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

Who's Coming to Town?

May 6-8 - Turkey
Two University Professors

U.S. Foreign Policy

May 7-10 - Brazil
One NGO Leader

Law Enforcement

May 9-15 - Multi-Regional
Four Public Health Officials

Women's Health

May 10-14 - North Asia
Four Journalists and Medical Officials
Disaster and Pandemic Response

May 11-15 - China
One Government Official

Adoption Policy

May 21-24 - Guatemala
Eight Public Health Officials

Public Health and Nutrition

May 21-26 - Pan-Africa
Twelve Civil Society Leaders

NGO Management

May 24-28 - Bangladesh
Seven Government and NGO Officials
Human Rights and the U.S. Judicial System

May 24-28 - Georgia
Five University Professors and Administrators
Liberal Arts Higher Education

May 28-June 1 - Uzbekistan
Seven Journalists

Media in the U.S.

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.

Sunday, May 11th - Four visitors from Egypt, Oman, and Yemen would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. Their program in the U.S. will focus on women's health. They are available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM, and do not speak English. We still need one host to take two visitors and an interpreter.

Sunday, May 11th - Four visitors from Japan, the Philippines, and the Solomon Islands would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. Their program in the U.S. will focus on disaster response. They are available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM, and all speak English.

Monday, May 26th - Seven visitors from Bangladesh would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. Their program in the U.S. will focus on human rights and the U.S. judicial system. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and most of the group will be accompanied by interpreters.

Thursday, May 29th - Seven visitors from Uzbekistan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. Their program in the U.S. will focus on media. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM. About half of the group will be accompanied by interpreters.

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

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
Regency Suites Hotel
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

Join our mailing list!
GCIV to Host 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.

Australian Educator Talks Diversity with Atlanta Counterparts

GCIV hosted Ms. Ahdielah Edries of Australia April 15-18. Ms. Edries is president of the Islamic Council of Western Australia and principal of the Australian Islamic College. She is the first woman to hold both of these positions, and has a passion for involving her diverse student body in a number of interfaith initiatives. She traveled to the U.S. under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program to discuss diversity issues, youth programs, and interfaith cooperation with her professional counterparts. Click here to read more about her program in Atlanta.

GCIV Great Decisions Lectures Available Online

Thanks to our partnership with the Atlanta Forum Network, six sessions of the GCIV Great Decisions Lecture Series are now available online. Click here to see the offerings. Speakers include Dr. Dan Reiter from Emory University, Dr. Katja Webber from Georgia Tech, Penelope Prime from Mercer University, Dr. Han S. Park from the University of Georgia, Dr. Kim Reimann from Georgia State University, and Deb Neuman from CARE USA. If you are interested in starting a new Great Decisions discussion group in your area, please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13.

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

Wednesday, May 7th - 12:00-1:15 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Understanding Turkey's Foreign Policy

Join two GCIV international exchange participants from Turkey for a lunchtime discussion about Turkey's foreign policy. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the Istanbul Center in midtown. The Instanbul Center is graciously providing Turkish cuisine, so there is no cost. Registration is 12:00-12:15, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:15 PM. Space is limited, so you must make a reservation to attend. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Thursday, May 8th - 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
IWA May Meeting

The International Womens Associates will hear from Dr. Janice Benario about her experiences during World War II. The topic is ""Top Secret Ultra: The Allies' Secret Weapon in the Battle of the Atlantic." Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to receive an invitation.

Thursday, May 15th - 6:30-7:30 PM
GCIV Host Orientation

Learn the "ins and outs" of hosting while getting to know GCIV staff and fellow hosts. GCIV will organize host orientations once a quarter to help experienced and new hosts alike stay informed and become better citizen diplomats. Participation in an orientation is mandatory for all hosts. Please join us for one at your earliest convenience. The orientation will take place at the Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street in midtown. RSVP to Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Saturday, May 17th - 6:00-10:00 PM
GCIV Envoy Event

Join GCIV young professionals for dinner and a movie with Indian flavor. Meet at 6:00 PM at Planet Bombay for dinner, and then we'll go to the Film Festival of India at the High Museum. We will see Outsourced, a comedy about a young man from Seattle who finds himself in outsourced to a small village outside of Mumbai. Cost is $5 general admission and $4 for students and museum members. Each person will be responsible for purchasing their own meal and ticket. Contact Ashley Mastin 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.

Thursday, May 8th - 6:00 - 7:30 PM
SCIS Briefing: Expectations of the President-A View from Berlin
This SCIS Briefing will feature Dr. John Hulsman, Alfred von Oppenheim Scholar in Residence for the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, and is co-hosted by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Council on Germany. Tickets are $15 for SCIS and ACG members, and $20 to the general public. Register on the SCIS web site. Reservations and advance payment are requested.

Tuesday, May 13th - 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Peter White, President of the Southern Center for International Studies, will address the May ACIR Luncheon. The topic of discussion is "Suggested Foreign Policy for the Next Administration." 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
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303