TNWAC News | February 5-11, 2017

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Welcome
Donors & Members Thank You
The 2017 Academic WorldQuest Championship Match is This Sunday!
Your World Affairs Council Was Recognized as Council of the Month – Jan 2017
Program | Business Luncheon | Update On Trade and Investment Under the New Administration | Feb 15
Program | Talk to the Author | Remaking Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age | Feb 15
Program | President Trump and the World – The First 30 Days | Feb 28
Program | Ambassador Series | Republic of Korea Amb Anh Ho-Young | Mar 20
Program | The Middle East: Opportunities and Disasters | Col David DesRoches | Apr 17
Just for Fun | WorldQuest-Yazoo Global Trivia Championship Cup | Apr 23
Two Easy, Free, Painless Ways to Support Your World Affairs Council
High School Students | The Tennessee Global Scholars Certificate Program
What in the World? Weekly Quiz
A Network with Benefits – Travel the World
On the Map
Book of the Week


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TNWAC WEEKLY NEWS

To Know the World.  That’s the purpose of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.  We are one of 95 similarly organized nonpartisan councils around the country — all independent — that form the largest grassroots global awareness affairs effort in the world. We share the same goals of delivering public and school programs that help people, especially students, develop a better understanding of the important international issues that affect their lives and futures.  We welcome you as a member and as a contributor to our work.


If you like what your World Affairs Council is doing for your community it’s time to join and donate to keep it going.


Connect your Kroger Rewards Card to the World Affairs Council to support global affairs awareness education [Details]


THE 2017 ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH IS THIS SUNDAY!

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The Tennessee World Affairs Council is pleased to welcome 13 teams from 3 states to the 2017 Academic WorldQuest Championship Match. You are invited to join us on Sunday afternoon for this flagship event on the World Affairs Council’s calendar and celebration of our 10th Anniversary. The winning students and coach will go on to participate in the National Championship of WorldQuest in Washington, DC on April 29th as guests of the Tennessee World Affairs Council. The team will be in Washington for four days including visits to global affairs institutions — such as: embassies, think tanks, US Government organizations, Capitol Hill — and national capital sightseeing opportunities. [Details]


YOUR WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL WAS RECOGNIZED AS COUNCIL OF THE MONTH – JAN 2017

The work of bringing programs and resources to educate and inspire the community to learn and understand international affairs has led to the Nashville-based Tennessee World Affairs Council being named as the “Council of the Month” for January 2017 by the national office of the World Affairs Councils of America, an umbrella group representing the 95 independent councils. The World Affairs Council recognition was based on the community programs and education outreach accomplished during 2016. The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan educational charity based in Nashville that works to build understanding of global issues in our communities. Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at: TNWAC.ORG  Read the story of the TNWAC selection as Council of the Month at LINK.


PROGRAM | BUSINESS LUNCHEON | UPDATE ON TRADE AND INVESTMENT UNDER THE NEW ADMINISTRATION | FEB 15

YOU’RE INVITED TO HEAR FOUR CONSULS GENERAL TALKING TRADE. The issue of trade featured prominently in the 2016 presidential election, with the overall tone taking a departure from the Obama administration’s pro-trade agenda. Join us for an expert panel discussion on the future of NAFTA, TPP, TTIP, and foreign investment into the United States. Join Nashville global affairs specialists and four Consuls General from key American trade partners — Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom — for a discussion of international trade and investment challenges and the path ahead. [Details] [Global Scholar Credit]


PROGRAM | TALK TO THE AUTHOR | REMAKING CIVILIZATION IN EARTH’S NEWEST AGE | FEB 15

You’re invited to a conversation with author David Biello. Talking about his book Amazon.com said: With the historical perspective of The Song of the Dodo and the urgency of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, a brilliant young environmental journalist argues that we must innovate and adapt to save planet Earth. Civilization is in crisis, facing disasters of our own making on the only planet known to bear life in the vast void of the universe. We have become unwitting gardeners of the Earth, not in control, but setting the conditions under which all of life flourishes—or not. Truly, it’s survival of the innovators.” The World Affairs Councils of America provides a monthly special program called “Cover to Cover” that features an interactive phone conference with authors of global affairs related books. [Details and Register] [Global Scholar Credit]


PROGRAM | PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE WORLD – THE FIRST 30 DAYS | FEB 28

white_house_dcIf you are like us it is increasingly difficult to keep up with and assess the important developments in America’s relationship with the world since inauguration day.  This program will help you put all in perspective with insights from two skilled career diplomats. You may recall that one day after America chose Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States your World Affairs Council hosted a conversation on the global challenges ahead for the next occupant of the White House. One month after President Trump takes office Ambassadors Bowers and Schlicher will return to share their expertise on diplomacy and foreign policy to help you navigate developments in the direction POTUS45 will take the country in the world and the challenges he faces. Join distinguished diplomats Ambassador Charles Bowers and Ambassador Ron Schlicher, and career Navy Intelligence Officer Patrick Ryan for a conversation about the world as it is view by America’s next President and the challenges it poses. [Details] [Global Scholar Credit]


PROGRAM | AMBASSADOR SERIES | REPUBLIC OF KOREA AMB AHN HO-YOUNG | MAR 20

Your World Affairs Council is pleased to announce that Republic of Korea (ROK) Ambassador to the United States Ahn Ho-Young will visit Nashville for programs and meetings on March 20-21. The Council will host Ambassador Ahn at a town hall public affairs presentation on the evening of March 20 at Belmont University and is coordinating other segments of the visit. Please register today because you will not want to miss this opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the principal diplomatic representative of one of America’s most important economic, political and military partners. [Details] [Global Scholar Credit]


PROGRAM | THE MIDDLE EAST: OPPORTUNITIES AND DISASTERS | COL DAVID DESROCHES | APR 17

Among the critical challenges to President Trump and the new Administration are the collection of civil wars, failed states, proxy battles, unstable regimes, historic rivalries, advanced weapons races and dangers to people and human development across the Middle East. Join the World Affairs Council for a town hall on April 17th at Belmont University featuring distinguished visiting speaker David DesRoches, Professor at the Defense Department’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington. DesRoches will share his invaluable insights and perspectives on Middle East affairs developed as a scholar and earned during a military career to present an understandable picture of an almost indecipherably complex geo-strategic challenge. [Details] [Global Scholar Credit]


JUST FOR FUN | WORLDQUEST-YAZOO GLOBAL TRIVIA CHAMPIONSHIP CUP | APR 23 | REGISTER NOW

Young Professionals Teams, Business and Association Teams, Friends Teams, Any Group’s Teams.  Who says high school students should have all the fun of a WorldQuest match to themselves? Get three coworkers (and ask the boss to sponsor the team), friends or family together for a team to compete at the inaugural WorldQuest match at the Yazoo taproom for businesses, associations and other groups on April 23. There are only ten team slots open so register or put down a team deposit today for this fun Sunday afternoon competition. It’s a fundraiser to support the World Affairs Council education outreach programs like the High School Academic WorldQuest program (details above).  So, sign up today for a fun way to support a terrific cause.  [Details] [SIGN UP YOUR TEAM NOW]


TWO EASY, FREE, PAINLESS WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL

YES, YOU’RE A STAKEHOLDER AND YOUR SUPPORT TO GLOBAL AFFAIRS AWARENESS PROGRAMS COUNTS. We won’t ask you to buy cookies or wrapping paper but please take a few minutes to see how you can help.

amazon-banner-1The World Affairs Council is a nonprofit educational charity that depends on the support of its members and the community to carry out its work of educating and inspiring people to know the world. We ask you to become a member and to add the Council to your regular charity giving plans. You can also support the World Affairs Council by naming it as your charity of choice in connection with supermarket purchases using your Kroger Rewards Program card. There’s also an opportunity to contribute when you shop on Amazon.com. You  simply link there from the TNWAC.org web site. The World Affairs Council is an Amazon Associate and earns a fee when you click on the banner on TNWAC.org pages.  [Kroger Rewards Card Registration]  [Amazon Associate Info]  Thank you!

[Please become a member of the Council [Join] and include it in your regular charitable giving plan [Donate].


Did you know if you click on the Amazon link on the TNWAC.org web site when you go shopping at Amazon your World Affairs Council earns a percentage of the sale — no added expense to you. [Details]


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS | THE TENNESSEE GLOBAL SCHOLARS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

We welcome the most recent student who signed up for the 2017 Global Scholars Certificate Program: Grace McKennon

[Global Scholars Certificate Program students:  We hope to see you at Tuesday evening’s town hall with Dr. Mark Katz.  TNWAC Town Hall meetings are worth 15 points toward the certificate. Don’t forget to sign up for TNWAC emails (sign up on our home page) so you will receive the weekly quiz. Each one is worth three points.]

global-scholars-certificate1Each year students in the Tennessee World Affairs Council area are invited to participate in the Global Studies Certificate Program. The program is designed for students to accumulate points by participating in global affairs activities toward becoming Tennessee Global Scholars. A minimum of 100 points are required to qualify for the certificate which is presented at a World Affairs Council program toward the end of the school year or provided to the host school for presentation. Students need not appear at a WAC program to qualify to have a certificate issued. The program is designed for students in any setting to complete enough elements to qualify.  [Details, Register, Worksheet]


Did you know you can keep up with current international affairs news by following @TNWAC #TNWACquiz


“WHAT IN THE WORLD?” WEEKLY QUIZ

The World Affairs Council created the “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz to inspire interest in current affairs for our members and guests, and especially for students. Every Monday morning the quiz is posted on the Web site, on Facebook and distributed by email (to the “Quiz” sublist). At the end of the month a prize is given to one of the winners of the quizzes for the month. The quiz also serves as a resource for students and teacher-coaches participating in Academic WorldQuest and other educational endeavors. It provides a tool to keep students engaged in global affairs awareness and serves as a guide and source for the AWQ competition current event topic area. The questions on the quiz are drawn from the news reports shared on the @TNWAC Twitter feed marked by #TNWACquiz. Details

CONGRATULATIONS to NONDI WALTERS of Suwanee, Georgia (a WorldQuest participant), the winner of the January “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz Prize — a copy of Richard Haass book “A World in Disarray.”


A NETWORK WITH BENEFITS – TRAVEL THE WORLD

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Our sister World Affairs Council in Philadelphia has been organizing international travel for over 35 years. In addition to outstanding sightseeing, many trips include lecturers drawn from across the World Affairs Councils of America leadership; from the fields of diplomacy, journalism, or academia. Many trips have a strong substantive element with behind-the-scenes meetings and briefings, and we offer “meet the people” opportunities for our citizen diplomats.  All cruises are aboard small ships with 70 to 220 guests and we share these programs with other educational institutions. Many land programs are small-group Council exclusives. Here’s what’s coming up.
  • February 26 – March 13 – Journey to Southern Africa with Joyce Davis
  • March 26 – April 3 – Cultural Cuba land tour with Megan Torrey
  • April 15 – 23 – WWI History Cruise: Holland and Belgium
  • April 21 – May 4 – Inside Iran with Jim Falk
  • April 24 – 29 – Inside Washington, DC
  • April 22 – 30 – Barcelona- A Cultural Exploration with Denise Bala
  • April 25 – May 10 – Vietnam & Cambodia with Craig Snyder
  • April 30 – May 9 – European Coastal Civilizations: A Voyage from Lisbon to London with Dr. Pamela Zeiser
    Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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ON THE MAP

  • Feb 12, 2017 – Tennessee State Championship Match – Academic WorldQuest [Details]
  • Feb 15, 2017 – Business Luncheon – Update on Trade and Foreign Investment Under the New Presidential Administration [Details]
  • Feb 15, 2017 – Talk to the Author – “The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age” – with David Biello [Details]
  • Feb 28, 2017 – Foreign Policy in the New Administration – The First 30 Days” – Amb Charles Bowers, Amb Ronald Schlicher and LCDR Patrick Ryan [Details]
  • Mar 20, 2017 – Town Hall – H.E. Ahn Ho-Young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States – Belmont University [Details]
  • Mar 27, 2017 – International Careers and Jobs Panel – Lipscomb University [Details]
  • Apr 17, 2017 – Town Hall – The Middle East: Opportunities and Disasters – Col David DesRoches – Belmont University [Details]
  • Apr 23, 2017 – Adult WorldQuest – TNWAC/Yazoo Championship Match/Fundraiser @ Yazoo Taproom [Details]

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations

John Avlon

George Washington’s Farewell Address was a prophetic letter from a “parting friend” to his fellow citizens about the forces he feared could destroy our democracy: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars.

Once celebrated as civic scripture, more widely reprinted than the Declaration of Independence, the Farewell Address is now almost forgotten. Its message remains starkly relevant. In Washington’s Farewell, John Avlon offers a stunning portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction.

At the end of his second term, Washington surprised Americans by publishing his Farewell message in a newspaper. The President called for unity among “citizens by birth or choice,” advocated moderation, defended religious pluralism, proposed a foreign policy of independence (not isolation), and proposed that education is essential to democracy. He established the precedent for the peaceful transfer of power.

Washington’s urgent message was adopted by Jefferson after years of opposition and quoted by Lincoln in defense of the Union. Woodrow Wilson invoked it for nation-building; Eisenhower for Cold War; Reagan for religion. Now the Farewell Address may inspire a new generation to re-center our politics and reunite our nation through the lessons rooted in Washington’s experience.

As John Avlon describes the perilous state of the new nation that Washington was preparing to leave as its leader, with enduring wisdom, he reveals him to be the indispensable Founding Father.

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More About The Author

John Avlon is the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation and Wingnuts as well as an editor of the anthology Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. He was chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ award for Best Online Column in 2012. He lives with his wife Margaret Hoover and their two children in New York City.

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