November 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Follow @GCIV on Twitter!
Global Partnership Opportunities
Save the Date for the 2011 International Consular Ball!
Delegation Spotlight
GCIV Blog: New York Times Mentions IVLP
Give them the world!
2011 Great Decisions Topics
Consular Corps-ner
Young Leaders 2010 Conference
Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest
Upcoming GCIV Events
Join Our Mailing List

Who's coming to town?

October 28 -
November 3
Regional African Project
Six Journalists
Focus: Journalism

November 10-12
One Journalist
Focus: Immigration Journalism

November 13-17
One European Commission Deputy Head
Focus: Refugees

November 14-20
Four Environmental NGO Directors
Focus: Sweet Water Aquariums

November 17-23
Eight Environmental Government Officials & NGO Leaders
Focus: Environmental Law and Governance

November 20-24
Multi-Regional Project
Fourteen Public Health Representatives


November 21-24
One Academy and University Coordinator
Focus: Science and Technology

December 4-8
Juvenile Justice Government Officials
Focus: Juvenile Justice Systems

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Thursday, November 11th - One journalist from France would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on immigration journalism. She is available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Monday, November 15th - One European Commission Deputy Head from Italy would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on refugees. She is available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Monday, November 22nd - One American Academy of Science and Technology Coordinator from Chile would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on science and technology. She is available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not 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 any of these dates, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Global Partners

Atlanta Forum Network

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

Ernst & Young

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
Reece & Associates

Regency Suites Hotel

Sunrise Bank of Atlanta

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during October 2010:

Yonni Kim

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Ronnie Anderson
Karen Babino
Judy Cantwell
Linda Farrell
Jean Rich Keenan
Mazlum Kosma
Habib Osta
Lee Pasackow
Renate Vasquez
Thomas Watkins
Richard Welch

Envoy ($25+)
Eleanor Carter
Rob Douthit
Thomas Eichelberger
Steve Paek
Xaleon Shields

Ambassadors Circle
Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
David and Beverly Clyde
Enrique Flores
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Jim and Carol Dew
Raoul "Ray" Donato
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Ken and Linda Stewart
Shell Stuart
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

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

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GCIV Staff

Shell Stuart
Executive Director
404-832-5560 x 21

Emily O'Harris
Program Director
404-832-5560 x 15

Nicole Rateau
Community Programs Coordinator
404-832-5560 x 17

Irene Bailey
Global Partnerships Manager
404-832-5560 x 13

Lynn Bazzel
Program Coordinator

Gautam Velayuthan
Technology Coordinator

GCIV Trustees

Laurie Grant Nichols,
StandUp For Kids

W. Lindsay Davidson, Vice-Chair

Sue Heerin,
Association for Conflict Resolution

E. Miller Williams,
Ernst & Young LLP

Charles Bedford
Atlanta Council on International Relations

Jacobus Boers
Georgia State University

Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania

J. David Clyde
Spinnaker Medical Consultants International

John D'Andrea
Georgia Power

Ray Donato
Honorary Consul General of the Philippines

Silvana Eakin
International Women Associates

Yelena Epova
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Jorge Fernandez
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Enrique Flores
Georgia Heart Specialists

Jenneke Heerink

Ginny Johansmeier
VLJ Consulting

Yonni Kim
Arnall Golden Gregory

Jim Munson
Munson International

John E. Parkerson, Jr.
Honorary Consul of Hungary

Mark Pierson
Pierson Global Group

Jai Rogers
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

John Saunders
Honorary Consul of Finland

Ken Stewart
Georgia Institute of Technology

Mark Towery
GEO Strategy Partners

Henrie Treadwell
Morehouse School of Medicine

Annie York Trujillo
International Women Associates

Kristian Wolf
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

Lynne Zappone
InterContinental Hotels Group

About GCIV

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.

This month's exclusive newsletter sponsor:


Did you know THE EXCHANGE reaches thousands of industry decision makers in the state of Georgia and across the globe? As a GCIV Global Partner, your business, institution, or organization's logo and website link could be featured prominently across the top of this newsletter. Please contact Shell Stuart or Irene Bailey to find out more about Global Partnership opportunities.

Save the Date for the 2011 International Consular Ball
International Consular Ball 
Be sure to mark your calendar for GCIV's 30th annual International Consular Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the elegant Piedmont Driving Club. The International Consular Ball provides an opportunity for Georgia's business and civic communities to join GCIV in honoring the members of the Consular Corps for their role in building valuable relationships between our region and the world. Atlanta's premier international event, the International Consular Ball brings together the business, civic, education, and diplomatic communities for a dynamic evening of networking and celebration. 

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21
to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Delegation Spotlight

Nigerian Delegation

In October, GCIV had the pleasure of hosting a Nigerian delegation, pictured above with Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall. The group was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on religious freedom and interfaith dialogue. The diverse delegation included an Islamic chief, an assistant to the chief, a legal counselor, a lecturer, two media representatives, a church administrator, a provincial chairman, and two school representatives. While in the U.S. they sought to learn about faith-based issues and inter-faith dialogue, to visit peace-promoting civil society organizations, to observe the peaceful coexistence of different religious faiths, and to better understand the U.S. in terms of religious tolerance and foreign policy in the Middle East.

While in Atlanta, the Nigerian delegates met with representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Azizah Magazine, Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, Kuck Immigration Partners LLC, AIDS Alliance for Faith and Health, Al-Farooq Masjid, and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall. The group also enjoyed visits to the Georgia Aquarium, Inside CNN Studio Tour, Horizon Theatre Company, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.

GCIV Blog: New York Times Article Highlights IVLP Citizen Diplomacy Efforts

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which GCIV implements for the state of Georgia on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, was highlighted in a September New York Times article. The article, "Feeling Slighted by France, and Respected by the U.S." is about the outreach efforts of the U.S. Embassy in France towards young residents in immigrant enclaves around Paris. The IVLP program is one of the embassy's best tools for recognizing and developing promising leaders in these communities.

GCIV hosted IVLP alumni Mr. Aziz Senni, interviewed for the article, in 2006. While in Atlanta, he met with representatives from Another Way Out Inc., Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Hapeville Police Department, and Second Mount Vernon Baptist Church to gain a better understanding of American views on immigration, minority rights, and multi-religious coexistence. He also enjoyed home hospitality with GCIV Member Laura Gilmore and visits to the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
Click here for a link to the article and to leave your own comments about citizen diplomacy on GCIV's blog.

Give them the world!

Give them the world!Not sure what to give your friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones for the holidays? Why not give them the world! A gift of membership in GCIV provides unique opportunities to meet emerging world leaders and learn first-hand about global issues.

Gifts of membership are tax-deductible, and for each gift you make between now and December 31st, you'll be entered in a drawing for a new iPod nano. Give them the world, and maybe get a little something for yourself too. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x17 to arrange your gift today!

Reserve Your Great Decisions Books Today

Great Decisions 2011Are you passionate about foreign affairs? Do you love to debate?

Start a Great Decisions discussion group in your community today! The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) just released the 2011 Great Decisions topics included in their nonpartisan briefing books:
  • Rebuilding Haiti
  • U.S. National Security
  • Horn of Africa
  • Responding to the Financial Crisis
  • Germany Ascendant
  • Sanctions and Nonproliferation
  • The Caucasus
  • Global Governance
GCIV works 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, joining an existing group, or would like to pre-order your 2011 Great Decisions books, please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17.

Consular Corps-ner

France Atlanta 2010In order to encourage partnerships between France and the Southeastern United States, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology co-present an ambitious project of cooperation, "France-Atlanta: Together Towards Innovation," November 29 - December 12, 2010.

Centered on innovation and presented under the High Auspices of the French Ambassador to the United States, Pierre Vimont, the Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue and the Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, this project presents a series of high-quality events in the domains of science, economics, the arts, and humanitarianism. For event details and more information, please visit

Don't Miss the Young Leaders 2010 Conference

GCIV Envoy members have a special opportunity to attend the Young Leaders 2010 Conference, presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the GSU Robinson College of Business. Attendees will gain an understanding of competitiveness and sustainability. A number of renowned academic scholars, corporate executives, and community leaders have been confirmed as speakers including Mr. Afzaal Malik, vice president of International Government Relations at The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Steven Olson, co-founder of The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, and Mr. John Hardman, Investment Manager for First Light Ventures and Gray Ghost Ventures. Conference topics include the role of leadership in geo-politics, technologies, markets (trade and finance), resources (energy and environment), and civil society. Discounted registration is still available for GCIV members before November 11th at $55 per person. For more information and to register contact Nicole Rateau.

Register Now for the Young Leaders 2010 Conference

Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest

Istanbul CenterMiddle and high school students in Alabama, Flordia, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay on the theme of "Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes." The purpose of the contest is to have students think about and be 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! For more information visit

Upcoming GCIV Events

Friday, November 12th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Citizen Diplomacy Lunch
GCIV presents the next Citizen Diplomacy Lunch including a presentation by Vicki Flier Hudson, "Divided - Ignited - United: A New Model to Test Your Global Readiness!" Technology like mobile devices and Skype are connecting more people around the world than ever, yet communication challenges across cultures remain. Find out where you stand and how to take the next steps forward toward more effective work across borders and greater diplomacy in our communities. There is no cost to attend, but you must be a GCIV member and RSVP in advance.
Contact Nicole Rateau to register and for more information.

Saturday, November 13th, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Young Leaders 2010 Conference
Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the GSU Robinson College of Business, the conference prepares young professionals for "Leadership in the New World Economy: Competitiveness and Sustainability." The event will be held at The Commerce Club, 191 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. Contact Nicole Rateau to register and for more information.

Monday, November 15th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
International Dining Experience: Nakato
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 the month. The meal is prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as well as introductions of any international visitors present. Don't forget to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to GCIV! Reservations are required. We will be welcoming a delegation of Environmental NGO leaders from Ecuador. Meet at Nakato Japanese Restaurant, 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. The price is $25 per person and includes Hibachi grill entrees, a nonalcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Tuesday, November 16th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Global Lunch Forum
Join a GCIV international exchange participant from Italy for a lunchtime discussion about refugees. Our distinguished visitor is a Deputy Head for the European Commission. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10 PM, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Meet in the Logan Room of the United Way Building, 100 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Community Events

Thursday, November 4th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Helen Suzman Traveling Exhibit Opening
Come celebrate and honor the work of Helen Suzman, a recognized global leader in the fight for human rights. A welcome and an introduction will be provided by the Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College and the Consulate General of Israel. Presentations will be made by the South African Ambassador and the Atlanta Jewish Committee. The exhibition is at Morehouse College's Leadership Conference Center, 830 Westview Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30314. Complimentary admission is available with RSVP to

Monday, November 8th, 4:00 PM
"Civil Discourse and the Politics of Confrontation in America"
Emory University Office of the Provost and Office of Community and Diversity present: "Civil Discourse and the Politics of Confrontation in America", a free, open to the public event at Emory University Law School Tull Auditorium. To learn more about the panelists and event detai
l visit

Thursday, November 11th,
Destination Nigeria
The American Nigerian International Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council to host this non-oil trade and investment conference. With the support of the Nigerian Consulate General, the event aims to bring U.S. and Nigerian stakeholders and partners together for the purpose of exploring and developing mutually beneficial business, trade and investment opportunities in various Nigerian industries and market sectors
. The conference is at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346. To RSVP and for more information, contact Emelia Orubele.

November 13th - 14th
National Veterans' POW WOW & Indian Festival
The National Veterans' POW WOW & Indian Festival at Boling Park in Canton, GA pays tribute to the American Veteran and observes Native American Awareness Month. The festival includes a Native American dance competition, drums, warriors on horseback, Thunder the American bison, native food court, native arts and crafts, living Indian villages and displays, primitive skills educators, archery, kids activities, native story tellers, and much more.

Monday, November 15th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
"Spotlight on Turkey - A Strategic Assessment of the Middle East's Newest Power"
Part of the IstanbulCenter Lecture Series, this presentation is by Joshua W. Walker, a postdoctoral fellow at Crown Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University and a fellow at the German Marshall Fund based in Washington, D.C. The event will be held at Georgia Tech's Bill Moore Student Success Center in Press Rooms A and B. Click here to RSVP and for more information.

November 15th - 19th
International Education Week
International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. For more information, visit GCIV is on the forefront of international educational programs with Today I Met..., a unique educational initiative connecting global professionals to students in Georgia's public and private schools. Click here to read more about it.

November 16th - 19th
U.S. Summit & Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy
The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD), in partnership with the U.S. State Department and in support of more than 1000 NGOs across the country conducting citizen diplomacy activities, will convene a historic U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, DC. The goal of the Summit and ten year Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy is to double the number of American volunteers of all ages involved in international activities at home or abroad, from an estimated 60 million today to 120 million by 2020. For more information, visit

Thursday, November 18th, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
"How a Deeper Understanding of International Perspectives on Human Rights Is Impacting American Foreign Policy and Social Policy Globally"

The November Atlanta Council on International Relations (ACIR) luncheon features a presentation by Doug Shipman, executive director of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Doug has an extensive educational background in issues of race, ethnicity, and gender including the relationship between economics and poverty, the history of American minority groups and religion as applied in social movements including the American Civil Rights movement, the Indian independence movement and the Buddhist environmental movement in Southeast 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.
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"The really crucial link in the international communications chain is the last three feet, which is bridged by personal contact, one person talking to another."
- Edward R. Murrow