July 2010

Franz Strasser, a digital reporter for BBC World News America and originally from Germany, files a video report about his return to Mayo, Florida, where he spent the 2001-02 school year as a high school exchange student living with the Gresham family. For the Greshams, hosting an exchange student was not only about broadening their horizons, but also about adding another member to their family.

The Department of State announced Tuesday the appointment of Dawn L. McCall, formerly a senior executive at Discovery Communications, as Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) within the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs:

Two articles of interest recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. The first article considers the once “untestable” idea that “language might shape thought….A flurry of new cognitive science research is showing that in fact, language does profoundly influence how we see the world”:

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Deficiencies in U.S. federal foreign language capabilities, especially within defense-related agencies, could be reversed and overcome with an increased and sustained national focus on K-12 language learning, concluded several panelists at a Senate hearing today on improving government language proficiencies.

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► The Alliance announced that Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, would be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Membership Meeting, October 5-6 in Washington, DC. (More details on the meeting and information on making a hotel reservation here.)

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Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 07/23/10.

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