MA State Senator Eric Lesser & Bay Path’s Joshua Weiss to Discuss Negotiation in Current Political Climate

Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser

The World Affairs Council will present State Senator Eric Lesser in conversation with Dr. Joshua Weiss , program director for Bay Path’s Master of Science in Leadership and Negotiation, at an Instant Issues After Hours event on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 5:30 p.m at Merriam-Webster, Inc. 47 Federal Street in Springfield on Leadership & Negotiation Challenges in the World of Politics: International Relations Edition.

Dr. Joshua N. Weiss is the program director for Bay Path’s Master of Science in Leadership and Negotiation.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 25. The cost is $5 for Council members and $10 for non-members. Light refreshments will be provided. Plentiful free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. Please enter through the front door.

Eric P. Lesser was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate on November 4, 2014. He represents nine communities in the First Hampden & Hampshire District, proudly serving Western Massachusetts as one of the youngest members of the State Senate. During his first term in office, Senator Lesser helped pass significant new laws related to substance abuse treatment and prevention, job training, and promotion of tourism and the arts. Prior to becoming a state Senator, Lesser worked in the Obama White House, first as Special Assistant to Senior Adviser David Axelrod, and later as Director of Strategic Planning for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Lesser began as an aide on President Obama’s historic 2008 presidential campaign, traveling to 47 states and six countries with then-Senator Obama and his senior team. Lesser has been described as “the face of the promised Obama political generation” by the New York Times.

Dr. Joshua N. Weiss is the program director for Bay Path University’s Master of Science in Leadership and Negotiation. He is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project (HNP), a subsidiary of Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation—a consortium comprised of faculty, staff, and students from Harvard, MIT, and Tufts University. Weiss is also the co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at the HNP.  In addition, Dr. Weiss is the founder of Negotiation Works, Inc., consulting for a number of Fortune 500 companies, the United Nations, and the U.S. Government. He delivers negotiation and mediation training and courses and is tasked with negotiation and mediation at the organizational, corporate, government, and international levels.  He also serves as a member of the World Affairs Council’s Board of Directors.

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

Special thanks to NAI/Plotkin and1350 Main Street LLC.

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Lydia Rivera of CRRC MA on Impact of Tariffs on Western Massachusetts

Lydia Rivera, Communications Director for CRRC MA

Lydia Rivera, Communications Director of CRRC MA , will speak at an Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch event on Potential Impact of Proposed Ban and Tariffs On Western Massachusetts on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at noon in the Community Room, The MassLive Building at 1350 Main Street, in downtown Springfield.
The cost with a box lunch–tuna, turkey, vegetarian or roast beef sandwich–is $20 for Council members and $25 for nonmembers. The cost for members without a lunch is $5 and for nonmembers, $10. To reserve tickets, please click here.
RSVP deadline is Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy & Sir Speedy. Special thanks to NAI Plotkin.
Valet parking is now provided by the MassLive Building. Rates are $2 for the first 20 minutes, $4 for 20 minutes to 2 hours, and $2 per each additional hour. The parking station is on City Hall Place, around the corner from Court Street, between City Hall and 1350 Main Street. Currently the Council does not validate parking.
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92nd Annual Meeting & Dinner to Feature Harry Krejsa of “Heartland Security” on September 17

Harry Kresja is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security

The World Affairs Council’s 92nd Annual Meeting and Dinner will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Springfield Sheraton at Monarch Place. Harry Krejsa of the Center for a New American Security will be the featured in conversation with Politico Magazine’s Bill Scher on Heartland Security: How Global Engagement Once Fueled the American Middle Class – and Can Again.

Bill Scher, Contributing Editor to Politico Magazine and a Contributor to Real Clear Politics

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar reception. Dinner and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $50 per person with a choice of chicken, vegetarian or fish entree.  You can register online with a credit card here.

This event is generously sponsored by Bacon\Wilson Attorneys at Law.

Harry Krejsa a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, working in the Asia-Pacific Security Program. He is the author of “Heartland Security: Global Engagement Once Fueled the American Middle Class – and Can Again“, a report that argues foreign policy pays off for the middle class when domestic policy makes it pay off — and national security professionals took their eye off the ball.

Kresja’s research areas included Chinese economic and geopolitical strategy, Asian security integration, cybersecurity, and the intersection of foreign and domestic policy in the United States.

Prior to joining CNAS, Mr. Krejsa worked as a professional staff member for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. He also served as a Researcher with the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at National Defense University, where he published a report on Chinese investment in the United States and its security implications. Mr. Krejsa has led a field analysis on political transition in Myanmar, piloted anti-terror training programs in South Asia, and served as a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan.

Mr. Krejsa’s policy writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Politico, The Hill, War on the Rocks, The National Interest, and a number of regional American newspapers. His analysis has been featured in outlets like CBS News, Bloomberg, and Vice News, and he has given televised Chinese-language commentary to Voice of America.

Bill Scher is a Contributing Editor to Politico Magazine and a Contributor to Real Clear Politics. He is the host of the New Books in Politics podcast for the New Books Network, and co-host of “The DMZ,” a online show and podcast, with conservative writer Matt Lewis. In 2006, he authored the book Wait, Don’t Move To Canada: A Stay-and-Fight Strategy To Win Back America, which later became an answer on “Jeopardy!”  He addressed the World Affairs Council’s 2016 Annual Meeting on the role of foreign policy in the presidential election.

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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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