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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
The 2019 Global Security Forum: Power and Leadership will be held on Saturday, September 28 in East Hartford. Some of the featured speakers include:
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:
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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).
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 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 29, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!
The International Relations Council (Kansas City - IRC) is pleased to present Your Global Future: A 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.
May 13, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!
The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads holds its 50th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, May 15. The program will feature Dr. Harry Harding from the Batten School at the University of Virginia and Dr. Syaru Shirley Lin on “Challenges facing China, the U.S., and Taiwan in Managing Their Complex Relationships and Rivalry”. An anniversary tribute to the Council will be given at the event by the Mayor of the City of Norfolk and the President of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. Watch the Council's 50th Anniversary tribute video here.
May 20, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!
The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads on May 15 elected and welcomed new board members: Catherine Colgan, a retired career State Department Foreign Service Officer, and Frank Reidy, an accomplished engineer and entrepreneur, who created the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics at Old Dominion University and was Director of Operation Smile International from 1991-2000. Additionally, retired Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, was elected for a third term. With these additions to the board, the Council plans to greatly enhance its programs and ability to “make a difference” in Hampton Roads.
May 28, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!
The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads will be featured on local television station WTVZ's public affairs program, "Our Issues Hampton Roads." The half-hour segment will feature an interview and discussion with Rear Admiral USN (ret.) Larry Baucom, President of WAC Greater Hampton Roads (pictured).
The program will be available to more than 2 million viewers in Southeastern and Central Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. Taping will occur Wed., May 29, and will stress the important mission of World Affairs Councils throughout the United States and the impact of the Hampton Roads Council as it celebrates its 50th year of service to the local community.
April 8, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!
The World Affairs Council of Central Florida this week welcomes four doctors from Kazakhstan for an IVLP project on “ Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response.” The project will focus on responses to medical emergencies at the local operational level. The doctors will meet with Emergency Managers from Orlando Regional Medical Center and the City of Orlando Office of Emergency Management to discuss responses to mass casualty and natural disaster scenarios.
April 15, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!
The World Affairs Council of Central Florida's newest board member, Carol Grabauskas, was given a warm welcome at her first meeting. Carol recently retired and relocated to Central Florida after a fulfilling 35-year career in international exchanges, starting as a program assistant at a nonprofit organization and earning successive promotions, culminating as Deputy Director of the Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
April 22, 2019 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!
The World Affairs Council of Central Florida this week welcomes 10 exchange participants representing Ministries of Education from Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia for an IVLP project on “Teaching English as a Second Language.” The project will focus on the role of teacher associations, ESL for adult learners and disenfranchised populations, and degrees for TESOL instructors.
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