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World Affairs Council News Week of October 22-28, 2018

October 22, 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

Good day from the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

First, I’d like to thank the Council members who came out yesterday for our first ever Members’ Reception at the Yazoo Brewery Taproom. It was great to see everyone there for food, fun, a round of the WorldQuest quiz competition and a tasty pint. Well done to Umet Gunebir on taking home the quiz prize — a pair of tickets to the October 31st Senator Corker luncheon (details below).  Special thanks also go to Yazoo Brewery and our taproom friends Justin, Amy and Ben. The reception was just part of our increased attention to providing special benefits to members on top of the satisfaction of being a stakeholder in global affairs awareness in the community.

We’re continuing through a busy month of events that meet a range of interest and opportunities.

Tonight (Oct 22) students and others interested in working in global affairs jobs will be at our semi-annual International Careers and Jobs Panel. TNWAC Board Member and Lipscomb Political Science professor Dr. Susan Haynes has put together a terrific panel (LINK). This series is among the most popular events on our calendar and rewarding to us to see so many students learn for the first time what opportunities there are to “work in the world.”

Tomorrow (Oct 23) join us for our “Cover to Cover” teleconference with Dr. Sarah Igo. On Friday (Oct 26) be at Belmont at noon for our “Global Dialogue” hot topic “Cyber Security and the U.S. Elections,” with ThinkTennessee’s Shanna Hughey. This week we’ll also release Episode 2 of the Council’s Podcast, “Global Tennessee” — be on the lookout for it. And please be sure to register now for next week’s (Oct 31) luncheon with Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Details and links for all of these follow.

Apart from community global affairs awareness programs the Education Outreach fall schedule is in full swing. Catherine Kelly, our coordinator, has assembled an impressive field of schools and teams already and is searching for more teachers (or parent coaches) and students for WorldQuest teams, our flagship global affairs competition.  Thanks go to Belmont Bruin alum Salwa Saba, a long-time volunteer with the council for her work on making WorldQuest a success.

While an aggressive calendar of events and education programs are a priority to bring the world to “stakeholders” in our community, we’re also working hard to ensure our Council, a nonprofit, “501c3” educational charity, has the resources it needs to operate and to be sustainable.

To that end we’re in the middle of our first Membership Month. You’ve already seen us step up our game in members services, offering members-only benefits, like the regular “Global Eats” dinner this month and the early bird access to major programs like Senator Corker’s luncheon. We will continue to keep our members — backbone of the Council — in mind as we present new opportunities. Already a member? Thank you.  Not yet?  This is the time to sign up. Check with Logan Monday, TNWAC’s Program and Development Manager for information, member sign up or with program ideas.

Lastly, we welcome home World Affairs Council Board Chairman Jim Shepherd who completed a week in Qatar along with a delegation from the World Affairs Councils of America. This leadership group was organized for a fact-finding mission in this important Gulf nation that is at the center of U.S. relations in the region. The WACA delegation visited numerous government, business, military, cultural and other facilities and met with scores of officials, business people and others. Look for Jim’s debrief on our Podcast in coming weeks.

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Best wishes for a great week.

Patrick Ryan, President
[email protected]| 615.460.6011

On to the news.


October 22, 2018 Tonight 5:30pm | International Careers and Jobs Panel — Lipscomb University

October 23, 2018 Tuesday 1:00pm | Cover to Cover Conversation with Dr. Sarah Igo author of “The Known Citizen” via Teleconference

October 26, 2018 Friday 12:00pm | Global Dialogue — “Cyber-Security, National Security and the U.S. Elections” – Sarah Hughey, Think Tennessee  – Belmont University

October 31, 2018 | 11:00pm | Lunch with Bob Corker – Baker-Donelson Event Center, Nashville

November 7-9, 2018 | National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America — Washington, DC — You’re Invited.

November 26, 2018 | Global Town Hall — “U.S.-Saudi Relations and America’s Adventures in the Middle East” — Col David DesRoches, US Army (Ret), Associate Professor and Senior Military Fellow, National Defense University — Belmont University, Nashville

December 2, 2018 | Academic WorldQuest Tennessee Practice Match, Knowledge Academy, Nashville


Join the World Affairs Council on October 31st in Nashville for a conversation with Senator Bob Corker (TN-R), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. TNWAC will host a luncheon at the Baker-Donelson Event Center downtown from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Register HERE.  Be recognized through underwriting this event — contact Pat Ryan ([email protected]/ 931-261-2353)


It’s Academic WorldQuest time in Tennessee for high school students and teachers. We’ve been busy reaching out to students and teachers about our education outreach programs. If you’re in that category check out the programs on the TNWAC.org web site such as Academic WorldQuest, the “What in the World? Weekly Quiz and the Tennessee Global Scholar Certificate program. Check the TNWAC.org web site or check with us at [email protected] / 615-460-6011.


Are you keeping up with the avalanche of news on the international front? Check out our “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz. It’s not just for WorldQuest student teams. Everyone’s invited to try out the ten questions “ripped from the headlines.”  Test your knowledge and be eligible for a quiz prize. You can increase your chances to best your friends on the quiz by following us @TNWAC where we curate news articles (#TNWACquiz) that find their way into the quiz. Get the quiz from us via the Web site and email list — check your email preferences (link above) to make sure you get it.


A benefit of our membership in the World Affairs Council network is access to the terrific international travel opportunities offered by our sister council in Philadelphia. In addition to traveling in style the tours are hosted by a World Affairs Council leader from around the country. The 2018 and 2019 travel schedule includes trips to:
  • Don Samford, Board President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Cuba: Nov. 4-12
  • Dr. Pamela Zeiser, Education Liaison, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, Vienna & Prague, April 28 – May 5, 2019
  • Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,Springtime in Provence & Burgundy, May 15 – 23, 2019
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Seine: June 30 – July 18, 2019
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs, Northern California, Arctic Expedition: June 21 – July 1, 2019
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 13-21, 2019
  • Jacqueline Miller, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Seattle, Passage along the Danube River: Oct. 12-24, 2019
  • Craig Snyder, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Exploring Saudi Arabia & Qatar: Nov. 7-17, 2019

Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004, ext. 209 or 217.


  • Chairman Jim Shepherd
  • President Pat Ryan
  • Vice President Marieta Velikova
  • Secretary Dr. Susan Haynes
  • Treasurer Mike McCooey
  • Program and Development Manager Logan Monday
  • Education Outreach Coordinator Catherine Kelly

Call or visit our office at 1513 Compton Avenue, Nashville | 615.460.6011 | [email protected]

That’s it for now. Thanks for your interest in the World Affairs Council and our work bringing the world to Tennessee.  Here’s your homework:

  • Sign up for a our not-to-be-missed luncheon with Senator Corker on the 31st

Best wishes for a great week!


World Affairs Council members enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship, food, a pint of Yazoo and a challenging round of the WorldQuest quiz Sunday. WAC Program and Development Manager Logan Monday served as WorldQuest quizmaster.

World Affairs Council Chairman Jim Shepherd participated in a leadership delegation week in Qatar. Senior representatives from around the World Affairs Councils of America met with government, business, academic, military and other leaders in the Persian Gulf nation on a fact-finding mission last week. (Photos: Don Samford)

WACA delegation briefing in Doha, Qatar.

World Affairs Councils’ leaders visited the global hub for the Al Jazeera satellite news broadcast in Doha, Qatar.

WACA leadership delegates in a more casual setting in Doha, Qatar last week.