Tuesday, September 29, 2015

'The Foreign Consuls Among Us' By Award-Winning Author Cami Hofstadter Receives Recommended Status From Kirkus Reviews

Hofstadter's work is an invaluable resource for every person in the United States who, when interacting with a foreign consul in the cultural, business, or educational arena, has ever been confused by persistent misinformation and incorrect terminology

'The Foreign Consuls Among Us: Local Bridges to Globalism' by award-winning writer Cami Hofstadter has received 'recommended' status from Kirkus Reviews. The book was written for people who interact with a foreign consul in the cultural, business, or educational arena.

An easy-to-read reference book and teaching tool, the book contains a comprehensive glossary. Each chapter begins with real-live dilemmas, followed by suggested resolutions. It’s the only book of its kind that has a Question and Answer section.

Today, there’s a consular presence in all fifty states and this has resulted in an increasing number of individuals and communities wanting to move from the “insular to the consular.” The book is specifically geared towards five key audiences on the front-line of citizen diplomacy.

1. All communities with a consular presence. These range from small municipalities and other administrative units to one or more states.

2. Corporate executives and commercial interest groups. By knowing how to tap into the consular network in a professional manner, anyone seeking to become a serious player in the global economy will benefit from understanding the consular institution.

3. Colleges and universities with an international dimension. Today’s fast-growing cross-border education movement requires a full knowledge of the functions and role of a foreign consul.

4. Organizations seeking the benefits of a consular network. These groups range from traditional membership organizations to those engaging in international advocacy.

5. Career and honorary consuls with a stake in being recognized for their official position. Both categories will find this book useful as reference material for themselves and the communities in which they function.

"I wrote this book because early on in my consular career I came to realize that Americans generally didn’t understand what it means when someone represents a foreign nation as a consul," Hofstadter stated. "As I was frequently asked to explain or even mediate these situations I saw a real need for a practical guide that resonates with everyone, including consuls themselves. My copious notes then became the natural basis for the book."

Cami Hofstadter is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at aboutconsuls@outlook.com. 'The Foreign Consuls Among Us: Local Bridges to Globalism' is available from Amazon and other quality booksellers. More information is available at the website at http://www.seagreenpress.com.

About Cami Hofstadter:

A European and U.S.-educated lawyer, Cami Hofstadter also has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Barry University) and certificates from the University of Geneva (International Organizations) and the Hague Academy of International Law (Diplomatic Law). Her first law school thesis was on the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic and consular privileges and immunities.

Throughout her career she was committed to international education and was active in many organizations that shared the goal of preparing coming generations for the new global community. Among them: AALS (Association of American Law Schools) Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers (founding president; newsletter editor); Florida Commission on International Education (University of Miami School of Law Representative); Florida State Commission on International Education; and NAFSA: Association of International Educators (national Parliamentarian). She was also a member of the Consular College, Washington, D.C. and a member and secretary of the Consular Corps of Miami.

In an effort to educate the larger community on consular issues she created and wrote a monthly column on consular affairs (“Esprit de Corps”) for Miami Today and regularly filed corrections on consular status and terminology with the Miami Herald. She also reported on educational issues for the Palm Beach Observer.

While serving as an honorary consul in South Florida, she published a law review article about the meaning of being a consul as well as the chapter on consular protocol for the State of Florida Handbook.


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