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International Visitor Mixer: The Successor Generation

Events | International Visitor Leadership Program
Photo: Eric Fischer

The World Affairs Council’s International Visitor Program invites you to come and learn from and mingle with a diverse group of international visitors from Europe looking at the topic America’s Multi-ethnic Society and the Role of the Successor Generation.  The group of 16 comes from Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  As a special treat this month, three of the visitors have agreed to give presentations on their work and integration and cultural preservation efforts in their communities.


About the presenters:
Mr. Sami ZEMNI, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science, Ghent University
Country: Belgium

Dr. Zemni specializes in the politics of the Arab world (Maghreb and Mashreq) with a focus on political Islam and Islamic terrorism. He actively contributes to the debate on Islam and Muslims in Belgium, as well as on the broader issue of Islam in Europe and development of a “European Islam.” Dr. Zemni is also involved with a number of community organizations that work towards empowering minorities.

Ms. Tina Shagufta KORNMO
Leader, LIM Network (Network for Equality, Integration and Diversity)
Country: Norway

Ms. Kornmo balances a full time job in the medical profession with her work to promote gender equality, integrate minorities into Norwegian society, and advocate for diversity. She spearheads the LIM Network, which consists of dedicated individuals with diverse ethnic backgrounds, many of them Muslims, who want to contribute positively to the integration process and to the public debate. LIM authors columns published in the national newspapers, addressing difficult issues regarding gender equality, integration and diversity, and organizes demonstrations and public forums.

Ms. Carmen Aurelia GHEORGHE
Project Manager, Impreuna Agency for Community Development
Country: Romania

Ms. Gheorghe is a committed advocate for the rights of Roma women. She currently coordinates projects at the Impreuna Agency for Community Development, a Roma rights NGO.  She works to promote women’s issues on local government agendas and to make Roma women more competitive in the labor market. Ms. Gheorghe also has experience in the public sector, having served as a resident expert on Roma issues for the government’s Secretariat General and for the National Agency for Roma.

This group is coming to Oregon under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program — the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional development program that aims to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations. 

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