Global Trivia Challenge: Test Your International Knowledge

The World Affairs Council is pleased and proud to present our first Global Trivia Challenge fundraiser to support the work of the Council.

Teams of four will match wits on international affairs and current events, competing for prizes, enjoying Irish food, and having some fun.

Moderated by Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski, the Challenge will feature five rounds of ten questions each:

  • Daily Chatter (Current Events)
  • Food & Wine
  • Leaders Say What? (Quotes by Heads of State & Others)
  • Massachusetts International, and
  • Ireland

$50 per person and $35 for young professionals or students (under 40).  (If you don’t have a team, we can help you form one.)

Prizes for the winning teams.

Hors d’oeuvres included. Cash Bar. Raffles.

All proceeds support the ongoing program and international exchange activities of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts.

Cost of tickets minus $20 per person is tax-deductible.

Register online here or contact the office for more information.

 

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Instant Issues: President of Elms College Harry Dumay on Higher Education, Immigration, and the Public Good in April

Harry DumayDr. Harry Dumay, President of Our Lady of the Elms College, will speak at an Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch event on Higher Education, Immigration, and the Public Good on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at noon in the Community Room, One Financial Plaza (1350 Main Street), in Springfield.

The cost is $5 for members, $20 with a box lunch–tuna, turkey, roast beef or vegetarian–provided.  Nonmembers can attend for $10, and $25 with a lunch.  To reserve a spot call 413-733-0110, email or register online with a credit card here.

The US has benefited greatly from an international flow of paying college students, talented graduate students, and expert post-doctoral fellows, teachers, and researchers. Immigration policies that seem to make the US unwelcoming to foreign groups threaten that great contribution of higher education to the public good. Colleges and universities are assessing how they can respond both on and across their campuses. Elms College’s current efforts reflect our tradition of openness to the ‘dear neighbor’ and our appreciation for internationalism.

A native of Haiti, Harry Dumay has served in higher education finance and administration at senior and executive levels for nearly two decades.  Before joining Elms, Harry Dumay served for five years as senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer for St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Dumay is currently a commissioner of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, a board member of the Boston Foundation’s Haiti Development Institute, and a member of the board of directors and finance committee of the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH.  He is also board founder and chair for a small nonprofit dedicated to development projects in Haiti.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy & Sir Speedy

Special thanks to NAI Plotkin

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Ambassador Mark Hambley on Developments on the Arabian Peninsula in March

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Longtime member and friend of the Council, Ambassador Mark Hambley will speak on “Developments on the Arabian Peninsula” at a special Instant Issues luncheon on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel at Monarch Place in downtown Springfield

The cost is $30 per person and includes a deli platter lunch with soup, salad, chips, dessert and coffee.

Advanced registration is required.  To pay with a credit card, please click here.

This event is sponsored by Colony Care at Home.

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Winter Olympics 2018 Opening Ceremony Watch Party!


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World Affairs Council board member Rich Rediker and his wife Gayle are generously opening up their lovely home—38 East Brook Drive in Hampden, MA—to the World Affairs Council for a relaxed and fun evening to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the South Korean Olympics on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Social Time begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7.  (Rich says it will end when the last person leaves:  “We never close.”)  If you would like written directions to the Redikers’ home, please contact the World Affairs Council office.

You are invited to bring a dish to share if you would like. Please contact the World Affairs Council office by Friday, February 2 to let us know how many people are in your party and if you plan to bring any of the following: Entrée, Side Dish, Appetizer, Dessert, Beer, or Soda.

There is also a solar-heated pool so please bring a suit and towel if you’d like.

 This promises to be a wonderful evening so please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two.

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Haroon Ullah Returns on “How Do We Stop the Next World War” in February

Haroon K. Ullah is a international scholar, US diplomat, and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East.

Haroon K. Ullah is an international scholar, US diplomat, and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East.

Dr. Haroon K. Ullah will speak at an Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch event on How Do We Stop the Next World War: The Weaponization of Information and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at noon in the Community Room, One Financial Plaza (1350 Main Street), in Springfield.

For more information and to register online with a credit card, click here.

Ullah serves as Chief Strategy Officer at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an $800 million global media agency. He is a scholar, diplomat and policy practitioner with a special focus on digital strategy, countering violent extremism and transmedia engagement. Haroon most recently served on Secretary Tillerson’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department. He teaches at Georgetown University and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as senior Harvard University Belfer Fellow, has an MA and PhD in international political economy, and was a William J. Fulbright Fellow, a Harvard University Presidential Scholar, and a Woodrow Wilson Public Service Fellow.  He is the author of Vying for Allah’s Vote: Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan and The Bargain From The Bazaar: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore.  Walter Isaacson describes Ullah’s latest book, Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists, and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy, as “indispensable”. 

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy & Sir Speedy.

Special thanks to NAI Plotkin.

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