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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CO.NX Program

Upcoming Program Guide

Academic Study & Teaching Opportunities in the USA 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
08:30 EDT (12:30 UTC)
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 Description:  Do you know any high school students who want to study in the United States?  Are you a high school teacher interested in teaching in the U.S.?  If yes, then join Robin Lerner, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange, for an online discussion about academic study and teaching opportunities in the USA!  She will talk about the 
J-1 visa programs that bring students and teachers here.
For members of State Alumni, join the conversation via:  For all non-Alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs, tune in at:
Format:  This program will be an interactive video webcast in English with an audio-only option.  Please click on the URL above to participate.  Follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #StateAlumni.

Webinar for English Teachers:  Teaching Young Learners  – NEW!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 17:00 EDT (16:00 Peru / 21:00 UTC)
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 09:30 EDT (08:30 Peru / 13:30 UTC)
Description:  Are you an English teacher for students of English as a second language (ESL)?  Then join a free online webinar on teaching English to young learners, organized by the Regional English Language Office (RELO) for the Andean Region at the U.S. Embassy in Lima.  Engage with other English teachers and chat live with Michaela Lucey, an English Language Fellow who currently works with U.S. Embassy Bogota to promote their English Language Programs in Colombia.
Format:  This program will be a video webchat in English.  Please click on the URL above, select the option “Entrar como invitado”, and sign in to participate.

U.S. Elections Webchat 
Friday, October 12, 2012
04:00 EDT (08:00 UTC / 10:00 Bratislava)
Description:  Every four years, U.S. citizens elect their next President.  If you could vote in the upcoming U.S. elections, who would you vote for and why?  Share your thoughts and join us for a live webchat with former Congressmen Larry LaRocco and Scott Klug to discuss the 2012 elections cycle.
A successful businessman and consultant, Mr. LaRocco served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was part of the House Banking and Interior Committees.  Mr. Klug is an award-winning journalist who also served two terms in the House of Representatives.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get an insider’s perspective on U.S. elections from two former members of Congress!
Format: This program will be a video webchat in English.
Please click on the URL above to participate.

Hip Hop for Peace and Reconciliation
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
7:00 EDT (11:00 UTC)
Audio-only line: +1-202-659-2781, Conference ID: 5004#
Description:  Shiine is a Nairobi-based Somali Hip Hop artist and founding leader of the Waayaha Cusub (New Era) music group.  Born in Mogadishu, Shiine immigrated to Kenya with his parents in 1997 to escape the escalating violence in his homeland.  Shiine is currently on tour, sharing his lyrics about anti-terrorism and anti-al-Shabaab around the world.
Join us for a Q&A discussion in Somali language with Shiine, and hear his message of peace, reconciliation and inclusion!  For a flavor of his work, check out Somali Sunrise, available here:!
Format: This will be an interactive video webcast in Somali with an audio-only option. 
Please click on the URL above to participate.

World Food Day 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
09:30 EDT (13:30 UTC / 15:30 Rome)
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Description:  Almost one billion people in the world go to bed hungry every day.  What are we doing to change that?  In honor of World Food Day, join us online to discuss solutions for ending hunger and malnutrition throughout the world.  Share your ideas and experiences with Tony Hall, the Executive Director of 
the Alliance to End Hunger and former Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.  He will take live questions from the online audience, so be sure to submit yours!
Format: This program will be a video webchat in English. 
Please click on the URL above to participate.

Digital Storytelling for @StateDept Exchange Alumni
Friday, October 19, 2012
09:00 EDT (13:00 UTC)
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Description:  Calling all bloggers, tweeters, Facebook users, and online journalists!  Do you enjoy using social media to tell your stories?  Do you use connective technologies to share information or facilitate discussions on topics you love?  If so, tell us what you’ve done and unleash your ideas by joining an online discussion featuring University of Florida online journalism Professor and former Fulbright scholar, 
Mindy McAdams.  This is a great opportunity to improve your online journalism techniques and social media practices.
Prof. McAdams is happy to answer your questions during the live webchat, or you can also send them in advance to  Tune in to ask questions and listen for live answers on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 09:00 EDT (13:00 UTC) at:
Format: This program will be an interactive video webcast in English.  Please click on the URL above to participate.  Follow the conversation on Twitter by mentioning @macloo.  For past and current members of U.S. exchange programs, also use the hashtag #StateAlumni.

Elections 2012 Regional Spanish-Language Webchat Series:
El Camino a la Casa Blanca: Sistema Electoral EEUU (Road to the White House: The U.S. Electoral System)
Monday, October 15 – Friday, October 19, 2012
Program times will vary, see below for details
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Description:  During the week of October 15-19, join U.S. Embassies Bogota, La Paz, Lima, San Jose, San Salvador, Santiago, and Santo Domingo for a seven-part Spanish-language webchat series, “El Camino a la Casa Blanca: Sistema Electoral EEUU (Road to the White House: The U.S. Electoral System)”.  Featured experts will focus on issues of interest within the host country and the Americas.
This series will address misconceptions about the U.S. electoral process and explain the role of political parties, caucuses, primaries, conventions, debates, and the Electoral College in the U.S. democratic process.  These webchats will also look at what happens on Election Day and the transition between administrations.
  • Monday, October 15 at 15:00 EDT (19:00 UTC): Overview of the U.S. Political System (La Paz)
  • Tuesday, October 16 at 15:00 EDT (19:00 UTC): The Role of Political Parties (San Jos)
  • Wednesday, October 17 at 15:00 EDT (19:00 UTC): The Road to the White House (San Salvador)
  • Thursday, October 18 at 10:00 EDT (14:00 UTC): Obama vs. Romney and the Use of Social Media (Santiago)
  • Thursday, October 18 at 15:00 EDT (19:00 UTC): Election Day (Bogot)
  • Friday, October 19 at 10:00 EDT (14:00 UTC): Overview of U.S. Electoral System (Lima)
  • Friday, October 19 at 15:00 EDT (19:00 UTC): Post-Election Day Process (La Paz)
  • Format: These programs will be video webchats with an audio-only option in Spanish.  Please click on the URL above to participate.

20th Anniversary of the FREEDOM Support Act  – NEW!
Monday, October 22, 2012
08:30 EDT (12:30 UTC)
Description:  20 years ago on October 24, 1992, U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed the Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Act, or 
FREEDOM Support Act (FSA), authorizing the United States to provide assistance to the 12 newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.  The FSA was created to support the transitions of these countries from communism to democracy and free market-based economies.
 So what's next?  Join an online discussion commemorating the 20th anniversary of the FREEDOM Support Act with Daniel Rosenblum, Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, and State Alumni members of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs.  Share your thoughts and learn about the impact of FSA, its legacy, and what its public-private partnership networks might look like in the next 20 years.
 Format:  This program will be an interactive video webcast in English. 
Please click on the URL above to participate.

The Kimberley Process: Discussing Conflict Diamonds and Reform with KP Chair Gillian A. Milovanovic 
Thursday, October 25, 2012
09:00 EDT (13:00 UTC)
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 Description: Do you have questions about conflict diamonds and the international system for managing trade in rough diamonds to exclude those that fund conflict?  If so, join Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic for a live online discussion about conflict diamonds and the Kimberley Process.  Ambassador Milovanovic serves as Chair of the Kimberley Process, the United Nations-initiated program certifying the origin of rough diamonds from sources that are free from conflict-funded diamond production.
 Format: This program will be a video webchat in English.  Please click on the URL above to participate.  Follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags #KPChair and #KimberleyProcess.

CO.NX Program Archive On-Demand, 24/7: Our past programs are now more accessible and shareable than ever.  Simply visit the CO.NX Portal's  Media Archive section for a complete list of on-demand recordings.  Full CO.NX programs are also available on YouTube and for download on iTunes Audio and Video podcasts.

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