It is now official. The Center for International Business and Belmont University has partnered with the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TN WAC). The relationship provides a new home for the Council in Nashville and enables it to expand the programs and resources it offers on campus, in the community and across the state. “The Tennessee World Affairs Council,” according to its founding President, Patrick Ryan, “is the first and only nonpartisan, non profit educational charity in the state of its kind and is a member of the national World Affairs Councils of America network. “ He added, “The 90-plus Councils share a desire to increase an understanding among Americans of critical international issues facing the country as well as a better appreciation for world culture, history and building global bridges.”
The Council was founded in 2007 in Cookeville and has developed programs reaching a state-wide audience of students, teachers and civic organizations. They include the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program, the Academic WorldQuest high school competition, workshops and cultural tour grants for teachers to explore Turkey, and the Great Decisions Discussion Group program. TN WAC and Belmont University have plans to develop new programs, such as an Academic WorldQuest for college level students, international student briefing programs, expanded teacher workshops and seminars, international film nights, town hall meetings and symposia, an international affairs speakers’ bureau, and other global affairs education opportunities. Ryan said the Council did not at first envision a state-wide mission but expanded to fill a vacuum. “We are thrilled to join in a partnership with the Center for International Business and look forward to working with the interns and volunteers that share our passion for global affairs.” The Council’s web site www.TNWAC.org has details on programs and volunteer opportunities.[From the Belmont University Center for International Business Newsletter, CIB Communique]
About Belmont University:
Ranked in the Top 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the third year as one of the top “Schools to Watch” by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University is a fast-growing community of more than 5,900 students who come from every state and 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The university’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 75 areas of study, 20 master’s programs and three doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon.