U.S. Ambassador commissions new American Corner in Mutare

The U.S. Embassy officially launched an American Corner in Mutare today. The Corner is located at the Turner Memorial Library in the city centre and will provide access to information about the U.S. through book collections, the Internet, education opportunities in the U.S. and other programs.

Charles Ray
Charles Ray

“I am delighted to be able to witness this event which will not only provide the people of Mutare the opportunity to learn about my country, but also cement relations between the United States and the people of Zimbabwe through the various programs that will be conducted here,” said Charles Ray, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe.

“I sincerely hope that this American Corner will be more than just a space for books and computers. We intend to work with Turner Memorial Library staff to make this partnership into a vibrant, exciting and active source of information, debate and learning.”

The American Corner in Mutare has been operational since 2003 but was previously based at Africa University, located 17 kilometers out of the city centre. The new location will make the Corner more accessible to the public so that they can access information, as well as speakers, films, discussion groups and seminars. It will also serve as a venue for hosting joint programs with the Library, such as readings, films, speaker programs, workshops, meetings, and exhibits.

Access to the American Corner collection is free and open to all interested individuals.

The Corner’s collection will include information about American society, culture, values, and education. A large collection of books, current periodicals, and CD-ROMs has been made available as well as computers with Internet access, which will help narrow the digital divide and provide students and the public at large with another source of educational information.

There are three American Corners in Zimbabwe – in Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare – all of which offer full EducationUSA Advising services to students intending to study in the U.S.

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