TNWAC News | Week of September 26, 2016

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Welcome
Time Sensitive Opportunity | College Students Scholarship to the National Conference
Program | International Careers & Jobs | Oct 17
Program | China-US Relations | Kissinger Webcast & Local Panel | Oct 18
High School Students / Teachers | Announcing the 2016-17 Academic WorldQuest Program
High School Students | Announcing the Tennessee Global Scholars Certificate Program
World Affairs National Conference in Washington | Nov 16-18
ICYMI | Ambassador Thomas Pickering Interview | “Cumberland Viewpoint”
“What in the World?” Weekly Quiz
A Network With Benefits – Travel the World
On the Map
Book of the Week


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TNWAC WEEKLY NEWS

To Know the World.  That’s the purpose of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.  We are one of 95 similarly organized nonpartisan councils around the country — all independent — that form the largest grassroots global awareness affairs effort in the world. We share the same goals of delivering public and school programs that help people, especially students, develop a better understanding of the important international issues that affect their lives and futures.  We welcome you as a member and as a contributor to our work.


Did you know you can keep up with current international affairs news by following @TNWAC #TNWACquiz


TIME SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY | COLLEGE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP TO NATIONAL CONFERENCE | DEADLINE OCT 5

conference1Deadline October 5th for college students to apply for a nomination from the Tennessee World Affairs Council to the National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, DC, Nov 16-18. The students selected from among the 95 councils in the United States will receive free registration ($500) plus $1,000 to cover travel and lodging.  Held annually for over two decades, the National Conference engages our leading policy-makers and leaders in a discussion of the critical issues facing the nation. Check the Web site for details on the conference, how to apply and the video testimonials from the most recent two Tennessee students to be selected.  Deadline is 5pm Wednesday October 5th.  [Details]


Did you know if you click on the Amazon link on the TNWAC.org web site when you go shopping at Amazon your World Affairs Council earns a percentage of the sale — no added expense to you. 


PROGRAM | INTERNATIONAL CAREERS & JOBS PANEL | OCT 17

International Careers Lipscomb Students PanelAmong the regular programs presented by the Tennessee World Affairs Council are opportunities to connect specialists from a broad spectrum of global affairs occupations with people, especially students, who want to know more about jobs and careers in the international arena. We invite students — high schools and colleges from around town and across the region — and the general public to join us for these panels which are offered twice a year, and hosted at Lipscomb University. On October 17th the World Affairs Council will present the next iteration of the Careers & Jobs panel, hosted by Professor Susan Haynes and moderated by Ambassador Charles Bowers, both members of the World Affairs Council Board of Directors. Panelists will represent a broad offering of specialties in global affairs. RSVP on the web site (link) and tell your friends to be there too.  [RSVP and details]


PROGRAM | CHINA-US RELATIONS | NATIONAL WEBCAST-LOCAL PANEL | OCT 18

china-town-hall copyChina’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections,” is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts. Join us at Belmont University on Oct 18, 2016 for a national webcast with former Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger followed by an in-house panel of specialists including John Scannapieco of Baker Donelson and Elizabeth Rowland, Director TN-China Network.  [RSVP and details]


If you like what your World Affairs Council is doing for your community it’s time to join and donate to keep it going.


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/TEACHERS | ANNOUNCING THE 2016-17 ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST PROGRAM

awq-contest-1Academic WorldQuest is the flagship youth education program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TNWAC) and the national network of World Affairs Councils (WACA). It is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. The TNWAC organizes the WorldQuest competition for Tennessee high school students to encourage global affairs awareness education. The Council will assist teams in preparation and organize two matches: a fall practice match on NOVEMBER 12, 2016 AND the state championship match, hosted at Belmont University FEBRUARY 12, 2017.  The winning team in Tennessee will advance to the National Championship match in Washington on APRIL 29, 2017, with transportation and lodging provided by the Tennessee World Affairs Council. [Details, Study Guide, Topics, Sign Up]


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS | ANNOUNCING THE TENNESSEE GLOBAL SCHOLARS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

global-scholars-certificate1Each year students in the Tennessee World Affairs Council area are invited to participate in the Global Studies Certificate Program. The program is designed for students to accumulate points by participating in global affairs activities toward becoming Tennessee Global Scholars. A minimum of 100 points are required to qualify for the certificate which is presented at a World Affairs Council program toward the end of the school year or provided to the host school for presentation. Students need not appear at a WAC program to qualify to have a certificate issued. The program is designed for students in any setting to complete enough elements to qualify.  [Details, Register, Worksheet]


WORLD AFFAIRS NATIONAL CONFERENCE | WASHINGTON | NOV 16-18

national-conferenceNEW SPEAKERS ADDED: Opening Dinner Keynote: Senator George J. Mitchell – Former Special Envoy to the Middle East; former envoy for Northern Ireland and primary architect of the “Good Friday Agreement.” Ambassadors Luncheon: David Abney, Chairman and CEO, UPS. You’re invited to the flagship conference for the network of America’s World Affairs Councils. Participate in conference panels, think tank visits and embassy receptions at the premier annual event of the world’s largest grassroots community devoted to education on world affairs. Special programs available for “1918 Society” members at the Pentagon and CIA. Save $100 by being a TNWAC member.  [Details]


ICYMI | AMBASSADOR THOMAS PICKERING INTERVIEW | “CUMBERLAND VIEWPOINT”

kyle-pickering-plazas1The World Affairs Council’s Distinguished Visiting Speaker program brings specialists in global affairs to Tennessee to meet with our members and the public at our town hall meetings. It also works to bring speakers to a number of programs in the area as well as media availabilities.  When Career US Ambassador Thomas Pickering was in Nashville he had a non-stop agenda of meetings and conversations at a variety of venues. He also spoke with Dave Johnson host of the “Cumberland Viewpoint” radio show which is broadcast each Sunday on 94.7 “The Giant” and several other radio stations in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. [Listen to the Interview]


IN THE NEWS | WHY GLOBAL AFFAIRS AWARENESS AND EDUCATION?  IMPORTANT

Career journalist, author and Middle East authority Thomas Lippman was among the distinguished visiting speakers the Tennessee World Affairs Council brought to high schools, universities, civic organizations and other venues.

We hope you’ve seen the news reports last week about an important survey conducted by National Geographic and the Council on Foreign Relations that found “significant gaps in what college-aged students understand about the world and what they need to know in order to contend with a world that is more interconnected than ever.”

“The Global Literacy Survey, conducted in May by ARC Research among 1,203 students aged 18 to 26 and educated at U.S. colleges and universities, reveals that few students possess important knowledge about the world and the United States’ role in it, including which countries are U.S. allies and where U.S. troops are stationed overseas.”

Your World Affairs Council will be talking about this alarming report and will remind you that only with your support (join/donate/volunteer) is this organization dedicated to global affairs awareness and education be successful.  [Details]


“WHAT IN THE WORLD?” WEEKLY QUIZ

Quiz-1The World Affairs Council created the “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz to inspire interest in current affairs for our members and guests, and especially for students. Every Monday morning the quiz is posted on the Web site, on Facebook and distributed by email (to the “Quiz” sublist). Later in the week a followup is published to provide quiz answers and name the winners of the weekly quiz. At the end of the month a prize is given to one of the winners of the quizzes for the month. The quiz also serves as a resource for students and teacher-coaches participating in Academic WorldQuest and other educational endeavors. It provides a tool to keep students engaged in global affairs awareness and serves as a guide and source for the AWQ competition current event topic area. The questions on the quiz are drawn from the news reports shared on the @TNWAC Twitter feed marked by #TNWACquiz. Details


A NETWORK WITH BENEFITS – TRAVEL THE WORLD

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Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford, Journey through Vietnam: October 3 – 18, 2016.
Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and ItalyOctober 5 – 13, 2016.
Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson, former Board President, World Affairs Council of Arizona, Island Life in Cuba: October 23 – 31, 2016.
Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Tanzania: October 29 – November 8, 2016
Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and Qatar: November 2 – 16, 2016.
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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ON THE MAP

  • Oct 17 – International Careers & Jobs Night – Our very popular panel of diplomats, business people, scholars, NGO reps and more to talk about global jobs. – Lipscomb University [Details]
  • Oct 18 – Town Hall – China: Local Connections, National Reflections – National webcast and local panel – Dr. Henry A. Kissinger – Belmont [Details]
  • Nov 12 – Academic WorldQuest High Schools – Practice Match at Belmont University
  • Nov 16-18 – National Conference – The World Affairs Councils of America National Conference in Washington DC.  Held annually for over two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Conference engages our regional leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts. [Details]

BOOK OF THE WEEK

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On October 18th your World Affairs Council presents the annual China Town Hall featuring Dr. Henry Kissinger via a nation-wide web cast followed by a local panel of distinguished specialists on China. Be prepared for the interactive web cast with Dr. Kissinger with his landmark “On China.”

On China | Henry Kissinger

From Amazon.com

“Fascinating, shrewd . . . The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. On China illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and tight line modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, and Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing. With a new final chapter on the emerging superpower’s twenty-first-century role in global politics and economics, On China provides historical perspective on Chinese foreign affairs from one of the premier statesmen of our time.  [Info/Order]

About the Author

Henry Kissinger served as National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty, among other awards.


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  — Join / Donate / Volunteer

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