February 2012   

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  

 

Georgia Council for International Visitors
 THE EXCHANGE

In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-2012 International Consular Ball-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-140 Dine Through GCIV-

-GCIV in the News-

-Consular Corps-ner-

-GCIV Blog-

-Become a Citizen Diplomat-

-Discover Diplomacy-

-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-

-CASIE Speakeasy-

-Win 10 Pounds of Chocolate-

-INEPO Science Competition-

-Language and Exchange Opportunities-

-GCIV Events-

-Community Events-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About GCIV

 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 globally engaged.

 

 

 

 

 


Who's coming to town?

  
February 1-4
Brazil
Seven Public Officials, NGO Representatives and Law Enforcement Members
Focus: Law Enforcement 

February 4-9
Near East and North Africa
Four Public Officials and Teachers
Focus: Women's Sports and Wellness

February 7-11
Saudi Arabia
Ten Professors and University Representatives
Focus: Religious and Public Education

 

February 9-14

Estonia, Israel, Serbia and Tunisia

One Presidential Advisor, Diplomatic Media Corespondent, Political Party Member and Democratic Consultant 

Focus: Presidential Primaries 

 

February 10
Worldwide
140 Fulbright Graduate Students
Dinner Hospitality 

 

February 11-15

Mozambique

Five Ministry of Health Officials, One Journalist, One Clinical Trial Unit Head and One Columbia University ICAP Manager

Focus: HIV, AIDS and Infectious Diseases

 

February 21-25

Libya

Four NGO Leaders

Focus: Civil Society and NGO Management

 

February 22-25

Greece

One NGO President and Two Public Officials 

Focus: Integration of Migrant Muslim Youth

 

February 22-26

South Africa

Six NGO Leaders

Focus: Building NGO Capacity

 

February 26-29

Israel

One Master's Scholar and IVLP Alumna

Focus: IVLP Gold Star Tour 

 

 

 

GCIV
Dinner 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 emily@gciv.org
 404-832-5560 x 15. Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries. 

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 



Global Partners



Chattahoochee Technical College

Delta Air Lines

Deutsche Bank

Ernst & Young

Regency Suites Hotel
 

 

 

 

 

 



GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during January 2012:


Ambassador
($1000+)
Shell Stuart and Ed Dreistadt  

Sherry Mueller

Miller and Carolyn Williams


Consul
($250+)
Charlie Battle

Jorge Fernandez

Mike Freeland


Attache
($100+)
Rosalie Fitzpatrick
Eugene and Berlena Henry
Marianne McConnel


 Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
Hasan Ali

Tracy Allardice
Bonnie Baer

Linda Bain 

Rick Bruno

John Coyne 

Betty Davis
Kalyn Davis
William Devine
Talmage Dryman
Su and Richard Ellis

Jean Fallon

John Gareeb 

Cherlyn Granrose 

Cynthia Hill
Christian Ivey
Michael Johnston
Chris and Cathy Kapsimalis
Judy Killeen
Svetlana Kulikova
Abduhl Mashhoon
Clare Mascuch

Bob and Cindy McCormick 

David Oppenheim
Marcia Partin

Don Patillo 

Mark Perloe

Cristina Petruso 

Joni Prince

Deborah Rehn

Bart Shull
Frank Smith
Suzanne Smith
Janet Stein
Margaret Stephen
Leila Stringer

June Tompkins 

Birgit Trabold-Dorazewski

Geoff and Pat Webber 

Judith Wieder
Cindi Williams

Jean Williams

John Wilson

Roger and Maria Wilson 

 

 

Envoy
($25+)

Obinna Morton
Amanda Nichols

Lani Salter 

Matt Stover


Ambassadors Circle

Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Clark Dean
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Charles Kuck
Scott and Laurie Nichols 

Sunny Park

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
Lynne Zappone



Lifetime Members
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Carol Emmons
Lew and Anne Hansen
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 



GCIV Trustees

 

W. Lindsay Davidson,

Chair

Invesco

 

E. Miller Williams,

Vice Chair 

Ernst & Young

 

Lynne Zappone,

Secretary

Popeyes

 

Yelena Epova,

Treasurer

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

 

Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania

 

Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 

 

Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines

 

Noah Downer

City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor 

 

Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates Chair 

 

Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber 

 

Julie Bryant Fisher

Atlanta Business Chronicle

 

Bruce Hamilton

IHG

 

Phil Handler 

UBS

 

Ginny Johansmeier

VLJ Consulting

 

Yonni Kim

Arnall Golden Gregory

 

Charles Kuck

Kuck Immigration Partners

 

Renee Libby

Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator 

 

Jessica Lewis

Alston & Bird 

 

Mark Pierson

Pierson Global Group

 

Margaret Pumper

CGI

 

Jai Rogers

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

 

Arnaldo Ruiz

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

 

Darren Short
RBC Capital Markets

 

Annie York Trujillo

International Women Associates

 

Tal Wright

 

Georgia Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

GCIV Staff 

 

Shell Stuart

Executive Director

404-832-5560 x 21

shell@gciv.org 

 

Emily O'Harris

Program Director

404-832-5560 x 15

emily@gciv.org 

 

Nicole Rateau

Community Programs Coordinator

404-832-5560 x 17

nicole@gciv.org  

 

Irene Bailey

Global Partnerships Manager

404-832-5560 x 13

irene@gciv.org  

 

RJ Paulisick

Program and Technology Coordinator

rj@gciv.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

 "What 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 face."

- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton 

 

 

 

 

 

Consular 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 nicole@gciv.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!

Please contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org or  404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

 

 


Delegation Spotlight

Immigrant and minority rights activists from Spain with Joe Beasley, director of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition for the southern region and esteemed civil rights leader.

 

Last month GCIV hosted a delegation of NGO leaders from Spain, who's organizations represent immigrant and minority rights. The group was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) examining best practices in the U.S. in NGO management and advocacy efforts. The delegates lead groups representing African or Afro-Latin immigrant minorities in Spain, and this was an opportunity for them to learn about the U.S. policymaking process as well as how different minority groups are represented in the United States.   

 

While in Atlanta, the delegation met with organizations that represent minorities or support advocacy efforts including the Global Village School, the Human Rights Program at The Carter Center, Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the Center for Pan Asian Community Services. They also toured the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.  

 

 


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 emily@gciv.org.

 

 


GCIV in the News

GCIV's Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series in Dunwoody based on the Foreign Policy Association's briefing book was featured by numerous publications in January including the Dunwoody Crier, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Reporter Newspapers.

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 nicole@gciv.org.


 

 


Consular Corps-ner

 

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.

"One day, 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

 

Open World Participants

Russian Open World delegation with home host Sucheta Rawal.

 

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.

"One thing 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:

"Hey - 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).

  

I was 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!

Give them the world!Become more 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 nicole@gciv.org for more information.


 

 


Discover Diplomacy

What is DiplomacyThe 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

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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 CASIE Speakeasy

On 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, visit www.casieonline.org or email John Wilson.


 

 


Win 10 Pounds of Guittard Chocolate

"One 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 Chocolate!
 
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 Challenge.
 
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 nicole@gciv.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 NCIV.


 

 

 

International Environment Project Olympiad (INEPO) Submission Deadline is February 3!

 

INEPO competition

 

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. 

 

Now, 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.

 

 

 

Language and Exchange Opportunities

  

2012 JET Memorial Invitation Program (JET MIP) for U.S. High School Students  

The 2012 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.    

 

Summer 2012 Federal Service Language Academy   

North Georgia 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  

 

 

 

 

Upcoming GCIV Events

  

Tuesday, February 28, 12:00-1:00 PM

Global Lunch Forum  

Join an 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 nicole@gciv.org to RSVP and for more information.     

  

Friday, February 24, 6:00-8:00 PM

International Dining Experience

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 nicole@gciv.org    

 

 

 

 

Community Events

  

January 21 - April 15, 2012

Mandala: 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.

  

January 27 - February 12, 2012

The 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.    

 

Thursday, February 2, 7:30-9:00 PM
"Update on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations"

International 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 mjjohnst@gmail.com.      

 

Saturday, February 4, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Turkish Cooking Class

Presented by 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.     

 

Tuesday, February 7, 7:00-8:30 PM

"Dark Forest Black Fly"

Watch exclusive 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 (AJFF)

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.  

 

Thursday, February 9, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

CNN 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.    

 

Friday, February 17, 8:00 PM

Kronos Quartet with Alim Qasimov Ensemble    

The 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.  

 

Saturday, February 18, 7:00 PM
Third 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.    

 

Saturday, February 18, 8:00 PM

Mediterranean Meditations  

Israel's Yasmin 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.    

 

Tuesday, February 21, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Turkish American Day at the Georgia Capitol

The third 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.     

 

Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Afghanistan: 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.

 

Thursday, March 1, 5:30 - 9:00 PM  

Global Connect II

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.