The Georgia Council for International Visitors
builds relationships between the people of Georgia and rising leaders
around the world.
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be
Who's coming to town?
November 30 -
of Transportation Officials
of International Affiliate of Advocates International
Focus: Rule of Law
Healthcare Professionals and Civic Leaders
Focus: Social Issues and Healthcare in the U.S.
Focus: Administration of Multi-Campus Universities
Focus: Human Trafficking
Focus: Youth Leadership in America
Hospitality and Home-Stay Opportunities
All visitors have been placed this month.
Please note: Home
hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only.
Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on
the day of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting, please
contact Emily O'Harris at email@example.com
404-832-5560 x 15. Once you have signed up to host, we'll
provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries.
Home-stay hosts may be asked to assist with some
transportation and meals. A small stipend will be provided per
visitor as a contribution toward expenses. If you are interested in
being a volunteer home-stay host, please contact Irene Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 404-832-5560 x 13.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and
members who have made financial contributions during November 2011:
Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Rev Dr. David Ault
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
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
W. Lindsay Davidson,
E. Miller Williams,
Ernst & Young LLP
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
Atlanta Council on International Relations
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania
Honorary Consul General of the Philippines
International Women Associates Chair
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Arnall Golden Gregory
Kuck Immigration Partners
Alston & Bird
Laurie Grant Nichols
DMP Executive Search
John E. Parkerson, Jr.
Honorary Consul of Hungary
Pierson Global Group
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
RBC Capital Markets
The Coca-Cola Company
Annie York Trujillo
International Women Associates
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
404-832-5560 x 21
404-832-5560 x 15
Community Programs Coordinator
404-832-5560 x 17
Global Partnerships Manager
404-832-5560 x 13
Program and Technology Coordinator
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy
impersonal representation of a culture can fully communicate its
reality to others who have never known its living substance. Through
personal relations our curiosity can be fulfilled by a sense of
knowledge, cynicism can give way to trust, and the warmth of human
friendship be kindled."
- President John F. Kennedy
the Date for the 2012 International Consular Ball
Be sure to mark your calendar for GCIV's 31st annual
International Consular Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at
the elegant Cherokee Town and Country Club. The International Consular
Ball provides an opportunity for Georgia's business and civic communities
to join GCIV in honoring the members of the Consular Corps for their
role in building valuable relationships between our region and the
world. Atlanta's premier international event, the International
Consular Ball brings together the business, civic, education and
diplomatic communities for a dynamic evening of networking and
contact Shell Stuart at email@example.com
or 404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
Delegation Spotlight: Visiting Fulbright Scholars
Visiting Fulbright Scholars with House
Representative Edward Lindsey on the steps of the Georgia State
selected as one of only three national hosts for a Fulbright Visiting
Scholar Regional Enrichment Seminar in November on democracy, human
rights, women's issues and trafficking in persons. The U.S. Department
of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsored the
program in cooperation with the Council for International Exchange of
Scholars. The group consisted of 74 visiting Fulbright scholars who are
conducting research and lecturing at colleges and universities across
the country and represent more than 45 countries.
Atlanta, the scholars attended plenary sessions, panel discussions and
workshops in partnership with such prestigious institutions as Emory
University, numerous NGOs and subject experts. The keynote
speech and closing address were delivered by Doug Shipman of the National
Center for Civil and Human Rights. The scholars toured the Martin
Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Jimmy
Carter Library and Museum and the Georgia State Capitol
where they were welcomed by Georgia House Representative Edward
Lindsey. In addition, they volunteered at local elementary schools
tutoring students in math and science and participated in cultural
International Dining Experience and home hospitality with
GCIV volunteer hosts.
The Fulbright Program is the United States government's flagship
international educational exchange program. GCIV will be offering home
hospitality to another worldwide delegation of visiting Fulbright
scholars on Friday, February
10, 2012. If you are interested in being a home
hospitality host or would like more information, please contact Emily
O'Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
trustee Ambassador Theodore R. Britton, Jr. was awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, for his
service as a Montford Point Marine. The Senate unanimously awarded the
medal to the entire group. A gold medal will be sent to the Navy museum
and all surviving members of the Montford Point Marines, including
Ambassador Britton, will be given a replica. Montford Point was home to
the first African American members of the U.S. Marine Corps. "It
means something significant," Britton said. "The gold medal
is to commemorate the work of the black Marines. It is to acknowledge
some of the things we had to endure," he continued. Click
here to read the full article by Summer Moore in The Augusta Chronicle.
you passionate about foreign affairs? Do you love to debate?
Start a Great Decisions discussion group in your community today! The
Foreign Policy Association (FPA) has announced the 2012 Great Decisions
topics included in their nonpartisan briefing books:
from Afghanistan and Iraq
of the Oceans
Or register for the 2012 Great Decisions Foreign Policy
Lecture Series at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church. The eight week
lecture series is every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM from January 19 -
March 8, 2012. Expert speakers from local universities and the
community will make presentations and answer questions on the topics.
For more information, visit www.gciv.org/programs/gd/dunwoody.
GCIV works with a number of community organizations and neighborhoods
to create and sustain discussion groups. If you are interested in
starting your own Great Decisions group, joining an existing group or
would like to pre-order your 2012 Great Decisions books, please contact
Nicole Rateau at email@example.com.
Envoys Learn More About the Foreign Service
GCIV Envoy Esther Lin with hometown diplomat and
Foreign Service Officer Jeffrey Zinsmeister.
receive exclusive invitations for international
functions, career-building and networking opportunities.
In November, Envoys learned about the Foreign Service
and initiatives of the U.S. Department of State from Foreign Service
Officer Jeffrey Zinsmeister. Zinsmeister was participating in the State
Department's Hometown Diplomats Program. Formerly an attorney, he had
just completed a 2-year assignment serving as the Vice Consul to the
Republic of Cape Verde.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCIV Blog: Making a Difference
One of GCIV's
most active hosts shares why everyone should participate in
home hospitality through GCIV.
the last time your dinner conversation was more than the boring, 'What
did you do today?'
Would you like
to travel to Egypt, Israel, China, Italy or anywhere else in the world
just for dinner? Allow me to recommend the dinner home hosting program
through the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV).
reason I host is because I thoroughly enjoy it. However, I always tell
people I host because I feel that I am doing something, even though
it's small, for the common good and that I am helping to build a bridge
of friendship throughout the world."
home hospitality host Vicki Van Der Hoek has hosted visitors from over
45 countries including a former prime minister, sheik and teen singing
idol. Some of her favorite memories include the sheik explaining his
living conditions with multiple wives, guests who wanted permission to
look at her pick-up truck because it was illegal for them to own one in
their own country and hosting the most famous television newscaster in
the Arab world. Click
here to read the full blog post about Vicki Van Der Hoek's thoughts and
memories on home hospitality and to share your own home hospitality
experiences on GCIV's blog.
Not sure what to give
your friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones for the holidays?
Why not give them the world! A gift of membership in GCIV provides
unique opportunities to meet emerging world leaders and learn
first-hand about global issues. Gifts of membership are
tax-deductible. 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 or giving a gift
membership 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 for more information.
U.S. Department of State has launched a new interactive website to
introduce the world of diplomacy and the work of the Department to high
school and college students. Through the use of video clips, audio
tracks, images and interactive components, the site covers the basic
questions about diplomacy: who engages in it and where, as well as an
exploration of the range of international issues addressed through the
diplomatic process. Check out what is diplomacy here: www.diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy.
How do you picture citizen diplomacy?
send us your favorite photos of visitors! GCIV will submit the best
photos to our national organization, NCIV, for their annual photo contest.
Submissions can feature visitors at home hospitality, school visits,
cultural events or in any setting that captures the experiences of the
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). We are also collecting
stories and anecdotes in preparation for next year's 50th anniversary!
Please send photos and stories to Nicole Rateau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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one random lucky fan will receive a free one-year Citizen Diplomat
membership or renewal of their current membership for a year! You can
also view images, upcoming events, who's coming to town and post your
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6th Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest
Middle and high
school students in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and
Tennessee are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay in the
Istanbul Center's annual contest on the theme "1 Billion Hungry in
the World: What's Your Role?" The purpose of the contest is to
have students be aware of and involved in solving social problems in
our world today. Each year the program theme looks towards global peace
and intercultural understanding. The prizes include all-expense paid
trips to Turkey and gift cards for both students and teachers!
Submissions will be accepted until January 27, 2012. For more
information visit www.artessay.org
Environment Project Olympiad Returns to Georgia!
International Environmental Project Olympiad (INEPO)
invites students from all over the
world to submit science projects related to environmental issues. INEPO
adheres to the United Nations goals of emphasizing youth and
international cooperation in the natural sciences.
environmentally-minded students can compete through the Istanbul Center
under this year's theme of "Creating a Sustainable
Environment." The best submissions will be eligible for the summer
2012 worldwide competition in Istanbul. Last year, 3 students from
Georgia earned silver medals at the international-level competition in
Turkey! For more information, visit www.inepousa.org.
Federal Service Language Academy
College & State University (NGCSU) will host the second summer
language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors and seniors
in June and July 2012. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a
3-week residential program for students who are interested in an
immersion intensive language experience, fitness and exploring
international-related careers with the federal government. Students
will be immersed in intensive language instruction in first-year
Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean or second-year French from
highly qualified teachers as well as participate in a daily fitness
program, receive career counseling from federal agencies (CIA, FBI,
State Department, Homeland Security and U.S. Armed Forces) and receive
high school credit for successful completion of the academy.
Application process is open January 16 - April 1, 2012. For more
information and to apply, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summeracademy.
January 19, 7:30-9:00 PM
Foreign Policy Lecture Series
lecture in the Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series is about
Middle East Realignment. The lectures are held every Thursday through
March 8, 2012 at The Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount
Vernon Road, Dunwoody, Georgia 30038. For more information and to
register, visit www.gciv.org/programs/gd/dunwoody.
25 - December 11, 2011
The Early Etchings of the 1920s
of 65 rarely-viewed etchings and aquatints by the Russian-born painter
and printmaker Marc Chagall is on view at the Oglethorpe University
Museum of Art. These early etchings of the 1920s, including the
"Dead Souls" prints, were originally in the private
collection of Lionello Venturi (1885-1961), who is credited as the
first to write about the history of art criticism. The exhibit also
includes five Chagall colored lithographs from the private collection
of Drs. Isaac and Yolanta Melamed. For more information, visit www.museum.oglethorpe.edu.
25, 2011 - January 8, 2012
from Home: My Life as a Refugee"
than 30 million people around the world have been displaced due to war
and violence. Of that number, nearly 10 million refugees are children.
Through this inspiring, hands-on exhibit, children ages 8-12 can
explore what it means to be a refugee through the eyes of children who
are forced to leave their homes and seek safety in a new land. This
special exhibit is at the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum
in The Selig Center at 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.
For more information, visit www.thebreman.org.
2, 2011 - January 1, 2012
Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters
and The AIDS Memorial Quilt
The Museum of
Design Atlanta (MODA) hosts two AIDS-related exhibitions. Graphic Intervention
presents a comprehensive overview of the diverse visual strategies
employed by government agencies, community activists, grassroots
organizations and motivated citizens across the world to educate the
local population about AIDS. The exhibit includes posters from Papua
New Guinea, Denmark, Venezuela, Morocco and more. The AIDS Memorial
Quilt was founded in 1987 and is a poignant memorial, powerful
prevention tool and the largest ongoing community arts project in the
world. MODA has selected panels from the more than 40,000 panels. MODA
is located at 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. For more
information, visit www.museumofdesign.org.
Business Opportunities Forum
the Saudi Committee for International Trade, U.S.-Saudi Arabian
Business Council and Saudi-U.S. Trade Group. The 3-day forum explores
opportunities for greater economic collaboration between the two
nations and will be held at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 100 CNN
Center, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The full agenda and list of invited
speakers, discussion topics, industry breakout sessions and registration
details can be viewed at www.us-saudiforum.com.
December 6, 1:30-3:00 PM
Kong - China's Global Financial Center
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in
conjunction with the Hong Kong Information Center of Atlanta presents a
free presentation by Anita Chan, director of the Hong Kong Economic
& Trade Office in New York. The lecture is at Georgia Tech's
College of Management Building, Room 200, 800 West Peachtree Street,
Atlanta, Georgia 30308. No registration required. For more information,
December 10, 6:00 PM
Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) of Georgia presents the
26th anniversary Lucia Gala. The fundraiser features a 3-hour open bar
and traditional Swedish smorgasbord in addition to a Lucia procession
with solo performance by opera singer Maria Kransmo. Tickers are $95
for SACC members and $125 for non-members. For more information, visit www.sacc-georgia.org.
December 14, 7:00-8:30 PM
Dialogues: Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender: Has More Openess Led
to More Acceptance?
community has a long history of participation, activism and
contribution to the fabric of American culture. Its pioneers have paved
the way for many policies enacted in corporate America, on Capitol Hill
and within state and local government - all with the aim to include and
respect. Now more than ever before LGBT themes are prominently
integrated into pop culture and mainstream media. This dialogue by an
esteemed group of panelists moderated by CNN's Soledad O'Brien will ask
if the increasing openness in the LGBT community has led to increasing
acceptance or not. The event is at the Grady High School Theater,
929 Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 and
admission is $25. For more information, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org.
December 16, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
America on the Rise
"Argentina, Brazil and Beyond" is a workshop
and roundtable discussion of business opportunities and best practices
including tax and legal challenges for market entry and operations in the
region. The event is at Georgia Power Community & Economic
Development Center, 75 5th Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Click here to register.