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Day Two in DC

November 18, 2010 - by Paige

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

On Wednesday morning, after breakfast, we were very lucky to hear from Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower, about her view on citizen diplomacy. As the President of People-to-People International, Eisenhower was proud to be a part of the first global citizen diplomacy effort in fifty-four years.  We were also fortunate to hear from Harriet Mayor Fulbright, widow of Senator Fulbright and the President of J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, which supports the famous Fulbright international exchange programs. Both individuals provided us with an insightful understanding of the peace building efforts made throughout the U.S.'s past. Our day was also started with the stories of three youth leaders in the field of citizen diplomacy: all of which contributed greatly to creating programs that engage people all over the world in developing personal relationships with people across the globe and getting involved in service initiatives. 

Paige Hall Presents at "New Media Techonology" Panel

As our day continued, we were able to hear from many people in the working groups of the Summit. I was fortunate enough to be able to contribute to the conversation in the "New Media Technology Tools in Citizen Diplomacy" roundtable in the morning session, and it was a great experience! Rebecca and I were able to introduce relatively new and controversial issues to the panel regarding new electronic technology. Hilda and Stephanie were able to contribute to the "International Women's Issues" workshop, as well. After a very long night of preparation and anxiety, I'm happy to report that all four of us did very well on our presentations for the working groups at the Summit! Afterward, all of us were approached by people from the roundtable who wanted to talk with us and learn more about our research and university. In the afternoon, we also attended other workshops on international voluntary service opportunities and youth service initiatives.

Rebecca Benison Presents at "New Media Technology" Panel

The last event of our day was the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy National Awards Ceremony in which several incredible people were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and extremely honorable programs throughout the world. Although all of them were extraordinary one of the most inspirational of these people was James G. Rolfe.  Rolfe is the founder of the Afghanistan Dental Relief Project that has both educated people in the country about dental health and provided the needed dental clinics.  His sincerity and his passion for this effort was extremely evident and I was greatly influenced by it.

There were many other honorable guests here tonight.  Scott Beale, the founder of Atlas Corps received an award for this program and his enthusiasm was absolutely spectacular! Other individuals recognized include Jenny M. Buccos of ProjectExplorer.org, Judith Jameson of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Robert Redford of the Sundance Institute, Sahar Taman of the Religion and Society Program of the National Peace Foundation, Richard A. Webb of the ProWorld Service Corps, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and Salman Ahman and Junoon.

The first two days of this summit have been incredible and I am both proud to be here and amazed by all of the wonderful people and initiatives that I have been introduced to. I'm really looking forward to the next two days!


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Erica White (Editor-in-Chief) is a Sophomore in the Levermore Global Scholars Program, majoring in International Studies with minors in French, Peace Studies, and Gender Studies. She is the recipient of the 2012 First Year Academic Writing Award, as well as last year's Outstanding First Year Student Award. She is the Production Editor for the Delphian, and she is an active member of the Pre-Law Society. During the January Intersession, she studied abroad in Costa Rica at the United Nations University for Peace. Erica hopes to become a foreign correspondent in the future. She is passionate about women's rights globally and giving a voice to those who are unable to speak for themselves.

Gabriella Ali-Marino (Contributor) is a Junior in the Levermore Global Scholars program, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics. She is an active member of the Student Government Association, and has received President Obama's Service Award and is a recipient of the Adelphi University Outstanding First Year Student Award. Gabriella is especially passionate about civil and animal rights, and is in the process of establishing an animal rights organization at Adelphi's Garden City campus.

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