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

Who's Coming to Town?

September 27- October 1 - Brazil
Six Government and Political Leaders

Focus: Minority Participation in the Political Process

September 28-October 1 - Armenia
Five University Professors

Focus: American Studies

September 30- October 4 - Nigeria
Six Public Health Officials


October 1-4 - Hungary
One Library Administrator

Focus: Digital Heritage Preservation

October 4-8 - United Kingdom
One Business Leader

Civil Society and Civil Rights

October 4-8 - Belgium
Eight Journalists

Focus: U.S. Reporting Tour - Elections and the Economy

October 16-20 - Hungary
One University Administrator

Focus: Health Care Reform

October 22-26 - Saudi Arabia
Five Journalists

Focus: Media in the U.S.

October 25-29 - Estonia
Five Public Health Officials

Focus: HIV Case Management

November 1-6 - Saudi Arabia
Five Community Leaders

Focus: Interfaith Dialogue

November 2-4 - Multi-Regional
Two Government Leaders

Focus: American Elections

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

Focus: American Elections

November 12-16 - Multi-Regional
Seven University Professors

Focus: Higher Education

November 12-16 - Multi-Regional
Five Government Officials

Focus: International Crime

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

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention

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

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention

December 2-6 - South Asia
Eleven Civil Society Leaders

Focus: Community Approaches to Social Issues

December 3-6 - Latin America
Seven Teachers and Principals

Focus: Primary Education

Volunteer Opportunities,
October 6th and 7th - GCIV is looking for a volunteer driver to accompany a visitor from the United Kingdom on his professional program in Atlanta, which will focus on civil society and civil rights. You would have the opportunity to attend the meetings with him and learn about his work in the UK. Mileage reimbursement is available at the government rate. Please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

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 Trujillo

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during the final quarter of our fiscal year 2008:

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 Varga

Ambassador ($1000+)
Jim and Elizabeth Munson

Consul ($250+)
Robin Spratlin

Attaché ($100+)
John Saunders
Randy Avon

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Kay Alvelda
Ann Beeson
Maria Cabrera-McDonald
Ana Calderon
Judith Cantwell
Anne Egros
Grace Fleming
Bobbie Kraus
Nolly Ladha
Marianne McConnel
Denise McGuinness
Lucie Rivera-O’Ferrall
Fay Selvage
Hale E. Sheppard, Esq.
Latifa Stetler
Patricia Walsh
Jean Ward
Haze Wood
Laryssa Temple
Durshi Zoberi

Envoy ($25+)
Ashik Jahan
Saralyn Perry

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Malaysian NGO Leader Kicks off IWA 2008-09 Season

GCIV hosted a distinguished guest from Malaysia, Ms. Sabina Arokiam, September 10-14, 2008. Ms. Arokiam works with several NGOs in Malaysia, and champions the causes of refugee resettlement, media literacy, HIV/AIDS awareness, youth development, and fine arts. She traveled to Atlanta under the auspices of the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, and hoped to meet with NGO leaders working in refugee resettlement and permaculture. GCIV's International Women Associates welcomed Ms. Arokiam to their September meeting and enjoyed hearing about her work and her life in Malaysia. Click here to read more.

Brazilian Delegation Focuses on Minority Participation in Politics

From September 27 to October 1st, GCIV hosted a delegation of six civil society, government, and media representatives for a professional exchange program. The members of the group work in various capacities to promote equal rights and participation of Afro-Brazilians. They traveled to the U.S. under the auspices of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, and met with a wide variety of professional resources in Georgia and throughout the country. Click here to read more.

See Photos from the NCIV Southern Regional Meeting

Our colleagues at NCIV have posted photos from the NCIV Southern Regional Meeting. Click here to see photos from the three days of professional development and networking for the NCIV network in Atlanta. Thank you again to our sponsors - the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Atlanta City Council's Advisory Committee on International Relations, the Regency Suites Hotel, and D&A Transportation Services.

Help GCIV Connect Our International Delegations to the 2008 Elections!

Are you getting excited about the 2008 Elections? So is GCIV! The 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. Are you planning to attend a political rally, make calls at a campaign phone bank, go door to door for a candidate, help register voters, or participate in any other political activity? Please consider taking an international visitor with you to see democracy in action! Contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to give us your ideas.

GCIV Seeks Intern for Spring 2009

GCIV seeks a qualified intern to start in mid-January 2009. The intern would work a minimum of fifteen hours per week for a twelve-week period. A stipend is available upon successful completion of the internship. If applicable, the internship can also be used toward course credit. S/he will work directly with GCIV staff, and will assist in coordinating international exchange programs, among other responsibilities. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Ashley Mastin.

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

Tuesdays, September 23rd - November 18th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Great Decisions - Evening at Emory

Increase your understanding of world affairs by joining the last Great Decisions discussion group offered by GCIV in 2008. This eight-week series is based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. The 2008 topics include: Iraq: Endgame, the European Union at 50, Talking to Our Enemies, Russia, US Defense & Security Policy, Latin America: Shift to the Left?, US-China Trade policy, and Private Philanthropy. Register for the course at the Evening at Emory web page, or contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 with questions.

Tuesday, October 7th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: The Face of the New Conservative Party in the United Kingdom

Join GCIV and an international exchange participant from the United Kingdom for a lunchtime discussion about the political landscape in the United Kingdom, courtesy of an up-and-coming leader of the Conservative Party. 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.

Thursday, October 9th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
IWA October Meeting

The International Womens Associates will hear a presentation from Mr. Rob Hill, an expert on Atlanta's history. Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an invitation.

Wednesday, October 15th
Dine Out for International Understanding!

GCIV presents an exciting new opportunity to support our work. Restaurants around the metropolitan area will donate a percentage of their proceeds from Wednesday, October 15th. Keep an eye out for a forthcoming announcement of participating restaurants and details!

Monday, October 27th, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
GCIV Envoy Event: Carter Center Lecture

Join GCIV young professionals at a lecture and book signing at the Carter Center. Sarah Vowell's new book, The Wordy Shipmates, details political, religious, and social movements in seventeenth century New England that would shape a nation. In particular, Vowell studies the Puritan effect and finds their beliefs about church and state more interesting than their buckles and corn reputation would suggest. Envoy members will meet at 6:45 in the Carter Center Chapel. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Other Opportunities
Saturday, October 4th - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
3rd Annual Cordão de Ouro Atlanta Batizado

Contra Mestre Muriel Ribeiro and Cordão de Ouro (CDO) Atlanta invite you to join the 3rd annual batizado and changing of the cords. Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art/dance, was originated by African slaves brought to Brazil during the Colonial period as a cultural expression in opposition to the institution of slavery. The event will include various dance and musical performances. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. See more details online.

Wednesday, October 15th - 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Sandra Mackey, an award winning writer on Middle Eastern culture and politics, will address the October ACIR Luncheon. She will discuss the topic "Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran: The New Path of Power across the Middle East?" 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.

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.

Georgia Council for International Visitors
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Atlanta, GA 30303