Seacoast Speaker Series Continues SUNDAY!
We are proud to continue our partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library this spring. World Affairs at the Library will continue with two speakers over the next two months. Please REGISTER in advance!
On Sunday, May 7 at 12:30 PM, we'll host Stephen Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent for 20 years at the New York Times. Since leaving the Times, Kinzer has taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University. He will speak about the history of American imperialism and intervention in global issues.
Wrapping up the series on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM will be Mary Thompson-Jones speaking about international diplomacy. Thompson-Jones is a professor at Northeastern University and previously was a career diplomat and served in embassies and consulates in Madrid, Prague, Quebec, Guatemala, and Sarajevo.
Congratulations to Elyse, our Education Program Coordinator, and her family on the birth of a son, Reid, last week. Both mom and baby are healthy and happy! Elyse will return from her leave at the end of July.
Milford High School Competes at National Academic WorldQuest Competition in D.C.
Our Council was well-represented last weekend by Milford High School at the World Affairs Councils of America’s Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition in Washington, D.C.
The team faced stiff competition at the 15th annual competition, held at the National Press Club on Saturday, April 29, from 46 other teams from across the country. While the Milford students didn’t win the top prize, the students learned a lot during the competition and their visit to the U.S. Institute of Peace the day before, where USIP President Nancy Lindborg welcomed the students.
“We congratulate these student teams – and all Academic WorldQuest participants – for their dedicated efforts to apply themselves at this pivotal moment in history to make sense of the world,” said WACA President Bill Clifford.
The competition is based on 10 topics and students are quizzed on 10 questions for each topic. The 2017 topics included: Current Events, Great Decisions, Peace and Conflict in Today’s World, Combatting Infectious Disease, European Union, Countering Violent Extremism, Turkey, Global Megacities, China, and Women in Technology.
Congratulations to the Milford team on completing this year’s Academic WorldQuest program: Shannon Drew, Maya Flores, Todd Bieschke, and Andrew McNeil, coached by social studies teacher Anna Parker.
International Visitor Program Alumnus to Lead Lithuanian Political Party; More Visitors Coming Soon!
We are excited to share that a former visitor to New Hampshire via the International Visitor Leadership Program & Global Ties U.S., Gintautas Paluckas, was just elected as the leader of Lithuania's largest political party! You may have met Paluckas, previously Vice-Mayor of Vilnius, at our April reception at Orr & Reno.
As always, if you're interested in hosting international visitors for dinner and conversation, contact Associate Director Tim Horgan to volunteer! Upcoming groups: Turkmenistan- May 6-10; Pakistan- May 13-17; Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Somalia- May 20-24; Venezuela, TBA.
Mission Moments: Bringing the World to NH!
As part of our Crossroads International Film & Discussion series, we showed a film about Syrian refugees escaping Egypt last week with speakers Bill Gillett, International Institute of New England Chairman (far right), and Abdul Wakil Al Abash, a Syrian refugee (second from left). Amadou Hamady, Manchester Site Director for IINE, is pictured on the left and Council Executive Director Anna Berry is second from right.
Pictured: A recent International Visitors Leadership Program delegation visited northern New Hampshire. The visitors- from Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, and Angola- were here to learn about combating wildlife trafficking. They met with NH Fish and Game and rode the tram to the top of (frozen!) Cannon Mountain.
Jennifer Harris, co-author of "War by Other Means," closed out our spring Global Tipping Points series on April 13. Stay tuned for details about our fall programs!
Community Events Calendar
MANAL AL-SHARIF: DARING TO DRIVE
Presented by The Music Hall in partnership with the World Affairs Council of NH & NH Women's Foundation
Thursday, June 15 at 7 PM - The Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth
Providing a rare glimpse into the day-to-day life of the typical Saudi woman, Manal tells the remarkable story of how she became the accidental leader of the Women2Drive movement; and brought global attention to her country’s tyrannical male guardianship system and its oppression of women.
Meet & Greet- Learn more about refugee resettlement in NH
Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 PM
1850 Elm St, Manchester
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