Sister Cities of Cary, North Carolina

2012 Cary Summit on Citizen Diplomacy

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Cary Summit on Citizen Diplomacy

Citizen Diplomacy Summit 2012:

What A Difference One Person Can Make!

March 15, 2012

Cary Arts Center

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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The Sister Cities Association of Cary invites you to the fourth CITIZEN DIPLOMACY SUMMIT, Thursday March 15, from 5 to 9 PM at the Cary Arts Center – 101 Dry Avenue in downtown Cary. While there is no charge to attend, seating is limited so registration is requested.

Following opening remarks by Cary Mayor, Harold Weinbrecht, a distinguished panel of speakers – representing business, educational and humanitarian organizations - has been assembled to discuss international relationships at the grassroots level.


FRANK STASIO (Moderator) – Longtime NPR correspondent, Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s The State of Things. Stasio also presents audio theater workshops for children and teachers and conducts radio journalism workshops for broadcasters in former Soviet-bloc countries.

RACHEL F. RUSSELL - Program Officer in the Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

EMILY COBLE – President, NC Peace Corps Association, retired school teacher, currently teaches ESL to adult learners.

TOLGA ERKMEN - Entrepreneur and internationally-known speaker with over 20 years experience in mission critical systems, new ventures and strategic planning.

DR. HEIDI H. HOBBS - Director of the Master of International Studies Program in the School of Public and International Affairs, and Associate Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University.

ART HOWARD – Internationally acclaimed photojournalist whose work has taken him to all 7 continents and over 40 countries. Howard has received over 50 awards including the Robert Kennedy Journalism Award.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Sacrificial Poets - Will McInerney and Kane Smego
Nationally recognized spoken word poets and youth educators Will McInerney and Kane Smego along with project translator Mohammad Moussa and professional photographer and videographer Sameer Abdel-khalek will share their “Arab Spring” experiences. The team collected oral histories, captured photographs and video and created poetic reflections that depict the life during this time of transformation. They will provide a glimpse into lives of the Egyptian and Tunisian people during their journey towards self-determination, and to share the knowledge gained by their visits with the hope of transforming our own communities.

This 4th Citizen Diplomacy Summit is co-sponsored by the Sister Cities Association of Cary and the Town of Cary. The purpose of the Citizen Diplomacy Summit is to bring together representatives from key organizations and businesses in the Cary and Research Triangle area involved in international education, humanitarian and business programs; to learn how international relationships at the grassroots level impact U.S. foreign relations; to discuss ways these local organizations may better serve international visitors and the community as a whole and to improve communication among these diverse groups. The summit is supported by a grant from the Cary Chamber of Commerce.

Guests are invited to browse expo booths and displays, and socialize with panelists and fellow guests at a reception following the summit. Refreshments will be served.

Program Schedule:
Thursday, March 15, 2012
5:00 – 9 :00 PM EXPO (Table Top Displays) in Lobby
5:00 – 6:00 PM Meet and Mingle Reception
6:00 – 7:30 PM Moderated Panel Discussion
7:30 – 7:45 PM Break – visit EXPO
7:45 - 8:00 PM Citizen Diplomacy Award Ceremony
8:00 – 9:00 PM Keynote (Performance)

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The Sister Cities of Cary gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following event partners assisting with the program:

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