor, Old Town Innsbruck)

    Toast the future and witness on wide-screen projection an historic moment: the swearing-in of Barack Obama as he takes the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States of America. The inaugural ceremony in Washington D.C. is scheduled for noon, thus 18.00 in Innsbruck. Following the oath of office, mingle and meet over complimentary refreshments while the inaugural parade rolls on screen. Space is limited and advance registration is required by Monday, 19 January. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis as long as space is available.


    Looking forward to welcoming you to this ACI event,
    Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gudrun M. Grabher (Director, American Corner Innsbruck)
    & Ass.-Prof. Dr. Margaret Davidson (Director, University of New Orleans’ Academic
    Year Abroad in Innsbruck; Vice-President, Austro-American Society/Tirol Chapter)



    American Corner Innsbruck
    Department of American Studies
    Herzog Friedrich Straße 3, 1. Stock (Altstadt, Claudiana)
    6020 Innsbruck

    T +43 512 507-7064, F +43 512 507-2879,