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Ambassador Shannon attends seminar in honor to Nabuco in Recife

The U.S. Ambassador in Brazil, Thomas Shannon, attended a seminar honoring the diplomat and abolitionist Joaquim Nabuco, on August 19th, in Recife, Pernambuco. Nabuco was the first ambassador of Brazil in the U.S., appointed in 1905 to the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC.

"The influence of his political vision in the creation of Brazil was wide-ranging and still relevant today. As a diplomat, Nabuco strengthened the relationship between the United States and Brazil. He was admired and respected by many people in Washington, including President Theodore Roosevelt", Shannon said during the opening speech at the event.


During his visit to Pernambuco, Thomas Shannon also had a meeting with public school students that participate in the English Access Microscholarship Program, which provides free English classes for two years. Representatives of Ginásio Pernambucano School, who graduated among the first group of the Access Program in Recife, spoke in English with the ambassador and asked the Ambassador questions about his diplomatic career. Students from Santos Dumont School that are in the initial phase of the course asked about American culture and similarities about the two nations. 


Ambassador Shannon had the opportunity to visit the town of Agua Preta, in the southern interior of the state, affected by the floods two months ago. He visited the temporary shelters that are being built in the city with material donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).