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September 2018 Events

September 6 | Columbia World Affairs Council | Germany Today with Honorary Consul Klaus Becker

Join us for a look at Germany’s current zeitgeist in Europe and the Carolinas with Klaus Becker, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany to Western North Carolina. 

This luncheon is FREE for students thanks to the partnership and support of Global Studies at USCParker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLPBuchmaier Law FirmBauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A.

Students must RSVP to Dickson Monk, or 803.252.2197

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September 13 | Indiana Council on World Affairs | Russia's Expanding Sphere of Influence

Event date: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Speaker: Nina Jankowicz, Global Fellow, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC. Author of "The Age of Disinformation."

Topic: Russia's Expanding Sphere of Influence


The author-analyst Jankowicz, remarks, ". . . the United States should work to systematically rebuild analytical skills across the American population and invest in the media to ensure that it is driven by truth, not clicks." Source: New York Times, Opinion, Sept. 25, 2017.

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September 17 | World Affairs Council Upstate | Overcoming the Ghost of Fidel Castro: A New Approa

On her first visit to the Upstate of South Carolina, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston joins the World Affairs Council Upstate for dinner and discussion.  

After spending years navigating the complicated relationship between the U.S. and Cuba as the Deputy Director of Cuban Affairs for the Department of State, her presentation,

Overcoming the Ghost of Fidel Castro: A New Approach to Cuba is timely and relevant.

Ambassador Huddleston's career has taken her to Africa where she served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and Mali.  Ambassador Huddleston is a distinguished U.S. diplomat and expert on U.S.- Cuban relations and African Affairs, and most recently the author of Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat's Chronicle of America's Long Struggle with Castro's Cuba. 

Register now in order to hear Ambassador Huddleston's expert take on the future of our relationship with Cuba.


Seating is limited. Pre- registration is required. 

No tickets at the door.

$55.00 non-member; $45 UI/WACU member; $35 student

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September 26 | World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio | NEELI Reception Dinner

Immigration is a hot button topic, especially in today’s political climate. But it certainly isn’t a new issue, and it continues to affect the lives of some of our most vulnerable and marginalized in society -- young people. The World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio has been working with five European partner organizations to develop a program to help youth workers better support and engage immigrant, refugee, and minority youth.

Over the past two years, the organizations have worked together through a grant from the European Union to develop the project called NEELI -- Non-formal Education and E-learning for Inclusion. One of the products is an online training tool intended to help teachers, social workers, mentors, and others who work with young people to increase their intercultural competencies. “It’s really like an online course that synthesizes research, seminars, study visits, and youth exchanges into best practices and techniques for such challenging work,” said Bill Hilt, president of the Council.

In August, Mr. Hilt led a workshop in Perrysburg for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and other youth workers in the area needing professional development on the topic. The program culminated in a panel discussion with local experts who shared some of their first-hand experiences and advice on working with families and children to help them navigate “the systems.” The panel was asked to present again in October in Columbus, Ohio.

On Wednesday, September  26th, the World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio will host a reception at the Carranor Club in Perrysburg to share more details about the program, its history, and potential. “It’s a really high-quality program and it’s free to use,” said Mr. Hilt. The online tool can be accessed at

For more information, please contact Kelly Arman, Membership Chair for the World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio, at


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