International Institute of Wisconsin to Host Annual World Citizen Celebration Dinner

May 27, 2011

The International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW), an organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding, and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective, will host its annual World Citizen Celebration dinner on Sat., June 4.


The event will be held at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave. in Milwaukee, with a reception and silent auction at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m., and program at 9:00 p.m.


The 2011 event will celebrate the IIW’s 75-year history, and salute those that have played a leadership role in shaping the IIW and its commitment to the local and global communities.


Sherry L. Mueller, Ph.D., the president of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), will make the evening’s keynote address. She earned her M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Mueller has worked for the NCIV since 1996, first as Executive Director and then as President. Before joining the NCIV, she worked 18 years for the Institute of International Education (IIE), first as a program officer and then as Director of the Professional Exchange Programs staff. During that time, she was also an adjunct professor, pioneering the first course on public diplomacy at American University’s School of International Service. Prior to joining IIE, 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.


Mueller is an active volunteer and serves on the boards of various nonprofit organizations including World Learning (Vice Chair), Friendship Force International, the Public Diplomacy Council, and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy. She also serves on the American University School of International Service Dean’s Advisory Council.


The cost is $95 per person, with $45 of the amount tax deductible per person, and proceeds from the event will be used to support IIW children’s workshops and the Education Day Cultural Program that is held at the annual Holiday Folk Fair International. For more information and/or to make a reservation, call 414-225-6220, ext. 103.


The IIW initiates, coordinates, and sponsors a variety of activities and programs appropriate to the fulfillment of its purpose, including immigration and social services, refugee resettlement, citizen diplomacy, and interpretation and translation. In additional the IIW produces the annual Holiday Folk Fair International, with the 2011 event to be held Fri., Nov. 18 – Sun., Nov. 18 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.

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