The Georgia Council for International Visitors
builds relationships between the people of our state and leaders
around the world.
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be
more globally engaged.
Who's coming to town?
School Educational Advisers and One National Coordinator of Immigrant
Focus: Multiculturalism in the U.S. Education System
Focus: Youth Activism and Engagement
Focus: NGO Advocacy
for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE)
Focus: Democratic Governance and Foreign Policy
Focus: Democracy and Good Governance
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and
members who have made financial contributions during July 2011:
Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Terri Lynn Lewis
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Darren and Ann Short
Tycho Stahl and Yonni Kim
Ken and Linda Stewart
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Lew and Anne Hansen
George and Judy Varga
& Young LLP
Medical Consultants International
Arogeti & Wynne
Council on International Relations
R. Britton, Jr.
Consul General of the Republic of Albania
Consul General of the Philippines
Women Associates Chair
E. Parkerson, Jr.
Consul of Hungary
Healthcare of Atlanta
RBC Capital Markets
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
404-832-5560 x 15
Community Programs Coordinator
404-832-5560 x 17
Global Partnerships Manager
404-832-5560 x 13
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy
"To look over the
history of why America became the economic and political giant it
did, I look at immigration and diversity. We embrace diversity. Many
countries in the world do not. Those countries think of diversity as
a threat. We look at it as a strength. So the work you do is
critically important in underscoring that point."
- Senator Benjamin Cardin
Heritage Preservation Delegation Visits Savannah and Sapelo Island
A multi-regional delegation studying cultural
preservation visits Sapelo Island near Savannah, Georgia.
18 architects, archaeologists, curators and cultural
preservation specialists from countries spanning the globe visited
Savannah and Sapelo Island in mid-July. Their State Department
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focused on the societal
significance and challenges of identifying, documenting, protecting and
interpreting history and culture. The visitors traveled to four U.S.
regions in order to examine institutions and meet with individuals
involved in research, presentation, conservation and education of U.S.
While in Savannah, the delegation had informative and
entertaining meetings with counterparts at Savannah College of Art and Design and
the Metropolitan Planning Commission. They
also spent a day on Sapelo Island, where they were hosted by the Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society
(SICARS). SICARS is a nonprofit organization whose mission
is to preserve and revitalize the Hog Hammock Community located on the
island. SICARS shared with the delegation that Hog Hammock is the last
intact Geechee/Gullah community in the Sea Islands of Georgia and is
comprised of direct descendants of slaves brought to Sapelo in 1802.
Geechee/Gullah people still maintain many elements of the unique West
African culture, language and traditions of their ancestors.
Click the image above for a glimpse of the visitors'
experience on Sapelo Island.
GCIV Blog: Many Past Homes and International Programming
This blog post continues our retrospective, compiled in
1998 by former GCIV executive director Anne Hansen. Please be a part of
our 50th anniversary celebration in 2012 by leaving comments about your
GCIV memories, reasons for hosting visitors, and beliefs about the
impact of our shared work.
GCIV has called a number of historic locations around
the city of Atlanta home to its offices and in addition to the IVLP,
has had many international programming responsibilities over the years
including the International Women Associates, International
Businesswomen's Network and the Language Bank.
The International Women Associates, a group of 130 women
both American and international, meet once a month from September
through May for social coffees in members' homes for programs of
cultural interest. This group has its origins as the Committee for
Wives of International Students in 1967 under the Atlanta International
Student Bureau. Later called Friends of Internationals, the name was
changed to International Women Associates in 1985. One of the earliest
volunteers with this group was Ada Almering who in 1998 still conducted
a monthly reading group for international women at her
Present-day members of GCIV's International Women
Click here to read the full blog post about
GCIV's former offices, the history of the International Women Associates,
International Businesswomen's Network and the Language Bank.
We hope you will also share your memories/comments on
Network with Leaders from Around the World
Take advantage of the
opportunity to network with international leaders from around the world
by joining GCIV as a Citizen Diplomat! GCIV's membership is critical to
the success of our organization, as it serves as an important indicator
of community support for the U.S. Department of State and other
agencies that rely on us to arrange programs for and host hundreds of
distinguished international visitors each year. Becoming a member is
easy and offers perks like exclusive members-only receptions and hosting
opportunities. Visit our membership page
or contact Nicole Rateau at email@example.com or 404-832-5560 x 17 for
GCIV in the News
Emory Ethics Center leaders and their community
partners met with visitors from Colombia to discuss the arts. Photo
by Carlton Mackey.
In July, GCIV
hosted a Colombian delegation of six artists and art advocates. Their
visit to the Emory Ethics Center was featured in the Emory Report,
the news and events resource for Emory staff and faculty. The article
highlights the exchange of knowledge between both parties and the
mutual understanding gained, a keystone of the International Visitor
Leadership Program. Click here for the
complete article written by Mashaun D. Simon.
Call for Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy
The Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Ecologic
Institute, has created the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy
Policy Network (ELEEP), a best practices clearinghouse for under-40
professionals working with environmental and energy-related issues. The
network is now seeking applicants. Young leaders in both the United
States and the European Union who work in the environmental and energy
fields are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should contact
David Kirk at the Atlantic Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information and application
IVLP in the News
The June issue of American
Diplomacy features an article titled "The Heineken
Factor? Using Exchanges to Extend the Reach of U.S. Soft Power,"
by Giles Scott-Smith, senior researcher at the Roosevelt Study Center
in Middelburg, the Netherlands and friend of National Council for
International Visitors (NCIV). The article features several IVLP case
studies and concludes that "...cultural exchange, if managed with
care and awareness, can only result in more openness, not less." Click here to read the entire article.
GCIV Envoys Attend Friday Jazz and Learn About the Foreign Service
GCIV Envoys at the High Museum's Friday Jazz.
In addition to receiving invitations for exclusive
international functions, GCIV Envoys organize social outings at various
cultural locations around town. In July, they attended Friday Jazz at
the High Musuem of Art featuring U.K. songstress Julie Dexter.
GCIV also provides international career-building and
networking opportunites for Envoy members. On July 25, Envoys learned
about the Foreign Service and initiatives of the U.S. Department of
State from Foreign Service Officer Rima Vydmantas at the German American
Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. Rima was
participating in the State Department's Hometown Diplomats Program.
Formerly a journalist at CNN, she just completed a one-year assignment
as Assistant Information Officer in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Not yet an
Envoy member? Sign up today
and get connected! Envoy membership is open to all Citizen
Diplomats age 40 and under. For more information about Envoy visit www.gciv.org/programs/envoy or contact
Nicole Rateau at email@example.com or 404-832-5560 x 17.
Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Federal and State Immigration Law
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta (WACA) presents a
briefing by Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected
Officials (GALEO) and Representative Scott Holcomb of Atlanta District
82. Amna Shirazi of Shirazi Law Group, Inc. will moderate. The event is
at Atlanta International School, 2890 North Fulton Drive, Atlanta,
Georgia 30305. $10 for World Affairs Council Members and $15 for
non-members. Click on Young
Leaders Programs here to register.
August 7, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
of India 2011
Presented by the India American Cultural Association (IACA), celebrate
India's independence and 40 years of IACA. The festival features
cultural programs, artist markets and hot and spicy foods at the
Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097. For
more information, visit www.iacaatl.org.
August 8, 8:00 - 9:00 AM
with Robert G. Mikell
Robert G. Mikell, Deputy Commissioner of Georgia Department of Driver
Services at the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern
U.S., Inc. (GACC South). GACC South is located at 1170 Howell Mill
Road, Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. Cost is $25 for non-GACC South
members and free for members. Space is limited and pre-registration is
required. For more information, visit www.gaccsouth.com.
August 9, 7:30 - 9:30 AM
Gwinnett Global Business Connection - Hong Kong
Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development is proud to host the Hong Kong
Trade and Development Council (HKTDC) for a breakfast where leading
experts will give an update on the China market and local business
leaders will share their success stories. The event is at 1818 Club at
the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth,
Georgia 30097. Click here to
register or for more information.
Wednesday, August 10, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta: Lola
The German Cultural Center Atlanta is proud to present a sequence of
four features on the art of animation every Wednesday evening between
August 10 and September 24, as well as Saturday, September 24, 2011. RUN LOLA RUN was
one of the most successful German films to be produced in 1998. A young
man involved in small-time crime has 20 minutes to find 100,000 Marks,
or he will be killed by his gangster boss. His girlfriend Lola rushes
around madly trying to collect the money and save her beloved. This
love story is told by the young Berlin director Tom Tykwer three times
throughout the film, showing how even small events can have great
effect on the story's outcome. Screening is at Colony Square, Plaza
Level, 1197 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30361-2401. For more
information visit www.goethe.de.
Thursday, August 11, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Immigration Alert Business Seminar
Immigration compliance is becoming increasingly more important for
businesses and foreign nationals in the United States. Recent
developments in business immigration law, including visa and green card
processing, e-verify requirements and new state law requirements in
Georgia and Alabama will be discussed. Event is at Arnall Golden
Gregory LLP, 171 17th Street NW # 2100, Atlanta, Georgia 30363. Cost is
$35 for non-GACC South members and free for members. For more
information, visit www.gaccsouth.com.
Saturday, August 27, 2:00 - 7:00 PM
Celebrate the greatness of German beer in a family-friendly environment
at the 8th annual German Bierfest. Complete with authentic German food,
activities for the kids, music and fun, the German Bierfest is not only
the only authentic German Bierfest in Atlanta, but the only
family-friendly beer festival as well. At Woodruff Park, 95 Peachtree
Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the
door and attendees can drink all the beer they can safely consume. For
more information, visit
Ongoing - September 4, Noon - 5:00 PM
University Museum of Art: "Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern
and Contemporary Indian Art"
collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin, this is the first public
display of more than 50 works from 30 of India's most famous artists, including
Francis Newton Souza, Sakti Burman, Seema Kohli and Maqbool Fida
Husain. With imagery from all walks of life, from the poorest citizens
to dynamic deities, the works in this exhibition focus on India's
people. Exhibition is at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484
Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319. For more information, visit www.museum.oglethorpe.edu.