#GivingTuesday is Here. Won’t You Support Your World Affairs Council


Today is the 3rd most popular day for people in America to demonstrate their support for nonprofit organizations that they believe make their communities and country a better place.

Your World Affairs Council has worked over ten years to deliver programs and resources to address the “global illiteracy” issue.

In a country where just 29% of adults surveyed by the National Geographic and Council on Foreign Relations can pass a test on global affairs awareness — a critical element of responsible citizenship — the World Affairs Council has an important role to play in the community.

Today we need you — World Affairs Council stakeholders — to help us as we work to achieve an important mission.

  • The mission of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Tennessee World Affairs Council is to promote international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region’s global stature and to prepare Tennesseans to thrive in our increasingly complex and connected world.

Take a minute on this #GivingTuesday to show your support for better citizenship in our community and among the next generation.

Thank you for your $20, $50 or $100 gift.




Here are some of the programs that have been presented for you and for students in our community:

Dec 2, 2017 – Academic WorldQuest Practice Match – Belmont University

Nov TBD – Ambassadorial Visit – Global Town Hall – Belmont University TBD

Oct 25, 2017 – Know Now Conference Call – Dr. Richard Wife – The Future of Democracies

Oct 24, 2017 – International Career/Jobs Panel – Lipscomb University

Oct 24, 2017 – China Town Hall – Webcast with Dr. Susan Rice; On site: James Lambert – Belmont University

Oct 5, 2017 – Talk to the Author Conference Call – Meghan O’Sullivan – “Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power”

Oct 2, 2017 – Global Town Hall – “Practical Peace Building & National Security” – US Institute of Peace – USIP President Nancy Lindborg – Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program

Sep 27, 2017 – Global Dialogue – “Political-Military Dimensions of the Korea Crisis” – LCDR Patrick Ryan – Belmont

Sep 5, 2017 – Talk to the Author Conference Call – Richard McGregor – “Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century”

Aug 30, 2017 – Global Dialogue – “US-China Commercial Relations: The Way Forward” with John Scannapieco – Belmont University

Aug 10, 2017 – Talk to the Author (“Cover to Cover”) – Conference Call – James Kirchik – “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age”

Jul 26, 2017 – Global Dialogue – “2017 Doomsday Clock: 2 1/2 Minutes to Midnight with Dr. Rachel Bronson, Executive Director and Publisher, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (via Skype) – Belmont University

Jul 18, 2017 – Talk to the Author Conference Call – Lisa Palmer – “Hot Hungry Planet”

Jul 12, 2017 – “Know Now” Conference Call Series – Susan Cohen – “Implications of President Trump’s Travel Ban”

Jun 28, 2017 – Global Dialogue – “President Trump Abroad and a New U.S. Foreign Policy” – with Ambassador Ronald Schlicher and Ambassador Charles Bowers – Belmont University

Jun 20, 2017 – “Know Now” Conference Call Series – “USIP President on World Refugee Day: A Conversation with Nancy Lindborg” – Teleconference 

Jun 13, 2017 – Talk to the Author Conference Call – Souad Mekhennet – “My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad”

May 25, 2017 – Talk to the Author Conference Call – Thomas Wright – “All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power”

Apr 17, 2017 – Town Hall – The Middle East: Opportunities and Disasters – Amb Ronald Schlicher, LCDR Patrick Ryan – Belmont University

Apr 5, 2017 – Panel Discussion & Film Screening – U.S.-Japan Relations: Culture, Business, Security – Bonds Across Many Sectors – And the Film “Tokyo!” – Details & RSVP Link

Mar 29 – Town Hall – “Turkey’s Unraveling Democracy and Impact on US-Turkey Relations” – Belmont University, Frist Lecture Hall – Details & RSVP Link

Mar 27, 2017 – International Careers and Jobs Panel – Lipscomb University

Mar 23, 2017 – Know Now Teleconference – “Sharp Cuts for International Affairs Budget” – Linday Lee Black – US Global Leadership Council

Mar 21, 2017 – Know Now Teleconference – “The U.S., Japan and Asia” – James L. Schoff – Carnegie Endowment

Mar 8, 2017 – Talk to the Author Teleconference – Amani Al Khatahtbeh author of “Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age”

Feb 28, 2017 – Town Hall – POTUS45 – The New Administration’s Foreign Policy and Global Challenges – Ambassador Charles Bowers & Ambassador Ronald Schlicher – Belmont University

Feb 21, 2017 – Hot Topic Teleconference – “Know More About Ukraine and Russia’s Western Ambitions” with Anne Applebaum

Feb 15, 2017 – Business Luncheon – Update on Trade and Foreign Investment Under the New Presidential Administration – Baker Donelson Center

Feb 15, 2017 – Talk to the Author – “The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age” – by David Biello – Teleconference

Feb 12, 2017 – Tennessee Academic WorldQuest Championship Match – Belmont University

Feb 7, 2017 – Hot Topics – Talk to Former Mexico President Vicente Fox – Teleconference

Jan 17, 2017 – Town Hall – Russian-American Relations: From Obama to Trump – Belmont University

Dec 15, 2016 – Public Affairs Briefing – Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration – WAC President Patrick Ryan – Nashville Amnesty International – Vanderbilt University

Dec 15, 2016 – Talk to the Author – WACA Cover to Cover with PJ Crowley, author of “Red Line: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States (Telephone conference)

Nov 26, 2016 – Hot Topics Teleconference – US-Cuba Normalization Process

Nov 16-18, 2016 – National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America

November 12 – Academic WorldQuest Practice Match – Belmont University

Nov 9 – Town Hall – The Road Ahead: America’s 45th President and U.S. Foreign Policy – Amb Charles Bowers & Amb Ronald Schlicher

Oct 18, 2016 – China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections – National Webcast featuring Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and local panel | Belmont University

October 17 – 4th Semi-Annual International Careers Panel – Moderator: Amb Charles Bowers plus a panel of specialists – Lipscomb University, Ezell Center, Room 363.

Sep 19, 2016 – 5:30-7:30pm – Town Hall – “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation” – with Amb Thomas R. Pickering, USFS (Ret) and a local speaker – Belmont University, Frist Lecture Hall, Inman Health Sciences Building.

Sep 7 – 5:30p-7:30p – “America’s Diplomats” – Documentary film screening with Ambassador Charles Bowers, USFS (Ret) and Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, USFS(Ret) – Belmont Johnson Hall Large Theater

Aug 16 – 8:00-9:30am – “Brexit and the U.S. Economy: What to Expect” – Breakfast business panel – Nashville Chamber of Commerce

Aug 9 – Talk to the Author – Talmage Boston, “Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts About Our Presidents” – 1:00-1:30 pm CT (Teleconference)

Jul 28 – Hot Topic Teleconference – “The Party Conventions & The Presidential Election” – featuring Dan Quayle – 4:00-4:30 pm CT

Jul 26 – “Reaching Rising Global Markets: Finding Near Term and Long Term Prospects for Growth” – Global Business Event – 8-10 am – Belmont University

Jul 21 – 1:00-1:30p – Hot Topics Call – Teleconference – “Americans Against Terrorism, Hate and Violence” – Imam Muhammad Masri

Jul 13 – Talk to the Author – Jennifer M. Harris, “War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft”– 1:00-1:30 pm CT (Teleconference)


June 14, 2016 – Talk to the Author – Anja Manuel, “This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States” – 1:00-1:30 pm CT (Teleconference)

Apr 26, 2016 – Talk to the Author – Marc Lynch, “The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East” – 1:00-1:30pm (Teleconference)

May 18, 2016 – Talk to the Author – Steven Radelet, “The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World” – 1:00-1:30pm (Teleconference)

Apr 23, 2016 – National Championship, Academic WorldQuest, Washington, DC

Apr 12 – Town Hall & Book Signing – Thomas Lippman – What Shaped the Modern Middle East? – Lipscomb University – 5:30-7:30pm

Apr 11 – International Service Night – Jobs and Careers in the Global Arena

Apr 5 – Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the U.S. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman – Lipscomb University – Details Forthcoming

Mar 31 – Panel Discussion – Trans Pacific Partnership – Bass, Berry & Sims; International Business Council, Nashville Chamber; and US Commercial Service, Nashville – 11:30-1:00 p.m.

Mar 31 – WACA Spring Leadership Meeting (9a-3p) (WashDC)

Mar 30 – WACA Reception for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko – 1918 Society (WashDC)

Mar 30 – Women’s Leadership Forum and Networking Luncheon (10:45a-2:00p) – Cheekwood (Collaborating partner w/Japan-America Society of Tennessee)

Mar 18 – Briefing – “Rebuilding A Syrian Nation and State After Civil War: Prospects and Challenges” – (10-11a) – Belmont University, Lila D. Bunch Library, Multimedia Hall (Collaborating partner)

Mar 15 – Talk to the Author – Clyde Prestowitz, “Japan Restored: How Japan Can Reinvent Itself and Why This is Important for America and the World.” (1-1:30p) (Teleconference)

Mar 15 – Town Hall – Refugee Issues in the Post-Cold War Era with Dylan Irons (6-7p) – Green Hills Public Library (Promotional partner with UNA)

Feb 27 – Teacher Workshop – “Spotlight on Turkey” – day-long professional development workshop – Belmont University, Massey Room 304.

Feb 23 – Town Hall – Japan Consul-General Kinefuchi & Dr. James Auer – U.S.-Japan Security Cooperation (Belmont, Wedgewood Academic Center Conference Room)

Feb 21 – Academic WorldQuest Tennessee Championship Match | (Belmont University)

Feb 18 – A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador Gentry O. Smith | Lipscomb University

Feb 1 – Town Hall | US-Russian Relations with H.E. Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador to the U.S. from the Russian Federation (Belmont University)

Feb 1 – Community Program – Rotary Club of Nashville | US-Russian Relations with H.E. Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador to the U.S. from the Russian Federation (Wildhorse Saloon)

Jan 28 – Luncheon – Ireland’s Ambassador to the US, H.E. Anne Anderson, “A Changing Ireland in a Changing Europe” (Belmont University)

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan educational charity based in Nashville that works to build understanding of global issues in our communities. Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at: www.TNWAC.org  — 

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