International Visitors from Across the Global Visit NH for 2016 Election
Five politically active women from Nigeria tour the NH State House during their visit to the state.
With just one day left before the 2016 election, most of us are tired of all things political. However, the world is still watching with much curiosity. During the months of October and November, WACNH’s International Visitors Program has hosted ten groups focused on topics including U.S. politics, the electoral process, and campaign techniques. The groups have been from places such as South East Asia and the Pacific, Malta, Nigeria, Central and South America and the Middle East and North Africa. During their stay in the state, most groups have met with representatives from both the Republican and Democratic parties, visited state campaign headquarters, attended political rallies, and spoken with voters. Visitors were very excited to be here in person, learning about the elections from the people who participate in them, rather than from the media.
Foreign Policy Forums at SNHU Tap into Candidates' World Views
(Left) Governor Maggie Hassan with moderator Dean Spiliotes on October 28; (Right) Senator Kelly Ayotte with SNHU College Republicans on October 26.
The World Affairs Council of NH hosted Foreign Policy Forums with the candidates for US Senate at Southern NH University on October 26 and 28. Partnering with both the SNHU College Republicans and the NH College Democrats, the Council provided the opportunity for both candidates to clarify their positions on issues of global importance, and steps they would take to put their views into action, if elected. The conversation was moderated by SNHU civics scholar and political commentator Dean Spiliotes, who interwove his questions with written questions from the audience. Among other topics, both Ayotte and Hassan responded to questions concerning US immigration reform, combating ISIS, Russia's aggression in Europe and Syria, and climate change and the Paris Agreement. The forum with Senator Ayotte was featured in the Union Leader.
We were happy to be able to provide Council members and the citizens of the state with this opportunity to hear the candidates' views on foreign policy!
The Annual Fund: Help Us Bring the World to NH
Collected: $1,245 - Goal:$5,000 - DONATE NOW!
We need to raise $5,000 by December 31 for our Annual Fund, which supports dozens of free educational programs on world affairs. We have currently raised nearly 25% of our goal. Please consider making a donation in support of the World Affairs Council of NH, our mission, and our programs!
Global Tipping Points Explores Brexit with UK Consul General
By David Sanok- In early October, Harriet Cross, UK Consul General to Boston, spoke at UNH Manchester to discuss the future of the United Kingdom post-Brexit. Specifically, she focused on the relationship between the UK and Europe as well as the relationship between America and the UK. Cross began by expressing her disappointment in the UK's decision to leave the European Union. In her view, immigration control and economic anxiety were the biggest contributing factors in the leave voters' decision exit the EU.
Yet, Cross was very optimistic about the UK's future and expressed confidence that the British Government would secure a favorable trade deal with Europe and America once the UK officially leaves the EU. Since the vote, Cross has been reassuring New England business and political leaders Brexit would not affect their trade relations. Securing favorable deals with Europe and America is also critical in maintaining a strong union, as Scotland and Northern Ireland both voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU. She concluded her talk by trying to paint Brexit as the beginning of a new glory era for the UK rather than a gloomy future.
Council & Staff news
Council Director Appointed to NH Bar Foundation
Anna Berry was appointed the New Hampshire Bar Foundation Board of Directors in August. NHBF promotes the role of lawyers in securing equal access to justice and supports the charitable and educational aims of the NH Bar and its members. The Bar Foundation carries out its mission by reliably administering the Supreme Court Rule 50 "Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts" program, responsibly managing the Foundation's Justice Grants program, and encouraging thoughtful philanthropy by members of the profession.
Meet David, WACNH Intern
By DAVID SANOK- Hi, my name is David Sanok, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, and I'm currently an intern at the World Affairs Council looking to study global affairs. Ever since high school, studying global affairs has been one of my biggest passions because I want to understand what is happening around the world and how it will affect the United States in some way or another. As a student at USM, I majored in Communication and Media Studies to gain skills in dealing with people in different business and cultural environments.The World Council brings in people like me who are interested in global issues to hear people from different countries talking about their culture and the situations they face. I want to understand global affairs from a worldly perspective rather than just an American point of view and the World Council of NH gives many different interns like myself that opportunity."
Council Featured in Business NH Magazine
Wow! We were thrilled to be featured in Business NH Magazine this month for our work to connect New Hampshire with the world through public education programs and the International Visitor Leadership Program! We will add a link when the full article is posted online.
Academic WorldQuest Registration Now Open!
Registration for our 3rd annual Academic WorldQuest competition is now open! This team competition tests high school students' knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. If you know any high school teachers or students, please let them know about this unique and exciting opportunity to expand their global knowledge in a fun yet competitive atmosphere. The competition will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Southern New Hampshire University.
MORE INFORMATION HERE!
International Opportunities for Teachers & Students
Study trip to the United Arab Emirates
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth invites educators from around the United States to apply for an expenses-paid study trip to the United Arab Emirates on March 11-19, 2017. The program is supported by the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C.
As many as a dozen 6th-12th grade educators from North Texas and across the U.S. may be selected for the trip that begins with a one-day get-acquainted workshop at the UAE Embassy in DC on March 10. Participants then travel to the UAE, a nation of more than 9 million people with a globally respected education system.
Applications will be accepted until 5:30 PM (CST) on Thursday, December 15. Submit applications to Amy Miller, Director of Education at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, at email@example.com.
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2017-18 programs are due December 1. Visit yes-abroad.org for more information.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for to study for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at usagermanyscholarship.org. Deadline for NH students is December 12.
Cultural Vistas Fellowship, a funded professional development program, is now accepting applications for the 2017 program year! The Cultural Vistas Fellowship is an 8-week summer internship program that gives undergraduate students who have not yet participated in a formal study or internship abroad program the opportunity to gain practical work experience in Argentina, Germany or India. The Cultural Vistas Fellowship is open to students in all fields who can demonstrate their interest in or commitment to advancing their career goals, developing global competencies, and experiencing life in another culture.
Community Events Calendar
Wednesday, November 16
NH International Seminar Series
UNH Durham - MUB Theater 2 - 12:40-2 PM
Steven Zyck, Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs, Doha Institute, Qatar
The International Humanitarian Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Saturday, November 19
Freedom Gala 2016
3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH - 7PM
View the NE GIFT Box Exhibit and local art submissions; hear from human trafficking survivor Jasmine Marino and Freedom Café Program Director Bryan Bessette about the need for and role of The Freedom Café to address the fastest growing form of global crime.
Monday, November 21
SNHU International Education Week - International Fair
Student Center, SNHU - 12-2PM
Come to SNHU's International Fair to kick off the start of International Education Week! WACNH will have a table, as will other globally-minded organizations and clubs.
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