In this issue...

Why Do You Support GCIV? | ICB Save the Date | Global Partner Event
November IDEs | Who’s Coming to Town?
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | Great Decisions now on NETFLIX!
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Why Do You Support GCIV?

"I am always interested in expanding my own horizons by meeting people from around the world. I don’t have the chance to travel myself so much these days, so events with GCIV give me a chance to meet the world here in Georgia."

- Claire Horn, GCIV Member

Who’s Coming to Town?

November 4 - 24

Focus: Capacity Building for National Tuberculosis Program

November 4 - 7

Focus: Eisenhower Fellowship

November 6 - 9

Focus: Economic Impact of
Mega Events

November 10 - 13

Focus: Human and Civil Rights

November 19 - 22

Focus: Continuing Judicial Education

November 19 - 23
International Delegation

Focus: 21st Century Public Health

November 19 - 23
North Africa Delegation

Focus: Strengthening Citizenship and
Civic Education

November 21 - 26

Focus: Human Rights

Save the Date: April 26, 2014!

The 33rd International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 26 at the InterContinental Buckhead.

This is Atlanta's premier international event, bringing together business, civic, and diplomatic leaders in an evening of networking and celebration on a global scale.

Contact Shell Stuart at or 404-832-5560 x 21 to purchase your ticket and for more information.

Congratulations to GCIV Board Member Phil Handler who participated in GCIV’s fall membership drive and won two free tickets to the 2014 International Consular Ball.

Thank you to all who continue to support our organization!

Dine with visitors from Uzbekistan!

November’s International Dining Experience is Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant.

We are hosting 11 visitors from Uzbekistan. Their program focuses on healthcare with an emphasis on TB prevention and treatment. The price is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. This includes an appetizer, entrée, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity.

Space is limited and you must RSVP to attend.

Click the button below to pay online and reserve your spot by Monday, November 11, 2013. Reservations are required! Contact Farah Amir at if you have any questions.

Remember a reservation is a commitment to attend. If your plans change, please inform us at least 24 hours in advance so you are not charged for uneaten meals. We look forward to seeing you there!

Global Partner Event:
Kennesaw State University is hosting a workshop series entitled "Humanitarian Assistance, Refugees, & Peacebuilding."

GCIV Global Partner, Kennesaw State University (KSU), is hosting a series of workshops supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative.

These workshops include public events that focus on interventions at different stages of conflict and the real human impact of the work of peacebuilders. Upcoming topics and proposed dates are:

Security and Relief Work in Complex Situations - December 2

Refugee Resettlement and Self Sufficiency - December 17

Click here for more information or please contact Dr. Sherrill W. Hayes, Associate Professor & Director, Master of Science in Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University at or (770) 423-6499.

First Annual GCIVisits... a Great Success!

A delegation of GCIV members and staff recently returned from a very productive and enjoyable trip to Spain.

The program included briefings at the U.S. Embassy, meetings with IVLP alumni from Spain and other European countries, a dinner reception hosted by the U.S. Embassy’s Cultural Affairs Officer Amy Bliss, a private tour of the world-famous Museo del Prado, and lots of Spanish tapas and sightseeing.

To learn how you can take part in future GCIVisits... tours please contact Shell Stuart at or 404-832-5560 x 21.

Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Monday, November 11 - Four government officials and one human rights lawyer from Ukraine 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 human and civil rights and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host and will be accompanied by an interpreter.

Wednesday, November 20 - Five researchers and public health administrators from Bangladesh, Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian Territories 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 21st century public health challenges and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

Thursday, November 21 - Ten visitors from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, the Palestinian Territories, and Yemen 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 strengthening citizenship and civic education and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation and may be split into groups of 3-4 visitors per host and will be accompanied by one interpreter.

Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or cohosting, please contact or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we’ll provide a CultureGram for the corresponding countries.

Great Decisions now on NETFLIX!

Narrated by Academy Award nominated actor David Strathairn, Great Decisions in Foreign Policy features eight half-hour documentaries, each tackling a different challenge facing America today. The 2013 series highlights the work of nearly 100 of the most important figures in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.

GCIV serves as the statewide coordinator for the Great Decisions Program by helping facilitate discussion groups and lecture series that give participants the opportunity to expand their understanding of world affairs. Topics change annually and are based on the Foreign Policy Association's nonpartisan briefing book.

For more information on the program and 2014 discussion groups and themes visit:

Contact Farah Amir at for more information.

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Bale Folclorico de Bahia, November 1 & 2
Described as "a spectacular display of color, movement, music, and drama" by the Chicago Sun-Times, acclaimed Brazilian export Balé Folclórico da Bahia has used movement as a bridge between its own Afro-Brazilian roots and myriad cultural immersions, thanks to more than 25 years of nonstop worldwide travel. When the dexterous, prolific 38-member troupe stops in Atlanta for the first time in nearly three years, it is a spectacle not to be missed! Click here to purchase tickets!

"Toulouse Meets South America," November 9
The ATSCC and the Atlanta Cuban Club will share a Coq au Vin dinner and Musical Review "Toulouse meets South America" on Saturday, November 9th at the Atlanta Cuban Club, 5797 New Peachtree Rd., Doraville, GA 30340. ATSCC members pay $25 in advance by calling 404-634-9048 or 404-636-0404 to RSVP. RSVP deadline is 11/2. Cash bar opens at 7 PM. Dinner starts at approximately 8 PM. Concert and dancing to follow.

Destination India - A Diwali Mela, November 10
Don’t miss Atlanta's most happening Indian event, celebrating the festival of Diwali! This mela (festival) will showcase the true culture and cuisine of India. You will get to experience a full spectrum of food, music and entertainment at one of the hottest restaurants in town that everyone is raving about - Chai Pani Decatur. Enjoy Indian street food and speciality cocktails, shop for designer Indian accessories by Belsi Collection, get henna on your hands by Indian esthetician, Nargis Karimi, and groove to Bollywood music by Atlanta's most popular DJ Jaz. For more information click here!

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2013-14 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 or contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members
who have made financial contributions during
October 2013:

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Mary Jane Bancroft
Donald Patillo
Sucheta Rawal
Sylvia Wilson

Envoy ($25+)
Claire Horn

Ambassadors Circle

Tommy & Tiffany Abram
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Jim & Carol Dew
Kwanza Hall
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Charles & Jenni Kuck

Barry Morris
Roger & Alke Naik
Darren & Ann Short
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Raul F. & Annie-York Trujillo
Jin & Yoko Yoshida
Lynne Zappone

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

Global Partners

Atlantic Capital Bank

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of
Economic Development

Kennesaw State

Kuck Immigration Partners


Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia

Expand Your World

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The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to
create valuable international experiences and opportunities for the
people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be globally engaged.


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Atlanta, GA 30303
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