This Week

TNWAC This Week

April 13, 2021

Dear Members and Friends:

It’s Academic WorldQuest Team Week at the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington so there won’t be their usual superb compilation of the scores of programs you can visit in this week’s “This Week.”

Instead WACA is presenting special programs for students around the network and around the country. Today for example is a program with the Second Secretary of the Uzbek Embassy talking about the important U.S. relationship with that Central Asian nation. 

WorldQuest week culminates in Saturday’s national championship match. Your Council has three teams representing TNWAC: Martin Luther King, Jr., Magnet H.S. in Nashville; Centennial H.S. in Franklin; and the Randolph School in Huntsville. All won the right to represent TNWAC at a regional tournament last month where they competed with fellow TNWAC teams and others from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Boston and Illinois. And thanks to the teachers who guide these students: Katherine Prather, Cassie Bates and David Hillinck. Good luck, all!

This week is also last call for our program survey (link below). Please take five minutes to help us understand what programs you like, when you like them, how long you want them to run and what you’d like us to know about all things TNWAC. And don’t forget the nifty door prizes.  Thanks.  [Details/Survey]

While you’re thinking about all you get from the World Affairs Council keep in mind you can make someone’s day with a gift membership. Just scroll on over to our Membership page for details. [Membership]

Wishes for a safe and prosperous week ahead.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Patrick W. Ryan
Founding President, TNWAC


MARK THE CALENDAR


GLOBAL NASHVILLE WITH KARL DEAN [TUESDAY|

Join your World Affairs Council on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. as former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean hosts Dr. Rolando Toyos, Chairman and Yuri Cunza, President and CEO, both of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. They will talk about the growing Hispanic business community and how that sector has coped with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Toyos will add his insights, from his recent book, on the history, health and politics of pandemics. [Details/Register Here]

BIDEN’S FIRST 100 DAYS [THURSDAY|

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and the Tennessee World Affairs Council invite you to join us for this timely conversation with Ryan Heath, the author of Global Translations, POLITICO’s global newsletter and podcast. The Biden Administration has not yet reached the end of its first hundred days, but the bar has definitely been set high. In this lively discussion, he will take a keen look at this ambitious term, especially as it pertains to his foreign policy outlook. [Register Here]

PROGRAM: “WOMEN AT THE TABLE: THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN’S VOICES IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS”

The participation of women’s organizations and other civil society groups makes a peace agreement 64% less likely to fail. Then why are women only 6% of signatories in major peace processes? This is one of the many questions that the Tennessee World Affairs Council will address this month at our event: Women at the Table: The Importance of Women’s Voices in International Affairs. The discussion will be moderated by TNWAC board member, Ms. Amanda Knarr, and will cover a range of political and economic topics, with a specific focus on the importance of including women in peace building initiatives. Held on April 21st from 12-1 pm Central Time the panel will feature six distinguished women from around the world, including Ms. Sharon K. Roberson, President & CEO of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee; Dr. Marlene Spoerri, Director of Inclusive Diplomacy and Systems Change at Independent Diplomat; Dr. Jennifer F. Klot, Partner, Policy & Praxis for Social Change; Ms. Mary Montague, European Representative for Mediators Beyond Borders International; Ms. Gwendolyn Myers, Founder & Executive Director of Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc.; and Ms. Lorelei Higgins, Métis Canadian Cultural Mediator, a Rotary Peace Fellow, and Positive Peace Activator.

Visit THIS video for an introduction to the program with Amanda and panelist Lorelei Higins, Metis Canadian Cultural Mediator, Rotary Peace Fellow and Positive Peace Activator.  [Details/Register Here]

DON’T MISS MAKING A GREAT DECISION

The Tennessee World Affairs Council has been invited to offer enrollment in the Great Decisions discussion seminar series organized by our friends in Delaware, Ohio at Ohio Wesleyan University and Mr. Skip Cornett. We thank them for sharing this opportunity to learn more about critical global issues in these seminars being led by numerous distinguished speakers. Great Decisions is an eight-part global issues conversation developed by the Foreign Policy Association in New York, a members of the World Affairs Councils of America network, a sister council to TNWAC. The seminars are supplemented by an excellent guide book offered by FPA.org Check our calendar for details/registration.

YOU SHOULD SPONSOR THESE PROGRAMS

We invite businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor these events. It is through your support that we are able to bring quality global affairs programs to the community. Your sponsorship also highlights your commitment to education and global affairs awareness in the community. For information about sponsoring other programs and series of events contact Patrick Ryan, TNWAC President @ 931-261-2353, pat@tnwac.org

PROGRAM SURVEY, LAST CALL

Your World Affairs Council is taking a look at the programs we produce for you and our community to inform people about the world, challenges to the United States, and global issues of security and prosperity that affect all Americans. To make sure we’re presenting the right programs with the right speakers at the right times and in the right formats we need you to give us your input on our programs. So, we’d like you to complete our Spring 2021 Program Survey. It will take you 3-5 minutes to share your ideas with us. [Take the survey]


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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.

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