RESCHEDULED: Rich Rediker to Speak December 3 on World Affairs Councils of America Leadership Mission to China

Rich Rediker the "Chinese Dream" monument in Tiananmen Square with Mao's portrait and the Forbidden City in the background

Rich Rediker in front of the “Chinese Dream” monument in Tiananmen Square with Mao’s portrait and the Forbidden City in the background

Rich Rediker, CEO of Rediker Software and a member of the World Affairs Council Board of Directors will speak at an Instant Issues event on Perspectives of China: Notes from a WACA Leadership Mission on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Community Room at One Financial Plaza  (1350 Main Street) 3rd Floor, downtown Springfield.

The cost for members is $5 without a lunch and $15 with a lunch provided.  Nonmembers cost is $10 without a lunch and $20 with a lunch provided.  To reserve a sandwich–tuna, turkey or vegetarian–reply by email or call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  Register online with a credit card here.

The World Affairs Councils of America Leadership Mission Delegation in front of the The National People's Congress

The World Affairs Councils of America Leadership Mission Delegation  in front of the The National People’s Congress.  From left to right: Craig Snyder, Joe Shaw, Lee Pasquarella, Bill Clifford, Kimberly McLaughlin, Pat Ryan, Claire Morton, Joe Oliver, Rich Rediker

The World Affairs Councils of America, in partnership with The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), hosted a Leadership Mission to the People’s Republic of China October 11-19, 2014. The eight member delegation of World Affairs Councils representatives visited Beijing, Shanghai, and Wuhan during the mission. In addition to Rich Rediker, the delegation included: Mr. Bill Clifford – Head of Delegation, President & CEO, World Affairs Councils of America; Ms. Kimberly Ann McLaughlin, Assistant Treasurer, Maine WAC, Executive Director, Sustainable Economic Solutions; Ms. Clare Higgins Morton, Assistant Director & Council Administrator, WAC of Atlanta; Mr. Charles Oliver, Director and Treasurer, Montana WAC; Mr. Lee Pasquarella, Board Member, WAC of Seattle, Board Member, World Affairs Councils of America, President, Cascade Consulting Group; Mr. Patrick W. Ryan, President, Tennessee WAC, Board Member, World Affairs Councils of America; Mr. Craig Snyder, President & CEO, WAC of Philadelphia.

Rich in ChinaA Leadership Mission is a working visit made by a WACA National Leadership Delegation to a foreign country.   (Some will recall that former Council president Ken Furst participated in similar Missions to Taiwan and Afghanistan.)  Missions allow participants to obtain firsthand knowledge of the host country, which helps them to design and operate programs, events and activities for their councils that make a real difference in fostering grassroots understanding and engagement in international affairs.  Itineraries and meetings are organized by the host.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Bacon & Wilson PC, Charista Construction,  Cignoli & Company, Prosperity Candle and Sir Speedy  Our media sponsor is BusinessWest

 

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Special Instant Issues Panel on the Refugee Experience in Western Massachusetts

Burmese refugees at work at Prosperity Candle in Easthampton

Burmese refugees at work at Prosperity Candle in Easthampton

The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts will present a panel on The Refugee Experience in Western Massachusetts on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Elms College Alumnae Library Theater, 291 Springfield Street in Chicopee, Massachusetts from 7:00-9:00 PM.

Bhutanese dragon dancers at a Jewish Family Services event

Bhutanese dragon dancers at a Jewish Family Services in Western Massachusetts event

This program is free and open to the public.  The Instant Issues series is sponsored by Bacon & Wilson, PC, Charista Construction, Sir Speedy, and Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

Panelists will include refugees who live and work in Western Massachusetts, employers and other state and local groups who work with refugees here.

Confirmed participants include:

This event is part of the Welcoming Massachusetts/Welcoming America’s series This Place We Call Home: Refugee and Immigrant Neighbors in Greater Springfield.

For more information about the panel, please call the World Affairs Council at 413-733-0110.

 

 

 

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2014 Annual Meeting on October 8 to Feature Okey Ndibe on Nigeria & Boko Haram

Journalist & author Okey Ndibe

Journalist & author Okey Ndibe

Journalist and author Okey Ndibe will speak at our Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.  The title of his talk will be Does Nigeria Have a Fighting Chance Against Boko Haram? The event will take place at the Springfield Sheraton and will begin with a cash bar reception at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $45 per person.  Call 413-733-0110 to register or click here.

This event is generously sponsored by BRP/Grenier Financial Services.

Dr. Ndibe is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist.  After a career as a magazine editor in Nigeria, he moved to the US in 1988 to be the founding editor of African Commentary, an award-winning magazine published by the Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe. He has published essays in a number of North American, British and Nigerian magazines and writes a weekly column for The Guardian, Nigeria’s most respected daily newspaper.  He holds both an MFA in writing and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.   Ndibe taught at several colleges, including Connecticut College, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Trinity College (Hartford), and currently Brown University.  He  is a regular columnist for NEXT and Sahara Reporters and also contributes to many other publications, including The Hartford Courant, The Fabian Society Journal, Black Issues Book Review, and BBC Online.

Foreign Gods Inc.

“We clearly have a fresh talent at work here. It is quite a while since I sensed creative promise on this level.” —Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

His first novel  Arrows of Rain, will be reissued in the fall and his second novel, Foreign Gods, Incorporated—described by critics as “razor-sharp” and “a morality tale for our time”—was published by SOHO Press in 2014.  (We are hoping both books will be available for purchase at the event.)

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Adventures in International Dining: Ibiza

ibiza-logo-homeThe World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts will be heading off to Spain for our next Adventures in International Dining at Ibiza Tapas Restaurant and Wine Bar, 7 Strong Avenue in Northampton, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  The cost is $32.00 per person including tax and gratuity.

From 6:00 to 6:45 we will have a social hour with cash bar.  (Be sure to try out the great selection of Spanish wines and there is Spanish beer on tap.)

Hot and cold tapas, entrees and dessert will be served family style and we will hear comments from Ibiza owner Juan Suarez

Space is limited so please reserve your spot quickly!  R.S.V.P. with your payment by May 15th.  You can pay online with a credit card here.

Parking: parking in lot by old Union Station, back lot, free after 6 p.m. Walk past old Union Station, down the stairs and you will be on Strong Avenue, across from Eastside Grille.  Ibiza is just down the street from Eastside Grille.

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Instant Issues to Feature Haroon Ullah

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.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at noon, the World Affairs Council is pleased to join with Critical Connections to present Haroon K. Ullah, an international scholar, US diplomat, and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East, at a brown bag Instant Issues event in the third floor Community Room at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main Street in downtown Springfield, MA.

Critical Connections seeks to promote greater understanding of the Muslim world and the diaspora while strengthening Muslim communities from within.

Critical Connections seeks to promote greater understanding of the Muslim world and the diaspora while strengthening Muslim communities from within.

The cost for members is $5 without a lunch and $15 with a lunch provided.  Nonmembers cost is $10 without a lunch and $20 with a lunch provided.  To reserve a sandwich–tuna, turkey or vegetarian–reply by email or call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  You can register on line with a credit card here.

RSVP deadline for this event is Friday, May 23, 2014.

Haroon K. Ullah currently serves on Secretary John Kerry’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department, where he focuses on public diplomacy and countering violent extremism.  He grew up in a farming community in Washington State and was trained at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he served as a senior Belfer fellow and completed his MPA.  He has a PhD from the University of Michigan and was a William J. Fulbright Fellow, a Harvard University Presidential Scholar, a National Security Education Program Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Public Service Fellow.  Haroon is author of Vying for Allah’s Vote (Georgetown University Press, 2013) and Bargain from The Bazaar (Public Affairs Books, 2014).

Copies of The Bargain from the Bazaar will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of The Odyssey Bookshop.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Charista Construction, Prosperity Candle, and A. L. Cignoli Company.  Our media sponsor is BusinessWest.

 

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