This Week

TNWAC This Week

April 21, 2021

Dear Members and Friends:

In a year where much of our activity has been driven online the annual Championship Match of the World Affairs Academic WorldQuest global affairs competition was no different. Instead of a room at the National Press Club in Washington teeming with students from around the country, our three competing teams were checking in from classrooms and bedrooms in their hometowns.

Despite the impediments of competing via Zoom the teams representing the Tennessee World Affairs Council were exceptional in the Championship match. This year there were 105 teams, more than 400 students, and 38 Councils involved. Two of our teams finished tied for 12th place and one team finished tied for 14th place out of the 105 teams.

Well done to: Martin Luther King, Jr., Magnet HS, Nashville students Parwan Machingal, Xiyan Zhu, Mallory Queener, and Michael Xe ; Centennial HS, Franklin students Jacob Williams, Lenny Hanson, Lia Millions and Carson Kokes; and Randolph School, Huntsville students Marko Milenkovic, Alex Covert and Harrison Weathington.  Big hat tip and many thanks to their teachers: Katherine Prather, Cassie Bates and David Hillinck. And well done to the many students and teachers represented at our March 7th regional WorldQuest match. 

We are gearing up for the 2021-2022 WorldQuest season and invite you to make a contribution to TNWAC to help us make this important global affairs awareness program possible. 

While you’re thinking about all we do at 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]. Give yourself the gift of membership if not already part of the World Affairs Council

Wishes for a safe and prosperous week ahead.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Patrick W. Ryan
Founding President, TNWAC


MARK THE CALENDAR


WEDNESDAY AT 12:00PM CT – REGISTER NOW

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]

GLOBAL NASHVILLE WITH KARL DEAN [TUESDAY|

Join your World Affairs Council on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. as former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean hosts Samar Ali. She is a member of the TNWAC Board of Directors and Founding President & CEO Millions of Conversations; and Co-Chair with Governor Bill Haslam and Jon Meachum in the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy. [Details/Register Here]

DON’T MISS MAKING A GREAT DECISION

Every Friday for eight weeks. 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


THIS WEEK AROUND THE NETWORK OF WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS


Thank you for your support of global affairs awareness and education!

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.