November 20, 2017
WACA 2017 National Conference
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WACA 2017 National Conference 

The World Affairs Councils of America is grateful to all attendees, speakers, and sponsors for their participation in the WACA 2017 National Conference last week. Thank you for making it such a successful, enriching,  and memorable event! 

WACA is pleased to announce the recipients of our two new annual awards: the  WACA Chairman's Individual Award , given posthumously to  Joan Russell , past Director of Travel at World Affairs Council of Philadelphia; and the WACA Council of the Year Award, presented to  World Affairs (Northern California).  Joan's husband, Michael, and daughter, Aimee Lee, received the Individual award in memory of Joan (left), and World Affairs' CEO Jane Wales (right) accepted the Council of the Year honor.

We are grateful for the vision, leadership, and dedication of these most deserving recipients!

If you took high quality photos or videos during the Conference, we'd love for you to share them with us! Please send them to Chelsea Beaulieu at 
for a chance to be featured on our new website!

We will soon provide official recordings of the Conference panels on our YouTube channel.

Congratulations to the 2017 Conference Scholars!
(Scholarship sponsors, Carlos and Malu Alvarez, pictured at center.)

How did we do? Please take the time to fill out this WACA 2017 Conference survey and share your valuable feedback with us. 

The WACA National Office will be closed beginning Tuesday, November 21 and will re-open Monday, November 27. We will resume the Weekly World News Update next week.

Thank you again, and we wish a happy Thanksgiving to all!

Special thanks to our 2017 Conference sponsors:
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Cover to Cover Author Series - Dec. 14

In  Digital World War , seasoned diplomat Haroon Ullah, with deep knowledge of Islamist politics and digital innovation, investigates the unprecedented impact of social media on the discourse of recent events in the Muslim World--from the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS's online recruitment.

While he identifies the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks, he also reveals how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status.

In addition to his portfolio of digital transmedia strategy and countering violent extremism, Ullah is a senior adviser to the U.S Secretary of State, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an award-winning author and a Peabody TV Award recipient.
Join us for  December's Cover to Cover  Thursday, December 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Monday, November 21

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts H.E. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, for "Global Connections Luncheon." Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Amy Rowell, Director of World Relief Moline, for "The Refugee Journey." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Paul Staniland, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, for "Understanding Conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia." Details

Tuesday, November 22

Montana World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Peter Marghella, Special Advisor for Medical Planning and Preparedness for the International Medical Corps (IMC), for "Council on the Radio." Details

Friday, November 25

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Thomas R. Pickering, Ambassador to the United Nations, for "Iranian Nuclear Deal." Details
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Ancient Kingdoms of China: May 5-19
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
  • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
  • Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
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