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?
Officials, NGO Representatives and Law Enforcement Members
Focus: Law Enforcement
Near East and
Officials and Teachers
Focus: Women's Sports and Wellness
and University Representatives
Focus: Religious and Public Education
Estonia, Israel, Serbia and Tunisia
One Presidential Advisor, Diplomatic Media
Corespondent, Political Party Member and Democratic Consultant
Focus: Presidential Primaries
Five Ministry of Health Officials, One Journalist, One
Clinical Trial Unit Head and One Columbia University ICAP Manager
Focus: HIV, AIDS and Infectious Diseases
Four NGO Leaders
Focus: Civil Society and NGO Management
One NGO President and Two Public Officials
Focus: Integration of Migrant Muslim Youth
Six NGO Leaders
Focus: Building NGO Capacity
One Master's Scholar and IVLP Alumna
Focus: IVLP Gold Star Tour
Hospitality and Home-Stay Opportunities
All visitors have been placed this month.
Please note: 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 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.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and
members who have made financial contributions during January 2012:
Shell Stuart and Ed Dreistadt
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Eugene and Berlena Henry
Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Su and Richard Ellis
Chris and Cathy Kapsimalis
Bob and Cindy McCormick
Geoff and Pat Webber
Roger and Maria Wilson
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
Shell Stuart and Ed Dreistadt
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
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania
Honorary Consul General of the Philippines
City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor
International Women Associates Chair
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Julie Bryant Fisher
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Arnall Golden Gregory
Kuck Immigration Partners
Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator
Alston & Bird
Pierson Global Group
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
RBC Capital Markets
Annie York Trujillo
International Women Associates
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
we call people-to-people democracy has taken on greater significance,
as our world has grown more interdependent and our challenges more
complex. Government alone cannot solve the problems that we
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Ball Tickets Available to GCIV Members
Tickets are now on sale for GCIV members to attend the 31st
annual International Consular Ball. The sell-out 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 celebration.
Not a member or unsure about your membership status? Please contact
Nicole Rateau at firstname.lastname@example.org to join or renew an expired
membership. Proceeds from the Consular Ball support GCIV's efforts to
promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy. Don't miss out, click
here to purchase tickets today!
contact Shell Stuart at email@example.com
or 404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
GCIV Volunteers Host 140 Visiting Fulbright Graduate Students for
Dinner this Month
GCIV trustees Laurie Nichols and Jai Rogers hosted
visiting Fulbright scholars for dinner in November 2011.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who will host groups of the 140
visiting Fulbright graduate students from around the world for dinner
on Friday, February 10. GCIV's distinguished international visitors
continuously rate dinner hospitality as the highlight of their
professional exchange and the experience that gave them the most
insight into the U.S. If you are interested in serving as a future
dinner hospitality host or would like more information, please contact
Emily O'Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Smith, left, who represents Denmark in
Georgia, and Bruce Allen, Liechtenstein's honorary consul, are cited
in the new book, "Consular Affairs and Diplomacy."
Global Atlanta featured an insightful article on how
honorary consuls are appointed their position and their role in
representing foreign governments.
they're professors, businesspeople, lawyers or doctors.
The next, they're
vested with the power of a foreign government as large and powerful as
Brazil or France or as tiny as Liechtenstein or Monaco.
Welcome to the
world of honorary consuls, influential men and women tapped by foreign
countries to represent their interests around the world."
Click here to read the
full article, "Dubbed as Diplomats: Honorary Consuls in
Georgia" by Trevor Williams.
GCIV Blog: Testimonials of Citizen Diplomacy
Russian Open World delegation with home host Sucheta
We at GCIV
believe in the power of citizen diplomacy and the results of building
relationships between the members of our community and future leaders
from around the world. There is no greater evidence than the
testimonials by our members and our exchange participants. These are
guest blog posts that we wanted to share.
Sucheta Rawal, a GCIV volunteer home stay host dedicated a post on her
food and travel blog, Go Eat Give, to her
experience in December hosting a Russian visitor participating in an
Open World program.
Mariya shared with me brought about a self awakening. She said that in
Russia people are generally cautious about their belongings and their
privacy, and would not leave their home open to a complete stranger.
The fact that I gave her a key to my home after only a few hours of
knowing her surprised her that I would trust someone so much so soon. I
explained to her that we humans try to protect our materialistic things
and forget that we came into the world with nothing and will leave with
nothing. It is only our gestures towards each person that leave an
everlasting impact on one individual or an entire society. Then why do
we give so much importance to the materialistic thing? A Buddhist
believer, she found me to be. She said after staying with us, it has
opened her heart and she will now be more trusting of people as well.
Perhaps she will sign up to be a host family in her city."
Yazeed, a high school exchange student from Jordan, is spending his
sophomore year abroad in Atlanta, staying with a local family and
attending North Atlanta High School. He is here on a full scholarship
from the U.S. Department of State's Kennedy-Lugar Youth
Exchange and Study (YES) Program. YES is a program for high school
student exchange to the U.S. from countries of Muslim majority
population. Here in Atlanta, AFS carries out part
of the YES exchange experience, finding the host family and supporting
them and the student throughout the year's exchange. Yazeed joined GCIV
for the 50th anniversary kickoff celebration at Fernbank Museum of
Natural History in December 2011, and here are some of his impressions:
I'm Yazeed and I'm an exchange student from Jordan. I came to the USA
thru a program called Youth Exchange and Study (YES).
surprised when I went to the 50th anniversary celebration for GCIV
because I saw people from my own country, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan.
I really enjoyed the party because I had a chance to see people from
all over the world and talk to them and they were actually interested
in knowing things about me."
Click here to read the
full blog posts by Sucheta and Yazeed. Feel free to share your own
experiences and memories interacting with GCIV's professional exchange
participants on the blog.
Become a Citizen Diplomat this Year!
globally-minded this year! Become a Citizen Diplomat member of GCIV.
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.
Win a FREE GCIV Membership!
GCIV is on Facebook.
If you like GCIV, like us on Facebook! When GCIV accumulates 500 likes,
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
own comments, thoughts, photos, etc. Click here to like us now: www.facebook.com/GeorgiaCouncilforInternationalVisitors!
Facebook is a social networking site where users create a personal
profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including
automatic notifications when they update their profile. There is no fee
to participate. Sign up and
"like" us today!
the first Wednesday of the month, the Center for the Advancement and
Study of International Education (CASIE) presents a model language lesson
and a different language each month at Speakeasy. The rules of the
Speakeasy are simple. Instructors prepare a one hour lesson completely
in the target language with no use of English. Then participants,
usually with little prior study of the language but many multilingual,
converse. Turkish, Danish, Kurdish and Greek are currently scheduled
for 2012. NOTE:
CASIE is currently looking for other instructors, particularly
in languages not commonly taught in American schools. This is a great
opportunity to promote languages and culture. For more information,
or email John Wilson.
Win 10 Pounds of Guittard Chocolate
Story at a Time: The Impact of Citizen Diplomacy" is the theme of
the 2012 NCIV National Meeting. So what's your story? Tell us what citizen
diplomacy means to you, and you could win a 10 pound bar of Guittard
One of the unique side benefits of Cari Guittard coming to speak about
Citizen Diplomacy at the 2012 NCIV National Meeting is that she is
married to a fifth generation chocolate family from San Francisco. Guittard Chocolate is
one of the last family-owned and operated chocolate companies in the
U.S. and they specialize in single varietal dark chocolate, sourcing
cacao from all over the world. Engaging Americans in citizen diplomacy
is a passion of Cari's and she has generously donated a 10 pound bar of
Guittard chocolate to the winner of the Citizen Diplomacy Chocolate
Enter the challenge by submitting a short essay (500 words or less) or
a short film (1-3 minutes) answering the question, what does citizen diplomacy
mean to you? Send submissions to Nicole Rateau at firstname.lastname@example.org
by February 10, 2012. The best entry, as judged by Cari and a small
committee, will win a 10 pound Guittard chocolate bar as well as have
their submission featured during Cari's remarks at the NCIV National
Meeting Citizen Diplomacy Luncheon. All entries become the property of
Environment Project Olympiad (INEPO) Submission Deadline is February 3!
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.
and Exchange Opportunities
Memorial Invitation Program (JET MIP) for U.S. High School
JET-MIP program will provide 32 high school students with the
opportunity to go to Japan for two weeks as a group to meet Japanese
students, experience Japanese culture and study the language. The
program was created in 2011 in memory of two beloved American teachers
of English who lost their lives in the earthquake and tsunami. The
program is open to 11th and 12th graders who are currently learning
Japanese, and it seeks to honor the principles which the lost teachers
valued during their lives. The trip is tentatively scheduled for July
8-26, 2012. For more information and to submit an application, visit www.jflalc.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.
February 28, 12:00-1:00 PM
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna for a lunchtime
discussion about how the IVLP impacted her advocacy and educational
work in Israel presented in partnership with the Consulate General of
Israel to the Southeast. Location TBA. You can bring your own lunch at
no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Contact Nicole
Rateau at email@example.com to RSVP and for more information.
February 24, 6:00-8:00 PM
Get to know
other GCIV members and share your questions, experiences and insights
about hosting international visitors in your home. GCIV's International
Dining Experiences (IDEs) take place at a different international
restaurant around the 15th day of every other month. The meal is
prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as
well as introductions of international visitors present. Don't forget
to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and
neighbors to GCIV! We are hosting two delegations from Greece and Libya. Meet
at Mezza Lebanese Bistro, 2751 Lavista Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30033.
Reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, email
Nicole Rateau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
21 - April 15, 2012
The Sacred Circle of Tibetan Buddhism
The Michael C.
Carlos Museum of Emory University showcases the sacred art of Tibet in
the special exhibition, community outreach and educational programs
celebrating the rich religious and artistic tradition of Tibetan
Buddhism and the spiritual significance of the mandala. Mandala is a
Sanskrit word meaning "circle." The mandala, one of Himalayan
Buddhism's most ubiquitous symbols, is created as an artistic aid for
meditation. Depicting a realm that is both complex and sacred, the
mandala is a visualization tool meant to advance practitioners toward a
state of enlightenment. The Museum is located at 571 South Kilgo
Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30322 and is closed on Mondays. For more information, visit www.carlos.emory.edu.
27 - February 12, 2012
Red Balloon by Thť‚tre du RÍve
Thť‚tre du RÍve, Atlanta's unique
French-language theatre company, brings to life Albert Lamorisse's
popular book about a young boy who makes friends with a shiny red
balloon. Featuring puppetry and live original music. Performed in a
combination of French and English at the 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre
located at 1105 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307. For more
information, visit www.theatredureve.com.
February 2, 7:30-9:00 PM
on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations"
Issues Forum (IIF) discussions are free and open to the public. They
are located at the Villa International Library, 2nd floor, 1749 Clifton
Road (0.4 miles from Briarcliff), Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Additional
parking is available across the street. For more information, email email@example.com.
February 4, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
the Istanbul Center, step into the healthy yet delicious world of
Turkish Cuisine and amaze your guests with sensational Turkish recipes!
Full sit-down, multiple-course meal after each class! Space is limited.
$15/class. For details and registration email Zehra Ozturk.
February 7, 7:00-8:30 PM
Forest Black Fly"
documentary footage of the elimination of river blindness from Uganda.
The Carter Center is a leader in the fight against this debilitating
parasitic infection that is one of the major causes of preventable
blindness in the world. Following the brief video, a panel will discuss
the challenges of eliminating the disease worldwide and their
experiences making the film. Panelists include: Gary Strieker,
executive director for Cielo Productions, Inc., and Carter Center staff
featured in the film - River Blindness Program Director Dr. Frank
Richards and Carter Center Epidemiologist Dr. Moses Katabarwa. The
event is at The Carter Center's Ivan Allen Pavilion, 453 Freedom
Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30307. Free and open to the public. For more
information, visit www.cartercenter.org.
February 8-29, 2012
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
A 22-day cinematic exploration of Jewish life, culture
and history. Seeking to use the power of film to both entertain and
educate, AJFF challenges conventional perspectives on complex and
challenging issues facing both the Jewish and global communities. This
year, the festival will feature an international collection of 70
narrative and documentary films. For more information, visit www.ajff.org.
February 9, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Dialogues: The Arab 'Spring': A Path to Democracy?
Presented by CNN, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of
Race and Difference of Emory University and the National Center For
Civil and Human Rights (CCHR). A singular protest by a Tunisian street
vendor ignited rebellion, resistance and regime change that spurred a
tumultuous year across the Arab world. Now, armed with new media, fresh
and vibrant voices are emerging all across the region to challenge old
political control and some cultural traditions. What is often called
the "cradle of civilization" is in a state of change. Is this
truly an Arab Spring? From the frontlines of the Arab uprisings,
activists, scholars and diplomats will come together to explore these
pressing issues in this historic time. Tickets are free, however
seating is limited and attendees still need to reserve seats. The event
is at The Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building at
Emory University, 1440 Clifton Road, Decatur, Georgia 30329. For more
information and to register, visit www.jamesweldonjohnson.emory.edu/sub-cnn.htm.
February 17, 8:00 PM
Quartet with Alim Qasimov Ensemble
Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet performs with the Alim Qasimov Ensemble
for the first time in Atlanta. Together they perform Azerbaijani
classical music known as mugham, and the repertoire of popular bardic
songs sung by ashiqs, traditional singer-songwriters whose song texts
often portray with wry humor and searing irony, the power of love and
the pain of separation. The performance is at Emory University's
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta,
Georiga 30322. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.arts.emory.edu.
February 18, 7:00 PM
Hungarian Farshang Ball
An exclusive event for Hungarians in Georgia and anyone interested in
Hungarian culture. Enjoy entertainment based on Hungarian Ball
traditions in a prestigious environment. The Hungarian Ball is also a
fundraising event for Hungarian cultural and educational programs. The
event will be at The 173 Carlyle House, 173 South Peachtree Street,
Norcross, Georgia 30071. For more information, visit www.hungarianballatlanta.com.
February 18, 8:00 PM
Levy seamlessly blends the ancient, romantic sounds of the Jewish
culture long ago nurtured and then exiled from Spain with that
country's passionate flamenco tradition. Turkey's Omar Faruk Tekbilek
is a virtuosic master of Middle Eastern wind instruments like the zurna
and baūlama. Both nominated for BBC World Music Awards, these
remarkable musicians together weave a transcendent mix of memory,
nostalgia, tender beauty and hope. And when their far-flung musical
influences meet-where else but on the Rialto stage-it is a world-music
performance you don't want to miss! The Rialto Center for the Arts at
Georgia State University is located at 80 Forsyth Street, Atlanta,
Georgia 30303. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.rialtocenter.org.
February 21, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
American Day at the Georgia Capitol
annual program introduces Georgia Representatives, staff and the public
to Turkish culture through a variety of activities. Each year, Turkish
American Day at the Georgia Capitol features Turkish cuisine,
folk-dance performances, exhibitions, in addition to the passing and
presentation of official Resolutions from both the Georgia Senate and
Georgia House of Representatives. For more information, visit www.istanbulcenter.org.
February 22, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Conflict Management & Peacebuilding
Presented by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta (WACA) featuring Staffan
de Mistura, United Nations special representative of the Secretary
General (SRSG) in Afghanistan. The briefing will be at the GSU Robinson
College of Business, Buckhead Center, Tower Place 200, 5th floor, 3348
Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. For more information and to
register, visit www.robinson.gsu.edu/wacatl.
March 1, 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Get ready for
another amazing night of international networking and
connect with 35+ bi-national chambers of commerce and 40+ local
businesses with an emphasis on international outreach while sampling
food from around the world. Click here for more information
and to purchase tickets.