Inside of Notre Dame filled with people (© Morse/AP Images)

America’s love for Notre Dame

The iconic French cathedral Notre Dame de Paris has a long history of importance to the people of America, as illustrated in these beautiful photos.
Silhouette of people standing at the Tidal Basin surrounded by cherry blossoms (© J. David Ake/AP Images)video

Cherry blossom trees symbolize enduring U.S.-Japan ties [video]

Take a virtual walk among the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington and learn more about their history in this 360-degree video!
Illustration of a Chinese dragon snaking its way through a university building (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Do Confucius Institutes threaten academic freedom?

Academics and policymakers say the Chinese Communist Party exports censorship to universities in other countries through its cultural centers.
Pages from the North Atlantic Treaty (National Archives)

A rare glimpse of the document that started NATO

Visitors to the National Archives Museum can now see the North Atlantic Treaty, the document that marked the start of the NATO partnership in 1949.
Athletes holding up a trophy as blue confetti comes down on them (© David J. Phillip/AP Images)

March Madness explained

If you come to study in the U.S., you’ll find that this is the time of year when college students and other Americans become obsessed with March Madness.
Table with items symbolizing springvideo

‘Nowruz Mubarak!’ U.S. sends Persian New Year greetings [video]

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo send warm greetings to everyone celebrating Nowruz in the U.S. and around the world.
People looking at a table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Washington celebrates Nowruz, the Persian New Year

See how children and adults participated in traditional Persian New Year activities at the Smithsonian's 11th annual Nowruz celebration.
Illustration of man reading book with U.S.-flag bookmark (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Americans see the world through literature in translation

Americans’ interest in what’s happening in the rest of the world is reflected in their growing appetite for foreign literature.
Woman walking small horse on snow-covered farm (© 4-H Council)

The next generation of U.S. agricultural know-how

American youth organization 4-H recognizes future leaders in the U.S. agricultural community with the Youth in Action Award. See how they won.