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  • CAO Andie engages the students at the American Space Chennai on February 9, 2016. (State Dept.)
    Students Reminded of the Three R's of Environmental Stewardship

    On February 9, 2016, fifty plus undergraduate students from the Department of English, Women’s Christian College, as part of their course on environmental literature visited the American Space Library for a screening of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” 

  • Ambassador Richard Verma Attends Malabar 2015
    Ambassador Richard Verma Attends Malabar 2015

    “Though each of the naval forces were operating from the world's most modern ships and aircraft, what impressed me most was the level of cooperation demonstrated by the officers and sailors from each of the countries necessary to operate safely at sea, while conducting exercises that support regional maritime security.” - Amb. Verma 

  • Shaun Jayachandran responding to young athlete’s query on fitness challenges
    Chennai Students Experience Crossover

    CAO Andie’s lucid remarks on the cultural-connect the sports offers to build the confidence and set new bench marks as a part of introducing Global Diaspora Week to the young athletes from Chennai schools while opening the virtual chat with Shaun Jayachandran of Crossover, Boston, Massachusetts. 

  • Information Officer Emily Fertik moderates the panel discussion on the Challenges and Opportunities for Media in the Digital Age. (State Dept.)
    Challenges and Opportunities for Media in the Digital Age

    Journalists across platforms agreed that the core values of journalism has not changed and there has been an increasing trend of news consumption in the digital medium.  

  • U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore
    Amb. Verma at TN Agr. Univ. Coimbatore

    "I firmly believe that if we continue to expand our agricultural cooperation, both of our countries, and the world, will be stronger." 

  • Ambassador Rich Verma Visits U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, Feb 19, 2015 (State Dept.)
    Indian-American author Nina McConigley “hangs out” with Chennai students

    American Author Nina McCongiley shared her experiences growing up as “an outsider” in the western state of Wyoming and how it has impacted her writing.  

  • Dr. Padma Ravindran interacting with the participants. (State Dept.)
    New Tools and Methodologies in Teaching English Language Teaching

    Chennai’s English teachers learn new strategies to engage students  

  • Michael P. Pelletier, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at American Library. (State Dept.)
    Chat with a Diplomat: Michael Pelletier, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy New Delhi

    On August 10, 2015, Michael P. Pelletier, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi engaged more than 45 students, civil service aspirants, journalists and others, discussing his own career, various facets of diplomacy, and the U.S.-India partnership.  

  • Poet and lyricist Vairamuthu launches the American Library’s first Tamil collection on August 4, 2015. (State Dept.)
    American Library Launches First Tamil Collection

    On August 4, 2015, CG Phillip Min and renowned Tamil lyricist and poet Vairamuthu launched the American Library’s first Tamil book collection. 

  • An American in Madras -Film screening at Kindred Nations. (State Dept.)
    An American in Madras

    American filmmaker Ellis Dungan brought new techniques to Indian cinema and shaped today’s Kollywood movies – which break box office records in the U.S. Talented panelists engaged our audience discussing celluloid connections between the U.S. & India.  

  • Ambassador Verma on U.S. and India Relationship (Photo: IIT Madras)
    Ambassador Verma on U.S. and India Relationship

    Ambassador Rich Verma, visiting Chennai, told IIT Madras students “This is the new normal – India as the global strategic, political and economic player. We welcome that role, and will continue to be supportive of India’s global aspirations.”  More »

  • Kindred Nations photo exhibition (State Dept.)
    U.S. & Chennai: Over 300 Years of Friendship

    Inaugurating our month-long Kindred Nations photo exhibition, PAO Ariel Pollock explained that ties between the U.S. and Chennai dates back to 1792, when U.S. President George Washington appointed William Abbot the first consular agent to Madras. 

  • Consulate Joins Chennai’s LGBT Rainbow Pride March
    Consulate Joins Chennai’s LGBT Rainbow Pride March

    Consul General Phillip Min and U.S. and local staff joined the Chennai Rainbow Pride march Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Chennai in support of LGBT Rights. Great city, great cooperation, great parade -- all for a great cause! 

  • Consul General Min Attends Chennai Iftar (State Dept.)
    Consul General Min Attends Chennai Iftar

    “Ramadan is a time we're reminded of our oneness, and not of our differences.” Consul General Min & his wife Eun Young Lee joined Dr. Ameen for an Iftar in Chennai at the Government Madrasa E-Azam Mosque & Home for Poor Boys on June 27, 2015. 

  • U.S. Consulate Celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month June 2015 (State Dept.)
    U.S. Consulate Celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month

    Consul General Phillip Min hosted a conversation with first and second generation immigrant U.S. diplomats that focused on multiculturalism, assimilation & hard work. Great audience dialogue helped make this an engaging event for everyone! 

  • U.S. Consulate Celebrates International Yoga Day
    U.S. Consulate Celebrates International Yoga Day

    Consul General Min and is excited to promote the United Nations first International Day of Yoga on June 21. Many U.S. and local staff practice yoga and our celebration includes urban yoga, a Facebook yoga chat and celebrations throughout South India.  

  • Chennai Business School Students Visit Consulate (State Dept.)
    Chennai Business School Students Visit Consulate

    U.S. Commercial Service hosted Chennai Business School students and gave them an overview of their U.S. & India business services. Students loved hearing about Commercial Officer John Fleming’s personal int'l business & diplomacy experiences. 

  • Poems for the Planet - Poetry event at the American Library, June 5, 2015 (State Dept.)
    Consulate Hosts Poems for the Planet

    Five local poets shared their poems on sustainability, development and nature for #WorldEnvironmentDay. PAO Ariel Pollock welcomed them, and a full-house audience, to celebrate how the arts and environment can work together for change. Audience members read their own eco-verses as part of our Open Mic session. 

Happy Madras Week!


  • The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, the American Library, and EducationUSA Chennai office will be closed Thursday August 25, 2016 for Sri Krishna Jayanthi.

Important Note


    Due to recent changes in the access policy American library/USIEF visitors are not allowed to carry their bags/backpacks into the Consulate facility. We regret the inconvenience caused by this and appreciate your understanding.


    The American Library in Chennai will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning the week of June 27.  Our Saturday matiness will continue as usual. More info

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    Wuthering Heights

    August 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

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