In this issue...

Why Do You Support GCIV? | Global Partner Event | October IDEs
Community Connections | Hometown Diplomat
Who’s Coming to Town? | Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Great Decisions now on NETFLIX! | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Why Do You Support GCIV as a Global Partner?

Dr. Jane Gatewood meeting with delegation of university administrators from Belize.

"Partnering with GCIV has allowed us to connect with many distinguished international visitors, as well as the international community within our state."

- Dr. Jane E. Gatewood, Director of International Partnerships, The University of Georgia

Global Partner Event:
Kennesaw State University is hosting 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.

The three public events will take place in October, November and December (specific dates to be announced) and will focus on "interventions at different stages of conflict and the real human impact of the work of peacebuilders." The topics are as follows:

(1) Peacekeeping in Humanitarian Emergencies

(2) Security and Relief Work in Complex Situations

(3) Refugee Resettlement and Self Sufficiency

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

Dine with visitors from
the Palestinian Territories!

October’s International Dining Experience is Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:30 PM at Mezcalito’s Cocina and Tequila Bar in Grant Park.

We are hosting 5 visitors from the Palestinian Territories. Their program focuses on American Studies. 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 Tuesday, October 8, 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!

URGENT: Seeking Hosts for Community Connections Participants from Uzbekistan

GCIV is urgently seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for ten healthcare professionals from Uzbekistan who will be in Atlanta this November for a program entitled Capacity Building of the National Tuberculosis Program for Uzbekistan.

Host a delegate November 6-14 or November 17-24. The group will be in Savannah November 15-17, giving our hosts a weekend break. To minimize program disruptions, we ask that volunteers host during both weeks if at all possible, but we also welcome hosts who can only commit to one week.

For details on this unique hosting opportunity please click here. For more information on the Community Connections program please click here.

If you are interested in being a volunteer host or have questions, please contact Irene Bailey at

To learn more about Uzbekistan’s vibrant culture, art scene, and unique history please read a travel blog about this amazing country here.

GCIV features Hometown Diplomat:
Beverly Crane

GCIV recently partnered with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs for a Hometown Diplomats Program.

The mission of the program is to put a hometown face on foreign policy and to explain to America what the State Department works on, and why it matters. The Program is accomplished through employees volunteering their time during scheduled trips to their hometown to speak with local organizations, schools, government officials, and to participate in media interviews.

Beverley Crane recently visited her hometown of Atlanta and met with International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs, Arabic Language, World Language, and World History classes at North Atlanta High School, Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School, and Atlanta International School.

She was joined by Hugh F. Williams, Jr., Diplomat in Residence at Spelman College and Morehouse College.

Ms. Crane and Mr. Williams welcomed the opportunity to speak to students about their experience working as Foreign Service Officers in places such as Cote D'Ivoire, Iraq, Hong Kong, Canada, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Belgium and Jamaica. We also discussed career opportunities with the U.S. Foreign Service, shared information about the work of the Department of State domestically and abroad, and the importance of learning foreign languages and being global-minded.

Who’s Coming to Town?

October 9 - 12, Palestinian Territories
Focus: American Studies

October (dates to be announced), India
Focus: Cross-Border Water Issues

October 16 - 20, Russia
Focus: NGO Funding

October 27 - 30, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Focus: American Corners Program

Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Monday, October 14 - Six NGO directors and coordiators from Russia 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 NGO funding. The delegation may be split into groups of 3 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 at 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

British Council Conference, October 10
The British Council is hosting a free one-day higher education conference for senior academics and administrators. The conference will focus on: "The Role of the University in Economic Revitalization," and will be the ninth conference in this series. The event features a great line-up of speakers from both the US and UK universities. For more information click here.

Go Eat Give: Destination Germany, October 16
Go Eat Give and the Young Leaders of World Affairs Council of Atlanta are celebrating Octoberfest on October 16. There will be food, speaker, live entertainment, and of course, German beer! Click here to RSVP!

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
September 2013:

Ambassador ($1000+)
Jim & Carol Dew
Charles & Jenni Kuck

Consul ($250+)
Yelena Epova
Jorge Fernandez
Phil Handler
Stuart and Camille Yahm

Attaché ($100+)
Bethany Lane
Elizabeth M. Spiegel
Vicki Van Der Hoek

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Judy Cantwell
Patricia deSouza
Grace Fleming
Beatriz Golden-Hayes
Laura James
Rita Wuebbeler

Envoy ($25+)
Dineo Brinson
Nicole Rateau
Kitsy Smith

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

More From Last Month!

Dr. Hilal Wahab, Iraqi Science Fellow, visiting Stone Mountain Park and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site with GCIV volunteer hosts Vicki Van Der Hoeck and Xaleon Shields.

Iraqi group meets with students at Wesley International Academy.

Group from Iraq visits the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.

Delegation from Belize meeting with Ms. Elaine Boing from
the Consulate General of Brazil in Atlanta.

From left to right: Delegation from Belize in front of Ebenezer Baptist Church; enjoying a show at the Horizon Theatre; and hosted for an impromptu lunch at the home of Shell Stuart.

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