|Belgian Journalists Come to Atlanta
to Prepare for Covering U.S. Elections |
GCIV was honored to work with the U.S. Embassy in
Belgium to coordinate a reporting tour for eight Belgian
journalists in October 2008. These journalists traveled
to Atlanta and Orlando to gain a better understanding of
the upcoming elections, and were focused especially on
economic issues and the minority vote. While in Atlanta
they met with representatives of the Carter Center,
Georgia State University's Center for International
Media Education, the Georgia Association of Latino
Elected Officials, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of
Commerce, the Kennesaw State University Political
Science Department, the Georgia Coalition for the
People's Agenda, the Georgia State University Economics
Department, the Fulton County Commission, and the Fulton
County Department of Registration and Elections. They
also visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National
Historic Site, CNN Studios, a presidential
debate-watching party, and enjoyed dinners in the homes
of GCIV members.
|Hungarian Official Forges New
Relationships in Georgia |
On Oct. 2, 2008, Clayton State University Vice
President and Provost Dr. Sharon Hoffman; and John
Parkerson, director of Clayton State's Office of
International Programs; hosted an informal discussion
and lunch with David Kitzinger, managing director of the
John von Neumann Digital Library in Budapest, Hungary.
Kitzinger is formerly with the Hungarian Ministry of
Informatics and Communications. He is a widely
acknowledged expert in media and communications and was
visiting the Atlanta area as an official guest of the
U.S. Government. The purpose of his visit to the U.S.
was to learn more about efforts to digitalize U.S.
libraries, to explore digital preservation of culture
and arts, to learn about intellectual property rights
protection, and to explore legal aspects of
here to read more about his trip to Clayton State
|Great Decisions in 2009
The new year is approaching, and we
are gearing up for the 2009 Great Decisions series. GCIV
is working with a number of groups in the community to
create and sustain discussion groups. If you are
interested in starting your own Great Decisions group,
or joining an existing one, please contact Ashley
Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13. We are also looking for
community support for the program - please let us know
if you can offer meeting space, if you're willing to
help moderate discussions, or if you know of any
possible financial support for the program. We look
forward to bringing you more information about the
program next month!
|Get the Most out of Your
Communication with GCIV |
Do you get all of the information
you need from GCIV in our communications? In every
monthly GCIV e-newsletter, we include a list of the
upcoming delegations in the left-hand column. Under this
list are the opportunities to host visitors in your home
for a meal, drive exchange participants to their
professional meetings, and volunteer in other ways. Near
the end of the right column is a list of upcoming GCIV
events. Below the GCIV events are other community events
that might be of interest to you. You can also click on
the table of contents in the top left-hand corner of the
message to get to any particular story or upcoming
events. If your newsletter is only text, please click on
the link at the top of the page to see it as a web page
(this will make it much easier to view). You can find an
archive of GCIV e-newsletters on our web
We also send out other emails between
newsletters, including home hospitality opportunities.
Typically an announcement is also sent out for each GCIV
event, and includes more details. If you are not
receiving these and would like to, please go to the
bottom of this email and click on the link that says
"Update Profile/Email Address." This will take you to a
page where you can update your email preferences. You
can sign up for the monthly e-newsletter and monthly
updates, for home hospitality notices, and for our young
professionals group, Envoy. You can also choose to only
receive the e-newsletter. Please direct any questions to
Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13.
|Gearing up for Elections!
GCIV is gearing up for the
elections next week! The U.S. State Department has asked
us to take advantage of this election year, and give
every single one of our international visitors an
opportunity to see the American political process. All
five delegations in town next week will have some
opportunity to connect to the electoral process. Two
will be here on election day. Please let us know if you
are attending an election results-watching event and
would like to bring some international exchange
participants with you. While we have given them
suggestions of public events, we would love for them to
be accompanied by GCIV members. Contact Emily Bushey at
404-832-5560 x 15 if you'd like to participate.
|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 for 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 |
Thursday, November 13th, 10:00
IWA October Meeting
International Womens Associates will hear a presentation
from Ms. Lisa Schnellinger, a journalist, journalism
instructor, education advocate, and photographer around
the world. Please contact Ashley
Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an
Thursday, November 20th, 12:00 -
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Recording History
Join GCIV and two international
exchange participants from Nicaragua for a lunchtime
discussion about their work to archive the most recent
presidential administration, Enrique José Bolaños. This
Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel,
975 West Peachtree Street 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. Space is
limited, so you must make a reservation to attend.
Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.
|Other Opportunities |
Thursday, November 6th - 11:45
AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International
Dr. Jay Hakes, Director of the
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Author of A
Declaration of Energy Independence, will address the
ACIR Luncheon. He will discuss the topic "Tough Choices
Ahead: Energy, Economy and Diplomacy." 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.
Friday, November 7th,
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Viva Villa Gala, Benefiting Villa
Villa International Atlanta
will host its fourth annual gala event at the Carter
Center. The festive evening will feature international
entertainment, a silent auction, and more. Tickets are
$75 each and can be purchased
online or by calling 404-633-6783. Proceeds from the
event will support Villa International's mission to
provide an affordable, convenient "home away from home"
for members of the international health community who
have come for short term study or research at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory
Wednesday, November 12th, 6:00 -
Lecture and Book Signing Event - Golden
A-A Language Services and Friends of
Ambassador Siv Atlanta invite you to attend a lecture
and book signing. In his new book Golden Bones,
Sichan Siv describes the journey from killing fields of
Cambodia to corridors of power in Washington, D.C.
Sichan Siv is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations. The event is at The Founders Auditorm at UPS
Headquarters, 55 Glenlake Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA.
Please contact Garry
Guan with questions.
13th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Istanbul Center's Annual
Dialogue & Friendship Dinner
Center will host this annual dinner where Ambassador
Andrew Young is the keynote speaker. The theme for this
evening will be the "Alliance of Civilizations." If you
would like to request an invitation, please send an email.
|About GCIV |
The mission of the Georgia
Council for International Visitors is to promote
international understanding through citizen diplomacy.
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the
opportunity to become more globally engaged.