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ASF Fortnightly ScotsInTheUS Podcasts : Music and Conversation

The American Scottish Foundation is proud to present our fortnightly ScotsInTheUS Podcast…..

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Presented on the second and forth Monday of the month ASF’s podcasts spotlight the ASF, partners, events and initiatives taking place in the community.

ASF will be sharing music and conversation on a fortnightly basis with our members and friends and you can listen to the ScotsinTheUS podcast here!

UPCOMING NEXT ON THE SCOTSINUS PODCAST: MAY 25th 7pm

“WORDS, MUSIC, WHISKY AND GIN”

IN CONVERSATION WITH :

GREG KING – BRAND AMBASSADOR GLENDRONACH
BENRIACH 

Glendronach is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Based in the Valley of Forgue in the East Highland Hills, Glendronach has been in operation for nearly 200 years.

BenRiach are progressive Speyside whisky distillers, boldly approaching the art of distillation and cask maturation.

DAVID STIRLING – CO-FOUNDER OF  ARBIKIE HIGHLAND ESTATE

Arbikie Estate is a family-owned working farm perched on the east coast of Angus. Brothers John, Iain and David are the visionaries and driving force behind the Arbikie Distillery. With a fresh and exciting approach to distilling, Arbikie are an environmentally conscious brand who have won many awards for their exciting and innovative range of gins, vodkas and rye.

Hosted by Jamie McGeechan, and featuring weekly guests and contributors we feature a wide range of news, events and music all with a focus on Scotland and within the American Scottish diaspora in North America.

MUSIC FROM  Laura McGhee, John Rush, Have Mercy Las Vegas


APRIL 27 A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 2020

“In Conversation” – With all events cancelled due to Covid-19, a pivot was made around the leading April events. Camilla Hellman, President, American Scottish Foundation, discusses the virtual recognition of National Tartan Day, The Declaration of Arbroath Anniversary and other important April events that the community looked to not overlook.

With music from Alan Frew, Hannah Read and Colin Hunter

MAY 11 CLANS, THE LORD LYON AND HIGHLAND GAMES 2020 “In Conversation” with John King Bellassai, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations.  Bellassai discusses the state of the US Scottish Clans and the role played by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. The historic role of Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms is also explained explained as well as the challenges facing the Highland Games in 2020.

With music from Whisky Kiss, Fellswater, Tullamore and Ed Miller


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ASF Spotlight on Scotland’s Remote learning opportunities

How often we hear from ASF Members and friends how they wish they had studied in Scotland – or could do so – but life has now made that impossible.

No longer true. Remote learning has changed all that.  Members of the ASF team have in recent years been undertaking several courses — and ASF as a bridge between the US and Scotland will in the coming weeks spotlight courses from partners and associates we feel you may enjoy

Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of a subject or earn  earn a professional or academic credential–a certificate for professional development receive college credit for a degree—these classes, taught by leading universities, are knowledge packed and fun!

May Spotlight:  Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

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Robert Burns statue, Ayr, Scotland, UK Stock Photo

The course will allow you to Celebrate and Dig deeper into the life and works of Robert Burns with this FREE University of Glasgow online course! 

Professors at the Center for Robert Burns Studies at University of Glasgow will guide learners in examining the poems, songs, manuscripts and objects used to commemorate the poet – and give you a special insight into Burns the man. 

The topics covered will include the cultural reputation of Robert Burns as patriot, lover, and man of the people, as well as as poet and songwriter, Major works such as ‘Scots Wha Hae’, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘A Man’s a Man’, ‘The Vision’, and ‘Auld Lang Syne’, the commemoration of Burns in material culture, and the international celebrity and legacy of Burns.

Your Professors would include Gerand Carruthers, Catriona Macdonald, Pauline MacKay, Ronnie Young.

There are no requirements to take the course – except for your love of Burns …  and perfect for those with an interest in Robert Burns, Scottish history, poetry, song and culture. Click here to start today, https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/robert-burns

If planning a visit to Scotland, for Burns lovers, a visit to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayr- just 40 minutes from Glasgow.