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Perspective: Khaled Hosseini, Moral Psychologists, and the Power of a Good Story

By Kimberly Collins, Global Competency Intern Friday evening the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation honored best-selling author Khaled Hosseini with the Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Literature Award. Because of our involvements with the library, The International Center was given two tickets to the lecture and backstage reception. And as an avid proponent of the mantra “read a zillion books,” and especially as one of the many who has poured over The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed time and again, I snagged them right up. Khaled Hosseini and Kimberly Dr. Khaled Hosseini was remarkably personable and
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75 Years of International Exchange

At The International Center we strive to facilitate international exchange. One of our core programs is the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), managed by Beth Barich. The program helps bringing leaders from all around the world to the United States in order to improve international diplomacy. It was first introduced in 1940 and was solely created for Latin American leaders but quickly evolved into what it is known as today. That is, bringing leaders from all around the world to US communities. In its first 75 years, the IVLP served 200,000 emerging leaders in diverse fields. Today, the IVLP
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Person-to-Person Diplomacy: Tea, Soccer, and Finding Common Ground

By Kimberly Collins, Global Competency Intern In an age where I can read live tweets from Gaza and watch YouTube videos fresh from Syria, I have the ability to filter my news with scrutiny. With constant increases in technology, I have the luxury of video chatting for free directly with a friend in France. My company could send me on a three year assignment to the UAE and, while doubtlessly challenging in ways, I would be overall fine, even elated. All this to say, the world is getting flatter, and we are getting more connected in it. Recently we
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China: IN view

    Indiana’s relationship with China  Over the years Indiana has been maintaining and developing relationships with China. In 1987, the Hoosier state established a sister-state relationship with the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang. Since then, many Indiana cities have followed the state’s lead by establishing sister-city relationships with cities in Zhejiang in Province and throughout China. Hoosier-Sino relations are enhanced furthermore by the many business relationships and University partnerships that exist in our community. Ms. Lei Wang, Project Manager – China, is responsible for planning and coordinating global strategic development programs and special projects, focused primarily on China,
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Meet our spring 2015 interns!

As a tradition every semester, we welcome the new interns who will be bringing their diverse experience and skills to The International Center. As part of their internship experience, all of them will post blog entries that are related to the department they work at in order to contribute and add value to The International Center’s blog. Let’s introduce the spring 2015 interns! Rachel O’Heran, International Visitor Leader Program (IVLP) Intern Rachel in Cape Town, South Africa Molo! My name is Rachel O’Heran. I am originally from Hillsdale, MI, but consider myself an honorary Hoosier. I am a senior
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Changing the World with IVLP

By Ashalyn Hardy, International Visitor Leadership Program Intern  The International Visitor Leadership Program is a program that is funded and administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a professional exchange program designed to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. As the IVLP intern, I work alongside Beth Barich to develop programs for IVLP delegations from all over the world. In this role, I have learned so much more than the technical aspects of programming for international leaders.This is what IVLP has taught me: changing the world, doing “great
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Interns Soarin’ All My Flags Are Foreign

People always ask me what it’s like to be an intern at The International Center. Reading the description of the internship, I thought I knew what exactly I was going to be doing and I wouldn’t have any problem telling people what my day to day is like. Oh, how I was wrong! The great thing about being the protocol intern is that every day is different. One day we can be setting up flags for a visiting dignitary, and the next may be spent preparing for a cultural workshop and researching the cultural etiquette of another nation. Coming
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Crossroads Between Worlds

By Loren Rogers, Global Competency Intern I love my position as the Global Competency intern at The International Center. I am very grateful to be guided by my supervisor, Ansuyah Naiken. She has given me resouces and information that I will carry with me throughout my career. Everyone at The International Center is wonderful and wants to do nothing but help you with your career and see you succeed. Loren Most of what I do is prepare personalized cultural trainings for global and local companies here in Indianapolis. Many companies today communicate by email, phone, or social media instead
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The Big Picture

By Austin Reno, Programs and Services Intern Every member of The International Center has their own story. A story that they have written over time, a story that they have gathered from various parts of the world, and a story that somehow connects with each of us in some way. You know, traveling creates a unique and special dynamic that is only relatable with people who have also “been there and done that”. What I mean by this is that there is a mentality, an attitude, and a passion to discover something other than what we are used to.
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Go with the Float!

By Tara Palmer, Floater Intern To say I’ve enjoyed my time at The International Center so far would be an understatement. As the Floater Intern, I am able to experience each department for two weeks at a time and work with each department head and their current intern. Tara My most memorable experience so far was getting the opportunity to guide a group of men from Bangladesh through Indianapolis and their day of meetings throughout the city.These seven men were here to be part of the International Visitor Leadership Program about Climate Change & Adaptation. I worked with Beth
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