Greetings World Affairs Council Members and Friends:
Or so it seems.
Our World Affairs Council, like many other organizations, families and individuals has turned to the power of digital technology to stay connected, to get work done and to cope with the frustration of physical distancing while staying out of circulation. And we’re getting the swing of it. We host two Webinars every Tuesday and often have additional programs, like this week’s conversation with United Kingdom Consul General Andrew Staunton on the important UK-US relationship. It’s a program brought to you in partnership with the Nashville Chamber’s International Business Council, Baker Donelson, and Belmont’s Center for International Business.
This week our signature Webinar programs will provide commentary and analysis of the top five items in the news — the Tuesday, 2pm CT Global News Review — and our international affairs speakers program — the 7pm CT Global Dialogue. The former will feature Colleen Ryan — a Belmont Law student with an impressive collection of international affairs credentials — sitting in for Ambassador Dick Bowers. The latter will include a terrific panel talking about the “Future of American Diplomacy,” an initiative hosted at Harvard University and led by Ambassador Marcie Ries, who will lead the conversation in our panel. Don’t miss these great programs — registration links below.
In addition to the TNWAC Webinars and Podcasts you can get great value from the digital offerings of the World Affairs Councils of America network. TNWAC is a member of this group, the largest grassroots association devoted to informing citizens about the world. As such we’re part of the effort to share great international affairs programming. Every week we publish the WACA list of digital programs in our newsletter titled, “Virtual Globe.” You can see it on our TNWAC.org Web site or you can subscribe to our newsletter list so you don’t miss a thing.
Lastly, this week we’ll be talking about membership. May is “Membership Month” at your World Affairs Council. We’ll be checking back with friends who have been TNWAC members and connected to our programs and we’ll be talking with new friends about joining with us to bring our community programs and resources on world affairs.
We are looking forward to having you onboard as we increase our outreach through our new digital programs and prepare for the coming season of educational outreach with our high school and university teacher and student friends.
Have a terrific week and please be safe and careful.
Patrick Ryan, President TNWAC
p.s. While you’re thinking of it why not make a $10 donation to the World Affairs Council -> Text to Give: Text ‘Give 10’ to 844-959-2934
UPCOMING PROGRAM LINEUP – DON’T MISS
Webinar | “Global Engagement News Review” with Colleen Ryan sitting in as co-host in place of Ambassador Dick Bowers and LtCdr Pat Ryan. 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | Registration
Webinar | “Global Dialogue: International Speakers Program”: The Future of American Diplomacy – Conversation with Ambassador Marcie Ries, Ambassador Dick Bowers and Professor Thomas Schwartz – 7:00 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | Registration
Webinar | IBC Global Update | United Kingdom Consul General Andrew Staunton on US-UK Relations | 10:30 am-11:30 am Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | Registration
DID YOU KNOW? BE A QUIZ PRIZE WINNER
World Affairs Council members are eligible to win the monthly “What in the World?” Quiz prize. This month the prize is a book, “The World” by Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the quiz every Monday morning — and be sure to be a member, to be in line for the prize.
LAST CALL FOR GLOBAL SCHOLARS
May 31st is the deadline for Tennessee high school students to submit their Global Scholar Certificate worksheets. Details here.
THANK YOU TO RECENT DONORS AND NEW MEMBERS
Mr. Jim Shepherd – Gift – $2,000
Mr. Allan Ramsaur – Gift – $250
Ms. Kelly O’Connor – Gift – Monthly payment $25
Ms. Ruth Dyal – Gift – Monthly payment $25
Dr. Thomas Schwartz – Gift – $50
Ms. Betty Bellamy – Gift – $25
Mr. Edward Cabaniss – Gift – $20
Ms. Betty Bellamy – Membership – $60
Mr. John Gruetzmacher – Membership – $60
Ms. April Lieberman – Membership – $60
Thanks for your generosity and welcome to the World Affairs Council family.
There are many topics to chose from in our conversations over the past few weeks:
Iran: U.S. Maximum Pressure Campaign, American and European Perspectives with Ambassador William Luers, Dr. Gary Sick and Ellie Geranmayeh, with host Patrick Ryan | Watch Here (YouTube) | Listen Here (Podcast)
Global Engagement: Current Affairs News Review Amb Dick Bowers and LCDR Pat Ryan | Link Here | Topics: Covid-19, Earth Day, North Korea, Immigration Ban, Ramadan (44:42)
Global Dialogue: International Speakers Series Professor David Des Roches on the Middle East 2020 | Link Here | Briefings on Oil and Authoritarianism: Impact in the Middle East, Iraq Turmoil, Saudi-Iran Confrontation, US-Saudi Relations (1:07:33)
PLEASE REMEMBER TO “LIKE” THE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE AND REFER A FRIEND.
THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
THANKS TO SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FOR SUPPORT OF ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST 2020
THANKS TO BELMONT UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
THANKS TO THE NASHVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL
THANKS TO THE TNWAC WEEKLY QUIZ PARTNERS
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.
THE VISION of the Tennessee World Affairs Council is a well-informed community that thinks critically about the world and the impact of global events.
Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at: www.TNWAC.org —