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Open World Welcomes Inaugural Delegation from Turkey (press release) "The local families are open and friendly, interesting people to meet and have interesting jobs," (blog post) “When I was demonstrating how coal miners were paid in clacker and scrip, one young man told me that they were given ration stamps during Perestroika,” (article) In April 2013 a group of professionals working with autistic children went to the United States (article)
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Arkansas citizen diplomacy group donates papers to archive; works with the Open World Leadership Program to better foreign relations and share knowledge with others. (article): UVU Press Releases » Blog Archive » UVU Hosts Open World Program Discussion With Ukrainian Leaders, Utah Legislators (article) Graduate School USA's International Institute Awarded Two New Grants from Open World Leadership Center (press release):
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Welcome to Open World's end of year alumni newsletter. It is in Russian, but an English version can be requested by writing to Please click the PDF below to open the newsletter. Additional Information:
Photo of Enid, OK delegate Dmitriy Lebedev (left) and a local member of the US Air Force on base.
Our founding chairman, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington honored by the Russians for his service (article, in Russian): Another article, in English Open World News - Vol. 4 Issue 8 Our Jazz Program nominator and the editor ofhttp://Jazz.Ru on the life of Dave Brubeck and his interactions with Open World (article, in Russian): Russian delegation goes to jail in Kansas (article): Local legislators from Moscow in Chicago (photoshow):
Photo of The 15,000th and 15,001st delegates from Russia with Dr. Billington and Ambassador O'Keefe.
Our 2011 Annual Report is out (PDF): Georgian Judges experience Minnesota: Parker, CO welcomes group from far reaches of Siberia: A sound-check and a ghost lamp, Durham, NC Open World News Vol. 4 Issue 7 – Meet the Young Professionals! (PDF): Our 15,000th and 15,001st delegates from Russia were interviewed by the Voice of America (video, in Russian):
Representative Renee Elmers with parliamentarians from Moldova in North Carolina.
Ever since the first Open World participants arrived in the United States in mid-1999, accountability has been one of the core principles that our exchanges seek to illuminate. Americans take it for granted that the public, private, and nonprofit sectors should be accountable to citizens, consumers, and clients. Yet such an expectation is foreign to so many of our participants because of the political and civic culture they inherited. But without accountability, the rule of law, civil society, and democracy cannot flourish.
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Adapted from the original Romanian: Turcanu was hosted in Kalamazoo, MI by Colleagues International from September 21 - 29, 2012. I have a dream. My American dream, as they say. I want to grow old overseas, somewhere in California. Or, perhaps, further up north, in Michigan, on the shore of one of the Great Lakes, in a quiet locality with a strange name, Kalamazoo.
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The Open World Leadership Center, a Congressional agency working to increase U.S.-Eurasian understanding and partnerships, will welcome its 15,000th participant from Russia on October 3. In celebration of this milestone, Open World will honor both the 15,000th and 15,001st delegates in a ceremony on October 4, 2012. The delegates are part of a large group of alumni from the Moscow School of Political Studies that will be hosted in Chicago, IL from October 7 – 13th by Open World’s host and grantee Supporters of Civil Society in Russia, Inc. The honorees are: