In the Headlines

Communist-Era Labor Camp Survivor Tsvetana Dzhermanova Speaks Out

In September 2021, representatives of the America for Bulgaria Foundation undertook a study visit to Belene Island, a place of contradictions — of natural beauty but also of painful memory. Together with friends from the diplomatic corps, Sofia Platform, Belene Island Foundation and local representatives, we commemorated the victims of the communist regime. We also had a memorable encounter with camp survivor Tsvetana Dzhermanova, whose time in the Belene and Bosna camps is detailed in her memoir Memories of the Camps.

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Three Finalists Announced in the Thracian Treasures Call for Proposals

Three design proposals received distinctions in the Thracian Treasures request for proposals of the America for Bulgaria Foundation. Conducted in partnership with Vratsa Municipality and the Regional History Museum of Vratsa, the RFP aims to generate ideas for the redesign of the Thracian Treasures standing exhibition at the Regional History Museum in Vratsa.

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The American University… Where? An Unlikely Idea Is a Success at 30

Bulgaria was an improbable choice as a home to an American educational institution, at least in 1989, and no one remembers who exactly came up with the idea of setting up an American university there, as political science professor Robert Phillips Jr. writes in his 2021 book The American University… Where?, which inspired our headline.  

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New Horizons in Journalism, World Press Institute Conference

The transformative role of digital technologies will be the main theme of the first ever World Press Institute conference in Bulgaria. Titled “New Horizons in Journalism,” the event will be held in Sofia on September 24–25 in cooperation with the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria and the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

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ABF Inaugurates Scholarship in the Name of James and Kathy Pardew

The America for Bulgaria Foundation approved 15,000 levs in funding for Maryan Ballet Academy to continue their scholarship program, supported for nearly ten years by the late Ambassador James Pardew and his wife Kathy with personal donations. The scholarship will be named after the spouses and will cover the training of several talented Bulgarian participants at the summer academy each year. The Foundation’s grant will be for a period of five years.

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