June 2008 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

May 28-June 1 - Uzbekistan
Seven Journalists

Media in the U.S.

June 1-4 - Panama
Three Media Professionals

Investigative Journalism

June 5-10 - China
One Journalist

The Media and Education

June 8-11 - Pan-Africa
Four Business and Government Officials

Women in Business

June 15-18 - Montenegro
One Archivist
Museum Management

June 21-25 - Europe
Nine Government Officials and Journalists

International Aviation and Environmental Policies

July 9-12 - Pakistan
Two Law Enforcement Officials

Community Policing

July 9-12 - Morocco
Four Judges and Lawyers

Administration of Justice

July 12-16 - Pan-Africa
Ten Government and NGO Officials

US Foreign Policy and International Security

Please take a look at the delegations needing home hospitality in the coming months and consider hosting a visiting professional in your home for dinner.

Monday, June 16th - One guest from Montenegro would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. His program in the U.S. will focus on museum administration and information technology. He is available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and may be accompanied by an interpreter.

Sunday, June 22nd - Nine guests from Belgium, Finland, Greece, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. Their program in the U.S. will focus on aviation and environmental policies. They are available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Please note: Home hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the evening of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting visitors in your home for dinner on these dates, please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
Atlanta City Councilís Advisory Committee on International Relations
The Coca-Cola Company
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products
Regency Suites Hotel

Bronze Sponsors
Alston & Bird, LLP
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bear Stearns
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
nsoro, LLC
Reece & Associates
Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
UBS Investment Bank
YKK Corporation of America

Ambassadors Circle
Charlie and Nancy Bedford
Mike Dangerfield
James and Carol Dew
Augustine Esogbue
Chris and Charles Evans
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue and Jim Heerin
Russell and Anna Malayery
Jim and Elizabeth Munson
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos
Wayne Reece
Sharon and Bruce Taylor

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Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available for the 2008 NCIV Southern Regional Meeting August 6-8

GCIV is proud to announce that Atlanta has been selected as the host city for the National Council for International Visitors' 2008 Southern Regional Meeting. This event will bring together the national network responsible for implementing the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. Fellow CIV representatives from the southern region and around the country will join Washington, DC Program Agency and Department of State colleagues in Atlanta August 6-8, 2008. In hosting this meeting GCIV will showcase the best our city and state have to offer our international exchange participants. We are currently seeking conference sponsors to help us underscore the growing international dimensions of our region. Please contact Ashley Mastin for more information.

Former Turkish Ambassadors Share Foreign Policy Outlook with Atlantans

GCIV hosted two former Turkish ambassadors participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program May 6-8. While on this trip, Ambassadors Ahmet Aksoy and Osman Arim represented the Foreign Policy Institute at Bilkent University in Ankara. They had the opportunity to meet with their professional counterparts and engage in dialogue with local citizens. Click here to read more about their program in Atlanta.

Bangladeshi Delegation Experiences Memorial Day in Atlanta

GCIV was honored to host a delegation of seven government and NGO officials from Bangladesh over the recent holiday weekend. The group came to Atlanta to meet with professional counterparts and discuss human rights and the U.S. judicial system. They enjoyed their professional appointments and found a unique insight into American culture when they had the opportunity to spend Memorial Day at Stone Mountain Park. Read more about their stay in Atlanta.

Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!

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 or hundreds of international visitors each year. Becoming a member is easy - just visit our membership page to download an application. You can now pay for your membership online using paypal!

GCIV Upcoming Events

Friday, June 6th - 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: New Media in Hong Kong

Join a GCIV international exchange participant from Hong Kong for a lunchtime discussion about emergence of new media in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, and its impact on the free flow of information. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel in midtown. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Sunday, June 15th - 6:00 - 7:30 PM
GCIV International Dining Experience at Bombay Grill

Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. We will take advantage of Bombay Grill's weekend buffet, featuring a wide array of authentic Indian cuisine. The price is $18 per person, and this includes the meal, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Tuesday, June 24th - 7:00 - 8:30 PM
GCIV Envoy Event: Lecture & Book Signing at the Carter Library

Join GCIV Young Professionals at a Lecture and Book Signing at the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum Theater. Thomas Laird and Robert Thurman will discuss their recent books that elaborate on the role of the Dalai Lama and the future of Tibet. The event is free. Please RSVP to Ashley Mastin by Monday, June 24th.

Thursday, July 10th - 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Women in Pakistani Law Enforcement

Join two GCIV international exchange participants from Pakistan for a lunchtime discussion about their experiences as female police officers in Pakistan. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Space is limited, so you must make a reservation to attend. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Other Opportunities
2008-2009 School Year
Youth For Understanding Host Families Needed

Youth For Understanding is currently seeking host families for the 2008-09 school year. It has dedicated itself for over fifty years to helping students and families around the world to better understand and perceive a much more interconnected world. YFU offers the opportunity to discover new traditions and experience unique cultures by hosting an exchange student. They also offer opportunities to travel abroad as an exchange student to thirty-five different countries. Please call Myke Harris-Long at 800.872.0200 x 276 or visit the web site for more information.

Tuesday, June 10th - 7:30 - 9:15 AM
SCIS Breakfast Briefing on Europe
The Southern Center for International Studies with The Consulate of Greece in Atlanta invites you to a Breakfast Briefing on Europe featuring Ambassador Angelos Pangratis, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S. in Washington D.C., The Honorable Anna Diamantopoulou, Member of Parliament in Greece, and Prodi Commission, Former EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs. Tickets are $15 for SCIS members, and $20 to the general public. Register on the SCIS web site. Reservations and advance payment are requested.

Wednesday, June 11th - 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Dr. Mark Douglas, Professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, will address the June ACIR Luncheon. The topic of discussion is "Religious Influences on International Affairs." The luncheon is at the Capital City Club, 7 Harris Street, NW. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

About GCIV
The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to become more globally engaged.

Georgia Council for International Visitors
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Atlanta, GA 30303