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Global issues are local too

January 6, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

Just because Fairmont residents live in rural Minnesota and not Washington, London or Tehran, it does not mean they aren't interested in learning about other countries and cultures and that they don't have opinions about events outside the United States.

For the past 11 years, the Minnesota International Center has brought international speakers from such diverse countries as Brazil to Pakistan, Kenya to Jamaica, and Korea to Germany to Fairmont to speak to students at Fairmont Elementary and Fairmont Junior/Senior High Schools about their countries and cultures.

This year, MIC is offering an additional FREE event for ALL Fairmont residents - two top-notch experts, Ral Ramos (Latin America sales leader for General Electric Water Technologies) and Bill Davnie (former Foreign Service officer) will speak about Mexico's relationship with its neighbors to the north and south, and U.S. security in the Horn of Africa, respectively. They will be available to answer questions from audience members.

Every day we hear stories about events that occur around the world - the Eurozone financial crisis, political turmoil in Egypt, the transition of power in North Korea and U.S. security concerns in the Middle East. Global issues are today's local ones as well. We live in a world where foreign policy looms large and public awareness of global issues has never counted for more.

Following the discussion, there will be a special performance by a Latin Drum and Song Ensemble, featuring music and songs from Brazil, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and West Africa.

You are all invited to join the conversation at the Red Rock Center for the Arts between 5:45 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 - it's FREE and it'll be fun!

Eric Johnson

Fairmont High School

and George Hornik

K-12 Education program manager

Minnesota International Center

 
 

 

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