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December 2020

Naples Council on World Affairs 

December 7, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

WACA is pleased to recognize the Naples Council on World Affairs as Council of the Month for December. Naples Council brought 13 of their board members to the WACA 2020 National Conference - far and away the greatest turnout of any single Council - and we are grateful for that outstanding participation.

"Undeterred by the pandemic, the Naples Council continues its full range of programs virtually, including dozens of Great Decisions discussion groups, Academic World Quest competitions for middle and high school students, and the popular Southwest Florida Model UN," said Council President Jim Schmotter. "To provide even more engagement with members, we have augmented our lecture program with additional presentations by Lincoln scholar Ted Widmer and Ambassador William B. Taylor."




World Affairs Council of Philadelphia                                                                                

September 28, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here! 

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is excited to announce that registration for our 2020-21 Fall High School Programs is now open! Programming includes the 2020 International Student Summit, our Fall signature simulation program taking place virtually in December, 2020. This program will explore the complicated and timely topic of restarting the global economy post COVID-19. In addition, this week we will be launching our new, monthly Speaker Series for students. This first speaker program will cover the important topic of food insecurity both in the United States and locally in Philadelphia. Lastly, registration is open for our first Debate Series program, scheduled for October, 2020. Students participating in this program will debate the merits of the United States taking an internationalist or isolationist approach to foreign policy both during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

September 21, 2020 Newsletter Update  -- Read the full newsletter here! 

Tune in this Thursday, September 24 for Travel Live! Join the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg President Joyce Davis and World Affairs Council of Philadelphia's Vice President of Travel Shoshana Altrichter to talk travel the last Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30 PM ET.
This month's topic - The Silk Road, Journeying to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Joyce will be leading this tour next year, and there will be a special guest from the tour operator highlighting these fascinating destinations.

Tune in to the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg's Facebook Page, Thursday, September 24, at 5:30 PM ET to talk travel! 


September 14, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here! 

Access to nutritious food is considered a key social determinant of health and well-being. Without nutritious food rich in the vitamins needed for healthy growth and development, people can run the risk of developing chronic illness. Limited access to nutritious foods can also exacerbate issues like how well children are able to focus in school. Access can also be a problem in low-income neighborhoods, sometimes referred to as food deserts, where grocery stores with fresh produce and nutritious options are limited or nonexistent.

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a discussion on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:00 PM ET, with a panel of experts to learn about food security as a social determinant of health and what we can do to create a more food-secure world.

September 8, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here! 

On Thursday, September 10, at 5:00 PM ET, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will host General Wesley Clark (ret.), Founder of Renew America Together, and the Honorable Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, to discuss their views on how to bring our country together.

WAC Philadelphia presents this conversation as part of its Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation Great Debates Series and as part of their Paul E. Kelly Foundation Liberty Series. Register here! 

September 1, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here! 

WACA is pleased to announce the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia as September Council of the Month! After eight years as President and CEO of WAC Philadelphia, Craig Snyder will be stepping down, effective Wednesday, September 30, to the next chapter of his career. Snyder is also a former WACA National Board Member, and WACA joins WAC Philadelphia in gratitude for his leadership and commitment to mission of the World Affairs Council Network.

Joining the Council as the next President and CEO is Lauren Swartz, formerly Deputy Commerce Director for International Business and Global Strategy for the City of Philadelphia. "I am honored to lead the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia into its next era. I started my career in international education, and have spent the past two decades building ties, trade, and discourse with leaders around the world. I look forward to catalyzing my experience and perspective with an organization dedicated to connecting the world to Philadelphia," said Swartz.


Upstate International                                                                                                                             


August 24, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The pandemic has forced the World Affairs Council Upstate, also known as Upstate International in Greenville, South Carolina, to get creative with benefits. Upstate International's foreign language fall semester is beginning, but there is still time to register, and now you need not live in the Upstate of South Carolina to take the classes. Having transitioned to a hybrid schedule with some classes taught live online and others live in-person, students can live anywhere in the U.S. or abroad, enhancing the educational experience for everyone. All of WAC Upstate's teachers are native speakers with a passion to share their language and culture. See the class schedule here.

Learn more about WAC Upstate's people, board, and staff here. Register here for the next free cooking class, Levantine: Explore the Flavors of Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine, Wed., August 26 at 12:00 PM ET. 

August 17, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

Register now for tomorrow's free live webinar featuring Ambassador Robert Blake discussing the Dynamics of Today's Supply Chain with Southeast Asia. Presented by the World Affairs Council Upstate, also known as Upstate International in Greenville, South Carolina, this is the first in a free series on supply chain issues and solutions. In just the last 4 months, WAC Upstate has covered hot global topics including: General (ret.) John Allen on "Leadership in These Turbulent Times", Ambassador John Herbst on "Foreign Policy in the Crosshairs: A Conversation", Steve Buckingham on "Checks and Balances: Presidential Powers in a Crisis", and many more, all of which are accessible free to the public on the Upstate International YouTube channel.

WAC Upstate continues to find opportunity during this crisis by highlighting global humanitarian efforts around the world and engaging the public in those efforts. The most recent on July 22 was "Beyond Health: How COVID-19 will Reshape International Development" with David Weiss and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, both of Global Communities, and "Turning Landmines into Farmland: Planting Sustainable Peace", with Heidi Kühn, Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace on May 26. Both webinars are available on the UI YouTube Channel.  

August 10, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council Upstatealso known as Upstate International in Greenville, South Carolina, has been busy transitioning its regular programs to online live events. Everything from its International Women's GroupInternational Book Group, Cultural Sensations Cooking series, Relocation Services, and Language School have transitioned, allowing the connections, friendships, and learning to continue. (Click here for the schedule of foreign language classes being offered this fall). In addition, the popular America and the World lunch & learn series continues on August 18 with the first in a series on supply chain issues and solutions with a discussion featuring Ambassador Robert Blake on the Dynamics of Today's Supply Chain with Southeast AsiaRegister here.

Upstate International is looking forward to 2021 and resuming the unique events that set this Council apart, such as its Annual International Month of March with 100s of events and partnerships, the International Murder Mystery Night kickoff and fundraiser, the free 3-part Salsa at Sunset street dance series with its lesson and dancing under the stars with a live Latin band on a Main Street plaza, the 5-course French Beaujolais Nouveau dinner, the annual Gluhwein party, and more. With a staff of only 4, Upstate International is a small organization that has a big impact on the Upstate of South Carolina, bringing the whole world home. Click here to learn more.

August 3, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

As we all know, there is opportunity in every crisis and the World Affairs Council Upstate, also known as Upstate International in Greenville, South Carolina, has jumped on the opportunities, taking its popular language school online. Upstate International was able to seamlessly shift to online learning with its over 20 foreign language classes, providing learning opportunities to a much broader audience. Now, registration is open for the fall semester with classes being offered live, online, and in-person. Learn American Sign Language, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese. See the schedule and register here.

In addition, WAC Upstate has transitioned its ongoing America and the World lunch & learn series with distinguished speakers to Zoom webinars. In just the last 4 months, WAC Upstate has covered hot global topics including: General (ret.) John Allen on "Leadership in These Turbulent Times," Ambassador John Herbst on "Foreign Policy in the Crosshairs: A Conversation," Steve Buckingham on "Checks and Balances: Presidential Powers in a Crisis," and many more. WAC Upstate has revived its YouTube channel in order to allow free access to all of these webinars, as well as a few fun cooking classes hosted by chefs from around the world - the most recent was streamed live with Chef Anchal Bhalla all the way from New Delhi, India. Coming up on Tuesday, August 18, WAC Upstate is offering the first in a 3-part series on supply chain issues and solutions, a discussion with Ambassador Robert Blake on the Dynamics of Today's Supply Chain With Southeast Asia.


World Affairs Council of Orange County                                                                               

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky                                     


July 27, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

“Programs change. The mission persists" has become something of a mantra at WorldBoston, powering the redesign of the Council's work in this new, virtual world. Days after the shutdown, WorldBoston’s Global Engagement program began to pivot with a WACA KNOW NOW conference call with Dr. Jonathan Quick on COVID-19. The Council transitioned its regular series, Great Decisions and Chat & Chowder, and special events to Zoom webinars with its steadfast partner WGBH Forum Network. WorldBoston featured exceptional speakers including Rachel Kyte, Dean of The Fletcher School on climate change; Adil Najam, Dean of Boston University's Pardee School on the India and Pakistan relationship, Meghan O’Sullivan of Harvard’s Kennedy School on the timely topic, “The Other Crisis: Oil Markets During Coronavirus” as part of the CxC Ideas Summit. Citizen Diplomacy programming has also gone virtual at WorldBoston with the creation of an original series of popular webinars, International Exchange in a Time of Isolation; featuring live conversation with participants of various programs from their homes around the world. 

All this virtual activity has inspired a refresh of our YouTube channel that now features curated lists of all WorldBoston virtual events. According to Council staff, "We have a lot to learn. How will ongoing engagement with members work? How can we take advantage of new opportunities for international participation?" Stay tuned as WorldBoston continues to invest in expertise and technology to deliver its essential mission in new ways.

Check out WACA's Newsroom to see previous highlights from one of our other two Councils of the Month - WAC Orange County and WAC Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.

July 20, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky is proud to announce a new global education family event called "Around the World" in partnership with the Center of Great Neighborhoods. This program is designed to engage students and their families as they dive into the diverse culinary world of India, Japan, China, and Mexico.

The Council invites families to join, virtually, 4 Saturdays in August at 3:00 PM ET. Click here for the art projects and materials you will need at home. The following countries will be highlighted:

  • Mexico - Saturday, August 8
  • Japan - Saturday, August 15
  • China - Saturday, August 22
  • India - Saturday, August 29

While the Council is unable to bring global education programs into the community due to COVID-19, it is continuing to find unique and interesting ways to interact virtually. To learn more about the events, please view the event page here. For further updates on the even, please visit the facebook page here.

Check out WACA's Newsroom to see last week's highlight from one of our other two Councils of the Month, World Affairs Council of Orange County, and stay tuned for a highlight from WorldBoston.

July 13, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council of Orange County along with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern CaliforniaSan Diego World Affairs Council, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations, and WACA will co-present a livestream webinar with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, on Monday, July 13, at 4:15 PM ET (1:15 PM PT).

Dr. Haass is one of the most articulate, thoughtful analysts in the United States regarding global affairs and U.S. foreign policy. He will discuss how we can become more informed, discerning citizens by understanding how the world works, how international acts impact us domestically, and how we can help shape U.S. responses. Haass will also explain how he studies world events, global politics, financial shifts, cultural uprisings, and ancient and modern history to make sound, independent judgments regarding events around the globe. Finally, Dr. Haass will engage with the audience in a frank, lively Q&A regarding international challenges.

Other Councils hosting Richard Haass this week:

Watch the June 30 Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall webinar with Dr. Haass here!

Stay tuned throughout the month of July to see highlights from our other two Councils of the Month: World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky and WorldBoston.

July 6, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

In honor of our three new National Board members, WACA wishes to recognize the three Councils with which these members are affiliated, as our July Councils of the Month!

Supporting Member:

  • Serge Tomassian, Managing Partner, Tomassian, Throckmorton, Inouye & Grigorian LLP, (Past Chairman of WAC Orange County)

Council Representatives:

  • Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
  • Mary Yntema, President and CEO, WorldBoston

Stay tuned throughout the month of July to see highlights from the World Affairs Council of Orange CountyWorld Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, and WorldBoston in WACA weekly newsletters.

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