Ambassador Schapiro Meets With Students at The University of Pardubice and Speaks a Couple of Sentences of Czech

On the second of December, Andrew H. Schapiro, Ambassador of the United States to the Czech Republic visited the University of Pardubice at the invitation of the Rector Miroslav Ludwig.  They briefly met with the Rector and University management, but the Ambassador spent most of the visit in conversation with students.
 
A.H.Shapiro was in a very good mood and discussed with students. After the end of discussion the Rector presented him a Memorial Medal with a Diploma
 
The Ambassador Assesses Czech-American Relations
 
Students welcomed the Ambassador with thunderous applause, to which he responded very warmly.  He spoke a few words of Czech and moved on to a presentation in English, promising that next year his Czech would be better.  He then introduced himself, and spoke of the opportunities and challenges which Czechs and Americans face in their partnership.
 
The Ambassador briefly summarized his fourteen month stay as the Ambassador
to the Czech Republic.  He reminded his audience that he had already visited Pardubice a very short while ago, and added that he was glad to come back.  He had visited Pardubice in September when he met with representatives of the city and region. 
 
Ambassador Schapiro also discussed military cooperation, indicating that the Czech Army was an important partner for American forces in foreign missions.  He also spoke of mutual commercial relationships, mentioning that the USA is one of the greatest non-European investors and a favorite
employer in the Czech Republic.  For that reason, it is important to remove any barriers preventing further cooperation.  The Ambassador also spoke of the importance of common cultural values, as well as mentioning important Czechs who had emigrated to the USA. 
 
The Ambassador also described his Czech roots;  his mother was Czech and fled from the Holocaust to the USA. In conclusion, he considered the current question of security, as well as future challenges which both societies must face.
 
A Student's Song Adds Variety
 
A surprise was waiting for the Ambassador before his discussion with students:  Sabina Ludanyiová, a student at the Faculty of Health Studies, accompanied herself on guitar as she sang “Knocking on Heaven's Door”--both with the original English and a Czech text.  She was met with an enormous ovation from the filled auditorium as well as warm applause from the Ambassador himself.
 
In the following free discussion, students were interested not only in current problems of security in Europe and the world, but also had questions about the Ambassador's favorite sports, which languages he knew, and which he would recommend them to study, as well as the likely winner of the USA Presidential campaign.  Ambassador Schapiro also shared information about the possibilities for work and study in the USA.
 
After the end of discussion, the Ambassador signed his name in the Memory Book.  The Rector presented him a Memorial Medal with a Diploma, and after saying goodbye to students and University representatives, the Ambassador continued on his way to a further meeting at the neighboring city of Hradec Králové.
 
Andrew H. Schapiro
The son of a Czech immigrant to the United States,  Ambassador Schapiro was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother fled the Holocaust in 1939.

Ambassador Schapiro holds a B.A. (History) from Yale College, an M.A. (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He has worked as a public-interest lawyer in the office of the Federal Public Defender in New York City. Ambassador Schapiro spent 16 years in private practice as a partner at two international law firms, Mayer Brown LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. He won landmark litigation victories for clients including Google, YouTube, and Altria Group
 
Andrew H. Schapiro was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic on August 14, 2014 and presented his credentials to President Miloš Zeman on September 30, 2014.
 
He and his wife Tamar Newberger have two children.