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

Who's Coming to Town?

November 1-6 - Saudi Arabia
Five Community Leaders

Focus: Interfaith Dialogue

November 2-5 - Russia
Ten Government and NGO Leaders

Focus: Energy Efficiency

November 5-8 - Multi-Regionals
Twenty-five Foreign Service Nationals

Focus: American Elections

November 6-8 - China
Eight University Administrators and Journalists

Focus: Elections

November 6-11 - Russia
Eight Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Countering Radicalism

November 6-11 - United Kingdom
One World Food Bank Representative

Focus: Disaster Management

November 11-15 - Kazakhstan
Two Government Officials

Focus: Medical Emergency Response

November 12-16 - Multi-Regional
Eight University Professors

Focus: Higher Education

November 12-16 - Multi-Regional
Six Government Officials

Focus: International Crime

November 18-22 - Pan-Africa
Six Public Health Officials

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention

November 19-22 - Nicaragua
Two Government Officials
Focus: Presidential Libraries

November 29 - December 3 - China
Four Government and Civil Society Representatives
Focus: Religion in the U.S.

November 30-December 5 - Multi-Regional
Twenty Public Health Officials

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention

December 2-6 - South Asia
Ten Civil Society Leaders

Focus: Community Approaches to Social Issues

December 3-6 - Latin America
Seven Teachers and Principals

Focus: Primary Education

Home Hospitality/Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, November 7th - One World Food Bank representative from the United Kingdom would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. He is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. He is available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Friday, November 14th - Eight university administrators from Brazil, Estonia, Lithuania, Oman, the People's Republic of China, Tanzania, and Turkey would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. The group is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. We still need to place the guests from PRC, Estonia, and Lithuania.They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by interpreters.

Thursday, November 19th, and Friday, November 20th - GCIV is looking for a volunteer driver to accompany two visitors from Nicaragua on their professional program in Atlanta, which will focus on presidential libraries and digital archiving. You would have the opportunity to attend the meetings with the delegation and learn about their work in Nicaragua. Mileage reimbursement is available at the government rate.

Please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to volunteer to host or drive any of these delegations.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
The Coca-Cola Company
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
D & A Transportation Services, Inc.
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
Annie York and Raul F. Trujillo

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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 digitalization. Click here to read more about his trip to Clayton State University.

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 site.

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 Ashley 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 AM-12:00 PM
IWA October Meeting

The 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 invitation.

Thursday, November 20th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Recording History in Nicaragua

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. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Other Opportunities
Thursday, November 6th - 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

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 International Atlanta

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 University.

Wednesday, November 12th, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Lecture and Book Signing Event - Golden Bones

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.

Thursday, November 13th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Istanbul Center's Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner
The Istanbul 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.

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