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?
Focus: Public Health
January 30 -
Professors and University Representatives
Focus: Religious and Public Education
Near East and
Officials and Teachers
Focus: Women's Sports and Wellness
Hospitality and Home-Stay Opportunities
Friday, February 10
- 140 visiting Fulbright graduate students from across the country
would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in
Atlanta. They are participating in a Fulbright Visiting Scholars
Enrichment Seminar. They are available at 6:00 PM, and will not be
accompanied by an interpreter. Due to the size of the group, we are
asking hosts to accommodate at least 4 visitors.
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 December 2011:
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Mary Jane McCraney
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
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
John E. Parkerson, Jr.
Honorary Consul of Hungary
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
because I am a private citizen, I can act without the restrictions of
profit, position or policy. My only position is that of an ordinary
human being, and it is in that role that I hope, in some small way, to
bring together and consolidate the will for peace into a global
- Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist Philosopher, Peacebuilder and Educator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or 404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
Open World delegation at Tybee Island.
2011, GCIV hosted an Open World delegation
of five healthcare professionals and civic leaders from Russia who
examined social issues and healthcare in the U.S. Open World enables
emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S.
counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local
took a weekend excursion to Savannah, where they participated in a
dolphin tour and dined with local GCIV volunteers.
Atlanta, the delegates were hosted by Jessie Bond and Ray Glier, Jim
and Carol Dew, Carole Kallansrude, Lee Pasackow and Sucheta Rawal and
Dipak Rath. The Russian visitors met with representatives from
community organizations including Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia
Department of Public Health, Global
Health Action, MedShare,
Joseph's Mercy Mobile Healthcare, Steffas
& Associates, P.C. and Voices
for Georgia's Children. They had the opportunity to
meet Georgia State Senator Renee Unterman, Atlanta City Councilmember
Kwanza Hall, members of the Atlanta Consular Corps, GCIV members and
staff in both Senator Chambliss's and Isakson's offices. In addition,
they toured the Martin
Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, CNN
and the Georgia State Capitol as well as participated in a "Today
I Met ..." school visit at Tucker
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Host a Visiting Fulbright Graduate Student for Dinner
GCIV trustees Laurie Nichols and Jai Rogers hosted
visiting Fulbright scholars for dinner in November 2011.
The Fulbright Program is the United States government's flagship
international educational exchange program. GCIV hosts will be offering
dinner hospitality to a worldwide delegation of visiting Fulbright
graduate students on Friday, February 10, 2012. International
visitors continuously rate dinner hospitality as the highlight of their
trip and the experience that gave them the most insight into the U.S.
If you are interested in being a dinner hospitality host or would like
more information, please contact Emily O'Harris at email@example.com.
GCIV Trustee and Honorary Hungarian Consul John
Parkerson with Hungarian President Pál Schmitt.
John E. Parkerson, Jr., director of International Programs at Clayton
State University and the Honorary Consul of Hungary for the
southeastern United States, attended the annual meetings of the
Hungarian Consular Corps at the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C.
As a part of those meetings, Parkerson had the opportunity to meet with
Hungarian President Pál Schmitt. "We were privileged to have with
us this year the President of Hungary, Pál Schmitt, who was in
Washington on an official visit," said Parkerson. "During our
private conversations, President Schmitt related that he last was in
Atlanta in 1996 for the Olympics." Ambassador of Hungary to the
U.S. György Szapáry also participated in the meetings.
Speakers Announced for GCIV's 2012 Great Decisions Foreign Policy
speakers have been announced for GCIV's 2012 Great Decisions Foreign
Policy Lecture Series at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church and
include experts from Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University,
Georgia State University and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and
Museum. Click here for a
complete list of dates, speakers and topics. The topics are based
on the Foreign Policy Association's nonpartisan briefing books.
The eight week lecture-series is every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM from
January 19 - March 8, 2012. This year, GCIV is offering a special 50th anniversary
just $50 to participate in the series with briefing book and a one-year
membership in GCIV which offers exclusive opportunities
to interact with distinguished international visitors. Otherwise, the
cost is $30 for individuals and includes a briefing book or $40 for
companions sharing a book. Click here to pay online
with a credit card, download a registration form to mail with a check
payable to GCIV or view more information on the topics.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCIV Congratulates Ambassadors Circle Member Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
GCIV Executive Director Shell Stuart and Mrs. Richard
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.
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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, 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.
January 12, 7:00-8:30 PM
Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo"
Sophie Borel Ghosn, field office director for The Carter Center in the
DRC; Elizabeth Caesens, project manager for The Carter Center's mining
transparency project in DRC; David Pottie, associate director of the
Carter Center's Democracy Program and project manager for the Center's
observation of the DRC elections. 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.
January 17, 6:00 PM
Hazara of Afghanistan: Cultural Exhibit and Lecture
Learn about the
Hazara tribe of Afghanistan as local college student Mohammed Ali
Razaee shares stories and discusses photographs of his native land. The
program also will include a display of costumes and foods from the
region to sample. The exhibit is at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library,
5234 LaVista Road, Tucker, Georgia 30084.
January 19, 7:30-9:00 PM
Next Eleven: Development in West Africa"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.