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Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings from the Montana World Affairs Council! We are wrapping up the last few programs of the year and are looking forward to a little R&R with friends and family. But before go, we’d like to give you a little update on this month’s happenings.

The Council has recently hosted Carolyn Grimaldi (recipient of the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s travel scholarship) and Israeli Consul General Dr. Andy David. Ms. Grimaldi presented a screening of Turkey’s Tigers: Integrating Islam and Corporate Culture at the Missoula Public Library. Aside from treating her guests with a free portion of delicious moussaka, Ms. Grimaldi led an engaging discussion on how religion, government and business interplay in Turkish society. Often points of friction in many societies, Turkey has found a relatively harmonious balance between the aspirations of businessmen, religion and the degree of government regulation for both.

                We were also thrilled to host the Israeli Consul General, Dr. Andy David for a Council on the Radio interview. Dr. David’s discussion ranged from the founding of Israel, to the US-Israeli relationship to the recent vote on Palestine’s observer state status at the United Nations. He not only examined the challenges facing his home State but the rich traditions and cultures of the many people living within Jerusalem and the Holy land. The most encouraging note from Dr. David was on his optimism of a future peace; granting that there were still large challenges ahead for all parties involved, he remained confident of future stability.  

                Be sure to catch the World Affairs Council of Montana’s final program of 2012, a Council on the Radio interview with Ryan Alter, founder of Alter Enterprises and Inspired Classroom. The interview will be held this Wednesday, December 19th from 8:30-10:00am. Mr. Alter is passionate about utilizing technology to increase understanding and to fortify curriculum within the classroom.  Combined with the Council’s particular interest in rural environments, Mr. Alter’s efforts may expand the opportunities and resources available to many smaller schools throughout Montana. This program can be heard on KGVO 1290AM, 101.5FM or at http://www.http//newstalkkgvo.com/listen-live/.

Finally, the Council is saying goodbye to one of our wonderful interns, Eka. Eka’s contributions to the Council have been an integral part of the Council’s operations this past semester. Her work ethic, dedication and smile will be greatly missed as she pursues a federal position in Helena. We thank you all for your interests, attendances and contributions to this year’s events. Your participation has greatly aided the Council in bringing the world to Montana and Montana to the world. May you all have a joyous and cheerful holiday season with cherished loved ones and we’ll see you in the New Year!