From the Great Wall to the Rocky Mountains

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:
Mr. Zhao Jianhua
First Secretary, Cultural Office, Embassy of China

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.

About our guestlihong
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.

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2014 Academic WorldQuest Success

When we get feedback from our AWQ participants, it brings our months of hard work and preparation into perspective. Here are some quotes from a recent thank you card from Park High School:

Thank You, World Affairs Council! I learned so much at the last competition. The foreign student Q&A helped me to be exposed to the outside world!
~Karl M.

Thank you for hosting this event! I learned a lot and the guest speakers were fascinating. It exposed me to new information about the world and its problems that I was not aware of. Thanks again!
~ Maggie B.

Thank you for expanding my knowledge of the world!
~Andy V.

This year’s WorldQuest competition was very inspirational and lots of fun! The speakers were riveting and the competition was fierce. This was a great experience, and I’m grateful for the knowledge I gained.
~Elana B.

We love to hear how our programs impact Montana students, so keep the feedback coming!

Thank you to again to all of the students who participated in the 2014 Global Connections International Education day featuring the 10th Annual Academic WorldQuest Competition

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A Community Discussion on Human Trafficking with James Pond and Pralhad Dhakal

April 16th | 7:30 – 9:00pmWACACarlsonLogoborderRESIZE

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.

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