ISH-DC resident scholars, alumni, members of the Board of Directors, and staff were welcomed to the Portuguese Ambassador’s residence by His Excellency Domingos Fezas Vital and Mrs. Isabel Vital on Tuesday morning, November 12. The group was warmly greeted with coffee and a beautiful selection of Portuguese specialty treats, during which time our students had the opportunity to meet the Ambassador and Mrs. Vital.
The group transitioned from the coffee reception to a seated discussion. During his presentation, the Ambassador discussed the background of Portuguese-American relations, Portuguese foreign affairs, and fascinating attributes unique to the country. Ambassador Vital also spoke about his career in Foreign Service. He was gracious with his time, thoughtfully answering every question from our resident scholars and Board members, of which there were many.
Following the discussion, our students were invited for an after-reception of coffee and conversation before the dispersing to their various classes, internships, and studying. We are exceptionally grateful to Ambassador and Mrs. Vital for opening their home to International Student House, as well as their continued friendship and support of our community of graduate students from around the world.