Sunday, April 22, 2018

Korean Studies VOD Lectures


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Overview
This program is designed to supplement the shortage of materials for education on Korea to meet the increasing demand for Korean studies education abroad. Under the program, the Korea Foundation provides overseas universities with audio-visual materials for online lectures on Korean studies in such fields as the humanities, social sciences and economics.

Developed by Kyung Hee Cyber University with support from the Korea Foundation, the materials can be accessed for free through the KF Archive. In addition, overseas universities with plans to utilize the materials for their Korean studies courses will be provided with copies saved to a USB memory stick when they submit their applications for support.

VOD Lecture List

Program ScheduleTypeSubject (Korean / English)Length of LectureContent of Lecture
Introduction to Korean Studies (Subtitled in English and Chinese)Overview of KoreaLecture 1  Approx.
25 min. 
Explanations of the official name, national anthem, national flower and seasons of the Republic of Korea, “Han Style,” and Korea’s place in the world  
Lecture 2 Approx.
25 min. 
Overview of Korean marital arts, music, costume, housing and history  
Popular Culture and Hallyu  Lecture 1  Approx.
25 min. 
Introduction to Korean television dramas and films
Lecture 2 Approx.
25 min. 
Introduction to Korean entertainment programs and musicals  
Korean Costume CultureLecture 1  Approx.
25 min. 
Types and forms of traditional Korean dress  
Lecture 2 Approx.
25 min. 
Traditional Korean accessories and how to wear them  
Korean Food Culture  Lecture 1  Approx.
25 min. 
The development of Korean food culture  
Lecture 2 Approx.
25 min. 
Characteristics of Korean food culture 
Korean Housing Culture  Lecture 1  Approx.
25 min. 
Characteristics of traditional Korean housing  
Lecture 2 Approx.
25 min. 
Exploring Korean housing culture through case studies  

How to watch “Introduction to Korean Studies”

Digital Archive

Relational, Networked and Collaborative Approaches to Public Diplomacy: The Connective Mindshift


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; see also "Chapter 6 Relational Dimensions of a Chinese Model of Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] by YIWEI WANG."

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Chapter 5
Diaspora Diplomacy and Public Diplomacy 
By KISHAN S. RANA
Pages 16

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Diaspora diplomacy is a fairly new term that has gained currency at a time when the activity of cultivating external relations is a multidimensional process open to many participants. ... This particular sub-branch of diplomacy is about engaging a country’s overseas community to contribute to building relationships with foreign countries. A migrant community becomes a diaspora if it retains a memory of, and some connection with, its country of origin. Without that memory or connection, migration simply becomes one more footnote in the movement of people that has occurred throughout history since the first groups migrated from what scientists regard as humankind’s original home, Africa, perhaps 150,000 years ago.

The State Department has a disastrous manpower [sic] shortage


Washington Examiner; original article contains links.

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The Trump administration bears blame itself for its continuing failure to appoint talented officials to crucial roles at the department's Foggy Bottom headquarters.

Today, aside from acting Secretary of State John Sullivan and the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Heather Nauert  [JB: see], the department's senior ranks are either vacant or staffed by career personnel serving in acting capacities. At the next rung down, the assistant secretary level, only one Trump appointee is in office. ...
Trump and Pompeo should pick up the phone and engage young career diplomats in harnessing the diplomatic wind. While the two conservatives are not popular with many in the liberal-leaning department, they would win quick favor by empowering those who were underutilized by Tillerson and, previously, John Kerry's control-freak management style. We are confident of this, because it is exactly how Pompeo won favor at the CIA.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Visa Policy

migrationpolicy.org


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Visa policy is the process by which countries decide which noncitizens they wish to admit—either as short-term travelers, international students, temporary workers, or permanent immigrants. Beyond setting quotas and outlining which characteristics are most important in immigrant selection, visa policy also has a public diplomacy [JB emphasis] aspect, with visa facilitation, for example, serving as a sign of the strength of bilateral relations. The research here examines the permutations of visa policy around the world.

Sister Cities International

Saturday, April 21, 2018



kaygranger.house.gov



April 20, 2018 

E-Newsletter

Dear Friends, 

This past week, the Fort Worth chapter of Sister Cities International visited me on Capitol Hill. While in Washington this week, the Board of Directors and Mary Palko, the organization’s Director Emerita and Mission Chair, attended briefings at the U.S. State Department and the Embassies of China, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Hungary, and France. 
Sister Cities International began in 1956 when President Eisenhower envisioned a way for U.S. cities to create partnerships with foreign cities. The president’s concept was that cities should exchange information and ideas in order to develop friendships and deepen cultural understanding. 
This vision sparked the creation of Sister Cities International, which today includes more than 500 U.S. cities. In fact, the organization now has relationships in 145 countries, with a total of some 2,000 cities participating. 
Fort Worth became a member of the Sister Cities International network in 1985, and since then has been named the best program for its size eight times. 
I believe that building alliances with foreign cities through citizen exchanges such as Sister Cities is smart public diplomacy [JB emphasis], and helps build a more peaceful world. 
As a former mayor, I’ve valued their work for many years – and was honored by Fort Worth Sister Cities International with the Diplomatic Leadership Award last year. 
It has been my pleasure to support Sister Cities’ goals in Washington as the former chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Even though I am now the chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I appreciate the important role that groups such as Sister Cities play in building bridges with other countries. 
I was proud to welcome the delegation from Fort Worth Sister Cities International to Washington, D.C. this week, and I look forward to continuing to support their critical work. 
Sincerely,
 
Kay Granger
Member of Congress

Turkish Public Diplomacy in The Balkans: The Power of Soft Power

Hülya EŞKİ UĞUZ, Rukiye SAYGILI,  inquiry.ius.edu.ba

Turkish Public Diplomacy  [JB emphasis] in The Balkans: The Power of Soft Power; original 8-page article contains footnotes.

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Abstract
By the driving force of the globalisation, the states started to develop a foreign policy focusing on cultural and educational activates rather than militarism and economic dimension. In this power relationship that is called as the soft power, the severity is not used and the components enabling the consent to be given are articulated, the public diplomacy is also accepted as the tool for penetration. One of the nations that is not also unconcerned to the international relations to be performed through the public diplomacy evolving towards the dominance of the soft power is the Republic of Turkey. Turkey where great changes were seen after the collapse of the Soviets in 1990s, want to use the cultural superiority that is an important source for the soft power, as a result of its thousands of years history and empire background on the lands where its predecessor ruled and has the sense of belonging, completely. The very first aim of this work is to find an answer to the matter how Turkey reinforce its soft power in Balkans through the official institutions within the context of the public diplomacy by focusing on cultural and educational activities after the rule of Justice and Development Party (JDP). In order to answer this question, firstly the soft power and public diplomacy concepts will be considered and then the activities of the official establishments bringing the potential of Turkey into the forefront with soft power components will be analysed. ...
Conclusion
The major powers believe in that the relations should be shaped according to the smart power in recent years; however, in the foundations of new power politics, transition from hard power components to the soft power components is there in any case. The JDP who is aware of that situation, discovered the strength of the soft power in compliance with the zeitgeist, used the historical and cultural great ties with the Balkans following the Ottoman rule to reinforce the domain of Turkey through the public diplomacy. Following the stabilisation in the Balkans, Turkey has aided to the Balkan countries to develop their institutional infrastructure together with the realisation of socio-cultural and social-economic relationships through its agencies such as TİKA, YEE, YTB, TMV, DİB, TDV, Kızılay and TRT. As Turkish culture maintains its existence in the region as the popular culture, the foreign policy perception of ruling JDP on the basis of cultural interaction and network effect facilitates Turkey to consolidate its soft power. Therefore, Turkey grounding on thepublic diplomacy providing the efficient use of the soft power plays an order-forming role that charms the peoples and countries of the Balkans. ...

Professor of Public Diplomacy Nick Cull on media's role


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Episode 9: Nick Cull Talks Black Panther and Media's Role in Public ...

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22 hours ago - Nick Cull, professor of Public Diplomacy and founding director of the Master of Public Diplomacy program at USC, joins Colin to discuss what mainstream media properties like Black Panther or Titanic say about society.

Saudi rights agency to probe case of Pinoy forced to drink bleach: DFA


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MANILA - Saudi Arabia's highest human rights body will look into the case of the overseas Filipino worker who was hospitalized after her employer forced her to drink bleach, a Foreign Affairs official said Thursday.

Agnes Mancilla, a Filipino helper in Jizan, was rushed to the intensive care unit of the King Fahad Central Hospital earlier this week after her employer forced her to drink the chemical after she made a mistake in making tea.

Mancilla, who regained consciousness on Wednesday, said her employer made her work for about 20 hours a day and only gave her coffee for meals.

"The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia visited Agnes at the hospital on Wednesday to interview her and check the extent of her injuries," Elmer Cato, Acting Assistant Secretary of the DFA Office of Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis], told reporters.

"The Society is an independent non-government organization cloaked with the power to investigate and make appropriate recommendations to the Prosecution Office based on its findings. We believe it demonstrates the resolve of Saudi authorities to bring those responsible for Agnes’s horrifying ordeal to justice," he added.

The Foreign Affairs Department said Mancilla's recruiting agency in Saudi Arabia agreed "to help pay for her medical and related expenses."

Mancilla will soon be transferred to Jeddah where she will meet her family who will be flown in by the government to the Gulf state next week.

Reports about Mancilla's abuse came days after President Rodrigo Duterte met with another OFW [JB - see for definition]  in Saudi who was doused with boiling water by her female employer in Saudi Arabia 4 years ago.

Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths


Fares Akram and Karin Laub, Associated Press, sfgate.com

Image (1) from article, with caption: Residents arrive to the house morning of Mohammed Ayyoub, 14, who was killed during a protest along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Jebaliya Yesterday, at the main road in Jebaliya refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Israel's defense minister said Saturday that Hamas leaders are the "only culprits" in continued bloodshed on the Gaza border, as the EU and a top U.N. official made new demands to investigate shootings of unarmed Palestinians by Israeli soldiers, including the killing of a 14-year-old boy.

Excerpt:
"What we've seen is a violent riot in its clearest form. The Hamas terrorist organisation have sent their people to the border with Israel and Gaza in order to camouflage their true intentions of terror. They've sent their women and their children as a ploy to hide their true intentions," said the Head of Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] for the Israeli Defense Forces, Major Keren Hajioff. Saturday saw far fewer people in the five tented camps set up in the border zone, and the Israeli army warns if violence there continues, it will move against what it calls "terror organisations" in Gaza. Palestinians mark May 15th as their "nakba," or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted during the 1948 war over Israel's creation. The vast majority of Gaza's 2 million people are descendants of Palestinians who fled or were driven from homes in what is now Israel.

Alumni Spotlight: Kalavritinos on Latin American Economics, Politics


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Michael Kalavritinos (Pardee ’90) was hosted by the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), an affiliated program of the The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, on April 20, 2018 for a discussion entitled “Navigating the Changing Economic and Political Landscape in Latin America.”

Kalavritinos works as the Deputy Head of Global Client Management for Latin America at Bank of New York Mellon, where he manages a team that is responsible for strategic relationships with the top banks and Central Banks in Latin America.

Speaking to an audience of current students, Kalavritinos emphasized that the interdisciplinary education offered at the Pardee School is something that is currently highly sought after in the banking sector.

“Interdisciplinary skills are increasingly very valuable and very much in demand in the private sector and the banking sector specifically, but in others I can imagine as well,” Kalavritinos said. “I think the Pardee School is a wonderful forum for you to have access to — as I did — to learn about political geography, international trade, international economics, international relations, public diplomacy [JB emphasis], and development in whatever region you have an interest in.”

White Propaganda and Perception Management: the origins of 'chemical weapons' false flag operations


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In the early 80s, Ronald Reagan's neocons decided that they should overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicaragua.

An agency called the Office of Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] was set up that disseminated what was called "white propaganda". It produced dossiers and fed stories to journalists that “proved” Soviet fighter planes had arrived in Nicaragua to attack America. Another story, from "intelligence sources", said that the Soviets had given stock piles of chemical weapons to the Sandinistas.

President Reagan appeared on TV with maps to show how quickly such a chemical attack could be launched on America itself. It was only a matter of time. Reagan also told America that Nicaragua was part of an access of rogue states, including Iran and North Korea, who together ran a global network of terror.

Those who run the Office of Public Diplomacy, called this technique "Perception Management". The thinking was, that if you can control the perceptions of the American people about events, that would help you ‘bring them on board’. If they thought something was a huge threat to them, they perceived it that way, then they will react a certain way, they will react in support of a more aggressive policy.

With the years, simple narratives started to fade in the eyes and ears of the American public. After the fiasco of the alleged chemical weapons possessed by Saddam Hussein's regime, which brought the Iraq war and the subsequent chaos in the Middle East, the narratives had to be upgraded to false flag operations involving 'chemical weapons'.

As explained in Adam Curtis' documentary The Trap : What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom [JB: link from original article]:

The Sandinistas were Marxists revolutionaries who had seized power in 1979, but since then they held elections and had been democratically elected. The Reagan administration dismissed these though as a sham, and an operation was set up to enforce the "right kind of democracy" by overthrowing the Sandinistas if neccesary [sic] . The man in charge was a leading neoconservative, Elliot Abrams.

The Americans started funding and training a counterrevolutionary army called the Contras. But there was enormous political opposition in the United States, and to get around it, the leaders of Project Democracy set out to frighten the American public.

An agency called the Office of Public Diplomacy was set up that disseminated what was called "white propaganda". It produced dossiers and fed stories to journalists that “proved” Soviet fighter planes had arrived in Nicaragua to attack America. Another story, from "intelligence sources", said that the Soviets had given stock piles of chemical weapons to the Sandinistas.

President Reagan appeared on TV with maps to show how quickly such a chemical attack could be launched on America itself. It was only a matter of time. Reagan also told America that Nicaragua was part of an access of rogue states, including Iran and North Korea, who together ran a global network of terror.

Those who run the Office of Public Diplomacy, called this technique "Perception Management". The thinking was, that if you can control the perceptions of the American people about events, that would help you ‘bring them on board’. If they thought something was a huge threat to them, they perceived it that way, then they will react a certain way, they will react in support of a more aggressive policy.

What was happening was that the neoconservatives were beginning to believe that their ideal of freedom wasn't absolute. And that this then justified lying and exaggerating in order to enforce that vision, that the end justified the means.

Although they portrayed the Contras as freedom fighters, it was well known that they used murder, assassination and torture, and also were allegedly using CIA supply planes to smuggle cocaine back into the United States.

And to finance the Contras, the neoconservatives were even prepared to deal with America's enemy, the leaders of the Iranian revolution. In 1985, those running the Nicaragua operation, held a series of secret meetings with Iranian leaders in Europe. They arranged to sell the Iranians American weapons. In return, the Iranians would release American hostages held in Lebanon.

Then the money from these sells would be used by those running Project Democracy to fund the Contras. The only problem, was that this was completely illegal, and the president knew it.

What was beginning to emerge was the problem of spreading the ideal of freedom around the world. To do it, those leading Project Democracy had turned not just to manipulation and violence, but were beginning to undermine the ideals of Democracy in America, the very thing, they were trying to create abroad.

Conference: “Film, public diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli conflict: Historical and international perspectives,” 16-18


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Type: 
Call for Papers 
Date: 
October 16, 2018 to October 18, 2018
Location: 
California, United States
 Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Diplomacy and International Relations, Film and Film History, Middle East History / Studies, Political History / Studies



An international conference on “Film, public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and the Arab-Israeli conflict: Historical and international perspectives” will be hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA on 16-18 October 2018. The conference is supported by the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee in Israel, the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST), and at USC the Center on Public Diplomacy and Center for International Studies.

The Arab-Israeli conflict is seventy years old in 2018. Over the decades, a great many scholars and journalists have looked into the role that the news media have played in the conflict. By comparison, relatively few scholars have explored the part played by cinema. This conference focuses not only on film’s part in the Arab-Israeli conflict but also on how film has interacted with public diplomacy and propaganda. The conference aims to go far beyond the examination of particular feature films and documentaries – though that is an essential dimension. It seeks to look “behind the scenes” to examine how governments and groups have used film as a publicity tool; to assess the role that actors, producers, agents and directors have played in the conflict both on and off the screen; and to consider cinema’s political and cultural impact on the conflict.

Hollywood is obviously an important part of this story, and by holding the conference in Los Angeles we hope to involve contemporary filmmakers, diplomats and lobby organizations based in the city that are engaged in a variety of ways in the Arab-Israeli conflict. But the conference will look at how cinemas from different parts of the world have treated the Arab-Israeli conflict. This will enable comparative analysis and point to the part played by film in the international “war of images” that has surrounded the Arab-Israeli conflict since its inception.

Our approach is interdisciplinary, and we welcome proposals for papers from scholars of all fields, including History, Middle East studies, Israel studies, Public Diplomacy and Propaganda studies, International Affairs, Film studies, Literature, and the Social Sciences. Possible topics for panels and papers include but are not limited to:
  • Key feature films and documentaries about the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Cinema’s direct and oblique treatments of the conflict
  • National film industries’ different takes on the conflict
  • Film activism
  • Film celebrity off-screen activism
  • Film as a public diplomacy and propaganda tool
  • Cinema and censorship/boycotts
  • Film and issues of image and Nation Brands
The working language of the conference will be English. We welcome individual proposals for 20-minute presentations, as well as 90-minute panels. Proposals for individual presentations should not exceed 300 words, while those for panels should be a maximum of 1000 words. All contributors should include a brief (250-300 word) autobiographical paragraph and the contributor’s academic affiliation and email. All of this should be sent to Professor Tony Shaw at a.t.shaw@herts.ac.uk.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2018.
Notification of acceptance: 31 July 2018.
Conference organizers:
  • Professor Tony Shaw, University of Hertfordshire, UK a.t.shaw@herts.ac.uk
  • Professor Nicholas Cull, University of Southern California, and President of the International Association for Media and History.
  • Dr Giora Goodman, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel.

Contact Info: 
Professor Tony Shaw, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Contact Email: 


Visa Policy


migrationpolicy.org

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Visa policy is the process by which countries decide which noncitizens they wish to admit—either as short-term travelers, international students, temporary workers, or permanent immigrants. Beyond setting quotas and outlining which characteristics are most important in immigrant selection, visa policy also has a public diplomacy [JB emphasis] aspect, with visa facilitation, for example, serving as a sign of the strength of bilateral relations. The research here examines the permutations of visa policy around the world.

U.S. Embassy in Armenia: Democracy Commission Small Grants Program 2018


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Deadline: 31 May 2018

U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia has announced the second round of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program competition for fiscal year 2018 to fund initiatives that develop democracy, promote respect for human rights, and support civic education in Armenia.

Focus Areas

Special consideration will be given to proposals that focus on one or more of the following:
  • Enhance cooperation among the media, civil society, and the general public to eliminate different forms of corruption; 
  • Advance human rights, especially those with a focus on minorities and vulnerable groups within society, including individuals with disabilities, victims of gender-based violence, refugees, and members of the LGBTI community; 
  • Promote opportunities for women and integrate women into decision-making processes within their communities, especially those with a focus on young women; 
  • Strengthen labor rights protection in Armenia;
  • Support transparency and accountability in governance, business, and society; Develop independent, diverse, and pluralistic media in Armenia, including investigative journalism; 
  • Enhance economic growth and development and particularly entrepreneurship and tourism in Armenia; 
  • Promote reconciliation and lasting partnerships between the people of Armenia and Azerbaijan and/or Turkey, including plans for continued cooperation after the project ends.
Funding Information
  • Award Floor: $ 5,000
  • Award Ceiling: $ 24,000
Eligibility Criteria
  • Non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations (NGOs) and independent media outlets registered in Armenia. 
  • Grants may not be used for partisan political activities or commercial gain.
How to Apply

All applications must be written in English and submitted via using the application portal available on the given website.

Eligible Country: Armenia

For more information, please visit U.S. Embassy in Armenia.

Diplomatic and executive training courses in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru – 2018 Edition


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The College of Europe Development Office will implement the second series of diplomatic and executive training courses in the framework of the EU-funded project "EU Public Diplomacy in Latin America" in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. As was done in 2017 for the organization of the courses, the College of Europe Development Office will mobilize experts and trainers to cover the following topics: EU institutional framework, decision-making process, external relations, EU trade and negotiations.
The first diplomatic and executive training was held in Buenos Aires from 5 to 9 March 2018. The training programmes in Brazil, Colombia and Peru will be implemented between April and May 2018.
The project is funded by the EU and managed by the Organization of Ibero-American States, which solicited the College of Europe for the organization and implementation of this diplomatic and executive training due to its recognized expertise in the field.

[Position Opening]: Digital Content Editor Company Name Middle East Broadcasting Networks Company Location Springfield, VA, US




Digital Content Editor

Company NameMiddle East Broadcasting Networks  Company LocationSpringfield, VA, US 


About us

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) is the non-profit news organization that operates Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa under a grant from the BBG. Alhurra and Radio Sawa, provide America an undistorted line of communication with the people of the Middle East. They deliver accurate and objective information about America, American policies and people with a broad range of perspectives and an open exchange of ideas on issues of importance to the audience. Alhurra and Radio Sawa also present in-depth discussions that are not addressed in the Arabic-language media, such as human rights and freedom of speech and religion. MBN is also very active online via MBN Digital properties, integrating social media content into its TV and radio content. Important Links: http://www.alhurra.com/english.html http://www.radiosawa.com/radio_sawa.html http://www.facebook.com/alhurra http://www.facebook.com/sawa

Company details
Website
http://www.alhurra.com

Year founded
2004

Company type
Nonprofit

Company size
501-1,000 employees

Specialties
News, Information, Political News, Middle East News, US News, and Technology News

[Position Opening] Marketing Assistant


Greenheart International

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Branch: Greenheart Exchange; [JB: see]

Type: Full time
Start Date: ASAP
Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, some evenings and weekends as needed
Location: Chicago, IL
About us:

Greenheart International, located in Chicago, Illinois, is a nonprofit committed to connecting people and planet to create a more peaceful and sustainable global community. We achieve this through a unique and diverse collection of programs fostering cultural exchange, eco-fair trade, volunteerism, personal development, and environmentalism.

Within Greenheart International, this department engages with exchange programs for young professionals. These programs include the Summer Work Travel program, Intern and Trainee programs, as well as the Teach USA program. The purpose of each of these programs is to promote public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and good faith between the United States and other countries through the opportunity to work in American businesses and schools.

About our ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate is positive, proactive, and responsible; and possesses a keen attention to detail. S/he should have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. This person should be comfortable with asking questions, and is looking to build on their experience with various projects and initiatives within the field of Marketing.

The selected candidate will need to demonstrate flexibility in role as assignments and objectives shift depending on the needs at that time. The right applicant is highly organized and comfortable with administrative work, in addition to creative problem solving and communication.

Duties:

Take enthusiastic initiative to maintain and grow Greenheart Exchange’s Professional Exchange Programs department as a leader in the industry, by assisting in all marketing initiatives for the department. The Marketing Assistant will work primarily on marketing related items, but will work closely with the Outreach division and interns within the department. Primary focus of this role will be in assisting in the following:

Maintaining brand standardization – This includes updating one pagers, collateral support, digital management upkeep, and website content creation.
Promotional items– This includes research on marketing trends, managing inventory, ordering new promotional items and communicating with vendors.
Conferences and tradeshow – This includes packing, shipping or restocking related to conferences and trade shows.
Testimonials – This includes collecting and tracking testimonials and photos, as well as logging into the database.
Videos and website – This includes copy editing scripts and website pages, updating necessary content, as well as assisting during filming.
Google analytics – This includes implementing, tracking, and analyzing a search engine optimization strategy and monitoring Google alerts.
Statistical and industry analyses – This includes researching, compiling, and maintaining the statistical and industry analyses.
General support for the department – The assistant would be responsible for assisting in other miscellaneous duties for the department, including internal and external procedural copy editing, basic lead generation, and business development initiatives.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or higher
Creative and out-of-the-box thinking
Self-directed and flexible with an exceptional ability to multi-task
Efficiency with data entry, excellent attention to detail and the ability to work in an exhilarating and fast-paced environment
An ability to interact and communicate with groups of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds
Genuine desire to contribute to an organization that promotes cultural exchange and environmental consciousness
Outgoing personality with a willingness to learn
Strong work ethic and excellent written, oral, interpersonal and communication skills
Excellent computer skills with competence in Microsoft Office Suite
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
Experience with Photoshop and other similar applications is a plus, though is not necessary
Preferred: Experience studying, volunteering, or working abroad
PROFESSIONAL LEVEL
Entry level

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
4-year degree

HOW TO APPLY
hr@greenheart.org

http://www.greenheart.org

Sound likes the perfect fit? Tell us WHY by sending your resume and customized cover letter in PDF format to Courtney Guengerich, Human Resources Generalist, at HR(AT)greenheart(DOT)org. A cover letter is required for your application to be considered.

Due to the amount of applications processed, we ask that you do not call Greenheart International regarding this position. All qualified applicants will be contacted.

Greenheart International is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

Press Releases: Baseball Hall Of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., Highlights Centennial Celebration Of U.S.-Czech Relations


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American Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., will be traveling to the Czech Republic from April 21-25 as a State Department Sports Envoy, part of the Department's effort to strengthen people-to-people ties as part of U.S. Embassy Prague's year-long Centennial Celebration of U.S.-Czech relations.
In partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Czech Baseball Association, Ripken will travel to the cities of Prague, Pilsen, and Brno to conduct clinics for kids, meet with coaches and local officials, and hold public discussions on the game of baseball.
During the visit, Ripken will introduce the sport of baseball and donate baseball equipment to Roma communities in Prague. He will also meet with the Czech Olympic Committee and open a baseball exhibit at the famous Pilsen Brewery.
'This is an exciting trip and I'm honored to have the opportunity to teach the game I love, while embracing the culture of the Czech Republic. I look forward to meeting everyone and learning more about how we can help grow the game of baseball internationally,' said Ripken.
In addition to his role as Major League Baseball's special adviser to the commissioner on youth programs and outreach, Ripken was also named an 'American Public Diplomacy Envoy' by the State Department in 2007. In this capacity he has previously engaged with youth, public audiences and government leaders in the countries of China, Japan, and Nicaragua.
For press inquiries in the United States, contact ECA-Press@state.gov. You can follow Cal Ripken's visit to the Czech Republic on Twitter (@USEmbassyPrague) and Facebook (U.S. Embassy Prague). To learn more about State Department sports diplomacy, follow the program on Twitter @SportsDiplomacy.

Sister Cities International


kaygranger.house.gov


April 20, 2018 

E-Newsletter

Dear Friends, 

This past week, the Fort Worth chapter of Sister Cities International visited me on Capitol Hill. While in Washington this week, the Board of Directors and Mary Palko, the organization’s Director Emerita and Mission Chair, attended briefings at the U.S. State Department and the Embassies of China, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Hungary, and France. 
Sister Cities International began in 1956 when President Eisenhower envisioned a way for U.S. cities to create partnerships with foreign cities. The president’s concept was that cities should exchange information and ideas in order to develop friendships and deepen cultural understanding. 
This vision sparked the creation of Sister Cities International, which today includes more than 500 U.S. cities. In fact, the organization now has relationships in 145 countries, with a total of some 2,000 cities participating. 
Fort Worth became a member of the Sister Cities International network in 1985, and since then has been named the best program for its size eight times. 
I believe that building alliances with foreign cities through citizen exchanges such as Sister Cities is smart public diplomacy [JB emphasis], and helps build a more peaceful world. 
As a former mayor, I’ve valued their work for many years – and was honored by Fort Worth Sister Cities International with the Diplomatic Leadership Award last year. 
It has been my pleasure to support Sister Cities’ goals in Washington as the former chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Even though I am now the chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I appreciate the important role that groups such as Sister Cities play in building bridges with other countries. 
I was proud to welcome the delegation from Fort Worth Sister Cities International to Washington, D.C. this week, and I look forward to continuing to support their critical work. 
Sincerely,
 
Kay Granger
Member of Congress