Mary Curtin
Diplomat in Residence - Humphrey School
Tom Hanson
Diplomat in Residence - Univ. of Minnesota
Richard Downie
Incoming President
John Kornblum
Fmr. US Ambassador to Germany
Dr. Peter Hotez
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Jillian Haslam is a renowned speaker and has appeared at countless prestigious organizations, including the University of Cambridge, Bank of America, Bank of England, PwC, and more. She will join us to speak about her new book: A Voice Out of Poverty, on July 13 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET.

Jillian Haslam will discuss the intersection of poverty, race, and gender by recounting her childhood memories in the slums of Calcutta and the challenges her family experienced in overcoming diseases, malnutrition, and tragedy. Despite the hardships, she completed her education. She landed her first major employment as a personal assistant to the CEO at Bank of America in India. Haslam rose through the ranks and is now dedicated to addressing the root causes of poverty through her work.
WACA is pleased to announce Colorado Springs World Affairs Council as its July 2022 Council of the Month!

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosted the 2022 Spring Leadership meeting on June 9-11. Colorado Springs hosted 30 national leaders of World Affairs Councils from across the nation to meet face to face and take a deep dive into leadership best practices.

Through the Speaker Series and Book Club such as Colorado Springs focuses on fostering discussions of international issues and allows citizens to get “behind the headlines” on important current issues in international affairs and an opportunity to engage with the experts directly.

For more information, follow Colorado Springs World Affairs Council on their social media handles: FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and YouTube
John Simpson
Digital Strategy Manager
2060 Digital DC
Lisa Ellis
Executive Director
Global Santa Fe
Claire Krelitz
Communications Consultant
Los Angeles WAC and Town Hall
Building a digital presence within your community is a big responsibility for any Council. Join us on Thursday, July 21 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET to learn how your World Affairs Councils can expand their digital community through engaging livestreams, strategic initiatives, and more!

The session will feature John Simpson, Digital Strategy Manager. For over 12 years, John has partnered with organizations to develop their digital communication strategies and guide complex outreach initiatives with measurable success. He leads the digital sales strategy for 2060 Digital DC, including WTOP News, Federal News Network, and Hubbard Broadcasting DC.

Claire Krelitz is the Communications Consultant for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall and served as their Communications Manager & Virtual Events Producer from 2020-2022. In this role, she strategically leveraged digital platforms to build program audiences, organizational capacity, and civic engagement among Angelenos and the Council’s international virtual audience. Before joining LAWACTH, she worked on two nationally ranked podcasts at Crooked Media.

The discussion will be moderated by Lisa Ellis, Executive Director of Global Santa Fe.
Join Global Ties U.S. for a special conversation with Bob Clark, United States Commissioner General at Expo 2020 Dubai, on the impact of Expos on the U.S. citizens who experience them.

In addition to Bob Clark, the event will include Anna Kaplan, Ph.D., co-author of Experiencing Expos, Global Ties U.S. Board member, Jonathan Quarles, U.S. Department of State Expo Unit Representative, Anthony Pahigian, Youth Ambassadors Brienné Coates, and Mikyle Hassanali, and Global Ties U.S. President & CEO Katherine Brown, Ph.D., as a moderator.
On July 21, Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall will host a livestream event with Ambassador Adam Scheinman, appointed by President Biden as Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation and will lead the U.S. Delegation to the NPT RevCon.

For more than fifty years, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty - or NPT - has helped prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Today, in the midst of a changing nuclear landscape, nations around the world are preparing to meet for the Treaty's Tenth Review Conference. He will will discuss the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, share his thoughts on our world's most pressing nuclear challenges and how the United States and our partners can rise to meet them.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. William Potter, also an expert on nuclear nonproliferation and founder of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta recently held a retirement party celebrating Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Shapiro, former President of the Council.

During this event Ambassador Shapiro was presented with his very own drink, rightfully named the "Shapiro". This cocktail is a delightful blend of bourbon, blood orange, lemon and ginger. Try it out yourself this summer!
In partnership with WACA, WorldQuest Weekly is produced by the Tennessee World Affairs Council, which offers customized subscriptions to the quiz for Council members. Most of the questions are drawn from both WACA's Weekly World News Update, and a curated news Twitter feed (@TNWAC). Contact or visit for details.

Last week's winners (10/10)! Suzanne (Traverse City, MI), Carole (Portland, OR), Carole (Worcester, MA), Iqbal (Naples, FL), Clayton (Portland, OR)
NEW! Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall seeks to hire a Programs and Special Events Coordinator. Learn more.
NEW! Global Santa Fe seeks to hire a Program Officer for Education. Learn more.
NEW! World Affairs Council of New Orleans seeks to hire a Board Member and Fellow. Learn more.

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth seeks to hire a Marketing Communications Coordinator. Learn more.
Vermont Council on World Affairs seeks to hire an AmeriCorps Vista Youth Program Coordinator. Learn more.
International Institute of Buffalo seeks to hire in 5 job openings. Learn more.
Tuesday 7/5

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Dan Schnur, Professor at the University of Southern California, for The Dan Schnur Political Report

Global Minnesota hosts Mary Curtin, Diplomat in Residence at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota, for “The Theater of Public Policy” (In person)

Wednesday 7/6

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana presents “Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program Peace-Building & Community Resilience” (In person)

World Affairs Council of Austin presents “Austria to Austin Welcome Mixer” (In person)

Thursday, 7/7

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Richard Downie, new WACOC President, for “Meet the new WACOC President: Trustees and Premium Members Social” (In person)

Global Minnesota presents “Lunch and Learn: 2022 Mandela Washington Fellows

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts John Kornblum, Former US Ambassador to Germany, for “In Focus: Russia's Invasion of Ukraine; Is This The New Normal?

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts a panel of experts for “'In Search of my Sister' Uyghur Documentary Screening” (In person)

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Dr. Peter Hotez, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, for “Covid's Origins, Outlook, and Lessons for the Next Pandemic

Sunday 7/10