November 22, 2016
WACA 2016 National Conference
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World Affairs Councils Highlights
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WACA 2016 National Conference 

The World Affairs Councils of America is grateful to all attendees, speakers, and sponsors who participated in the WACA 2016 National Conference last week. Thank you for making it such a successful and memorable event! 

We will soon provide official recordings of the Conference on our YouTube channel. Meanwhile, Tennessee World Affairs Council CEO  Patrick Ryan recorded two keynote videos that we are pleased to share with you.  

Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and David Abney, Chairman & CEO, UPS - Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote: Shaping the American Competitiveness Agenda for the 21st Century

We will email a 2016 Conference Survey shortly. Your opinions are extremely valuable, so please take the time to share your feedback with us. 

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WACA's 2017 National Conference will be held November 8-10 at the Capital Hilton. We look forward to your attendance. Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Cover to Cover Author Series - Nov. 29

Cover to Cover in November will host RAND's Shelly Culbertson  on her new book,  The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East , on Tuesday, November 29, at 2:00 - 2:30 PM ET .

Shelly Culbertson is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her research focus includes international development, education, workforce development, innovation policy, and the Middle East. She is currently conducting research about urban services and education for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. She is also conducting a multi-year evaluation of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative's investments in STEM education and workforce development. 
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, November 21

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Sil Ganzo, Executive Director of ourBRIDGE for Kids; Kathy Brennan, Attorney at the International House Ginter Immigration Law Clinic; and Thakur Mishra, Health Promotion Case Manager at the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency on "Embracing Charlotte's Refugee Community" Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Etga Ugur, of University of Washington Tacoma; Onur Bakiner, of Seattle University; Filiz Kahraman, of University of Washington Seattle, and more for a discussion on the "Political Crisis in Turkey" Details

Tuesday, November 22

World Affairs Council - DC hosts H.E. Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland, for a discussion on current events in Finland Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Chris Valasek, Security Lead at Uber Advanced Technologies Center, for a discussion on "New Threats to Cybersecurity" Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Xiaowen Zhang, Associate Professor of Political Science at Augustana College, for a discussion on "China Inside Out" Details
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
Ambassador Heather Hodges, President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs,  Colombia Rediscovered : February 3 - 13.

Joyce M. Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Journey to  Southern Africa:  February 26 - March 13.

Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Connecticut,  Cultural Cuba:  March 26 - April 3.

Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth,  Inside Iran:  April 21 - May 4.

Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs,  Cruise the Face of Europe :   May 15 - 30.

Trina Medarev, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville,  Italian Riviera & Chianti:  June 11 - 20.

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California,  Circumnavigation of Iceland: August 1 - 9. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford,  Silk Road Odyssey: October 1 - 20.

Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of  Oregon,  Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia :  October 9 - 17.

Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia,  Burma :   October 10 - 22.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, World Affairs Council of Montana,  Mystique of the Orient:  October 17 - 29.

Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America,  Inside Morocco:  October 20 - November 2.

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