TNWAC This Week
April 6, 2021
Dear Members and Friends:
Two weeks ago your World Affairs Council hosted U.S. Foreign Service Officer Allen DuBose, Diplomat in Residence for this region, as part of our Spring 2021 International Careers Program. [Link] We thank him for the program in which he described the process to become an American diplomat, the career tracks and the types of duties to be expected.
Allen and I didn’t address the service and sacrifice Foreign Service Officers perform protecting Americans and U.S. interests in global hot spots. Last month our sister World Affairs Council in Dallas/Forth Worth talked about the work these men and women do in places of extraordinary danger in a program featuring “expeditionary” ambassadors. The conversation was moderated by author Paul Richter who wrote about “America’s Diplomats on the Front Lines.” You should watch the program [Link] and read the book.
In that conversation you will get a sense of American diplomats’ hazardous assignments, more than evidenced by the 250 names on the American Foreign Service Association’s Memorial Plaque commemorating those lost in the line of duty. It extends back to 1780 and the loss of William Palfrey. [Link]
Eight years ago today Anne T. Smedinghoff’s name was added to that honor roll. Anne was the first American diplomat to die in the line of duty after the much publicized and politicized 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya.
The 25-year-old Foreign Service Officer was killed in a car bomb blast in southern Afghanistan. Anne was one of five Americans targeted by a suicide bomb attack in Qalat, Zabul Province. Working as a press officer for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, she was helping Afghan journalists cover an event at a school where the local Provincial Reconstruction Team was to donate math and science books.
Two years ago your World Affairs Council, with permission from Anne’s family, named the Academic WorldQuest Global Affairs Challenge in honor of her memory as an example to the youth who participate. [Link to Anne’s Story] TNWAC is pleased to share her story and that of her compatriots who go in harm’s way with the students we seek to inform about the world.
So, on Saturday, April 17 while we root for the teams representing TNWAC at the National Championship Match of Academic WorldQuest, we’ll be mindful that they carry the name of Anne Smedinghoff.
We salute the men and women of the United States Foreign Service.
Good luck to the WorldQuest teams from Martin Luther King, Jr., Magnet H.S. in Nashville; Centennial H.S. in Franklin; and the Randolph School in Huntsville, who won the right to represent TNWAC at a regional tournament last month. And thanks to the teachers who guide these students: Katherine Prather, Cassie Bates and David Hillinck.
If you haven’t seen the comments from Olivia, an alumna of TNWAC programs, you should watch this brief video to see the impact these programs can have. [Olivia’s Story]
As we look forward to a good result at the 2021 Championship we’ll be closing out this year’s WorldQuest cycle and making plans for the 2021-2022 season. We’re optimistic the new WorldQuest high school challenge year will be less challenging to manage than the all-virtual pandemic year’s competitions. We’re also optimistic about and making plans to increase student participation, expanding our education outreach. To make that possible we rely on our members and friends to keep global affairs awareness programs funded. That means you and your friends, family and colleagues becoming members and donors.
Today we’re pleased to offer thanks to friends of the World Affairs Council who have stepped up to help make TNWAC education programs possible. We thank the Amy and Overton Colton Family Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Their $1,500.00 grant to youth education is a generous indication of their belief that we must be prepared, especially the next generation of American leaders, to deal with an increasingly complex world if we are to obtain security and prosperity. So, thank you Amy and Overton Colton for your vote of confidence in the World Affairs Council through your generosity.
Thanks again for everyone who supports the works of the World Affairs Council. [Donate Here]
Please take a look below at the broad selection of programs our World Affairs Council and our sister councils are offering in the coming weeks. There is something for every area of interest and each will advance your knowledge of the world.
Wishes for a safe and prosperous week ahead.
Patrick W. Ryan
Founding President, TNWAC
MARK THE CALENDAR
- Great Decisions Seminar: China’s Role in Africa | Apr 9
- Global Nashville with Karl Dean: A Conversation with leaders from the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | Apr 13
- Distinguished Speaker Program – Former Speaker John Boehner – Collaboration with Dallas-Fort Worth Council | Apr 14
- Great Decisions Seminar: The Korean Peninsula | Apr 16
- Distinguished Speaker Program – Fiona Hill – Brookings – Collaboration with Dallas-Fort Worth Council | Apr 20
- Roundtable | Women’s Voices in International Affairs | April 21
- Great Decisions Seminar: Role of Int’l Organizations in a Global Pandemic | Apr 23
- National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America | Nov 17-19
GLOBAL NASHVILLE WITH KARL DEAN
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]
PROGRAM: “WOMEN AT THE TABLE: THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN’S VOICES IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS”
TNWAC Board Member Amanda Knarr will lead a conversation with six distinguished women from multiple professions and countries in a panel examining this issue on Wednesday, April 21, at 12:00 pm. Join us for this insightful discussion of economic and political issues in the context of women’s global affairs leadership. 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]
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, email@example.com
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]
THIS WEEK AROUND THE NETWORK OF WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS
REGISTER FOR THE ABOVE PROGRAMS IN THE CALENDAR BELOW
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.