WACA National Conference; Star Speakers This Week; Wunderbar Together 2021; Embassy Row Live! Recording; WACA Seeks Fall Interns; Councils are Hiring; Council Highlights; and more!
WACA 2021 National Conference:
Bridging Divides at Home and Abroad
November 16-19
PROGRAM UPDATES!

1. The Conference website will launch this week with registration, pricing, and other details. Stay tuned!

2. As you make arrangements to attend the Conference, please note that plans are in the works for a Tuesday, Nov. 16 afternoon activity for Council leaders and 1918 Society members.
HOTEL INFORMATION!

The World Affairs Councils of America is excited to welcome all of you to the WACA 2021 National Conference this November 16-19 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

We look forward to celebrating WACA's 35th Anniversary in person at our signature national event! 
We are pleased to share that the hotel block is now open at the special rate of $284 / night plus tax (this rate applies to reservations as early as Nov. 14 and as late as Nov. 23). Given that the annual WACA Conference sells out early, we encourage you to book your room now!

Thanks to WACA's long-term contractual relationship with The Mayflower, we remind you to save the dates for the 2022 National Conference (November 15-18) and the 2023 National Conference (November 14-17). Be sure to mark your calendars!
Star Speakers This Week
Jessica Bedoya
Chief of Staff & Exec. Advisor Inter-American Development Bank
Paula Caldwell St-Onge
Fmr. Canadian Ambassador
to Haiti
Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba
Founder
PLO Lumumba Foundation
Bobby Donaldson
Director, Center for Civil Rights History and Research
Kishore Mahbubani
National University of Singapore

Charles Shapiro
Fmr. Ambassador to Venezuela
Wunderbar Together 2021:
Germany, the U.S., and the Future of Democracy
Under the auspices of Wunderbar Together 2021, the World Affairs Councils of America, the American Council on Germany, and Atlantik-Brücke partner with World Affairs Councils across the country to hold a series of virtual events that will focus on challenges to democracy in Germany, Europe, and the United States. Experts discussed the causes of this democratic malaise, analyzed the threats, and examined what can be done to push back against those pressures – with a view to the exploration of how Europe and the U.S. can better collaborate on these issues. Check out our YouTube playlist to view all the discussions.
Saving Democracy: Reinventing Institutions & Practices for the 21st Century
WACA - July 12, 2021
Democracies in Distress:
Europe and the United States
WAC Charlotte - July 13, 2021
Understanding the Rise of Illiberal Politics in Europe and the U.S. - And What to Do About It
Savannah CWA - July 13, 2021
Defending Democracy from
Misinformation and Fake News
American Council on Germany - July 14, 2021
WorldQuest Weekly Quiz
This week's WACA WorldQuest Weekly is out! Test your weekly global affairs awareness and dive into news stories that represent a broad spectrum of developments of interest and importance. Most of the quiz questions are drawn from both WACA's Weekly World News Update, every Wednesday, and a curated news Twitter feed @TNWAC #WACquiz.

In partnership with WACA, WorldQuest Weekly is produced by the Tennessee World Affairs Council, which offers customized subscriptions to the quiz for Council members. Contact pat@tnwac.org or visit TNWAC.org/quiz for details.
Last Week's Winner (9/10 Points):
Carol Seager (Worchester, MA) - Congratulations!
Call for Academic WorldQuest Task Force Members
WACA is seeking volunteers to join the Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) Task Force for the 2021-2022 year. Planning for the coming AWQ competition begins this summer. Duties include helping identify topic categories, preparing the study guide, writing and/or reviewing questions, and assisting with program development. The task force is open to Council staff, volunteers, and board members. Please highlight professional educational experience if any. Contact Laura Duncan at lduncan@worldaffairscouncils.org to express interest.
REGISTER NOW! Embassy Row Live! 
Canada and the U.S.: Friends, Partners & Allies
Tuesday, July 27
Join WAC Atlanta and WACA on July 27 at 12:00 PM ET for a conversation with Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s first woman Ambassador to the United States. We will discuss next steps in U.S.-Canada relations, the state of the pandemic, trade and investment between U.S. and Canada, our shared goal of addressing climate change, and more. Ambassador, Acting Consul General Louise Blais, will introduce the program.
Embassy Row Live! Recording
United Arab Emirates: The New Space Race
The United Arab Emirates recently joined the small group of nations that have successfully launched a spacecraft to Mars, further proving space is the new domain for international cooperation—or competition.

WAC Connecticut partnered with WACA's Embassy Row Live! to feature the woman who led the UAE's successful mission to Mars, and one of the world's rising stars in space and technology: H.E. Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri.

Member Councils Are Hiring!
Cleveland Council on World Affairs is hiring for four positions: Manager of Programming; Program Associate, Student Programs; Program Associate, International Exchanges; & Office Coordinator. Learn more.
Columbus Council on World Affairs is hiring for an Experiential Learning Coordinator, Program Manager, and Administrative & Office Assistant. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Seattle is hiring a Program Officer, Community Programs. Learn more.
Vermont Council on World Affairs is hiring for an Education Programs VISTA. Learn more.
WACA is Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 Interns
Applicants to WACA's Fall 2021 Internship must submit a resume and cover letter by Friday, August 6, 2021 to Laura Duncan at lduncan@worldaffairscouncils.org

Due to the number of applications we typically receive, we are unable to acknowledge each applicant personally. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted; no phone calls, please. 
All programs below are accessible online unless otherwise indicated.
 
Monday 7/19 

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Jessica Bedoya, Chief of Staff & Executive Advisor, Office of the Presidency at the Inter-American Development Bank, for "Development Bank and the Hemisphere’s Future." 

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ambassador (ret.) Paula Caldwell St-Onge, former Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, for "Realtime Report: Haiti." 

Foreign Policy Association hosts Ryan Hass, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, for "A China Agenda for the Biden Administration."
 
Tuesday 7/20 

Columbia World Affairs Council hosts Bobby DonaldsonDirector of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research, University of South Carolina, for a "Distinguished Speaker Luncheon." (In Person) 

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, Founder of the PLO Lumumba Foundation, for "The Place of Africa in the 21st Century and Beyond." 

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ben Rhodes, Former Deputy National Security Advisor, for "After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made." (In Person) 

Foreign Policy Association hosts Jeffrey Garten, Dean Emeritus at Yale University, for “The Dollar in American Foreign Policy– Past, Present and Future.” 

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts William Muntean, Senior Advisor on Antarctic Policy, U.S. Department of State, for "Navigating the Poles: The New Frontier of Polar Diplomacy.” 

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Florindo Chivucute, Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Angola, for “Great Decisions Lecture Series: China's Role in Africa.” 

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Philip Roskamp, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department, for "From Texas to Tokyo." (In Person) 

Wednesday 7/21 

World Affairs Council of Atlanta President and CEO, Charles Shapiro, former Ambassador to Venezuela and former Coordinator for Cuban Affairs, will present “Flash Briefing: Cuba in Crisis.”  

Foreign Policy Association hosts Kishore Mahbubani, National University of Singapore, for “A China Agenda for the Biden Administration.” 

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Jayson Casper, Middle East Correspondent for Christianity Today, for “Lebanon: A Nation in Crisis and the Family That Lives Through It.” 

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Jeffrey Garten, Dean Emeritus of the Yale School of Management, for "The Future of the Dollar in American Foreign Policy." 

WorldDenver hosts "International Food Tour with Delicious Denver." (In Person

Thursday 7/22 

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts former Congressman Tom Campbell, Professor at Chapman University, for “Dr. Tom Campbell on the War Powers Act.” (In Person

Friday 7/23 

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Kayla Etherton, English Preparatory Program Instructor at Bilkent University, for “Teaching English Abroad: Hungary & Ukraine.”