International Services Council of Alabama Recognizes Birmingham Botanical Gardens as Cultural Partner
Pictured above, Education Director Henry Hughes accepts recognition from the International Services Council of Alabama as a Cultural Partner. The luncheon was held on Monday, December 5 at the Harbert Center in Birmingham. Standing with Henry is ISC Board President Rena Anderson. Below is a release from ISC, which offers more about the partnership with The Gardens and other cultural attractions also recognized.
Birmingham, Ala. – Diplomacy begins with a smile, a word or two, and a shared experience. Citizen diplomacy, one handshake at a time, has been practiced by the International Services Council of Alabama (ISC) for more than 40 years.
A U.S. State Department affiliate, ISC sponsored its Annual Citizen Diplomacy Luncheon on Monday, December 5, 2011, at the Harbert Center, 2019 Fourth Avenue North.
The keynote speaker was Sherry Mueller, Ph.D., President Emerita of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) which operates under the auspices of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Before coming to NCIV, she worked for eighteen years for the Institute of International Education (IIE), first as a program officer and then as Director of the Professional Exchange Programs staff. Prior to joining IIE, Dr. Mueller served as an Experiment Leader to the former Soviet Union, an English Language Officer for the U.S. Department of State, and a lecturer at the University of Rhode Island.
The luncheon’s Honorary Chair was Terry Oden, Mayor of Mountain Brook and former U.S. Attaché to France. He is also a former Secret Service Agent who guarded the Kennedy and Johnson families. Mayor Oden presented to the audience a proclamation from the Jefferson County City Council and Mayor William Bell declaring December 5 as Citizen Diplomacy Day in Birmingham.
The luncheon program included the recognition of Alabamians who have dedicated themselves as citizen diplomats while promoting international understanding. The honorees include Rena Anderson, Attorney Orrin Ford, Imam Abdul-Hakeen Nabeeh Um’Rani, Alston Fitts, Paul Daymond of the FBI, H. Pennington Whiteside of UAB, Carolyn Foster of the Alabama Faith Council, Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, Cindy Dawson of Global Women, Rev. Wanda Gail Campbell, Honorable Oscar L. Crawley, Sr., Betty Morrison, Verna Gates, Henry Hughes of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Hampton Inn East Chase, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Rosa Parks Museum, National Voting Rights Museum & Institute, Alabama State University Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, Birmingham International Center, CATCH Coalition, The Friendship Force of Montgomery, and Southern Poverty Law Center.
ISC is proud to be an active participant in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which brings leaders from around the globe to the U.S. to broaden their professional horizons through contact with American professionals. Through this program, Alabamians engage in citizen diplomacy, “the concept that every citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape U.S. foreign policy one handshake at a time.” Jacquelyn Shipe is the Executive Director of ISC.