MARCH EVENTS: TIPPING POINTS SERIES- AFRICA BEYOND AID - TURKEY WORKSHOP
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A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
It may (finally) look like winter outside rather than spring, but we haven't forgotten that the season of renewal will (technically) be upon us this month. That's why we're offering you two programs in March that cover new issues so you can get a fresh start on your resolution to learn more about the world in 2012! Here's how you can connect with the world this month:
MONDAY, MARCH 12: AFRICA BEYOND AID
Three years ago, hope emerged for one of the world's worst dictatorships in Zimbabwe after a critical election. But with ruler Robert Mugabe still in power today, the country still has one of highest mortality rates in Africa and one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world. Will Zimbabwe and other precarious countries in Africa be affected by the uprisings that have swept the Middle East? Can Africa gain political emancipation beyond aid? Find out from a diplomat on the ground: Albrecht Conze is Germany's Ambassador to Zimbabwe and is currently studying these issues as a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard University.
TUESDAY, MARCH. 20: GLOBAL TIPPING POINTS
Find out more about the ongoing political crisis in Russia from Jack Matlock, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union. He'll explain how the lessons we learned after the Cold War led our country astray and what lies ahead for Russia after the recent elections. Matlock is speaking as part of our FREE Global Tipping Points series taking place at UNHM each month through April. Miss the last program on global poverty? Michael Fairbanks gave a dynamic presentation on the challenges of solving the crisis and you can watch it online here. Find out why he says the #1 predictor of a country's future success is punctuality! Do you agree?
HOST VISITORS FROM VENEZUELA FOR DINNER!
Are you interested in connecting with the world face-to-face? Consider hosting emerging leaders from Venezula - in the United States to study grassroots democracy- for dinner or just dessert in your home. Available dates are Sunday, March 11, Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13. Contact Membership Coordinator Larry McCrum at 603-314-7970 or email@example.com to sign up! (Group is 5 visitors plus 1 interpreter)
On a personal note, you may have noticed that I’ve been using a new last name. I married in the fall and will now go by Anna Berry. I was lucky enough to do some traveling of my own after our wedding with a honeymoon to Greece. My new husband and I jokingly referred to the trip as our “Revitalizing the Greek Economy” tour but we fell in love with the troubled country. I hope the spring will offer a fresh start for Greece and the rest of our world!
Anna Haigh Berry
(Pictured: Jake & Anna Berry in Santorini, Greece)
P.S. A heartfelt thank you to the 40 people - true Yankees indeed - who joined us in Portsmouth last night to meet the impressive Estonian Ambassador Marina Kaljurand. It was a great turnout in the middle of a snowstorm for a very compelling exploration of Estonian's success. We will invite the Ambassador back again during better weather so more of you have the opportunity to meet her!
Bringing the World Together:
International Visitors Program Makes a Difference
How does our International Visitors Program change lives?
We'll let these words - from a local lawyer who met with visitors and an Armenian legislator - speak for themselves:
"The delegates are safely back home in Armenia, where campaign for local elections is in full swing, and the country prepares for Parliamentary elections in May. The group learned a lot during its trip to the U.S., most importantly – that diversity of opinion, tolerance and mutual respect are strengths, not vulnerabilities, and that transparent, accountable, balanced and representative political systems are the best framework for a strong, sustainable and productive national rebirth effort."
~ Armen Kharazian, a recent Armenian visitor to New Hampshire
“What struck me the most about the conversation was how similar our struggles with issues such as work-life balance are despite coming from very different cultural backgrounds and different political and social structures.”
~ Member of the New Hampshire Women's Bar Association who met with visitors from the Caribbean
Left: A visitor from China learns about financial issues
Right: Visitors from Sri Lanka share stories with students at Souhegan High School
DID YOU KNOW?
Our International Visitors Program receives federal grant support, but we still spend about $100 per visitor out of our own budget to host each international visitor in New Hampshire. What price would you put on sharing American values, face-to-face, and fostering cultural awareness?
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Council Plays A Part In 2012 New Hampshire Primary
From hosting Jon Huntsman’s first foreign policy address to presenting a series on “Primary Concerns” at the ballot box, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire was a major player in the 2012 Presidential Primary.
We developed programs for visitors from around the globe who came to the Granite State to learn about our political system, spending their days in meetings with campaign aids and nights at candidate speeches. One former international visitor, Christian Kucznieerz, a German journalist, even contacted the Council members who hosted him for dinner when he visited New Hampshire, Herb and Judy Pence, about the primary. He asked for their take on the election-day hubbub and then ran a piece in the Mittlebayerische Zeitungundefineda newspaper serving the Bavaria region the next day.
The Council also hosted a Primary Night Part in Concord for 25 foreign journalists and 60 locals to watch the results come in live- it was a huge success! We even made an impact at the ballot box after hundreds of community members attended our fall series on foreign policy challenges facing the U.S., including the economy, the Middle East and China. More than 2/3 of attendees said they would consider the issues raised by the programs when they voted. The series was funded, in part, by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
Thank you for helping us educate voters on how international issues affect their lives and teach international visitors about democracy!
RENEW YOUR INTEREST IN WORLD AFFAIRS
SPECIAL SPRING DISCOUNT!
Join members like these in supporting global education!
Did you make a resolution to learn more about the world in 2012?
Keep your resolution by signing up to become a new member!
We'll give you the tools to connect with the world and you'll also get a $10 discount!
As a Council member, you can support global education AND - receive special invitations to events and discounted tickets;
- receive discounts on publications such as The Economist and Foreign Affairs;
- travel the world with our special World Affairs Councils of America program;
- host international visitors in your home!
JOIN NOW! * Applicable for NEW family ($80) and individual ($60) memberships only.
To receive the discount, sign up as a member by March 31 by calling 603-314-7970 or emailing Membership Coordinator Larry McCrum. Online purchases will receive a $10 refund after transaction.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 ~ 9 AM
SOUTHERN NH UNIVERSITY
A FREE workshop for teachers on Turkish culture and history
Professional Development Credit Available!
Participants are also eligible to apply for a 10-day study tour of Turkey this summer from July 11 to July 24
All teachers (grades 6 to 12) who attend the workshop will be eligible to apply for a study tour to Turkey, subsidized by the Turkish Cultural Foundation. 3 teachers from New Hampshire will be chosen for the program. Costs: $600 registration and transportation to New York City; all applicants must be members of the World Affairs Council of NH.
Council member, staff and program news!
... to Herb Pence, Board of Directors member, and his wife Judy, and member Elizabeth Webber for hosting international visitors for dinner in February!
Anna Berry, Executive Director, recently gave a presentation about the Council’s work to the NH branch of NAFSA - international educators from the state’s colleges and universities. She also started serving on the Communications Committee of the World Affairs Councils of America ...
Natale Brown, of Dunbarton and Concord, passed away on December 9, 2011. Natale and husband J. Willcox Brown were longtime supporters and members of the Council and made a very generous bequest to support the Council's work. The Council sends sincere condolences to Will and Natale's family and gratitude for their gift.
Rachel Hampe, Board of Directors member, was named to the Union Leader’s “40 under 40” list in February. She is a senior attorney with McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton in Manchester ...
Tim Horgan, International Visitors Program Director, served as a panelist at the annual conference of
the National Council for International Visitors in February in Washington, D.C. , speaking about “The Global Benefits of Advancing Women in All Sectors.” ...
Thomas O. Schlesinger, of New Hampton, a long-time Council member and supporter, passed away on February 12. The Council sends sincere condolences to his wife, Pat, and his family. You can read more about his life here in the Concord Monitor. Donations in his honor can be made to the Council or to his named scholarship fund at Plymouth State University...
Rob Werner, Concord City Councilor and frequent host of international visitors in Concord, recently visited Nepal, thanks to a citizen's exchange program coordinated with a Council partner, World Learning. Warner was part of a group of elected officials and nonprofit leaders from across the country who visited Nepal in February to exchange ideas on governance. You can read more about his experience in this week's free Hippo newspaper or here online (page 7).
The Council's Board of Directors recently approved a strategic plan for 2012-2015, thanks to a planning grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. More details will be provided to members at the 2012 Annual Meeting in June.
Due to limited space, it is recommended that guests purchase tickets in advance
Saturday, March 10 ~ 9 AM
WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS ON TURKEY
Earn professional development credits and be eligible for a study tour of Turkey!
Location: Hospitality Center, Southern NH University
Sunday, March 11- Tuesday, March 13
We will host 12 emerging leaders from Venezuela for a program on:
DINNER HOSTS NEEDED!
Contact Membership Coordinator Larry McCrum at 603-314-7970 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Monday, March 12 ~ Noon
WORLD AFFAIRS LUNCHEON
"Africa Beyond Aid"
Speaker: Albrecht Conze, Germany's Ambassador to Zimbabwe
Location: Salon Room, Hospitality Center, Southern NH University
Tuesday, March 13 - Wednesday, March 14
We will host 10 emerging leaders from Europe for a program on:
"U.S. Financial System and the Global Economy"
March 17- March 21
We will host 3 emerging leaders from Brazil for a program on:
"Environmental Law Enforcement"
March 21- March 24
We will host 5 emerging leaders from Kyrgystan for a program on:
"The Decision Making Process & Conflict Resolution"
Tuesday, March 20 ~ 6 PM
GLOBAL TIPPING POINTS SERIES
Part 2: Superpower Illusions
Speaker: Jack F. Matlock, Jr., Former US Ambassador to the USSR
UNH Manchester, 400 Commercial Street, Manchester
March 25- March 28
We will host 6 emerging leaders from Egypt for a program on:
"Social Media and Elections"