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Wednesday, October 6

Bilateral Relations between the U.S. and Ecuador On Wednesday, October 6, MIC will host a luncheon forum with His Excellency Luis Benigno Gallegos Chiriboga, Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States. His Excellency will speak about bilateral relations between the U.S. and Ecuador, and specifically about the purpose of the new Consulate General of Ecuador in Minnesota (home to 40,000 Ecuadorians) under the leadership of Consul General Silvia Ontaneda. Prior to his present appointment, Mr. Gallegos served as Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United Nations and Australia, and has represented Ecuador in Geneva, El Salvador, Bulgaria and Chicago. His Excellency speaks English and French, has taught as a professor of international law in Quito, and was a Humphrey Fellow. Cosponsors: The Consulate General of Ecuador in Minnesota, and the Minnesota Trade Office When: Wednesday, October 6; registration 11:30 A; luncheon/program 12 noon – 1:30 P Where: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 3rd Floor Ballroom 35 South 7th Street, Minneapolis Cost: MIC members, students and cosponsors $35; non-members $50 Advance registration REQUIRED

THERE’S STILL TIME … … To Enter MIC’s World Travel Raffle for a pair of Delta airline vouchers for ROUNDTRIP TRANSPACIFIC coach class tickets, available to use before May 26, 2011, with NO blackout dates. Raffle tickets are on sale for only $20 and our goal is to raise $15,000 in support of our K-12 education program. The raffle drawing will take place at the 10th WorldQuest International Trivia Competition on October 29, 2010, but the winner does not need to be present. To purchase your raffle tickets, send cash or check (payable to “MIC”) to MIC, or visit our office during business hours (M-F 10-5). When you purchase by mail, we will send the numbered ticket stubs back to you as proof of purchase. Complete rules and restrictions can be found at MIC’s address is: 711 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Friday, October 15

Great Decisions: Emerging Trends in U.S. Foreign Policy Join us for the 3rd Annual Great Decisions Conference on Friday, October 15. While this conference is open to anyone interested in U.S. foreign policy, we especially invite group members, organizers and speakers from MIC’s Great Decisions program across Minnesota. New this year … a workshop session for educators led by Michelle Bierman, program manager, Social Studies K-12, St. Paul Public Schools. Keynote address: Speaker:

Emerging Trends in U.S. Foreign Policy Tom Hanson, foreign affairs consultant

Luncheon Address: Mexico and the United States: Establishing Effective Partnerships Through Shared Responsibility and Mutual Development Speaker: Consul Ana Luisa Fajer Flores, Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul Cosponsors: Alliance for Lifelong Learning-Minnesota, Foreign Policy Association, TIES Conference Center, The Upper Midwest Chapter of the American Foreign Service Association and the St. PaulMinneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations

When: Friday, October 15; 8:30 A – 4:30 P Where: TIES Conference Center, 1667 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul Cost: MIC members $35; non-members $45 (includes light breakfast and lunch) Special group rate until October 8: $30 per person for 5 or more Psst! MIC’s Great Decisions series at the Edina Library was voted “Best Lecture Series in the Twin Cities” by Minnesota Monthly Magazine.



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Friday, October 29

Monday, November 8

WorldQuest 2010 The date is fast approaching, so don’t forget to register your team for WorldQuest. Recruit and register your team now as the event sells out each year. Topics for WorldQuest 2010 will include: world events, flags and capitals, geography, people in the news, the 2010 Great Decisions topics, and MIC’s 2011 focus country, France. Sample questions from past WorldQuest games are available at This is another chance to support MIC’s K-12 education program … and have fun at the same time! Sponsors: David Winton Bell Foundation and General Mills, Inc. Media Sponsor: Minnesota Public Radio Emcee: Tom Crann of Minnesota Public Radio’s All Things Considered When: Fri, October 29; Registration 6:30 P Where: McNamara Alumni Center, U of M (East Bank) 200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis Cost: $35 per person/$250 per team Students: $20 per person/$140 per team Due to high demand for this event, teams MUST register and complete full payment in advance to secure their team’s spot.

Monday, November 1

Reception with Murrow Journalists For the fifth year in a row, MIC will be hosting a distinguished group of U.S. State Department-sponsored visitors, who will be here in Minnesota as part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. These media leaders from Australia, Brunei, Burma, East Timor, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet Nam will be examining the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and the practices and standards of the media in the United States. These English-speaking men and women are online and print journalists, newspaper editors, and television news producers and reporters. Don’t miss another terrific opportunity to experience the “power of the personal” by meeting and sharing international dialogue with these international visitors. While this reception is open to MIC members only, it is an ideal way to introduce prospective members to MIC, so guests are welcome. Co-hosts: School of Journalism & Mass Communication (UMN), the China Center (UMN), and the Asian American Journalists Association When: Monday, November 1; 5:30 – 7:30 P Where: Radisson Hotel Plaza, Norway Room, 3rd Floor 35 South 7th St, Minneapolis Parking available in Radisson Hotel underground ramp for $5

Culture through Cuisine: Afghanistan Join fellow MIC members at Da Afghan Restaurant in Bloomington on Monday, November 8, to experience a special evening celebrating the culture and cuisine of Afghanistan. This prix-fixe dinner will be served buffet style and will feature housemade, traditional Afghan dishes including hummous and baba ganoush, freshly baked afghan naan (flatbread), green salad with house dressing, white basmati rice, kabeli palow with chicken, morgh kabob (chicken), lamb korma, aushak (spinach dumplings), banjaan bouranee (eggplant), various chutneys, and two desserts (fernee and baklava). Coffee and traditional black tea included; soft drinks, specialty teas and alcoholic beverages available for purchase As you enjoy the cuisine of Afghanistan and the company of fellow MIC members, the owner and staff of Da Afghan will speak about the country’s history, culture and distinctive recipes. This private event is open to MIC members and guests only and promises to be a memorable evening of food and global fellowship.

When: Monday, November 8; 6:30 P – 8:30 P Where: Da Afghan Restaurant, 929 West 80th Street, Bloomington Free parking available in the lot outside the restaurant Cost: $35 per person (includes tax and gratuity on food only) Advance registration REQUIRED

Cost: Free, open to MIC members in good standing only Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Advance registration REQUIRED.

MIC Contributors & Corporate Members Premier ($50,000+) Delta Air Lines, Inc. Medtronic, Inc./Medtronic Foundation Millennium ($30,000+) 3M/3M Foundation General Mills, Inc./General Mills Foundation Senior Global ($20,000+) Best Buy Co., Inc./Best Buy Children’s Foundation Cargill Carlson Companies and The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Global ($15,000+) Sit Investment Associates, Inc. Executive ($10,000+) Education Minnesota Foundation The Mosaic Company


Leadership Patron ($5,000+) Colwell Industries, Inc. Donaldson Co., Inc. Dorsey & Whitney LLP/Dorsey & Whitney Foundation Ecolab Inc./Ecolab Foundation Faegre & Benson LLP George Family Foundation The Lakeland Companies Propel Event Transportation Management Target Corporation The Toro Company United Health Group U.S. Bank/Elavon Contributing Patron ($2,500+) David Winton Bell Foundation Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. KPMG LLP Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Wanner Engineering

Associate Patron ($1,000+) ACIST Medical Systems Athwin Foundation Bellcomb Technologies, Inc. Bepex International LLC C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Gray Plant Mooty Imation Medica Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS Polaris Industries St. Jude Medical Associate ($500+) Global Language Institute Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C. Horton Holding, Inc. iCre8, Inc. TripleInk Watermark Initiative, LLC Sponsoring Hotels The Marquette Hotel Radisson Plaza Hotel

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Letter from the President I think you will agree that MIC has some great programs coming up this fall. The luncheon with the Ecuadorian Ambassador to the U.S. is our chance to welcome this new Consulate to Minnesota; MIC’s 10th WorldQuest Competition is a lively evening of international competition; our 3rd Annual Great Decisions Conference an opportunity for our Great Decisions participants from around the State to get together – by the way, Great Decisions was just voted Best Lecture Series by Minnesota Monthly Magazine; and our second Culture through Cuisine series, a great way for members to socialize in an international ambiance. Offering yet another way to engage our members, we will be hosting receptions on a regular basis throughout the coming year for members to meet the international visitors who come to Minnesota under the

auspices of the U.S. State Department. These visitors and the people whom they meet in Minnesota and elsewhere in the country are important in the U.S.’s citizen diplomacy. The National Council on International Visitors lists the following rationale behind the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP): •

IVLP is an investment in U.S. national security and is essential to build stronger long-term relationships between foreign leaders and U.S. decision makers.

IVLP was ranked first by U.S. ambassadors in surveys rating 63 public diplomacy programs.

More than 250 current and former Heads of State, 1,700 cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished world leaders in government and the private sector have had firsthand exposure to the United States through the IVLP early in their career.

Almost all the budget for the International

Visitor Leadership Program is spent in the U.S. •

IVLP is vitally important to U.S. communities for generating economic development and cultivating a globally literate workforce.

On November 1, we will be hosting a members-only reception with a prestigious group of Edward R. Murrow journalists from Asia and the South Pacific, and I do hope that you will all take advantage of the opportunity to meet face-to-face with these visitors. By supporting the Minnesota International Center, attending our programs and receptions, and volunteering for MIC, you are all citizen diplomats building constructive connections with people from other nations.

Carol Engebretson Byrne President, Minnesota International Center

Firsthand interaction with American citizens is the United States’ best asset in the battle for hearts and minds ~ NCIV, promoting excellence in citizen diplomacy Each group coming to the U.S. under the auspices of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program is accompanied by an English Language Officer (ELO) who at the end of their visit provides a report to the State Department and various programming agencies. Below are excerpts from the report of the ELO who accompanied international visitors (IVs) from Indonesia here to discuss human rights monitoring and protection. Between January 9 and January 30, 2010, the group visited Washington, D.C.; Montgomery, AL; Jackson, MS; Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN; and San Francisco, CA.

Muslim Community … Saying their Friday prayers and listening to the sermon together with members of the Pentagon Muslim community, undoubtedly erased the belief in the minds of our guests that the U.S is intolerant of Islam. They were very impressed and felt very privileged to be given the opportunity to participate in the Friday prayer service inside the Pentagon.



Throughout the program, the visitors met with government officials on all levels to discuss human rights monitoring and protection in the U.S. Everywhere they went, they observed and learned. Professional development aside, our guests gained other insights on a personal level as well. They came in contact with America at work and at play outside of those scheduled meetings. They mingled with the people in the street, rode on Washington’s Metro and San Francisco’s BART, shopped at Minnesota’s Mall of America, took pictures of places of interest and, no less importantly, observed the varied natural landscape.

Montgomery, AL (January 16 – 20, 2010) In Montgomery, the IVs experienced a combination of professional development and cultural extravagance. Apart from the meetings, they took every opportunity to take in Montgomery and Selma. Service at Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church; Touring historic Selma; Celebration of Martin Luther King’s Day at Dexter Avenue Memorial Baptist Church; Volunteering at Salvation Army “Soup Kitchen”; Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Project; Visit to the host family; Civil Rights Memorial Center. Jackson, MS (January 20 -23, 2010) Jackson presented our guests with a different view of a southern city. Appointments:

Washington, D.C. (January 9 – 16, 2010)

Jackson Police Department; Meeting with judges; Education/training at a community college campus in Utica, MS.

Washington, D.C. was the “America” that they first came into contact with and they savored the experience. There was a good mix of program activities, laying the groundwork for professional and civic appreciation later on the trip.

Our guests’ fervent wish to touch snow came true beyond their imagination when volunteer Mr. Claude Buettner drove them through a snow storm from Minneapolis to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indian Reservation.


Appointments: Federalism Lecture; The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia; District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Program; Witness Security Program; International Labor Rights Fund AND Friday Prayers with Pentagon

Minneapolis, MN (January 23 – 27, 2010)

human rights violations at Guantanamo Bay. The two defense lawyers told our guests about the huge difficulties they faced to provide legal services for their client, and how they overcame it. Hennepin County of Multicultural Services What really was very interesting for our guests was that people working at this agency which provides services for newly arrived immigrants and refugees came from different countries of origin. For our IVs, it is astonishing that America is open to immigrants from all over the world and that this agency provides training for Americans to understand the culture and religion of these newcomers. This visit inspired our guests, coming from a multicultural and multiethnic society themselves. Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Tribe Meeting with real life Native Americans in their tribal lands was one of the highlights for our guests because it completely changed their perceptions. Of particular interest for the IVs was how the Mille Lacs Band preserves its culture through their own tribal government. Home Hospitality Staying in an American home near a frozen lake and spending time with their hosts proved to be a most pleasant experience for our guests. They immediately felt at ease with their warm and sincere hosts, eating a delicious home-cooked dinner and swapping stories about families and work. San Francisco, CA (January 27 – 30, 2010)

Appointments in Minneapolis and Outstate Minnesota:

Time in San Francisco would not be complete without visiting the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, which is exactly what we did . Our guests also enjoyed riding the BART to Oakland Coliseum to watch a professional basketball game.

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This was the most interesting meeting for our guests where they learned firsthand about torture, mistreatment of prisoners and other

Office of Citizen Complaints; Court Appointed Special Advocates; The Asia Foundation

Considering such rich program contents, the favorable change of perception, and the resultant goodwill our guests brought back home, this program was indeed a success. This visit is only one example of the breadth and depth of the International Visitor Leadership Program. Minnesota’s Door to The World


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Wednesday, September 29 - Sunday, October 17

Monday, October 11

The Great Game: Afghanistan

The Guthrie Theater is presenting the trilogy The Great Game: Afghanistan, an acclaimed theatrical production that will be held in only four American cities in 2010. Each part of the trilogy is made up of four one-act plays, each by a different playwright, each exploring a critical period of modern Afghan history. When: The Guthrie will present each part as a separate evening of theater and will present all three parts consecutively on weekends. Wednesday through Friday performances begin at 7:30 P. Curtain times for the entire cycle on Saturdays and Sundays are 11:30 A, 3:00 P and 7:30 P.

Afghanistan: The Challenge of Human Rights A panel discussion on Afghanistan related to Part 3 of The Great Game: Afghanistan and moderated by Guthrie Director Joe Dowling. Panelists include Robin Phillips, Dr. Lisa Schirch, Dr. Henia Dakkak and Dr. Ghafar Lakanwal. A question and answer session will follow the discussion. Presented by the Guthrie Theater; cosponsored by the Minnesota International Center, The Advocates for Human Rights, Americans for UNFPA, and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota

Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis

When: Monday, October 11; 7:30 P

Cost: $30-120 (multiple options available between single part and complete three-part cycle). Call the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224 and quote “A: Partner” to save 15% on single part tickets (single part tickets are available Wed – Fri.) Not valid online, with other offers or on previously purchased tickets. Handling fees may apply.

Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis

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Cost: $10; FREE for ticket-holders of any play of the trilogy The Great Game: Afghanistan. Tickets available online at

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DETAILS AND LINKS FOR ALL EVENTS AVAILABLE ON MIC’S WEBSITE WWW.MICGLOBE.ORG Member Hosting Dinner Hosting Thursday, November 25 Open your home to 1-2 international students or scholars from the University of Minnesota for Thanksgiving dinner. Homestays Friday - Sunday, January 28 – 30, 2011 Host 1-2 Russian faculty members for a weekend homestay experience during their program at the University of Minnesota. If you are interested in dinner hosting or homestay opportunities, please contact Carol at 612.625.9618 or

World Affairs Councils of America National Conference: U.S. Foreign Policy: Into the Next Decade Thursday - Friday, November 4 - 5 4    |    M I N N ES OTA I N TERNATIONAL CENTER

Member Discounts Ordway Center for the Performing Arts MIC is pleased to partner with the Ordway for part of the TARGET® World Music and Dance Series. Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul Cost: Discounted tickets for these performances are $25 (includes fees and one beverage voucher). MIC members may purchase tickets by entering promo code “MIC” online at or by calling 651-224-4222 and asking for the “MIC” discount.”

Save the Dates International Trade Networking Cocktails Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cosponsored Programs Non-Violent Conflict Resolution Initiatives - Havel Symposium Sunday, October 10; 2:30 - 4:00 P México-Minnesota Day Conference Wednesday, October 27; 8:30 A - 2:00 P A History of the Cannes Film Festival Friday, November 12

Westminster Forum Collaboration A Life in Politics; Walter Mondale Thursday, October 14 The Midterm Elections – What They Mean For America; Candy Crowley Thursday, November 4 MIC will facilitate a small group discussion after the programs

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