Students earn chance for cultural learnings from Kazakh ambassador

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 11:45pm

While in Nashville for a tour of local universities, the U.S. ambassador from a nation likely most familiar to American audiences due to Sacha Baron Cohen's portrayal in Borat will make a stop at one local public school later this week.

H.E. Erlan A. Idrissov, the Kazakh Ambassador, will take time to visit a particularly savvy group of students from Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School as part of a tour sponsored by the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

The school was chosen because in March a group of students from MLK won the council's Current Events Competition, according to Metro schools spokeswoman Noelle Mashburn.

“They went on to represent the entire state in the national competition which was held in April in Washington, D.C.,” she added.

Idrissov will tour the school Sept. 18. He will spend time with seventh-grade social studies, AP Human Geography, and senior Capstone classes while at the school, as well host a question-and-answer session.

During a three-day visit to Nashville Sept. 17-19, Idrissov will speak at local universities.

A detailed schedule has not yet been released. And there's no word yet on whether he's still trying to dispel misinformation provided in Borat.

Idrissov was named ambassador to the U.S. in 2007. Before taking that post he was ambassador to the United Kingdom.