TNWAC This Week
January 19, 2021
Dear Members and Friends:
Our robust calendar of programs is in full swing. Take advantage of all the free global affairs awareness events we bring to you in the comfort of your home. Check the list and sign up for insightful conversations.
We also have our education outreach programs in full swing. Our flagship program, the Anne Smedinghoff Academic WorldQuest Global Challenge, is a competition among high school students. This year we’ll be holding our events virtually, a practice match on February 7th and our championship match on March 7th. This year we’ll be holding our competitions alongside other World Affairs Councils from New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York and Illinois. Our top three finishers will advance to the National Championship WorldQuest Challenge match in April. Check the TNWAC.org/awq information page for details on how to form teams, how to compete, prizes and pledge forms.
Don’t forget to sign up for Friday evening’s Global Trivia night. You can skip the Law and Order marathon and test your knowledge against other TNWAC friends. Links below.
While you’re checking out programs on the web site take a look at the Membership page for benefits of joining and supporting YOUR World Affairs Council. TNWAC.org/join
Patrick W. Ryan
Founding President, TNWAC
p.s. Tomorrow is Inauguration Day. After catching the historic swearing in ceremony of President Biden and Vice President Harris at 12pm, jump into our “Global News Review” at 1:00pm. We’ll bring you perspectives on the Biden Administration’s global affairs challenges. Link below.
MARK THE CALENDAR
January 19 | Tuesday | 7:00pm CT | “Global Nashville with Karl Dean”: A Conversation with Nashville Chamber President Ralph Schulz | Register (Every Other Tuesday)
January 20 | Wednesday | 1:00pm CT | Global News Review | Register (Every Wednesday)
January 22 | Wednesday | 7:00pm CT | Global Trivia Night | Register
January 27 | Wednesday | 1:00pm CT | Global News Review | Register (Every Wednesday)
January 28 | Thursday | 9:00am CT | Future of Korea Project & IBC Business Insiders’ Series | Morning | Register
January 28 | Thursday | 5:30am CT | Future of Korea Project Global Town Hall: US-Korea Relations – Keynote TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe | Evening || Register
February 3 | Wednesday | 1:00pm CT | Global News Review | Register (Every Wednesday)
February 9 | Tuesday| 7:00pm CT | Global Dialogue | Hon. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman | Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States | Register
Mark your calendar for he bi-weekly “Global Nashville with Karl Dean” and “Global Dialogue” (every other Tuesday evening) programs and with the weekly “Global News Review (Wednesdays at 1pm).
“GLOBAL NASHVILLE WITH KARL DEAN” | TONIGHT @ 7 PM
There’s no shortage of issues impacting Nashville’s and Middle Tennessee’s well-being. On Tuesday evening, January 19th former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will talk with Ralph Schulz, community leader and head of the Nashville Chamber. Join us for this review of important issues affecting you and your neighbors: the impact of the pandemic on business and the economy; the 2nd Avenue bombing aftermath and effects on the hospitality industry and the downtown; effects of new policies in the Biden Administration on immigration, trade and more; the situation for small businesses shuttered or in hibernation as a result of COVID; and much more. Register
GLOBAL NEWS REVIEW | WEDNESDAY @ 1PM
Join our team of Ambassador Dick Bowers, Dr. Breck Walker and LCDR Patrick Ryan every Wednesday for expert analysis of current global developments. Give Dick, Breck and Pat 45 minutes and they’ll give you the world. Get analysis and commentary on the top events and issues leading global news reports and hard to find insights and perspectives from diplomacy, academia and intelligence.
TOPICS FOR JANUARY 20, 2021 – We’ll focus on Inauguration Day and the start of the President Joe Biden Administration.
- Biden and the World
- The Biden Team
- Global Challenges
U.S. AND TENNESSEE RELATIONS WITH SOUTH KOREA
The World Affairs Council is working with the Korea Economic Institute (KEI), the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy of South Korea to bring you a special project titled, “The Future of Korea” on January 28th. This two-part program will provide insight and perspectives on the relationship between our country and our state with an important strategic and economic partner, the Republic of Korea. Join us for a morning brief in partnership with the International Business Council at the Nashville Chamber and an evening Global Town Hall featuring keynote remarks from Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. The panels include representatives from KEI, the State Department and the ROK Embassy. Register: Morning Meeting with IBC | Register: Evening Global Town Hall
GLOBAL TRIVIA NIGHT – POST-INAUGURAL EDITION
Let’s get together for a fun evening testing your knowledge of the world. In partnership with other World Affairs Councils we’ll host a global trivia contest on January 22nd. Topics include: Current Events, World Leaders, World Geography, Global Cultures and Traditions, World Flags and Maps and Presidents & The World. You could be a prize winner or just have a relaxing evening with new friends. Register now
The Anne Smedinghoff AWQ challenge is on. This annual competition among high school students is set for a practice round on January 31st and a joint championship match on March 7th (date change from Feb 28) with our sister World Affairs Councils in New Hampshire and Maine. We invite students and teachers to form teams and participate in this years program. More information on our TNWAC.org/AWQ page.
“WHAT IN THE WORLD? WEEKLY QUIZ”
Calling all quiz enthusiasts. Every Monday we launch ten questions derived from the previous week’s global news reports. Join our quiz takers from around Tennessee and around the world in this lively quiz. And if you are among the weekly winners, and you’re a TNWAC active dues paying member, you’re eligible for the monthly quiz prize. Look for the quiz on our Web site and in your email if you’re a TNWAC newsletter subscriber. Get on the newsletter list on our home page, TNWAC.org. [December prize: “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal,” by Ambassador William Burns — named this week as Central Intelligence Agency Director nominee by President-Elect Biden]
“DAILY CHATTER” – THE TNWAC CUSTOMIZED MEMBERS’ NEWSLETTER
TNWAC purchased a subscription to the popular weekday global affairs newsletter “Daily Chatter.” It brings you a quick, two-minute, perspective on the world each day. TNWAC active dues paying members receive this valuable service at no charge. If you are a Member and haven’t gotten the “Daily Chatter” signup link yet, drop us a note at Chatter@TNWAC.org. If you’re not a member why not join today to get the “Daily Chatter” and other member benefits. DETAILS/JOIN
THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS AWARENESS AND EDUCATION OUTREACH
THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS AWARENESS AND EDUCATION OUTREACH
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.