Cultural Vistas Alumni Happenings: November 2015

It’s been a busy month for Cultural Vistas alumni. From attending alumni receptions to publishing books, here are a few highlights of what a few of our alumni have been up to.

Alina Rafikova

Alumna of the Edmund S. Muskie Internship program and gradate student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University, Alina Rafikova was one of 193 young leaders chosen to represent member states at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September.


Karoun Demirjian

Who says spelling bees are only for kids? On October 21 at the National Press Club, Members of Congress went up against members of the news media in what they call the 2015 NPC “Politicians vs. Press” Spelling Bee. We are proud to share that Karoun Demirjian, a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and alumna of the Alfa Fellowship Program, took second place! The full video can be found online. Bee sure to check it out and see how many words you know.

Bradley Shingleton

Bradley Shingleton, a current practitioner of international and corporate law, and a 1986 alumnus of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, recently published a new book in English and German called The Global Ethic and Law: Intersections and Interactions. In this book, Bradley explores how law influences individual and societal activity, and whether law is “the result of legislative creation and judicial interpretation, or can and should it reflect ethical values and imperatives?”

YSEALI alumni quoted in New York Times

Team Myanmar at the YSEALI Generation Earth Workshop

Ahead of the Myanmar elections, the New York Times asked readers to share their hopes and fears regarding what will come out of the election. We are excited to share that not one but two of our Young South East Asian Leadership Initiative Generation: Earth alumni submitted quotes and were quoted in the final article “Before Election in Myanmar, Citizens Express Desire for Change.”  Congratulations and thank you to Nang Nom Kham and Khim Myat Mon for sharing their perspective.

New York City Reception for Alumni, Board, and Staff

On November 12th, Cultural Vistas held a reception to bring together our diverse group of alumni, board members, and staff. In attendance were alumni from the Alfa Fellowship Program, Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program, and the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program. It was a wonderful evening filled with exciting dialogue on the new ways to engage and support alumni while amplifying and extending the impact of international exchange.


If you are an alum of a program administered by Cultural Vistas and are interested in sharing your story or connecting with current and former colleagues or alumni of Cultural Vistas, please post in the comments below or email

Richard Bobo

One thought on “Cultural Vistas Alumni Happenings: November 2015”

  1. bonsoir à vous tous , nous étions dans la mission IVLP du 18 octobre au 06 novembre et espérons avoir des échanges en langue française pour le moment avant que notre anglais soit mur
    Nous sommes convaincu de la richesse et de l’importance des échanges sur le terrain et se portent volontaires à continuer le combat pour une démocratie saine en Afrique de l’ouest et particulièrement au Niger. Proftons pour remercier le département d’état des USA
    Boubacar Alzouma
    Participant IVLP 2015

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