November 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
2010 Great Decisions Topics
GCIV Blog: Edward R. Murrow Program
International Student Homestays
GCIV Seeking Qualified Candidates
Calling All Students
Become a Citizen Diplomat!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

November 5-10 - Multi-Regional
Nine Law Enforcement and Govt Representatives
Focus: International Crime

November 11-17 - Kazakhstan
Three Civil Society Leaders
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness

November 14-21 - Ukraine
Five Judges
Focus: Rule of Law

November 19-24 - Syria
Ten Government Planners
Focus:  Urban Planning

November 24-28 - Brazil
Three Public Health Officials
Focus:  Public Health

December 1-5 - Multi-Regional
Eighteen Public Health Officials
Focus: HIV Prevention and Education

December 3-5 - Uzbekistan
Five Government Officials
Forensic Laboratories

December 8-12 - Uzbekistan
Four Civil Society Leaders
Focus:  Women as NGO Leaders

GCIV Home Hospitality and Homestay Opportunities

Monday, November 9th - Nine law enforcement and government officials from Argentina, Colombia, Finland, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, and Jamaica would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on international crime. The delegation is available at 6:00 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Sunday, November 15th - Three human rights advocates from Kazakhstan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on human rights awareness. The delegation is available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM, and will be accompanied by an interpreter.

Sunday, November 22nd - Nine government planners from Syria would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on urban planning. The delegation is available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM, and may be accompanied by an interpreter.

Thursday, November 26th - Three public health officials from Brazil would like to experience Thanksgiving home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on public health. The delegation is available for a Thanksgiving meal in your home - we will work with individual hosts to set the time.  They may 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 O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor
Georgia Power

Silver Sponsors
The Coca-Cola Company
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Siemens Energy & Automation

Bronze Sponsors
Atlanta City Council's Advisory Committee on International Relations
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Barclays Capital
Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Ernst & Young
Fulton County Commission
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Laurie Grant Nichols and Scott Nichols
Odom Immigration Law Group, LLC
Regency Suites Hotel
UBS Investment Bank

Ambassadors Circle
Nancy & Charles Bedford
Rosie & Lindsay Davidson
Erika Monckeberg
& Enrique Flores
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue & Jim Heerin
Elizabeth & Jim Munson
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall & Frederick H. Kruse
Shell Stuart
Sharon & Bruce Taylor
Annie York &

Raul F. Trujillo

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during October 2009:

Attaché ($100+)
Carol Niemi
Mark Pierson

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Judy Cantwell
Tarik Celik
Kathy Ellis
Maria Galindo
Mariolga Hoffman
Rep. Sheila Jones
Elena Zapico
Joan Zenteno

Envoy ($25+)
Xaleon Shields

Lifetime Members
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Lew and Anne Hansen
Betty Haas
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Va

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2010 Great Decisions Topics Announced

GDThe new year is approaching, and we are gearing up for the 2010 Great Decisions series. GCIV is working 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, 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.

You can find more information about the program on the GCIV web site.  As we confirm with our community discussion groups, we will list their meeting schedules here. The list will be updated as more groups and dates are confirmed. The topics for 2010 are:
  • Special envoys
  • Kenya and R2P
  • Global crime
  • U.S.-China security relations
  • Global financial crisis
  • Russia and its neighbors
  • Persian Gulf
  • Peace building and conflict resolution
We look forward to your participation in Great Decisions this coming year!

GCIV Blog:  Hosting the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists

GCIV had the distinct pleasure of partnering with the Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia to implement the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.  The Murrow Program brought one-hundred and fifty emerging leaders in the field of journalism from around the world to examine journalistic practices in the United States September 26th to October 17th, 2009.  The program is an innovative public-private partnership between the Department of State, the Aspen Institute and leading U.S. schools of journalism.

GCIV hosted a delegation of sixteen journalists representing Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.  The group came to the state of Georgia October 1-7, 2009.  Click here to read more about the Murrow Program and this delegation's local program.

Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy Postponed

Please note that the Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, originally scheduled for November 14th, has been postponed.  GCIV will announce a rescheduled event in the near future. 

GCIV International Student Hosting Programs

GCIV is pleased to announce its new and exciting international student hosting program. As another channel for citizen diplomacy, hosts have the opportunity to share their home with students and scholars from around the world while creating cross-cultural friendships and engaging in international understanding. Students are enrolled at local universities or intensive English institutes and stay anywhere from two months to a year or more.
Visit the GCIV web site for more details, a complete list of participating schools, and a program brochure.  For more information and to receive an application, contact Joan Roberts at 404-832-5560 x 11.

GCIV Seeking Qualified Candidates for Program Coordinator and Intern Positions

GCIV is accepting applications for a Program Coordinator position, responsible for communications, membership, and community programs.  This is a communications-intensive position.  The ideal candidate will possess strong writing skills and experience in web site maintenance and email marketing applications.  Experience with WordPress, Constant Contact, and Adobe InDesign is preferred.  Additionally, we are seeking an intern for the Spring 2010 term to assist on the International Visitor Leadership Program.  Please visit our web site for details on how to apply for both positions.  No phone calls, please.

Calling All Students for the Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest

Middle- and high-school students in the state of Georgia are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay on the theme of "Who's My Neighbor?" The purpose of this contest is to have students in middle and high schools think about and be involved in solving social problems in our world today.  The Program is geared towards an interdisciplinary approach to solving world and community issues in that the theme of the program each year looks towards global peace and intercultural understanding.

The prizes include trips to Turkey and gift cards for both students and teachers!  Please visit the contest web site to find out more information about the theme, rules, and prizes.

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!

Upcoming GCIV Events

Thursday, November 12th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
International Women Associates November Meeting
The October IWA Meeting will focus on Tibetan Buddhism.  Local expert Kathleen Rieter will share her experiences with the group.  Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an invitation.

Friday, November 13th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  Defending Human Rights in Kazakhstan
Join GCIV and three government officials from Kazakhstan for a lunchtime discussion. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the United Way Building downtown (where the GCIV office is located). 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 for more information or to RSVP.

Wednesday, November 18th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 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 United Way Building downtown (where the GCIV office is located). RSVP to Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Community Events

Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Forum for Expatriate Management Meeting
The Forum for Expatriate Management in collaboration with Birchtree Global, LLC, cordially invite you to attend the inaugural meeting for the Southeastern Region at the City Club of Buckhead.  This program is sponsored by Munson International. The topic of discussion will be "Managing Expatriate Costs."  To register, go online or call 770-590-8338.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Immigration Workshop
Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions and KUCK Immigration Partners Attorney Marc Amos will host a workshop for local residents.  The purpose of this Immigration Workshop is to familiarize immigrants and professionals working in the international community with the U.S. immigration system. Sign up online using event code IKAT9076.

Wednesday, November 18th, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
The November ACIR Luncheon will feature Ambassador Marion Creekmore.  He will discuss the topic "Pakistan:  The Greatest Challenge in South Asia." The meeting is at the Capital City Club downtown, and costs $30 for members, $40 for non-members.  Please email Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

About GCIV

The Georgia Council for International Visitors builds understanding and cooperation between the people of our state and the world.

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

"If we are to live together in peace, we must
come to know each other better."

Lyndon Baines Johnson
36th President of the United States