If you like what your World Affairs Council is doing for your community it’s time to join and donate to keep it going.
Programs | The Week That Was
Just for Fun | WorldQuest-Yazoo Global Trivia Championship Cup
High School Students/Teachers |The 2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest Program
Program | POTUS 45: Global Challenges for the Next Administration | Nov 9
Community | Sister Cities of Nashville Celebrates a World of Friendship | Nov 4
Two Easy, Free, Painless Ways to Support Your World Affairs Council
High School Students | Announcing the Tennessee Global Scholars Certificate Program
Teachers Study Trip to UAE – March 11-19, 2017
What Do You Think? | World Affairs Question of the Week
Congratulations to National Conference Scholarship Winner Ms. Ali Humbrecht
World Affairs National Conference | Nov 16-18
What in the World? Weekly Quiz
A Network with Benefits – Travel the World
On the Map
Book of the Week
THESE THINGS WE DO ARE POSSIBLE ONLY THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT. THANKS!
Debbie Barnard – Renewing Member and Donor
Michael Goode – New Member
Country Music Hall of Fame – Donor
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.
PROGRAMS | THE WEEK THAT WAS
A lot of planning and preparation go into organizing the community affairs and educational outreach programs your World Affairs Council hosts. The payoff comes when the seats are filled and the programs are called to order. This week we enjoyed two terrific events that advanced the Council’s sole objective — inspire and educate the community, especially students, to know the world. On Monday evening an energetic audience of mostly college students, some coming as far as 200 miles away from Carson Newman College in East Tennessee, gathered to hear a distinguished panel talk about “International Careers and Jobs.” It was expertly organized by Council Board Member Dr. Susan Haynes at Lipscomb University, where she is Assistant Professor on the Political Science Faculty. Another Council Board Member Ambassador Charles Bowers moderated the panel which included Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, USFS(Ret); Michael McClellan, representing the State Department; Dr. Michael Newton of the Vanderbilt Law School; Tye Ebel, program coordinator of the Japan Exchange and Teaching program at Japan’s Consulate in Nashville; Lindsay Voigt, representing Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers; and Ashley Reeves, a coordinator at Nashville-based Healing Hands International. The feedback was extremely positive and we look forward to the Spring 2017 edition, planned for March 27th. The next night the World Affairs Council hosted the China Town Hall featuring a one-hour webcast with Dr. Henry A. Kissinger followed by a local panel of specialists on China. John Scannapieco, Global Business Team Co-Leader at Baker Donelson; Elizabeth Rowland, Director of TN-China Network; and Jeremy Goldkorn, Co-Host of the Sinica podcast and founder of the Danwei Web site on Chinese media. Be on the lookout for following reporting on this site from both of these terrific programs.
If you like what your World Affairs Council is doing for your community it’s time to join and donate to keep it going.
JUST FOR FUN | WORLDQUEST-YAZOO GLOBAL TRIVIA CHAMPIONSHIP CUP
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 January 29th. 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 below). So, sign up today for a fun way to support a terrific cause. [Details]
Connect your Kroger Rewards Card to the World Affairs Council to support global affairs awareness education [Details]
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/TEACHERS | THE 2016-17 ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST PROGRAM
Academic WorldQuest is the flagship youth education program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TNWAC) and the national network of World Affairs Councils (WACA). It is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. The TNWAC organizes the WorldQuest competition for Tennessee high school students to encourage global affairs awareness education. The Council will assist teams in preparation and organize two matches: a fall practice match on NOVEMBER 12, 2016 AND the state championship match, hosted at Belmont University FEBRUARY 12, 2017. The winning team in Tennessee will advance to the National Championship match in Washington on APRIL 29, 2017, with transportation and lodging provided by the Tennessee World Affairs Council. [Details, Study Guide, Topics, Sign Up]
PROGRAM | POTUS 45: GLOBAL CHALLENGES FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION | NOV 9
When Americans wake up on November 9th having elected a new President of the United States the euphoria of victory in a grueling campaign — party primaries and general election battles — will start to fade as the magnitude of challenges facing the new Administration will come more clearly in focus. The President-elect’s foreign policy team will start to shift from campaign mode to governing mode, sharpening their focus from the abstract to the concrete. Likewise the American public should be considering more than what might have been this or that candidate’s promises, but what the foreign affairs landscape and challenges portend for POTUS45 on the afternoon of Friday, January 20, 2017. Join distinguished diplomats Ambassador Charles Bowers and Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, and career Navy Intelligence Officer Patrick Ryan for a conversation about the world, not as we would like it to be, but how it will look when it lands in the inbox of America’s next President. [RSVP and details]
CHECK OUT the reference page we’ve launched to compile background and context materials to prepare for this Town Hall and to get ready for the next four years. [Link]
COMMUNITY | SISTER CITIES OF NASHVILLE CELEBRATES A WORLD OF FRIENDSHIP | NOV 4
You’re invited to the “Toast from the Top of the Town” hosted by Sister Cities of Nashville honoring SCN’s founder and first President Steve Cobb. Join this celebration of World Friendship that includes an evening of international food, libations and music in downtown Nashville. A silent auction will feature unique items from around the world as well as items showcasing the best of Nashville — enjoy fare from Bangkokville, Delicias Combianas, Desserts by Mo, House of Kebab, Little Gourmand, Lucky Bamboo, Nama Sushi, Party Fowl and Two Ten Jack as well as an international cheese board. Libations provided by The Wine Chap and Bar Sovereign. Check the Sister Cities of Nashville web site for details on the event as well as information about the great work SCN does to connect Nashville to the world. [Details]
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.
The 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!
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 | ANNOUNCING THE TENNESSEE GLOBAL SCHOLARS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Each 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]
TEACHERS | STUDY TRIP TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – MAR 11-19, 2017
Did you know you can keep up with current international affairs news by following @TNWAC #TNWACquiz
WHAT DO YOU THINK? | WORLD AFFAIRS QUESTION OF THE WEEK
This week we’re introducing something new at the World Affairs Council. “What do you Think?” will be a weekly survey question to put key questions into perspective by compiling your responses through our Survey Monkey one-question poll. While not scientific the weekly question hopefully will provide some insights. This week we are asking for your feedback on this question: “When you consider a candidate for the office of U.S. President what concerns you most?” [Take the survey]
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALI HUMBRECHT – WORLD AFFAIRS CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Last week we reported the World Affairs Council nominee to attend the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) National Conference (Nov 16-18) was Ms. Ali Humbrecht, a sophomore at Belmont University. We’re very pleased to report she was selected by the national office of WACA as a scholarship winner for the national conference. She will be provided the conference registration fee ($500) plus $1,000 to cover lodging, transportation and expenses to participate in the annual gathering of the world’s largest grassroots global affairs awareness network — the 95 members of WACA. For over two and a half days the conferees will hear from and talk with international leaders, scholars, business people, and others as well as visit think tanks and foreign embassies in the nation’s capital. Learn more about Ms. Humbrecht and more about how you too can go to the national conference of the World Affairs Councils of America (also see below). [Details]
WORLD AFFAIRS NATIONAL CONFERENCE | WASHINGTON | NOV 16-18
NEW SPEAKERS ADDED: Opening Dinner Keynote: Senator George J. Mitchell – Former Special Envoy to the Middle East; former envoy for Northern Ireland and primary architect of the “Good Friday Agreement.” Ambassadors Luncheon: David Abney, Chairman and CEO, UPS. You’re invited to the flagship conference for the network of America’s World Affairs Councils. Participate in conference panels, think tank visits and embassy receptions at the premier annual event of the world’s largest grassroots community devoted to education on world affairs. Special programs available for “1918 Society” members at the Pentagon and CIA. Save $100 by being a TNWAC member. [Details]
“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
A NETWORK WITH BENEFITS – TRAVEL THE WORLD
- February 3 – 13 – Colombia Rediscovered with Ambassador Heather Hodges
- February 12 – 21 – Cuba Cruise: Experience Cuba by Land and by Sea
- 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.
THESE THINGS WE DO ARE POSSIBLY ONLY THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT. THANKS!
ON THE MAP
- Nov 9 – Town Hall – POTUS 45: Global Challenges for the Next Administration [Details]
- Nov 12 – Academic WorldQuest High Schools – Practice Match at Belmont University
- Nov 16-18 – National Conference – The World Affairs Councils of America National Conference in Washington DC. Held annually for over two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Conference engages our regional leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts. [Details]
- Jan 29, 2017 – WorldQuest-Yazoo Global Trivia Championship Cup Match [Details]
BOOK OF THE WEEK
Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what’s next for the world: the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years, and how we can navigate them.
While Alec Ross was working as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, he traveled to forty-one countries, exploring the latest advances coming out of every continent. From startup hubs in Kenya to R&D labs in South Korea, Ross has seen what the future holds.
In The Industries of the Future, Ross shows us what changes are coming in the next ten years, highlighting the best opportunities for progress and explaining why countries thrive or sputter. He examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics, cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the coming impact of digital technology on money and markets.
In each of these realms, Ross addresses the toughest questions: How will we adapt to the changing nature of work? Is the prospect of cyberwar sparking the next arms race? How can the world’s rising nations hope to match Silicon Valley in creating their own innovation hotspots? And what can today’s parents do to prepare their children for tomorrow?
Ross blends storytelling and economic analysis to give a vivid and informed perspective on how sweeping global trends are affecting the ways we live. Incorporating the insights of leaders ranging from tech moguls to defense experts, The Industries of the Future takes the intimidating, complex topics that many of us know to be important and boils them down into clear, plainspoken language. This is an essential book for understanding how the world works—now and tomorrow—and a must-read for businesspeople in every sector, from every country.
About the Author
Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders. Ross lives in Baltimore with his wife and their three young children. He is the author of The Industries of the Future.
Listen to the recent “Cover to Cover” program hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America featuring Alec Ross, author of “The Industries of the Future.” [Link]
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: www.TNWAC.org — Join / Donate / Volunteer