Tuesday April 19th, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:30pm
Business Luncheon Series, “From the Great Wall to the Rocky Mountains: The role of Cultural Exchange in Bridging Our Two Peoples”
Council members and their guests are invited to attend this exclusive event:
Madam Li Hong
Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs,
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
Madam Hong will be accompanied by :
Miss Liu Xiaolin
Second Secretary, Cultural Office, Embassy of China
When: Tuesday, April 29th – 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: DoubleTree Hotel Cost (including catered lunch) $20/current Council members $25/non-members. Members are welcome to bring up to two guests.
RSVP: Seating is limited, please call (406)728-3328 to reserve your seat today.
Joining Ministry of Culture of China in 1984, Li Hong served successively as Deputy Director, Director and Deputy Director General of the Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture of China, overseeing China’s cultural exchange with Asian, American, Oceanian and Eurasian countries.
Li Hong’s overseas postings include cultural attache at Chinese Embassy in Singapore (1991-1995) and Cultural Counselor at Chinese Embassy in Australia (2004-2009) and Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC starting from April 2013. Acquiring a Bachelor Degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1984, Li Hong received simultaneous interpretation training at Beijing UN Language Training Center from 1987-89 and studied at University of Maryland from 1999-2000 as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow.
May 14th, 2014 | 5:00 – 8:00pm
KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite
The Council has been chosen to participate in the KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite Program!
Come enjoy a locally handcrafted brew while supporting global education in classrooms and communities throughout the Big Sky.
The Council will receive $.50 of every pint sold between 5-8 pm on the evening of May 14th at the Northside Taproom. Location: 313 N 3rd Street West
Thank you KettleHouse Brewing for supporting the Council!
April 16th | 7:30 – 9:00pm
A Community Discussion on Human Trafficking
with James Pond and Pralhad Dhakal
CEO/Founder, Transitions Global; Nepal Country Director, The ISIS Foundation
“What about the Victims? Transition & Restoration”
Wednesday, April 16 – 7:30pm–9:00pm. Location: UC Ballroom, UM Campus
As part of the Mansfield Center Conference: Fight For Hope & Freedom, the Montana World Affairs Council is co-sponsoring a community discussion on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30pm, in the University Center Ballroom, UM Campus, with James Pond and Pralhad Dhakal to talk about the significant work being done in Montana and across the U.S. to help victims and to fight human trafficking. NGO leaders will discuss both challenges to helping victims and ways that Montanans can help. This event is free and open to the public.
The Montana World Affairs Council will also be hosting a Council in the Classroom program on human trafficking with Sarah Symons, Founder/Author/Executive Director, Made by Survivors. Using video-conferencing technology, and with support from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Ms. Symons will discuss what Montanans need to know about human trafficking and what they can do to combat it with classrooms around the state. On Wednesday April 16, Ethan Batstone, Director of Engagement of Not for Sale, will visit Big Sky High School.
These programs are sponsored by the Carlson Family Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America.
November 2nd, 2013
Global Gauntlet Team Trivia
Do you like a little friendly competition? Grab some friends and co-workers and come support the Council while you test your knowledge of current events, history, languages, global customs, international cuisine, and more! The trivia questions, with multiple choice answers, will vary in difficulty. This fundraiser is modeled after the Council’s Academic WorldQuest competition, which is an international affairs competition for Montana high school students. With more than 50 teams from 27 different schools, it is the 3rd largest Academic WorldQuest competition in the nation. Proceeds from this event will go toward Academic WorldQuest and other Council eduction projects
Spotlight on Turkey
As part of a national study-tour organized by the Turkish Cultural Foundation, Joanne Berry from Moore High School, Niki Keuch from Chief Joseph Middle School in Bozeman, and Kerry Corcoran from Bozeman High School spent two weeks traveling Turkey and exploring the rich history, culture, and art of this fascinating country. Upon their return, these three teachers are hosting several community events in the Bozeman and Lewistown areas.
Public Presentation at the Bozeman Public Library
Thursday, November 7, 2013,
5:00-6:30 – Bozeman Public Library
Bozeman teachers Kerry Corcoran and Niki Keuch will share their travels through Turkey through a slide show, display of Turkish artifacts, and a question and answer session. The presentation will conclude with a sampling of Turkish foods catered by the local restaurant, Meze.
Evening Public Presentation at the Lewistown Public Library
Friday, October 4, 2013
6:00-8:00 – Lewistown Public Library
Joanne Berry, Kerry Corcoran and Niki Keuch will share their Turkish experiences through a slide show, questions and answer session, and then conclude with tea and a Turkish dessert.
Turkish Art Workshop at the Lewistown Art Center
Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00-11:30 – Lewistown Art Center
Joanne Berry, Kerry Corcoran and Niki Keuch will present a slide show on art from Turkey. Following this, Kerry and Joanne will conduct an Ebru workshop demonstrating techniques from Hikmet Barutcugil’s book The Dream of Water: Ebru the Living Tradition. The attendees will have the opportunity to create their own Ebru piece.
Children’s Story Hour, Lewistown, MT – Kerry Corcoran
Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00-11:00 – Lewistown Public Library
At this unique event, children and parents from the community will have the opportunity to listen to some Hodga Nasrettin stories, and Anatolian Tales from the book Musical Story Basket.
September 9th 2013
***Moscow Monday’s @ Montgomery Distillery
129 West Front St., Missoula
Come support the Council while you enjoy a locally made, handcrafted beverage from our friends at Montgomery Distillery
Noon – 8:00pm
$1 from every drink sold today is donated to the Council
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Meet and Greet with Mr. Brandon Busteed, Gallup Education
***1st Annual Montana Global Educator of the Year Award Reception
Featuring a Distinguished Speakers Program with Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education
“Educating the Next Generation of Global Citizens”
Monday, September 9th
7:00pm ~ Governor’s Ballroom ~ 111 N. Higgins, Missoula, MT
~Dessert reception to follow~
Global Educator of the Year Award to be presented to Geoff Habel, Great Falls High School
Global Educator of the Year Award to be presented by Shannon O’Brien, Governor Bullock’s Education Policy Advisor
Admission: $5 ~ Council members and students ; $10 ~ non-members
Cash Bar Available
Click here to learn more about Brandon Busteed
August 27th 2013
Distinguished Speaker Program
Join us for engaging discussions, exclusive luncheons and receptions, and unique workshops that aim to bring the world to Montana and Montana to the world.
Throughout the year, the Council brings international education and global awareness opportunities to the Big Sky in order to enhance our understanding of global affairs and explore how Montana is affected by these issues. We strive to provide quality programs that stimulate discussion, engagement, and most importantly, learning. We hope that you will join us for our upcoming events, which include community discussions, business
Tuesday, August 27th – 7:00pm
UC Ballroom, University Center – UM Campus
“Conflict in the Middle East: An Update on Current Developments”
with Council Founder Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.)
April 25th 2013
Ambassador Said Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the US
“The Future of Afghanistan: 2014 and the Road Ahead”
Thursday, April 25th
7:00pm at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom
Admission: FREE for Council Members ; $5 for non-members
Dessert Reception to follow - space is limited for this event, so you must register in order to attend. Please click HERE to register.
$15 for members / $20 for non-members
This program is part of the Dirk and Kim Visser Lecture Series.
About our Guest
Said Tayeb Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States from 2003-2010, is the Chairman of the Foundation for Afghanistan, a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing human capacity and intercultural dialogue in Afghanistan, and Chief Executive Officer of Capitalize LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in the investment, security and political environments of Afghanistan and the greater Gulf region. Ambassador Jawad also recently became a member of the International Advisory Council in the Global Political Strategies group at APCO Worldwide, an international strategic communications consultancy.
Under his leadership, the Embassy of Afghanistan emerged as one of the most successful missions in Washington, D.C. He also served as Afghanistan’s non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.
Ambassador Jawad returned to Afghanistan after 9/11 to assist in the state-building process, where he played a versatile and crucial role in government, serving as President Karzai’s Press Secretary, Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of International Relations. In these positions, Ambassador Jawad formulated and managed strategies, implemented policies, assisted in the building and re-building of national institutions (including the Afghan National Army) as well as prioritizing major reforms in Afghanistan, notably to the Ministry of Defense.