July 18, 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
Hot Topics Call
WAC Dallas/FW's Falk Reflects on Tragedy.
APSIA Virtual Graduate School Fair
Arthur Ross Media Awards
Best Practices Call
Cover to Cover
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Travel the World
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2016 WACA National Conference  

America and Global Megatrends

November 16-18, 2016

Washington, DC

Save up to $100 by taking advantage of early-bird rates through September 9 .

New this year!  REGISTRATION REWARDS: For every five paid registrations from an individual Council community, WACA will provide free admission to a sixth individual designated by the Council CEO. 

Our Conference Website went live today -- Register Now!

Book your room at our special Group Rate now! 
Staying at The Capitol Hilton:
  • Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night (Single/Double occupancy) plus tax
  • Queen/King/Double bed Executive Floor: $349/night (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

Updates on National Conference speakers, and other program details will be announced each week.
Hot Topics Call on Islam in America 

"Americans against Terrorism, 
Hate, and Violence"  

Imam Muhammad Musri 
President of American Islam, Inc., & 
the Islamic Society of Central Florida 

Thursday, July 21
2:00 - 2:30 PM ET
The   American Muslim March on Washington: Liberty, Justice, Peace  will be held Saturday, July 23 in Washington, DC.  The event is organized by American Islam, Inc. , a national organization representing and working to empower moderate American Muslims, by providing them with religious, educational, social, financial, and advocacy services, and outreaching to the U.S. population, media, and government with the true peaceful message of Islam. Join us for this Hot Topics call  with Imam Muhammad Musri  to learn more about the current state of American Islam; Islamophobia; and terrorism.
Imam Musri  is the President of American Islam, Inc., a national Muslim organization. He serves as the Senior Imam, President and Chairman of the Board of the Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF) since 1993. Musri is an advisor on Islam and Muslims to various agencies of the U.S. government. He is a member of the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council since 2005, served under Governors Jeb Bush, Charlie Christ and Rick Scott. ( full bio )

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
WAC Dallas/FW's Falk Reflects on Tragedy

"I was honored that our team had the privilege of providing staff support for the memorial service in Dallas. Additionally, we coordinated the representation by the Texas Consular Corps. France, UK, China, Mexico, Morocco, Japan, Sierra Leone, Korea, Slovakia, etc. were among the countries that were represented by their career and honorary consuls and consuls general. 

"We were all proud of our city and country as we gathered to pay tribute to those heroes whose lives were taken."

James N. Falk
President & CEO
WAC Dallas/Ft. Worth
APSIA Virtual Graduate School Fair 

Find the Right Program   in 
International Affairs and Public Policy

July 21, 2016 
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Thinking about Grad School? Searching for an international career in the private, public, or non-governmental sector?  Whether you've just started your search or have a shortlist in mind, representatives of APSIA's top international affairs and public policy graduate schools can help you navigate the admissions process.

Register today and answer your questions about:
  • application requirements
  • curricula and joint degrees
  • financial aid
  • career opportunities
Explore what you can do with an APSIA Degree! 

APSIA schools share the same passions you have for international issues, advocating for effective public policies, solving global challenges, and more.  Register here .

Councils please share this opportunity with your Young Professionals! 
Call for Nominations: Arthur Ross Media Awards 

Academy Logo The American Academy of Diplomacy presents its annual Arthur Ross Media Awards to recognize U.S. journalists whose distinguished foreign affairs reporting and analysis is making a singular contribution to public understanding of the critical role played by diplomacy in the furtherance of America's foreign policy interests. Two awards will be presented, one for reporting and one for commentary. AAD invites World Affairs Councils to submit nominations for the 2016 Arthur Ross Media Awards. 

Please see the nomination criteria here

The deadline to submit your entries is close of business on Friday, July 22

Nominations should be sent to:
Ambassador Robert Hunter (robert@hunters21.com with cc to ideprado@academyofdiplomacy.org). 
Best Practices Call: Peace Day Challenge 

International Day of Peace  is Sept. 21 

The WACA National Office is once again pleased to host a conference call with the United States Institute of Peace to encourage and help Councils to raise awareness of Peace Day itself, and to access resources that will enable you to work with communities and schools on peace themes in an ongoing way. 

Please join this special call with Ann-Louise Colgan , Director of the Global Peacebuilding Center at the USIP,  and Joyce Davis , President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, to learn about how you and your Council can get involved in the #PeaceDayChallenge by promoting Peace Day activities in your local communities and schools.

The call will be held on 
Wednesday, July 27, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Cover to Cover Author Series

August's Cover to Cover will feature author Talmage Boston on his new book Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents on Tuesday, August 9, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

Boston has been a commercial litigator in Dallas, Texas, since 1978 and a shareholder at the Winstead PC law firm since 1997. He's been recognized in Texas Monthly magazine as a "Texas Super Lawyer" every year since 2003 and named among the "Best Lawyers in America" since 2013. He will discuss his newst book that is coming in Septemeber 2016. (full bio)

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit! Contact the WACA National Office if you are interested in hosting Cover to Cover authors at your Council. 
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, July 18

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts "China's New Political Economy" 

Montana World Affairs Council hosts "Moscow Monday Networking Social and Fundraiser"  Details 

Tuesday, July 19

World Affairs Council of Washington-DC hosts "Author Series: From Crisis to Calling"  Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "Great Decisions: Cuba and the U.S." 

Cleveland Council on World Affairs on July 19-22 hosts "U.S. Elections: A Project for Young Political Leaders" 

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts "Summer Forum 2: Music - International Aspects"  Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "LA Times Correspondent Shashank Bengali: From India to Brexit"  Details

Wednesday, July 20

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Finding the Next Patient Zero: The Global Virome Project"  Details

San Diego World Affairs Councl hosts "Russia, Turkey, Radical Islam and the Challenges for United States Policymakers" 

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "Venezuela: From Bad to Worse" 

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "YPIN Spanish Conversation Group" 

Thursday, July 21

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "The Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. Presents: Election Series Cleveland: EU-U.S. Relations"  Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "Alter Egos - Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, & the Twilight Struggle over American Power"  Details 

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "Human Space Flight: Today and Tomorrow" Details

Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts "After Nazi and Soviet Occupation: Eastern Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland Today"  Details 

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts "Last Man Out"  Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "Italian American Stories" Details

Upstate International hosts "Global South Metro Exchange"  
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "WorldQuest: An Olympic Event: The Road to Rio!" Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts "Sushi and Sake with the Young Professionals of SA"  Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "Networking Happy Hour with GlobalWA and Humanosphere"  Details

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts "America's Diplomats"  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, Across Spain and Portugal: September 6 - 22, 2016.
Kay Maxwell , Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford Journey through VietnamOctober 3 - 18, 2016.
Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and Italy October 5 - 13, 2016.
Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson, former Board President, World Affairs Council of Arizona, Island Life in Cuba: October 23 - 31, 2016.
Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Tanzania: October 29 - November 8, 2016 
Craig Snyder , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and QatarNovember 2 - 16, 2016.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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