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International Focus celebrating the kickoff of the 10th Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists

MurrowThe Edward R. Murrow initiative is a program developed by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Intentional Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP).

In North Carolina, with the partnership of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Media and Journalism & International Focus, the participants took part in professional seminars and field activities with administrators, faculty, and students.

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Snapshot from IF’s smart and fabulous past interns!

internsFormer International Focus interns Zach Adams, Mary Sauerborn and Greg Sutton strike a pose before heading to the annual Meridian Ball in Washington, DC. After completing their internships in Raleigh in 2014-2015, all three have continued their work with the IVLP program in the Professional Exchange Division at the Meridian International Center.

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“What we did on our Italian Vacation!”

DolomitesWe’ve been lucky to be able to go to Italy more than once, so this trip we did not have the “must do’s” – Rome, Florence, Tuscany, etc. Also, being retired we were free from the constraints of a public education career and could go after Labor Day and enjoy a, if not tourist free, at least a tourist light experience.
We decided to fly into Milan and wander across northern Italy with a rather loose agenda. That meant taking the train from Milan to Verona, then Vicenza and while we were there, Venice. Then we would rent a car at the Venice airport and make our way back to Milan through the Dolomites, Lago Garda and Lago Maggorie. (Note – there was no drop off penalty! It would be nice to be able do this in the US A!)

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Colombian Rectors Visit Triangle, learn about STEM in RTP

rectorsIn October, a delegation of rectors and deans of academics from Columbia visited our area to experience North Carolina’s world renowned research universities under the program “Innovation in Higher Education: Linking U.S. and Colombian Universities” sponsored by the U.S Embassy in Bogota. The goal was to learn about best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education practices and how North Carolina universities were pioneering new ways to engage students. Guests visited both North Carolina State University and Duke University campuses to speak with professors, administrators, and faculty in order to develop a strong understanding of the US education system and lay the groundwork for possible future collaboration. They also toured the facilities to see how these universities were creating immersive educational environments to engage students in STEM fields.

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Save the Dates for Upcoming Events

  • “Coffee & Conversation” with Emerging Foreign Leaders
    When: Friday, November 13 from 8:00am to 9:00am
    Please join us for a unique opportunity to interact with visiting international delegations!
    International Focus, Inc. is delighted to open this new to help create ties between Raleigh and the rest of the world. For more information about upcoming event, contact [email protected]
  • “Citizen Diplomacy Series”
    Theme: “Working in Global Health and Development in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals”
    When: Tuesday, November 24 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
    The Citizen Diplomacy Series draws together thirty to forty attendees (IF members and special guests of working professionals, retired international affairs leaders, and graduate students) to engage with local leaders and visiting delegates who are interested in international issues and affairs. For more information about upcoming event, contact [email protected]
  • International Focus “Christmas Party”
    When: Tuesday, December 8 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
    IF longtime friend and talented artist Bob Rankin will open his home and studio for an exclusive showing of his latest artwork to IF members and special guests! For more information about upcoming event, contact samlasr[email protected]
    Meanwhile please visit Bob Rankin’s page at

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