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.
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.
The World Affairs Council Upstate, also 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 Group, International 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 Asia. Register 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.
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.
“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.
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:
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.
The World Affairs Council of Orange County along with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, San 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:
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.
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!
Stay tuned throughout the month of July to see highlights from the World Affairs Council of Orange County, World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, and WorldBoston in WACA weekly newsletters.