Welcome Summer Intern Erica!
Meet our summer intern! Erica Stieper is a rising senior at Virginia Tech, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish. In 2018, she will complete a Masters Degree in Political Science. This summer, Erica will be working to inform our Facebook followers about global affairs and New Hampshire’s involvement at the international level. She will also research unique and inspirational professionals for the speaker series this fall.
Erica is devoted to world affairs and has previously been involved with the International Relations Organization at Virginia Tech, debating at a Mock Arab League Conference in Washington D.C., and spending time discussing global issues with her colleagues. Erica contributed to the social media advertising for Relay For Life at Virginia Tech, which qualifies her to navigate the WACNH’s Facebook page. She enjoys discovering, reading and sharing diverse news articles with Facebook followers in hopes that they will continue to make people aware of current global issues as well as the colorful cultural diversity of the world.
Cultural diversity is another passion of Erica’s. For the past four months, she has immersed herself in the Spanish culture, attending the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. Erica fell in love with the Spanish lifestyle, gastronomy, language, and people. When she was not in class, she spent her time playing soccer with locals by the Rio Tormes, trying new cuisine at restaurants around town, and exploring the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral and the Monastery. Erica took full advantage of her study abroad experience by visiting eight different countries and using her time to understand the multitude of lifestyles that exist in Europe.
In addition to interning at WACNH this summer, Erica will also be working in Wells, Maine at the Scoop Deck ice cream shop. While in Maine, she enjoys spending her days running, hiking, or relaxing on the beach and, scooping ice cream with her friends at night.
Council Board Member Gives Commencement Speech at Hartwick College
Council Board Member George Bruno gave the 2016 commencement speech at Hartwick College on May 21. A member of the Hartwick College Class of 1964, Ambassador Bruno is an attorney with experience as a lawyer and diplomat in more than 50 countries.
In Bruno’s address to the graduating students, he reminded them that, “With the skills and knowledge you have acquired over the past four years, you have both the responsibility and ability to begin anew, and to continue to make ours a better world.”
The third and final "World Affairs at the Library" program on May 17 featured speaker Dr. Sinan Ciddi, an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. A big thanks to event co-sponsor, the Portsmouth Public Library and to our publicity partner, the Turkish Cultural Center of NH.
Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, of the Lantos Foundation, whose Hungarian parents were survivors of the Holocaust, spoke briefly after the screening of Son of Saul at Red River Theatres on May 18 as part of our Crossroad International Film and Discussion series.
WACNH welcomed a group of five legislators from the National Parliament of Kyrgyzstan, visiting NH through the Open World Leadership Program, at a special reception at our offices on May 19.
Upcoming International Visitor Groups:
Press and Public Diplomacy: June 13 A group of 5 visitors from Ukraine will visit New Hampshire for the day to learn about government outreach to the public.
Librarians as Defenders of Intellectual Property Rights: June 28 - July 2 - A group of 9 librarians from Barbados will visit the state to learn about intellectual property rights, as they pertain to libraries.
Politics and Trade: A Project for First Time Members of Parliament: July 2 - 6 - A group of 7 first-time Members of the Indian Parliament will visit New Hampshire to learn about the intersection of politics and trade.
US Elections: A Project for Young Political Leaders: July 22- 26 - A split of 8 participants from a larger group will visit New Hampshire to learn about elections in the state. The meetings will focus on how State, Federal, and Local elections are managed and carried out.
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