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December 

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy                                                                                                 

December 16, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy's (UCCD) Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price Lecture Series had an outstanding 2019 season with topics ranging from nuclear weapons policy and the global climate crisis to diplomacy in the Peace Corps and the Story of a War Child. With 2019 almost over, UCCD is gearing up for a 2020 season that will be equally incredible and engaging. The Council is looking forward to speakers bringing their expertise on China and the U.S., young leaders bringing change to their communities, and a Muslim cartoon creator aiming to spread an anti-extremist message to youth around the world. Overall, UCCD lectures reached over 1,000 community members throughout the year.

Another great success in 2019 was UCCD's Great Decisions course held at the University of Utah. The spring and fall cohorts hosted over 60 students for two-hour-long classes led by experts in the community, who shared their knowledge and led riveting discussions on the world’s most pressing topics.

UCCD was thrilled to see so many people in its community come together for fascinating, timely, and captivating topics that help shape public discourse and transform how people in Utah engage the world.

December 9, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy's (UCCD) youth program, Young Diplomats of Utah, has had a year full of formative and exciting developments. In July, it hosted the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program which brought 11 Iraqi youth to interact with families, youth, community leaders, and various organizations in Utah around the theme of entrepreneurship and leadership.

UCCD hosted its local Academic WorldQuest qualifying competition in November with the winning team coming from Lone Peak High School in Highland. This spring, these students will be the first team that Utah has sent to the national Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, DC.

This last weekend, UCCD put on a successful fundraising night with it's annual Vivaldi by Candlelight concert, with this year’s funds going directly to the Young Diplomats of Utah programs.

Looking forward to 2020, UCCD hired Gary Crofts as its full-time Youth Program Officer. A Youth Advisory Committee was soon developed, bringing together community members who will use their expertise and connections to further develop the Council's program to empower globally-engaged youth.

December 2, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) has had a busy year in 2019, hosting its Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series, a myriad of U.S. Department of State international exchange programs, and its newest program, the Young Diplomats of Utah (YDoU)!

In November, UCCD hosted its first-ever local Academic WorldQuest competition, where the winning team will join other outstanding high school students for WACA's National Competition in April 2020 – UCCD is thrilled to finally compete in this prestigious event.

Other highlights include welcoming more than 400 international visitors and 120 Fulbright students in Utah, hosting the Global Ties U.S. Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit, and their annual fundraising event, Vivaldi by Candlelight, coming up this month. What a year for citizen diplomacy in the state of Utah!

Stay tuned throughout December to learn more about all the work UCCD does under the leadership of Executive Director Felecia Maxfield-Barrett and her amazingly talented staff.


 November

No Council of the Month - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth named Council of the Year at the November 2019 National Conference.


 October 

Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall                                                                   

October 28, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall (LAWACTH) hosts a bi-annual travel program that takes members across the globe to learn about the world's cultures by experiencing them firsthand. Members enjoy access to cultural experts and political leaders who give private briefings and unique behind-the-scenes insights into the country in which they're traveling. Our members also enjoy networking with other globally-minded people.

Our members just returned from Berlin, Budapest, Krakow, and Warsaw from October 13 - 23. The trip coincided with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Members met with representatives at the U.S. Embassies, at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and also met with German Bundestag members, as well as tech and culinary innovators. Monuments, cultural sites, and museums were also visited, which gave members a deeper insight into the modern conflicts Eastern Europe has faced over the course of the past century.


October 21, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

One of the most innovative programs the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall (LAWACTH) offers is their High School Program, which allows high school students the opportunity to attend events, free of charge, with a wide range of international leaders, diplomats, scientists, and business executives. The students also have dedicated briefings with the speaker before the main event.

The program intends to open a window on the world for high school students, give them a more global outlook on current affairs and encourage them to set high goals in their ongoing studies and career aspirations. Charter, magnet, and public LA high schools, as well as parochial schools serving underprivileged communities, all take part in the program. Find out more here!

 

October 15, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall (LAWACTH) is committed to presenting speakers that have both an international and domestic appeal. The new organization is thrilled to welcome Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti on October 21 to discuss how LA is becoming a truly global city. From the city’s growing ethnic diversity to the announcement that it will host the 2028 Olympics, it's a metropolis that's on track to have international appeal like New York and London.

For a list of more upcoming events, click here.

October 7, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall (LAWACTH) is an organization that is not only seasoned with experience, but that has also embarked on an exciting new chapter. The Los Angeles World Affairs Council was founded in 1953 and Town Hall Los Angeles was founded in 1937. Both organizations have the unique capability to connect what's happening in Los Angeles, and internationally, to Angelenos as they welcome speakers from around the globe to discuss the day's most pressing topics.

Led by former Town Hall Los Angeles President, Kim McCleary Blue, the staff is a small, but especially mighty one. LAWACTH produces nearly 100 events per year. With the staff holding key roles in event production, marketing, membership, and more, they are unified by their mission to inform, educate, and promote civic discussion on the most critical issues.

To meet the entire LAWACTH staff, click here. For a list of their upcoming events, click here.

October 1, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

On August 30, two of Los Angeles' most iconic speakers institutions, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council (est. in 1953) and Town Hall Los Angeles (est. in 1937), merged to create Southern California's premier speaker's forum. The mission of the new organization, Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall (LAWACTH), is to educate and engage Angelenos by producing timely, compelling programs on international, national, and regional topics of importance. LAWACTH's new President & CEO is Kim McCleary Blue who was the past President of Town Hall Los Angeles.

To officially kick off the merger to the public, LAWACTH hosted a 300 person lunch with Ambassador Samantha Power to discuss not only her illustrious diplomatic career, which included her role as US Ambassador to the United Nations, but to discuss her concerns with developing issues in the current global political arena. In addition to a Board of Directors that encompasses the "Who's Who" in Los Angeles business and international community, the Council also boasts a dynamic Young Professionals Board that produces millennial-centric global events and a High School student program that hosts briefings for students to interact with speakers before the main program. Both groups were created to ensure the future growth and sustainability of LAWACTH.

For a list of upcoming events and speakers, please click here.


 September 

World Affairs Council of Connecticut                                                             

September 23, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council of Connecticut (CTWAC) Model United Nations 2019 has launched! This year the Council will host over 1,000 students from over 35 schools around the state. This unparalleled global learning opportunity brings together students from across Connecticut, from rural, urban, public, parochial, and private high schools, to collaboratively tackle the world’s most critical issues. What began at Hartford High School in 1952 with 130 participants, has since grown into one of the largest and longest-running student-run conferences in the state. At CTWAC's Model United Nations program, students experience the inner-workings of international policy-making as they tackle global issues and controversies, draft resolutions, navigate crisis scenarios, debate, and vote representing their nations on global solutions. In the process, students become global thinkers, confident speakers, and peer leaders ready to enter our global workforce.

September 16, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

On November 1, the World Affairs Council of Connecticut will host President Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico (2000-2006), for "An Evening With Vicente Fox." President Fox will give his candid perspective and analysis on some of today's most contentious and impactful global issues from the relationship between Mexico and the United States to immigration, governance, and global leadership.

September 9, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council of Connecticut (CTWAC) invites fellow Councils to partner with and attend the 2019 Global Security Forum. With partners such as the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts and the McCain Institute for International Leadership, this security conference is regional in its reach and open to expanding partnerships even further across the country. If your Council is interested in learning more about becoming a partner, please contact CTWAC CEO, Megan Torrey at mctorrey@ctwac.org.

The 2019 Global Security Forum: Power and Leadership will be held on Saturday, September 28 in East Hartford. Some of the featured speakers include:

  • General John R. Allen (USMC, Ret.), President, The Brookings Institution
  • Her Excellency Roya Rahmani, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
  • His Excellency Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States
  • David Sanger, National Security Correspondent, New York Times
  • Lieutenant General Michael Moeller (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), Pratt & Whitney 

September 3, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here

The World Affairs Council of Connecticut (CTWAC) will host top security experts at its third annual Global Security Forum taking place on Saturday, September 28. The Global Security Forum 2019: Power & Leadership speakers and topics have been announced, and it's shaping up to be a "can't miss" event!

Some of the featured speakers include:

  • General John R. Allen (USMC, Ret.), President, The Brookings Institution
  • Her Excellency Roya Rahmani, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
  • His Excellency Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States
  • David Sanger, National Security Correspondent, New York Times
  • Lieutenant General Michael Moeller (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), Pratt & Whitney

CTWAC invites fellow Councils to partner with and attend the 2019 Global Security Forum.

Hartford Business Journal honored WACCT's Amanda Jolly as a '40 Under 40' honoree - see below in Councils in the News to read more. Congratulations, Amanda!


 August

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana                                      

   

August 26, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

On the first Tuesday of every month, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Global Trivia at Gravely Brewing Co. to give area residents the opportunity to test their global knowledge! Each night consists of five rounds of questions from various categories including geography, music, history, and more. For only the cost of a beer, players' $5 donation supports the Council's educational programs for Kentucky and Southern Indiana residents and students. 

August 19, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana will host a Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit in Louisville on November 15. The theme of the Louisville Summit is The Future of Global Education, and will involve a full day of sessions, keynotes, and other activities. The Summit seeks to connect local and regional stakeholders with leaders in international learning, diplomacy, and exchange. The Summit provides the Council with a unique opportunity to impact conversations about the direction of educational leadership in an interconnected society. The Summit is open to all WACA and Global Ties U.S. Members. To learn more, email the Council at contact@worldkentucky.org.

August 12, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

Through a unique lineup of programs, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is the regional hub for international exchange, dialogue, and learning. The organization crafts meaningful connections between the world’s emerging leaders and their industry peers in Kentucky and Southern Indiana through engaging meetings, workshops, volunteer activities, and site visits.

WAC Kentucky also inspires students to expand their world through global education programs. With its university partners, Bellarmine University in Louisville and Ivy Tech University in Southern Indiana, the Council is able to bring global programming to students in both urban and rural campuses. 

  

August 5, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is pleased to present their new logo! The updated logo accompanies a complete redesign of the Council's website: www.worldkentucky.org!

With this new branding, which WACA heartily commends, WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana aims to tie all of its programs to one vision under the three pillars of Exchange, Dialogue, and Learning.

 


July

International Relations Council (Kansas City)                                        

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July 29, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The International Relations Council (Kansas City - IRC) is pleased to present Your Global FutureA College and Career Fair for High School Students Preparing for Global Opportunities. Away from the borders and coasts, Kansas City-area students are often surprised to find just how many international academic and professional opportunities await them after high school. This unique college and career fair brings together dozens of international businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to show students just how global their future can be.

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Your Global Future on Tuesday, October 29 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Click here for more information about presentations, booths, and sponsors.

July 22, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

News & Views, a new conversation-based series from the International Relations Council (Kansas City - IRC), brings together a small group of community members for respectful, substantive discussion around one of that week’s top international news stories. Facilitated by a seasoned member of IRC, the group meets in different informal settings around town, for a guided conversation about a topic and articles shared just a few days in advance.

Individuals of all backgrounds, interests, and perspectives are welcome – just bring an open mind, thoughtful questions, and common courtesy. Registration is free but is helpful in planning; individuals cover their own food and drinks. Join IRC at the next News & Views event in North Kansas City from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, to discuss "Media and Horrifying Images - Necessary Evil, or Unnecessarily Sensational?"

July 15, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

Throughout the year, organizational members of the International Relations Council (Kansas City - IRC) host networking hours to introduce the community to their international work and to introduce the organization's stakeholders to the IRC. There's no set format or venue – just a chance to get to know other IRC members and friends and help others get to know you in a relaxed setting.

All are welcome to attend, though hosting a networking hour is reserved for the IRC's business, educational, and nonprofit partners. The next networking hour will occur Wednesday, September 18, with Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.). Registration will open soon.

July 8, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The International Relations Council's (Kansas City) Global Experience series gives participants of all ages, interests, and backgrounds the chance to explore how international Kansas City is while answering two key questions - What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it? Often free or low-cost, Global Experience events range from visits to internationally themed restaurants and other outings and discussion on timely global issues. Join IRC at the next Global Experience event on Saturday, July 20, for the Sister Cities Association's film screening of Road to the Sky (China, 2015).

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