June 19, 2017
2017 National Conference
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World Affairs Council Highlights
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Tomorrow: KNOW NOW Call with U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg at 2 PM ET

USIP President Nancy Lindborg
The global humanitarian system is stretched to its limits. The world is challenged by the greatest flood of refugees since World War II. In Syria alone, the United Nations estimates that over 11 million people are displaced, with 4.8 million having fled the country as refugees. At the same time, the international community faces the specter of four concurrent famines in the fragile states of Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. 

As we mark World Refugee Day, there is a clear imperative to get ahead of these crises by understanding what drives instability and violent conflicts around the world, and the approaches that can prevent and resolve them. 

Join Nancy LindborgPresident of the United States Institute of Peace, for a conversation moderated by WACA President Bill Clifford, about the tools the U.S. needs to address the causes and consequences of the global refugee crisis, and why this matters.  
Tuesday, June 20, at 2:00 - 2:30 PM ET  

KNOW NOW conference calls feature global thought leaders hosted by WACA, as well as local authorities in government, business, academia and cultural fields who are identified and moderated by local Councils. We welcome your suggested speakers for future network-wide calls. 
WACA 2017 National Conference: Hotel Block Open!

Book Your Hotel Now!

The  World Affairs Councils of America 2017 National Conference will be held  November 15-17 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. 

Staying at the Capital Hilton
We have secured a special group rate:
  • 1 Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night          (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

This distinguished hotel is located 
in  the heart of our nation's capital -  just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, memorials,  shopping,  dining, nightlife, and more.

Further announcements on National Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.
Cover to Cover Author Series: July - September

WACA will host Lisa Palmer for a conference call to discuss her new book,  Hot, Hungry Planet  on  Tuesday, July 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Lisa Palmer is a fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and a journalist whose writing focuses on the environment, energy, science, and business sustainability .

Coming Up on Cover to Cover:
Promote Your Council: Send Us Your Stuff!

WACA is about to launch our new website. The best way to bring your Council programs to life for the entire network is to email us - often - your  high-res photos, video, and audio

The new site, as Bill Clifford explained at the Council Leadership Meeting in Pittsburgh, will showcase Councils' convening power, innovative educational initiatives, and community impact. 

Help us promote your work by emailing Chelsea Beaulieu.
America's Diplomats - WACA Film & Discussion Series  

The America's Diplomats film screening and discussion program series, sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) continues next week.  On Tuesday, June 27 , the WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana will  feature Margaret Scobey, former Ambassador to Syria

Read an article by AAD President Ronald Neumann for the Peoria Area WAC program at which he spoke last week.
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, June 19
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts a high-profile panel, moderated by NPR Correspondent Wade Goodman, for "NAFTA, Borders, and Security." Details
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Professor Doug Porch, Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the Naval Postgraduate School for "Sustaining Peace in Colombia." Details
Tuesday, June 20

Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents "Saudi Arabia in Transition" as part of Great Decisions 2017. Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a World Refugee Day Community Open House. Details

World Affairs Council of of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Saudi women's rights activist Manal Al-Sharif to discuss her new book, Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening. Details

World Affairs Council - Washington, D.C. hosts a panel of Russia experts for "There's Something About Russia." Details

Wednesday, June 21

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Beth Kiester, assistant professor of Sociology at Albright College, for "U.S. Immigration Policy: The History, The Narrative, The Future." Details

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts its Global Fluency Training on Somalia, Bhutan/Nepal, and Mexico. Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, French Consul General in San Francisco, for a diplomat luncheon 

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Dr. James Hastings, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Wingate University, at WACC's Annual Meeting. Details

Thursday, June 22

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts David Arnold, President and CEO of the Asia Foundation, for "America's Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance." Details

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Amie Heap, Director of Health Policy, Education, and Alliances at the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute, and Fabien Robert, Director of the Nestlé Food Quality Assurance Center, for "Global Food Trends in 2017: Nutrition, Quality & the Future of What We Eat." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts William Tuttle, Director for Political Risk and Security, for "Turkey's Transformational Turn - What's Next?" Details

World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts decorated diplomat Ambassador Shaun Donnelly for "NAFTA: Is It Good or Bad for America?" Details

World Affairs Council - Washington, D.C. holds an open house at the Embassy of Armenia, hosted by Ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian. Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Admiral James Stavridis for "The Trump Administration and Challenges from North Korea, China, and Russia." Details

Friday, June 23

Vermont Council on World Affairs holds its 9th VCWA Annual Dinner. Details

Windham World Affairs Council hosts Amer Latif, Professor of Religion at Marlboro College, at WWAC's Annual Meeting. 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!

2017 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior VP of Programs, WAC of Northern California, Circumnavigation of Iceland: Aug. 1 - 9 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3 - 19
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WAC of Oregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 9 -17
  • Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, WAC of Montana, Mystique of the Orient: Oct. 17 - 29
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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