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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.
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.
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.
The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosted their traditional NATO Festival Banquet on April 29 at the conclusion of the NATO Festival Week in Norfolk, Virginia, NATO's home in North America. The keynote speaker for this 70th anniversary celebration was U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, who addressed the challenges and future direction of the Alliance. Attending with her in the sold-out ballroom were 14 other member-country ambassadors to NATO, the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, the Mayor of Norfolk, NATO and U.S. general and flag officers, and Hampton Roads citizens and students. Jim Falk, President and CEO of WAC Dallas/Fort Worth, and a group of 20 Council members also attended.
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.
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.
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.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia just confirmed the next program in their 70th Anniversary Signature Event Series. The Council will present its International Statesman Awards to Rose Eilene Gottemoeller , Deputy Secretary General of NATO, on May 1. She will be accepting the award on behalf of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in honor of NATO’s 70th anniversary.
The Council's program calendar also includes The Mexico City Policy and Changes to Title X, a discussion with local entrepreneurs about how Philadelphia is the “original start up city," and an in-depth discussion on Social Media’s effects on privacy, politics, and protests around the world.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s global education series for students and teachers addresses the most critical issues of the day, with almost 3,000 students exploring topics such as " Ending Forced Labor” and “ Providing Clean and Affordable Energy for All.” This summer, July 8-12, high school students, including representatives from the Council’s partner high school Bodine High School for International Affairs, will participate in a week-long Summer Global Leadership Seminar: “ The Rise of Political Populism .”
WAC Philly also organizes Travel the World trips for WACA's Council Network and has been doing so for over 40 years. Trip leaders are drawn from across our national network, or from the fields of diplomacy, journalism, or academia. The Council offers a wealth of destinations, from a cruise around Sicily to Costa Rica, or to the deserts in Saudi Arabia!
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted Garry Kasparov, Yascha Mounk, and Curtis Milhaupt in February for an event in partnership with the Museum of the American Revolution. The event focused on the Global Rise of Authoritarianism. You can find photos and a video of the event on the Council's Flickr and YouTube pages. On March 20, WAC Philadelphia continues its 70th Anniversary Celebration with an exclusive members-only reception and photo exhibit, featuring work from six photojournalists, called A Journey through Contested Lands. The exhibit explores remote regions around the world where indigenous communities are waging unseen battles to remain on their ancestral lands.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine for dinner and a conversation with Council President Craig Snyder. Poroshenko received the International Statesman Award, Council's highest annual honor, following his earlier address at the UN General Assembly. Watch the remarks and award presentation here.
Tonight, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visits with WAC Philadelphia to discuss his new book: Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics.
These distinguished programs are among the many in a series to celebrate WAC Philadelphia's 70th Anniversary.
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire broadcasts a monthly podcast titled, "Global in the Granite State," where you will listen to interesting interviews and learn more about how New Hampshire is connected to the world, how the hot topics of the day are playing out, and why international affairs are important to support.
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will hold its 2019 Global Forum on Sunday, May 19, and its keynote speaker will be David E. Sanger of the New York Times. Mr. Sanger will be speaking to the Council about Cyberwarfare and how countries are waging behind-the-scenes programs to disrupt their enemies and competitors. More details to follow.
Congratulations to Tim Horgan, Executive Director of WAC NH, for his excellent leadership in chairing last month's Global Ties U.S. National Meeting, "The Exchange Effect." “It was a wonderful experience chairing the Global Ties National Meeting for 2019. It's always so great to get everyone, including many of our WACA friends, together for learning, sharing, and fun,"
Stay tuned for news about World Affairs Councils of New Hampshire - including their speaker series (like the The Future Without Nuclear Weapons on Feb. 6 with Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund) and film series (Finding Refuge: A Three-Part Film Series, beginning Feb. 27) - in a special Council of the Month block each week in February!
Naples Council on World Affairs for its WACA-USIP Engage America: Peacebuilding: A National Security Priority program featuring United States Institute of Peace Senior Vice President Bill Taylor and Director of Public Education Ann-Louise Colgan. See USIP's Twitter post here about the event.
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations for its inaugural Journalism Under Fire Conference on December 5-7. The program explored the essential connections between journalism and democracy, press freedoms, and the turbulent dynamics of today’s media. Read The Washington Post's write-up of the conference and visit SFCIR's website to learn more.