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The Lincoln Council for International Visitors (LCIV) hosted 11 journalists from the Near East and North Africa April 28 to May 2. They were here as part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, studying U.S. foreign policy. They were chosen by the U.S. Embassies in their countries for the U.S. Department of State.

During their Lincoln stay, the visitors met with Gov. Pete Ricketts and Secretary of State Bob Evnen, observed the Nebraska Legislature in session and toured the State Capitol. Other meetings were with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Press Association and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The journalists toured the KLKN television station and were interviewed for segments on the evening news May 1. They also volunteered at the Food Bank of Lincoln.

Social events included three dinners hosted by LCIV’s member citizen diplomats and friends. A public reception was held at Embassy Suites April 30.

Six additional visitors coming May 12-15

The LCIV and Mayor’s Committee on International Friendship (MCIF) will host six international visitors from Guatemala, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama and Slovakia May 12-15. A public reception will be held Tuesday, May 14, from 4:30-6 p.m. at The Foundry, 211 N. 14th St. These delegates will be learning about the capacity of our law enforcement to identify and detect cyber crimes involving children and how our state is protecting our information and elections from cyber vulnerabilities. They were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

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Lincoln has hosted more than 2,000 young and emerging leaders from foreign countries since 1966 through LCIV and the MCIF. In 2018, LCIV and the MCIF hosted 97 visitors from 46 countries.

More details on LCIV can be found at lciv.org, on Facebook at LincolnCIV and on Twitter @LincolnCIV. LCIV is participating in the Give To Lincoln Day event sponsored by the Lincoln Community Foundation May 30.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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