The Georgia Council for International Visitors
builds relationships between the people of our state and leaders
around the world.
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be
more globally engaged.
Who's coming to town?
Focus: U.S. Political Process
Focus: Rule of Law and Judicial Reform
October 29 -
and North Africa
and NGO Leaders
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness
Bureau Representatives and One Forensic Expert
Focus: Forensic Science
Focus: Democracy and Human Rights
R. Murrow Fellows
October 13 - Seven delegates from Yemen
would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in
Atlanta. The delegation includes a commercial manager, two activists,
a newspaper editor, foundation director, training specialist and
journalist. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's
International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on the U.S. political process.
Members of the delegation are at the front lines of the current
uprising against the Saleh regime in Yemen. They are available at
6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will
divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 visitors per
- Four lawyers and judges from Kazakhstan
would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta.
They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International
Visitor Leadership Program focusing on the rule of law and judicial
reform. They are available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not
be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into
smaller groups if needed.
- Twelve lawyers and NGO leaders from the Middle East
Africa would like to experience Halloween with GCIV
hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State
Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on human rights advocacy and
awareness. They are available at 6:30 PM, and may or may
not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation
into smaller groups of 2 or 3 visitors per host.
- Seventy-five visiting scholars from across the country would like
to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are
participating in a Fulbright Visiting Scholars Enrichment Seminar
focusing on democracy,
and trafficking in
persons. They are available at 6:00 PM, and will not be
accompanied by an interpreter. Due to the size of the group, we are
asking hosts to accommodate at least 4 visitors.
Sunday, November 6
- Twelve Edward R. Murrow fellows from Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic,
would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta.
They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International
Visitor Leadership Program focusing on journalism. They are available at
6:00 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will
divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 visitors per
December 2-10, 2011 -
Five delegates and a facilitator from Russia as well as an
interpreter need volunteer home-stay hosts. They are participating in
an Open World program funded by U.S. Congress. The group is focusing
on social issues
and healthcare in the U.S. We will place one or two
visitors per host.
Home hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only.
Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on
the day of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting any of
these distinguished delegates in your home for dinner on the above
date or would like to propose an alternate date, please contact Emily
O'Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org
404-832-5560 x 15. Once you have signed up to host, we'll
provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries.
Home-stay hosts may be asked to assist with some
transportation and meals. A small stipend will be provided per
visitor as a contribution toward expenses. If you are interested in
being a volunteer home-stay host, please contact Irene Bailey at email@example.com
or 404-832-5560 x 13.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and
members who have made financial contributions during September 2011:
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Darren and Ann Short
Tycho Stahl and Yonni Kim
Ken and Linda Stewart
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Lew and Anne Hansen
George and Judy Varga
& Young LLP
Arogeti & Wynne
Council on International Relations
R. Britton, Jr.
Consul General of the Republic of Albania
Consul General of the Philippines
Women Associates Chair
E. Parkerson, Jr.
Consul of Hungary
Healthcare of Atlanta
RBC Capital Markets
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
404-832-5560 x 15
Community Programs Coordinator
404-832-5560 x 17
Global Partnerships Manager
404-832-5560 x 13
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy
"In order to
become responsible global citizens, young people need to experience
the world around them. Kids from underserved communities rarely have
the opportunity to study and travel abroad, and we want to change
that. We must make sure that American students have the cultural
awareness and skills necessary to succeed in a global economy."
members had an exclusive opportunity to network with recently-elected
Nigerian National Assembly members.
In September GCIV hosted a delegation of Nigerian
Assembly members under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The group represented
a mix of political parties and the country's six geo-political zones
and all of the delegates were members of legislative committees
responsible for governance, anti-corruption and crime issues including
narcotics and financial crimes. Their program was designed to introduce
the American political and legislative system and its role in promoting
good governance and crime mitigation as well as the role of
congressional committees, specialized legislative agencies,
non-governmental organizations, citizens, media, and civil society in
the U.S. in promoting transparency, accountability, ethics and human
While in Atlanta, the delegation met with
representatives from the Carter Center, Common Cause Georgia,
Georgia Secretary of
State Elections Division, Georgia Government
Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, University of
Georgia's Carl Vinson Insitute of Government/Governmental Training
Division and Georgia State
Inspector General, Deron Kicks. They also attended services at Antioch Baptist
Church, toured the city and the Martin Luther King,
Jr. National Historic Site with GCIV volunteer host Joe Beasley of
the RainbowPUSH Coalition
and attended a GCIV members only reception at the home of the Nigerian
Consul General. As the power goes off quite regularly in Nigeria due to
a need for more generators, a few members of the delegation met
separately with staff at Georgia Power to
discuss this issue.
GCIV Blog: Celebrating 500 Programs
chair Lindsay Davidson and GCIV executive director Shell Stuart
present program director Emily O'Harris with a certificate of recognition
from the U.S. Department of State.
GCIV program director Emily O'Harris has reached a
significant milestone. She recently completed her 500th international
exchange program. Over the past five years, Emily has designed and
implemented professional and cultural programs for visiting leaders
from over 125 countries. GCIV staff, board members, volunteers, friends
and family celebrated Emily's accomplishment and the power of diplomacy
in September with a party at Pura Vida.
Click here to read
the full blog post. We hope you will share your memories/comments
about these programs on GCIV's blog.
Network with Leaders from Around the World
Take advantage of the
opportunity to network with international leaders from around the world
by joining GCIV as a Citizen Diplomat! 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 and host hundreds of
distinguished international visitors each year. Becoming a member is
easy and offers perks like exclusive members-only receptions and
hosting opportunities. Visit our membership page
or contact Nicole Rateau at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GCIV Hosts Fulbright Scholars
has been selected as one of only three national hosts for a Fulbright
Visiting Scholars Enrichment Seminar in the 2011/2012 academic year.
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs has chosen GCIV's proposal on democracy and human rights as
"one of the strongest in a strong competition." The seminar
will be held in Atlanta November 2-6, 2011 and will focus on democracy,
human rights, women's issues and trafficking in persons. Visiting
scholars will attend plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops
in partnership with such prestigious institutions as Emory University,
University of Georgia,
numerous NGOs and reputable scholars on the above topics. In addition,
scholars will participate in cultural excursions, walking tours of some
of Atlanta's most notable historic sites and plenty of interaction with
the GCIV network. GCIV is seeking home hospitality hosts for the group.
For more information about the seminar or providing home hospitality
for the scholars, please contact Irene Bailey at email@example.com
or 404-832-5560 x 13.
Calling All Home Hospitality Hosts
Please help us
showcase Atlanta's famous southern hospitality on Saturday, November 5
by hosting a small group of Fulbright scholars for dinner. If you can't
host in your home, you can still participate by providing
transportation. To sign up as a volunteer host or driver or for more
information, please contact Emily O'Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 404-832-5560 x 15.
Introducing NCIV's Welcoming
The National Council for International Visitors (NCIV)
is pleased to announce a new resource for network volunteers to use
when welcoming international visitors. Welcoming Words is a series of
one-page foreign language guides that provide translations and
pronunciations of common greetings. Welcoming
Words guides are currently available in ten languages, and
more will be added in the coming weeks. To view and download Welcoming Words, follow this link.
How do you picture citizen diplomacy?
Please send us
your favorite photos of visitors! GCIV will submit the best photos to
our national organization, NCIV, for their annual photo contest.
Submissions can feature visitors at home hospitality, school visits,
cultural events or in any setting that captures the experiences of the
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). We are also collecting
stories and anecdotes in preparation for next year's 50th anniversary!
Please send photos and stories to email@example.com.
a FREE GCIV Membership!
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one random lucky fan will receive a free one-year Citizen Diplomat
membership or renewal of their current membership for a year! You can
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Home-Stay Hosts Needed
seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for an Open World delegation from
Russia studying social issues and healthcare in the U.S. Five
delegates, one facilitator and one interpreter will need to be hosted
from December 2-10, 2011.
hosts are asked to provide a private bedroom, drop-off on weekdays at a
central meeting point by 9:30 a.m. and some meals. Hosts are invited to
participate in the professional day when appropriate as well as
cultural activities with the delegation and will receive a small
stipend to help offset costs. If you are interested in being a
volunteer host or would like more information, please contact Irene
Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 404-832-5560 x 13.
Since its founding by Congress in 1999, the Open World Program
has enabled more than 16,000 current and future Eurasian leaders to
experience American democracy, civil society and community life; work
with their American counterparts; stay in American homes; and gain new
ideas and inspiration for implementing change back home. Some 6,000
American host families and their communities in all 50 states have
partnered with U.S. Congress and Open World to make this ambitious
public diplomacy effort possible.
Consular Corps-ner: France-Atlanta Returns
After last year's success, the Consulate General of
France and Georgia Institute of
Technology partner again to present a new edition of "France-Atlanta:
Together Towards Innovation." 15 French-American events in the
scientific, business, cultural and humanitarian domains will take place
between October 26 - November 12, 2011.
figures from France will travel to Atlanta for France-Atlanta 2011
including Dr. Christophe Legendre, world renown adult
nephrology-transplantation specialist from Necker Hospital, highly
respected French choreographer Pierre Rigal and Sandrine Chopin of the
French NGO Handicap International as well as representatives from
French businesses like Areva, Veolia and Suez Entertainment.
partnership is presented under the high auspices of the Ambassador of
France to the U.S., the Governor of Georgia and the Mayor of Atlanta.
For more information, visit http://france-atlanta.org.
6th Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest
Middle and high
school students in Alabama, Flordia, Georgia, South Carolina and
Tennessee are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay in the
Istanbul Center's annual contest on the theme "1 Billion Hungry in
the World: What's Your Role?" The purpose of the contest is to
have students be aware of and involved in solving social problems in
our world today. Each year the program theme looks towards global peace
and intercultural understanding. The prizes include all-expense paid
trips to Turkey and gift cards for both students and teachers!
Submissions will be accepted until January 27, 2012. For more
information visit www.artessay.org
International Environment Project Olympiad Returns to
Environmental Project Olympiad (INEPO) invites students from all over the world to submit
science projects related to environmental issues. INEPO adheres to the
United Nations goals of emphasizing youth and international cooperation
in the natural sciences.
Now, environmentally-minded students can compete through
the Istanbul Center under this year's theme of "Creating a Sustainable
Environment." The best submissions will be eligible for the summer
2012 worldwide competition in Istanbul. Last year, 3 students from
Georgia earned silver medals at the international-level competition in
Turkey! For more information, visit www.inepousa.org.
Upcoming GCIV Events
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
International Dining Experience
Get to know
other GCIV members and share your questions, experiences and insights
about hosting international visitors in your home. GCIV's International
Dining Experiences (IDEs) take place at a different international
restaurant around the 15th day of every other month. The meal is
prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as
well as introductions of international visitors present. Don't forget
to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and
neighbors to GCIV! We are welcoming a world-wide delegation of CNN
Journalism Fellows from Australia,
Malaysia, Nigeria and
Territories. Meet at Penang Malaysian Restaurant, 4897
Buford Highway, Atlanta, Georgia 30341. The price is $25 per person and
includes a three-course meal of Malaysian delicacies, nonalcoholic
beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. For more
information and to RSVP, email Nicole Rateau at email@example.com.
September 25, 2011 - January 8,
from Home: My Life as a Refugee"
Today, more than 30 million people around the world have
been displaced due to war and violence. Of that number, nearly 10
million refugees are children.
Through this inspiring, hands-on exhibit, children ages 8-12 can
explore what it means to be a refugee through the eyes of children who
are forced to leave their homes and seek safety in a new land. This
special exhibit is at the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum
in The Selig Center at 1440 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. For
more information, visit www.thebreman.org.
29 - October 2, 2011
Greek Festival has been a long-standing Atlanta tradition for 37 years.
The event brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes and traditions of
Greece to your doorstep. Your admission ticket becomes your passport as
you enjoy all the beauty of Santorini and the fun of Mykonos. The
festival is at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road,
Atlanta, Georgia 30329. The cost is $5.00 for adults. For more
information, visit www.atlantagreekfestival.org.
29 - October 9, 2011
Emory presents The Lieutenant of Inishmore
2011-2012 season kicks off with Martin McDonagh's hysterical dark
comedy about "Mad Padraic" who returns to Inishmore after a
tour of torture and bombing in Northern Ireland only to find his
beloved cat is dead. The rest of the season features "Bloody,
Breathless and Bold" performances, including classic plays, new
works and a collaboration with Actor's Express. The play is held in
Emory's Mary Gray Munroe Theater at Dobbs University Center. For
tickets and more information, visit arts.emory.edu.
October 4, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Development in the 21st Century: Are We Going to Cure all
Diseases?" by Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover
Aaron Ciechanover will address the new era of personalized medicine,
where drug treatment will be tailored to the patient's
molecular/mutational profile. Characterized by new technologies, this
era will require a change in our approach to scientific research and
education, where interdisciplinary collaboration will replace the
traditional, discipline-oriented approach. Symbolizing the importance
of interdisciplinary collaboration, this lecture is being jointly
hosted by the Consulate General of Israel, Georgia Tech's College of
Computing and the Integrated BioSystems Institute (Georgia Tech and
Emory University's joint biomedical engineering program). The lecture
is at Georgia Tech College of Management, 800 West Peachtree Street,
Atlanta, Georgia 30308 and is free to attend, but RSVP is required. To
RSVP or for more information, visit http://www.cc.gatech.edu/events/distinguished-lecture-nobel-laureate-aaron-ciechanover.
October 5, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
voix des Comoros" presented by the Istanbul Center and Alliance
Franšaise d'Atlanta features internationally renowned artist, Nawal.
Hailing from the Comoros Islands, in the Indian Ocean between
Mozambique and Madagascar, Nawal bathed in both popular and spiritual
music from a young age. Now based in Paris, France, she is recognized
as a key figure from her native islands. Between traditional and
contemporary, Nawal's compositions are an acoustic roots-based fusion,
inspired by the light of her Sufi heritage founded on love, respect and
peace. The concert is at Alliance Franšaise d'Atlanta, Colony Square
Plaza Level, 1197 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30361. For tickets
and more information, visit www.afatl.com.
Thursday, October 6, 4:30 - 6:00
Pricing - What German Companies Doing Business
in the U.S.
The German American
Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. (GACC South) presents
this business seminar on transfer pricing. The seminar is at the
offices of GACC South, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.
The seminar is free for GACC South members and $35 for non-members. Click here for more
October 6, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Security Strategy in the Pacific"
Issues Forum (IIF) continues their discussion on the "U.S.
Security Strategy in the Pacific." Discussions are free and open
to the public. The group meets at Villa International Library, 2nd
floor, 1749 Clifton Road (0.4 miles from Briarcliff), Atlanta, Georgia
30329. Additional parking is available across the street. For more
information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 7, 7:00 PM
and Living Together: Another Vision of Peacebuilding"
Alliance Franšaise d'Atlanta and featuring Marguerite Barankitse,
Burundi humanitarian activist. On October 24, 1993, Marguerite
"Maggy" Barankitse, witnessed an unimaginable event that
forever changed her life. Barankitse was working for the Catholic
bishop of Ruyigi, in eastern Burundi, when ethnic Tutsis stormed the
bishop's residence, killing 72 Hutus. Amid the chaos and confusion,
Barankitse managed to save 25 children and, driven by hope, thoughts of
peace and a calling from God, set out to provide a safe haven for the
youngest survivors of unspeakable violence. What began in 1993 as a
home for the 25 orphaned children who survived the attack, has grown
into a multi-functional service agency helping heal and support 30,000
young people and families centered on education, health, vocational
training and reconciliation and strives to change the lives of children
to better the lives of all Burundians. The presentation is at Alliance
Franšaise d'Atlanta, Colony Square Plaza Level, 1197 Peachtree Street,
Atlanta, Georgia 30361. For tickets and more information, visit www.afatl.com.
October 8, 7:00 - 10:30 PM
Oktoberfest season with Bavarian music and food from Der Biergarten!
The Munich Swing Stars perform on the rooftop terrace of STATS, located
at 300 Marietta Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30313 to benefit the German
American Cultural Foundation. $15 for advance tickets, $20 at the door.
Click here for more
October 11, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tech Cyber Security Summit 2011"
the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and featuring keynote
speaker Admiral William J. Fallon, retired United States Navy, and
panelists Dmitri Alperovitch, independent security researcher; Gustavo
De Los Reyes, executive director of Technology Security for AT&T;
Daniel Schutzer, chief technology officer of The Financial Services
Roundtable; Rob Smith, chief technology officer of Mobile Active
Defense; Owen Tripp, chief operating officer of Reputation.com; George
A. Wright, associate laboratory director and chief of engineering at
the Cyber Technology and Security Laboratory of GTRI. The summit is
free and open to the public and is in the Lecraw Auditorium at Georgia
Tech College of Management, 800 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia
30308. For more information, visit http://georgiatechcybersecuritysummit.eventbrite.com.
October 11, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
the British American Business Group, French American Chamber of
Commerce and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern
U.S., Inc. The social will be at the Glenn Hotel, 110 Marietta Street,
Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The event is free but pre-registration is
required. Email email@example.com to RSVP or for more
October 12, 7:00 PM
series presents "Living in the Age of Social Media-the Good, the
Bad, and the Surprising." The panelists will explore how social
media is affecting change in individual lives and global societies. Don
Lemon will moderate the discussion among the panelists and audience.
Join us for a lively, relevant discussion and support the Center for
Civil and Human Rights in the process. Tickets are $25 and a portion of
the proceeds helps advance the Center's work. The discussion is at the
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College. Click here for more
October 13, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
State of Democracy in the Americas"
the Inter-American Democratic Charter, "The peoples of the Americas
have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to
promote and defend it." In the tenth year of this important
document, panelists will discuss the state of democracy in the Americas
and the Charter's reach. Panelists include Dante Caputo, former foreign
minister of Argentina; Eduardo Stein, former vice president of
Guatemala; and Mariclaire Acosta, former undersecretary of foreign
relations for human rights and democracy of Mexico. Carter Center
Americas Program Director Jennifer McCoy will moderate. The event is in
the Ivan Allen Pavilion at The Carter Center, Cecil B. Day Chapel, 453
Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30307. Free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov.
October 19, 6:15 PM
War and Peace Screening
National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Spelman College
Women's Research and Resource Center for a special screening of the PBS
series, Women, War
and Peace with special guest filmmaker Abigail Disney. The
free screening is at the Cosby Academic Center of Spelman College, 350
Spelman Lane, Atlanta, Georgia 30314. For more information and to RSVP,
Thursday, October 20, 5:00 - 9:00
Atlanta World Showcase and
Governor's International Awards
The Atlanta Business Chronicle's third annual Atlanta World Showcase
and Governor's International Awards honors the players driving
Atlanta's worldwide business growth. The event begins with a two-hour
showcase of countries by exhibiting consulates, multi-national chambers
of commerce and international trade groups and organizations. The
showcase is followed by a keynote speaker, the presentation of the
Governor's International Business Awards and dinner. The event is at
the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center
Concourse, College Park, Georgia 30337. For more information, visit http://chronicle-events.com/atlworldshow.html.