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olli g orth EXC ANGE One Real Way to Promote ternational Understanding Arthur Collingsworth earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in International Relations from Georgetown University. He has devoted his whole life to encouraging and supporting international education and understanding. Collingsworth has worked for the United Nations, Youth for Understanding, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the WK. Kellogg Foundation, amongst other organizations. Most recently he fathered the international Millennium Technology Prize with the Government of Finland. In 2002 the American President appointed him to a four year term on the U.S. National Security Education Board. The President of Finland has awarded him two of their country's highest honors: Commander of the Order of the Lion and Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose. Collingsworth fell in love with Prague six years ago and since then he divides his time between his homes in the Old Town in Prague and his American home in San Diego, California. What brought you to Prague? I first came here with an English friend in 1979 and I thought that Prague had the potential to be such a beautiful city, but I found it very grim and depressing and quite unfriendly to foreigners. In 1990 I was invited to come back to Prague by the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross Societies in Geneva who asked me to come and talk to a group ofthe heads of European Red Cross organizations which was meeting here in Prague. I came here and I was so pleased with the differences I saw since my last visit and I met some very impressive young Czech people who were volunteers for the Czech Red Cross. I ended up giving them and some other young Czechs I met scholarships to go and study in the United States. I got to know them and their families in the subsequent years and came backto visit Prague several times. A friend and I owned a place in Scotland, but we decided to sell it and were looking for some place in Europe to spend our summers. We thought about Paris first but then we decided to come to Prague instead. This was six years ago and we have been coming back to spend half a year every year since then here in Prague. We are very impressed with so many of the young people we've met and their level of education and curiosity. I have become Prague Club Magazine Vj2005

A Talk with Arthur J. Collingsworth

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