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GCIV  Newsletter - February 2017
Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia | International Consular Ball Thank You! | GCIV Hosts International Woman of Courage Awardee | Members Tell Us | Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | Who's Coming to Town? | ACIR Luncheon | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities | More From Last Month
Taking Form: A Conversation with Saudi Arabian Contemporary Artist Noor Aldabbagh
Taking Form: A Conversation with Saudi Arabian Contemporary Artist Noor Aldabbagh
Noor Aldabbagh is challenging how people experience public spaces in her native Saudi Arabia by integrating contemporary art into Saudi society and reshaping culture. Trained at Harvard and the Sotheby's Institute of Art in England, Aldabbagh is the founder of Banafsajeel, a curatorial platform fostering art and design collaborations across the Gulf. Banafsajeel, which translates from Arabic into "the breath of a generation", is the only curating platform focused on creative inter-disciplinary collaboration in the Gulf.

Started in 2014, Banafsajeel researches, develops and runs programs and learning experiences that facilitate dialogue and build a creative movement with social value. Working around a different theme each year, Banafsajeel's latest theme and exhibition – Flow – brought together interpretive pieces from over thirty emerging Saudi artists. Their visual responses to the theme touched on everything from the flow of refugees across international borders to the flow of concrete in the ever-expanding sprawl of the modern city. For Aldabbagh, the result was a groundbreaking, collaborative, multimedia art exhibit which kicked off with an interactive installation in Dubai in January 2016, and culminated in a contemporary art exhibition in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in February 2017.

Now audiences in Atlanta can get a behind the scenes view of the unprecedented new energy in the contemporary Saudi art scene. Noor Aldabbagh will share and discuss a short film about art and public space in her native Saudi Arabia which also tells the stories of three featured artists.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
75 Bennett St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Thank You for an Exceptional Evening!
Thank You for an Exceptional Evening!
On Saturday, April 29th, the Georgia Council for International Visitors celebrated our 36th annual International Consular Ball at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. The event, which honors the Georgia Consular Corps, provided an Oasis in the Desert evening of fine dining, dancing, entertainment, and networking on a global scale.

Special thanks to our Ball Chair, Mrs. Jen Ragland, and to Honorary Chairs, Mayor Kasim Reed & Mrs. Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, for creating an exceptional venue and an extraordinary program. Likewise, deepest appreciation to our International Consular Ball Sponsors, and our Ambassadors Circle Members.
2017 International Consular Ball Sponsors
To each of you who helped to make this evening such a success, please accept our deepest gratitude. The funds raised through the International Consular Ball and its signature Silent Auction are absolutely essential to carry out our mission. Through your generous support, we can continue to create valuable international experiences and opportunities for the people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world. Thank you again, from all of us at GCIV!

Please click here to view photos from the 36th Annual International Consular Ball in our gallery.
GCIV hosts International Woman of Courage Awardee, Ms. Fadia Thabet of Yemen
GCIV hosts International Woman of Courage Awardee, Ms. Fadia Thabet of Yemen
In early April, we hosted Ms. Fadia Thabet. She was a recipient of the International Women of Courage Award. The Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women's empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the State Department has honored over 100 women from more than 60 different countries.

Ms. Thabet, of Yemen, was a Child Protection Officer who reported on violations against children in conflict during the recent conflicts. She faced death on a regular basis as she tried to protect the region's children from Al Qaeda and Houthi militias. Through her courageous work, she dissuaded young boys from joining Al Qaeda, exposed its Yemeni branch "Ansar al Sharia" as a recruiter of child soldiers, and documented for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) cases of mining, abduction, rape, and other human rights violations by various armed groups. Thabet took the view that children recruited by extremists and militants were not criminals, but instead, victims. She worked with parents, schools, communities, the children themselves, and eventually the UN to develop an action plan in southern Yemen to save children from the war. Thabet continues to work on behalf of dispossessed and uprooted children with the American Refugee Committee. Her program in Atlanta focused on combatting violent extremism and while here she visited the Carter Center, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia State University, the Atlanta Police Department and the City of Refuge.
Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"My work at the world’s busiest airport gives me a unique perspective on the importance of international relations. Participation on the GCIV programs took that perspective to an entirely new level, as I became much more engaged in the idea of citizen diplomacy. I have widened my world view and also enhanced my professional knowledge by sharing experiences with other professionals from all over the world. Through GCIV I have also gained personally, as I have met an amazing group of people whom I now consider to be valued friends."

Alrene Barr
GCIV Ambassador Member
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
We're extremely proud of the GCIV Home Hospitality program. One of the most influential parts of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the opportunity for these emerging leaders to be invited into an American home for dinner and conversation. While coming to Georgia to meet their peers builds professional contacts, Home Hospitality builds friendship.

After experiencing Home Hospitality, our visitors return to their countries with fond memories of a delicious home-cooked meal, lively discussions, insights, and informal exchanges about cultures, customs, and families. It is through this program that we celebrate our differences, recognize our similarities, and embrace a more globally-engaged life.

Here are our latest Home Hospitality opportunities:

Monday, June 26 - Four (4) visitors from Kosovo would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on "Combatting the Abuse of Power in Public Services" and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 per host.

Sunday, July 2 - GCIV will be partnering with Clark Atlanta University to provide home hospitality for 25 Mandela Washington Fellows.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders empowers young leaders from Africa through leadership training, and networking opportunities. The Fellowship provides these outstanding leaders with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. institution of higher education, with support for professional development after they return home. 25 Fellows, 13 female and 12 males coming from 19 countries will be hosted by Clark Atlanta University (CAU) in the Business and Entrepreneurship program for six weeks beginning on June 16 – July 30, 2017. The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, represent the diversity of Africa and have established records of accomplishment in their organizations, communities, and countries. The Fellows are seeking to connect with as many Americans as possible.

Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. To become a GCIV member, please click here. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting, please contact Emily O'Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the corresponding countries.

Weekend Homestay Opportunity

July 26 - August 1 - GCIV will be hosting 10 Korean students participating in the U.S. Congress-Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program. Created in 1981 by Congressman Ben Gilman and Republic of Korea National Assemblyman David Pong, this dynamic program brings together young people from the United States and the Republic of Korea for a memorable opportunity to promote cultural awareness and political understanding.

We are looking for families to open their homes from July 28-30 for these visitors to experience life in an American home and learn more about our culture and country through this hands-on experience to foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and Korea. For the nineteen years that this exchange has been conducted, homestays are considered the highlight and most impactful portion of the program.

If you are interested in hosting or would like more information, please contact Emily O'Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x15.
Who's Coming to Town?
June 4 - 7
Saudi Arabia
Focus: Contemporary Art in Saudi Arabia
June 25 - 28
Focus: Combatting Abusive Powers in Public Service
Atlanta Council on International Relations June Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations November Luncheon
Thursday, June 15: "Taiwan-U.S. Partnership Amid Changing Dynamics in Asia"

Speaker: His Excellency Stanley Kao, Taiwan Representative to the United States

Time: 11:30 AM — Registration: 12:00-1:30 PM — Luncheon and Program

Place: Capitol City Club (Downtown Atlanta)

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members; $30 and non-members; $40

Click here for Registration *Please Note: Prior registration required.

Questions? Please email alevin@atlantacir.org.
Global Partners
D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Georgia State University

Global Atlanta

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Mayor's Office of International Affairs, City of Atlanta

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Private Bank of Buckhead

Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

The Coca-Cola Company

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
Donate Your Appreciated Stock to GCIV
We are pleased to announce that GCIV can now accept your donations of publicly-traded stock. This alternative to making cash donations provides significant benefits to both GCIV and the donors, as it usually enables the donors to give more money to the charity than they would if they sold the stocks on their own, paid taxes on the gains, and then donated the remaining cash to the organization.

The donor can deduct the current fair market value of the stock as their charitable donation, without paying the capital gains taxes that would apply if they sold the stock themselves. GCIV benefits by receiving the current market value of the stock.

For further information about making a donation to GCIV in the form of stock, please contact the Treasurer, Bruce Taylor at brucektaylor@gmail.com.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during May 2017
Ambassadors Circle ($1,000+)
Jen Ragland

Chargé d'Affaires ($500+)
Jim & Carol Dew

Consul ($250+)
Aadu Allpere
Charles & Lola Battle

Attaché ($100+)
Bruce Cotterman
Mahin Park

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Elizabeth Bessonette
Gudrun Chapman
Andrea Denny
Christine Franz
Joy Gordman
Wolfgang & Gundie Jahn-Held
Jeet Thakker
Krystyna Wilson

Ambassadors Circle
Tariq & Pilar Amir
Farah Amir
Marvin & Mindy Banks
Alrene Barr
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Saira & Addison Draper
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Elizabeth Etoll
Jorge & Silvia Fernandez
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Brian Hooper
Robert & Vevonna Kennedy
Ron & Bethany Lane
Alice LeBlanc
Sharon L. Mueller
Roger & Alka Naik
Michael Owen
Jen Ragland
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam
John & Lauren Seidl
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Flor Velarde
Jinkichi & Yoko Yoshida

Lifetime Members
Hans & Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim & Carol Dew
Carol Emmons
Lew & Anne Hansen
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George & Judy Varga
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities
Fulbright Association, GA Chapter Do you have incredible memories from your Fulbright experience? Would you like to make that a lifelong experience and make sure others have a similar opportunity? We welcome you to the Fulbright Association, GA. chapter. We're an active, diverse group of academics and professionals, veteran and recently returned Fulbrighters from all over Georgia. We're passionate about international exchange and committed to ensuring that the Fulbright program is funded and healthy for future generations. We organize events for our 90 visiting scholars and students as well as engage in two national initiatives — Global Health and International Education. Please contact us at fulbrightga@gmail.com for more details.

CCI-GreenHeart CCI-GreenHeart is currently seeking volunteer host families to experience culture from other parts of the world. We have students from China, Mongolia, Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Japan, Egypt, West Bank and Israel for the school year, first or second semesters. The students come with their own accident insurance and spending money. Please Contact Glenn & Jackie Morgan for more information at 770-298-8313 or 770-246-9396 or email hostkids@bellsouth.net. For more information, please visit www.cci-exchange.com/hostinquiry.aspx.

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2016-17 school year. Whether you are in your 20s or 70s, have children or not, live alone or with a roommate, you are the perfect family for an AFS high school student! AFS has more than 60 trained Atlanta volunteers supporting host families and students before, during, and after the experience. To start the application process or find out more information, visit www.afsusa.org or contact Ruth Blackstock at afsgeorgia@gmail.com.
More From Last Month!
More From Last Month!
Our Indonesian visitors participating in a program focusing on community approaches to addressing vulnerable youth had the opportunity to be hosted by their Department of State liaison, Ms. Kae Kosasih, who is based in Cartersville, their counterparts at the Juvenile Justic Center, and Associate Judge Phillip Jackson at the Fulton County Juvenile Court.
More From Last Month!
In May GCIV hosted 4 African faith and human rights leaders. Beyond professional visiits, the delegation visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, was hosted by longtime GCIV friend and civil rights leader, Joe Beasley, and spent the afternoon interviewing with AIB.
Expand Your World
Expand Your World
Want to get an insider's perspective on places that you may never have even thought about visiting? The U.S. Department of State brings tens of thousands of international leaders, professionals, students and scholars to this country every year from more than 160 countries. It only takes a couple of hours to get involved. Find out how you can get involved today!
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