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Jack wanted us to be sure to acquaint listeners with the Marshall Center and the Olmsted Foundation, both of which are central to his story. Here’s a thumbnail on them; their websites are filled with fascinating information on how these organizations elevate a military career into the realm of international relations.
The Marshall Center
The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies came into being in 1993, in the town of Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany. Its Instagram-worthy backdrop is the Bavarian Alps. The center represents a partnership between the US and Germany that addresses issues of regional security as well as promoting dialogue and understanding across nations. Specialized language courses are a vital component for achieving its mission.
The center is named after the architect of the historic Marshall Plan, which provided the blueprint for rebuilding Europe after World War II. George C. Marshall had been US Army Chief of Staff during the war. In his speech after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953, he stressed the need for “a peaceful progression toward a constantly higher level of civilization.” https://www.marshallcenter.org/en
The Olmsted Foundation
“The greatest leaders must be educated broadly,” maintained George Olmsted, a Major General in the Army during World War II. The scholarship program his eponymous foundation created advances this vision through global languages.
The military officers who meet the rigorous requirements for a scholarship spend two years immersed in another country, studying at one of its universities while learning, speaking, and living in the country’s language. https://olmstedfoundation.org/
Thanks to members of the America the Bilingual Project team for this episode: Fernando Hernández and Luis Raúl López of the Mexican production house Esto No Es Radio, which provides sound design and mixing; Mim Harrison, editorial director of the project, who also wrote and directed this episode; and Karla Hernandez at Daruma Tech, who manages our website.
Music selections in this episode include “Jailbreak Whispers,” “Kiddie Thief,” “Latin Village Party,” “Rusty Bicycle,” “Smooth Criminal” and “Winter Rain,” all by John Bartmann and used with a Creative Commons Attribution License; and “Quasi Motion” by Kevin MacLeod, also used with a Creative Commons Attribution License.
“A Kwela Fella” and “Allez! Allez!,” by John Bartmann, are in the public domain.
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