• Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    A preview of what's coming up this fall!

     

     

     

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    GLOBAL BUSINESS SUMMIT

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

    HOW TODAY'S CYBER CONFLICTS IMPACT NEW HAMPSHIRE & THE WORLD

    Featuring TREY HERR
    Cyber Security Expert, Harvard Kennedy School
    & Panel Discussion with DAVE ALLEN, Dyn;

    EDNA CONWAY, Cisco; & JP HARRIS, Sheehan Phinney

           

    Dining Center, Southern NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106

    5 PM- Reception; 6 PM- Program

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    Tickets: $25/Council Member; $35/Not-yet-member; SNHU students free (with advance registration)

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    Council Partners with US Global Leadership Coalition to Present Forum on America's Global Leadership: What's at Stake for New Hampshire?

       

    Join the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition for a lunch discussion with Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Retired U.S. Navy Admiral and Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis on the positive impact of global affairs programs in New Hampshire. The program will take place on Monday, August 29 at 12:30 PM at UNH in Durham. Presenting partners include the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, CARE, NH MEP, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the New England Council, NH High Tech Council, and the Business & Industry Association. REGISTER NOW! 

    WACNH Associate Director Receives President's Award at Annual Meeting

    WACNH held its annual meeting at Southern New Hampshire University in June. The annual meeting is a time for us to reflect, as an organization, on the past year.  It's also an opportunity for us to thank our board members, council members and friends for all the help and support that they give us. This year our President, Steve Solomon honored Associate Director, Tim Horgan, with the President's Award for his continued dedication to the Council. Tim works tirelessly to bring visitors from all over the world to our state for professional development through our International Visitors Program. He also served as Interim Director last fall. Congratulations, Tim and thank you for all your hard work! 

    World Affairs Councils of America National Conference: November 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

    Registration Now Open!

    America and Global Megatrends

    For more than two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's annual conference has presented top government officials, diplomats, business executives, civic leaders, think tank policy experts and journalists to a national audience. Council leaders and members from WACA's 95 affiliates across the country engage with these speakers and thought leaders over the course of three stimulating days in our nation's capital.

    SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

    Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment of Democracy; Michael Duffy, Deputy Managing Editor, TIME Magazine; and Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President, American Foreign Service Assocation

    DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION at SULTANATE OF OMAN with

    H.E. Hunaina Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman

    Save up to $100 by taking advantage of early-bird rates through September 9.

    Check out our conference registration page! There, you can also book your hotel room at WACA's special group rates at the The Capital Hilton.

    Welcome to our New Board Member,
    Gail Garceau

    We are delighted to welcome the newest member of our Board of Directors: Gail Garceau. Gail is currently President of the HNH Foundation which improves the health and wellness of New Hampshire’s population with a focus on its most vulnerable children. Previous positions include General Manager of Well Sense Health Plan; President and CEO of the former New Hampshire Healthy Kids Corporation; and CEO of the Heritage United Way. Gail devotes much of her work towards promoting legislative and regulatory policies in order to support a healthy community that also addresses the well-being of children. She serves on boards and committees of many organizations including the Bellweather Community Credit Union, Child & Family Services, Independent Services Network and YWCA NH.

    We are so fortunate to have Gail and her leadership as part of the council's Board of Directors. Welcome, Gail!

    World Affairs at the Library Continues this Fall in Portsmouth: Save the Date(s)!

        

                           
    This fall, WACNH will continue its partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library to present World Affairs at the Library - a lecture and discussion series that brings experts on world issues to the seacoast of New Hampshire. 

    From September through December, the series will host four experts, speaking on a wide range of global topics.  In September, Professor Kelly Greenhill (pictured, above left) will explore
    "new security challenges," including civil wars; the use of forced migration as a weapon; intervention and (counter-) insurgency; and international crime as a challenge to domestic governance.  In October, Professor Dov Waxman (pictured above center), an expert on Israel, will discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli foreign policy, and U.S.-Israel relations.  In December, we will hear from Professor Stephen Walt (pictured above right) and his thoughts on US global policy and strategy.  REGISTER NOW!

    Attention Educators and Students!
    Save the Date for 2017:
    Sunday, March 12

    3rd Annual Academic WorldQuest Competition

    We know it's summer and teachers and students are on a much deserved break from school, but we can't help but share the exciting plans for the 2017 Academic WorldQuest competition. The event will be held on Sunday, March 12 at Southern NH University in Manchester. 

    Academic WorldQuest, the World Affairs Council of America's flagship student education program, is a team competition testing high school students' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture.  The main objective of the program is to inform and engage high school students and their teachers across the country in global affairs.  The winning team from the NH competition will go to Washington D.C. to compete in the national competition in April 2017! 

    Team registration will start in the fall.  Save the date and stay tuned for more details!

    PHOTO GALLERY

    In June, a delegation from Canada visited NH to learn more about entrepreneurship. In this meeting with CCA Global Partners, visitors discussed the cooperative business model.


    As featured in the Union Leader: "Balika Chaudhary of Nepal uses a power sander as Vera Weah of Liberia watches at Girls at Work Inc. in Manchester on Wednesday. WACNH invited 25 delegates from across the world to visit the shop in Manchester." (photo: DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)  

    WACNH President, Steve Solomon (left), with WACNH member Larry Welch (right) visiting New Hampshire's congressional delegation at the US Global Leadership Coalition's State Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in June.

    Community Events Calendar

    Mahrajan Festival 

    Celebrate the sounds and tastes of Lebanon at the Mahrajan Festival! Middle Eastern food, music, and bazaar items will be featured, along with a petting area with Josh the camel.

    When? Sunday, August 21 to Tuesday, August 23

    Where? Our Lady of the Cedars Church, 140 Mitchell St., Manchester. More information

     

    We are ONE Festival 

    New Hampshire's largest ethnic/cultural festival

    When? Saturday, August 13- 11 AM to 7 PM

    Where? Veteran's Memorial Park, 889 Elm St., Manchester

    More information




    * Events listed here and on our website are not necessarily endorsed or supported by WACNH but we like to share information that might be of interest from other community organizations! To see all upcoming events, visit our Community Events page online and follow us on Facebook! *

     

     


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    WACNH Associate Director Receives President's Award at Annual Meeting


    On June 8, WACNH held its annual meeting at Southern New Hampshire University.  The meeting is a time for us to reflect, as an organization, on the past year's successes.  It's also an opportunity for us to thank our Board Members, Members and council friends for all the help and support that they give us.  This year our Associate Director, Tim Horgan, received the President's Award for his continued dedication to the Council, especially through the International Visitors Program.  Congratulations, Tim and thank you for all your hard work! 

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    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

    Meeting - 5 PM     Dinner - 5:30 PM

    Academic Center, SNHU, Manchester

    Open to the public; Advance registration requested.

    Join us to celebrate our organization’s sixty-second year at the Council’s Annual Meeting and a community BBQ on Wednesday, June 8 at 5 PM at Southern New Hampshire University’s Academic Center.  The Annual Meeting is free and open to all, but only WACNH dues-paying members are eligible to vote. At the meeting, members will vote on the slate of trustees for three-year terms on the Board of Directors (2016-2019), and a bylaw amendment.  We’ll finish up with this year’s President’s Award.

    The BBQ will directly follow the meeting.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know WACNH staff, board members and members.  Dinner includes BBQ chicken and beef tips, baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon, pasta and potato salad, corn bread and apple crisp. Weather permitting, we will be able to enjoy our dinner outside on the Academic Center’s patio.  Tickets for non-members are $15.  

    Please pre-register for this event on our website.

    TODAY is NH Gives Day!

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    June 7 marks the first annual statewide day of giving, connecting New Hampshire citizens with nonprofits that are carrying out critical work to advance our state. Please join us in making a difference by making a gift on June 7 at NHGives.org! Proceeds will benefit our many educational programs, including the continued expansion of our high school Academic WorldQuest program. Thank you for your continued support!

     Just Announced:

    MONDAY, JUNE 20 at 5:30 PM

    Portsmouth Public Library

    Screening of The Age of Consequences & Panel Discussion

    Fresh from its Telluride premiere, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.  REGISTER NOW via Eventbrite


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    Welcome Summer Intern Erica!

    Meet our summer intern! Erica Stieper is a rising senior at Virginia Tech, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish. In 2018, she will complete a Masters Degree in Political Science. This summer, Erica will be working to inform our Facebook followers about global affairs and New Hampshire’s involvement at the international level. She will also research unique and inspirational professionals for the speaker series this fall. 

    Erica is devoted to world affairs and has previously been involved with the International Relations Organization at Virginia Tech, debating at a Mock Arab League Conference in Washington D.C., and spending time discussing global issues with her colleagues. Erica contributed to the social media advertising for Relay For Life at Virginia Tech, which qualifies her to navigate the WACNH’s Facebook page. She enjoys discovering, reading and sharing diverse news articles with Facebook followers in hopes that they will continue to make people aware of current global issues as well as the colorful cultural diversity of the world.

    Cultural diversity is another passion of Erica’s. For the past four months, she has immersed herself in the Spanish culture, attending the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. Erica fell in love with the Spanish lifestyle, gastronomy, language, and people. When she was not in class, she spent her time playing soccer with locals by the Rio Tormes, trying new cuisine at restaurants around town, and exploring the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral and the Monastery. Erica took full advantage of her study abroad experience by visiting eight different countries and using her time to understand the multitude of lifestyles that exist in Europe.

    In addition to interning at WACNH this summer, Erica will also be working in Wells, Maine at the Scoop Deck ice cream shop. While in Maine, she enjoys spending her days running, hiking, or relaxing on the beach and, scooping ice cream with her friends at night.      

    Council Board Member Gives Commencement Speech at Hartwick College

    Council Board Member George Bruno gave the 2016 commencement speech at Hartwick College on May 21. A member of the Hartwick College Class of 1964, Ambassador Bruno is an attorney with experience as a lawyer and diplomat in more than 50 countries.

    In Bruno’s address to the graduating students, he reminded them that, “With the skills and knowledge you have acquired over the past four years, you have both the responsibility and ability to begin anew, and to continue to make ours a better world.”

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    The third and final "World Affairs at the Library" program on May 17 featured speaker Dr. Sinan Ciddi, an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. A big thanks to event co-sponsor, the Portsmouth Public Library and to our publicity partner, the Turkish Cultural Center of NH. 



    Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, of the Lantos Foundation, whose Hungarian parents were survivors of the Holocaust, spoke briefly after the screening of Son of Saul  at Red River Theatres on May 18 as part of our Crossroad International Film and Discussion series.

    WACNH welcomed a group of five legislators from the National Parliament of Kyrgyzstan, visiting NH through the Open World Leadership Program, at a special reception at our offices on May 19.

    Upcoming International Visitor Groups:

    Press and Public Diplomacy: June 13 A group of 5 visitors from Ukraine will visit New Hampshire for the day to learn about government outreach to the public. 

      Librarians as Defenders of Intellectual Property Rights: June 28 - July 2  - A group of 9 librarians from Barbados will visit the state to learn about intellectual property rights, as they pertain to libraries. 

    Politics and Trade: A Project for First Time Members of Parliament: July 2 - 6 - A group of 7 first-time Members of the Indian Parliament will visit New Hampshire to learn about the intersection of politics and trade. 

     US Elections: A Project for Young Political Leaders: July 22- 26 - A split of 8 participants from a larger group will visit New Hampshire to learn about elections in the state.  The meetings will focus on how State, Federal, and Local elections are managed and carried out. 

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    Events in Portsmouth, Concord and

     Manchester will connect you with the

     world!

    TUESDAY, MAY 17 at 7 PM 

    World Affairs at the Library with Sinan Ciddi

    Turkey & Middle East Politics

    Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Street, Portsmouth

    Free and open to the public; Advance registration requested.

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 at 6 PM 

    Crossroads International Film & Discussion Series: "Son of Saul"

       A screening of the Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film and post-film discussion with Dr. Katrina Lantos-Swett

    Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main Street, Concord

    $10 suggested donation; Advance registration requested.

    THURSDAY, MAY 19 at 6:30 PM

    Global Networking & Welcome Reception

    Join us to welcome a delegation of legislators from Kyrgyzstan! Dinner served.

    WACNH Office, Ford House, SNHU, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester

    Free and open to the public; Advance registration requested.

     Thanks for making our Global Forum 

    a huge success!

    Thanks for being a part of our annual Global Forum last week! Together, we raised over $16,000 to support our educational programs for local communities and schools! If you missed Rear Admiral David Titley's comprehensive look at the link between climate change and national security, you can watch the program here. Congratulations again to Joe Keefe, winner of the 2016 Global Leadership Award!

    THANK YOU SPONSORS & PATRONS:

          

      

            

     Karin & Stephen Barndollar; Charlie & Barbara Bickford; Irja & Frank Cilluffo; Wright Danenbarger; Jesse Devitte; Sherry Dutzy; Karen Erickson; William & Kathy Gillett; Carolyn & Philip Hollman; Harold & Betsy Janeway; Richard Lobban; Kathryn & Jim Muirhead; Joan & Alan Reische; Jack & Carol Resch; Carolyn & Stewart Richmond; Pat Schlesinger; Dave & Missie Schroeder; Steve Solomon; Andrew Supplee; Rob Werner

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    Rear Admiral Titley Visits Manchester West STEAM Students

    Before speaking at our Global Forum, Dr. David Titley made a special visit to Manchester High School West to meet with 75 Freshman and Sophomore students in the STEAM Ahead program, a comprehensive educational initiative that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Dr. Titley spoke about his career path, meteorology and the Navy, and his current research on climate change. 

    Tuesday, June 7 is NH Gives Day!

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    June 7 marks the first annual statewide day of giving, connecting New Hampshire citizens with nonprofits that are carrying out critical work to advance our state. Please join us in making a difference by making a gift on June 7 at NHGives.org! Proceeds will benefit our many educational programs, including the continued expansion of our high school Academic WorldQuest program. Thank you for your continued support!

    WACNH welcomes Open World delegation from Kyrgyzstan

    From May 19 – 25, a group of five legislators from the National Parliament of Kyrgyzstan will visit New Hampshire through the Open World Leadership Program at the Library of Congress. This six day visit will provide them with an in-depth view into New Hampshire politics and government.  Meetings are being arranged with top government officials to exchange ideas on legislation, procurement, elections, campaigns, and other topics. They will also have the opportunity to meet with several candidates for different elected positions. 

    Another great component of their trip is a home stay with a local family. 4 local families have graciously opened their homes to these Members of Parliament to better show them everyday New Hampshire life. They share meals together, exchange ideas, and provide insights into each others’ cultures; truly a learning experience for everyone involved. When they return home after the trip, the group will have the opportunity to share what they learned with the other Members of Parliament and their constituents. This program will foster better relations between our countries and provide valuable professional development for the delegation.

    Meet these emerging leaders at a special reception on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 PM at our office!


    Souhegan High School Represents NH at National Academic World Quest Competition in Washington D.C.

        Congratulations to the 2016 New Hampshire Academic World Quest Champions from Souhegan High School! The team- students Hannah Gillis, Callie Cinque, Claire Foley and Zack Anton- competed against the best of the best at the national AWQ competition in Washington, D.C. on April 23 and held their own! The team's coach was Matt McDonald and teacher Sarah Barbato accompanied them to Washington. In addition to the competition at the National Press Club, the weekend was full of unique opportunities such as a welcome reception at the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman and visits to national museums and memorials. Congratulations, Souhegan!

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     More than 120 people attending the final part of our spring Global Tipping Points series on May 3. Genieve Abdo's talk, "A House Divided: Islam in Today's Middle East," was presented by the Council in partnership with UNH Manchester, and support from New Hampshire Humanities. Dr. Salman Malik (right), of Granite State Oral Surgery, a series sponsor, introduces the speaker. The speaker series will resume again in the fall.

    Rear Admiral David Titley address a full house at our Global Forum at SNHU on Friday, May 6. See more photos on our facebook page!

    "We get a lot of friendly visitors to our Democracy Hub campaign headquarters in downtown Nashua, but it isn't every day that I get to welcome a delegation of Bangladeshi officials! Thanks to these public servants from Bangladesh who are learning about American democracy, and to (WACNH) for facilitating such valuable diplomatic exchanges," said Executive Council candidate Dan Weeks (second from left), who recently met with a visiting delegation.

    Community Events Calendar

    Shadows Fall North

    The film documents the Granite State's connection to Africa through two historians and activists, Valerie Cunningham and JerriAnne Boggis.

    Thursday, May 26 at 7 PM at the Music Hall, Portsmouth

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    Discovering the Taste of Turkey Cooking Classes

    Every Sunday starting April 10 at the Turkish Cultural Center, Manchester

    LEARN MORE

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    Enjoy listening to podcasts while you're commuting, exercising or just passing the time? Thanks to our partners at the Live Free or Die Alliance, you can listen to podcasts of our recent Global Tipping Points speakers here! 

    Global Tipping Points: Iphigenia Kanara

    Global Tipping Points: Juliette Kayyem


  • Friday, April 29, 2016 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    Watch our last Global Tipping Points event with Juliette Kayyem here, courtesy of Manchester Community TV:

    https://vimeo.com/channels/639015/163009327


  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    Join us to talk about Global Security - April 12 & 13

     

     

     

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    JOIN US FOR TWO EVENTS NEXT WEEK ON GLOBAL SECURITY!

    TUESDAY, APRIL 12 at 6 PM 

    Global Tipping Points with 

    Juliette Kayyem

       An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home

       UNH Manchester - 88 Commercial St., Manchester

    Security Mom, Ms. Kayyem's new book, on sale following the program

    Free and open to the public; Advance registration requested.

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 at 7 PM 

    World Affairs at the Library with

    Tad Oelstrom

    Global Security and World Affairs

    Portsmouth Public Library - 175 Parrott St., Portsmouth

    Free and open to the public; Advance registration requested.

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    Tuesday,
    April 12
    Global Tipping
    Points Series

    Wednesday,
    April 13
    Portsmouth Speaker Series

    Tuesday, May 3
    Global Tipping Points Series

    Friday, May 6
    2016 Global Forum: Heating Up

    Juliette Kayyem examines the current state of homeland security in part II of the spring series, "Insecure World."

    6 PM
    UNH Manchester
    88 Commercial Street
    Pandora Mill

    REGISTER

    Tad Oelstrom, the head of the National Security Program at the Kennedy School, will speak as part of "World Affairs at the Library."

    7 PM
    Portsmouth Public Library
    175 Parrott Avenue
    Portsmouth

    REGISTER

    Geneive Abdo explores the historic divide in Islam between Sunni and Shi'a powers and how it plays out in today's Middle East.

    6 PM
    UNH Manchester
    88 Commercial Street
    Pandora Mill

    REGISTER

    Admiral David Titley will keynote this year's Global Forum, exploring climate change, security and diplomacy in a changing world.

    5 PM - Reception
    6 PM - Program
    SNHU Dining Center
    2500 North River Rd.
    Manchester

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    2016 Global Forum - Friday, May 6

    Heating Up: Climate Change, Security & Diplomacy in a Changing World

    Featuring: Rear Admiral David Titley

    Dining Center Banquet Hall at SNHU

    2500 North River Road, Manchester

    Tickets: $50 - Council Members; $60 - Public

    U.S. military leaders now see climate change as the ultimate "threat multiplier" for conflict around the world. Find out how a new environment will affect the Department of Defense's ability to secure our nation- and why the risks are accelerating-  from Dr. David Titley, former Chief Oceanographer of the U.S. Navy and Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security.


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    Council Director Takes Part in 'Ukraine in Washington Day' at Capitol

    World Affairs Councils of America President Bill Clifford (left) with Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine; Photo: Yaro Bihun, The Ukranian Weekly

    World Affairs Council Executive Director Anna Berry was privileged to attend an official address from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the World Affairs Councils of America at the U.S. Capitol last week. In America on the eve of the international Nuclear Security Summit, Poroshenko called on the U.S. to continue sanctions on Russia, noting his country's abandonment of its nuclear arsenal in the 90s in exchange for security assurances. For more on this historic WACA program, read news coverage here and see the webcast here.

    Celebrate Earth Day with our International Visitors on April 23!

    Celebrate this Earth Day by meeting our International Visitors at the beach for a clean up!

    A Russian delegation is visiting NH to learn more about about Arctic environmental preservation and oil spill clean ups. While the group will be busy meeting with experts in the field, they are planning to volunteer a few hours of their time at the Blue Ocean Society's Earth Day Beach Clean Up at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye at 11AM on Saturday, April 23, rain or shine.  We encourage all WACNH member and friends to meet our visitors there and clean up for a great cause!  

      Council Vice President Travels to Brazil with Global Education Fellowship

    "This fellowship has been one of the highmarks of my professional teaching career," Peter Schmidt (center) said, with Brazilian students.


    This past year, Peter Schmidt, WACNH’s Vice President and Education Committee Chair and Spanish teacher at Pinkerton Academy, was awarded a fellowship in Global Education with the U.S. Department of State. Pete was selected from over 400 national applicants for only 80 openings in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC). The TGC is a specialized training program for K-12 teachers in the study, practice, and theory of Global Education. The year-long fellowship program include an overseas teaching assignment location. Pete was chosen to join the Brazilian delegation last summer.

    As a capstone project for his fellowship, Pete developed a global education resource guide website to help state educators incorporate global competencies into their teaching and curriculum: Globalocity: A Global Education Resource Guide. The website is full of resources, lesson plan ideas, publications, program and project development, global technology implementation, travel blogs, and more.  Click here to read more about his trip.

    Invite the World Over for Dinner! Host one of our International Visitors Groups

        

    Looking for a way to meet new people and engage with the world? Then it’s time to get involved in our Home Hospitality Program!  We have a steady stream of international visitors coming to our state for professional development through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.  While they are here, they love to meet local people and get a flavor for life in NH.   We currently have two groups coming in April:

    • Friday, April 22 or Saturday, April 23 – Host a group of 8 people for dinner from Russia studying Arctic Environmental Protection.  The group will be staying in Portsmouth, so this is a great opportunity for our seacoast members to get involved.
    • Thursday, April 28 or Friday, April 29 – Host a group of 6 people for dinner from Thailand studying the U.S. Presidential Elections. Preferably, we are looking for hosts in the seacoast area or near Concord.

    Email Associate Director, Tim Horgan - thorgan@wacnh.org if you are interested in hosting one of the above group, a future group, or if you have any questions about the Home Hospitality Program.

    Educator Opportunities

    Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute in NYC, June 29-July 1

    Open to Middle and High School Social Studies Teachers

    The training will:

    • Strengthening skills in teaching global affairs
    • Exploring ways to expand classroom international studies 
    • Building professional support networks
    • Developing International Studies curricula

    Visit the Foreign Policy Association website for more information and online application.

    International Opportunities

    Leadership Mission to Israel

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that the America-Israel Friendship League will host a WACA Leadership Mission to Israel from June 2 to June 10.

    The Leadership Mission will be comprised of an AIFL escort, WACA President Bill Clifford, and up to 14 delegates from the Council network. 

    This Leadership Mission to Israel will focus on a variety of contemporary issues, including Middle East regional affairs, Israeli politics and diplomacy, counter-terrorism, immigration and refugees, innovation and entrepreneurship (alternative energy, IT, health care), and religious diversity. Details 

    Spring Community Events Calendar


    SNHU International Gala
    Friday, April 8 - 5 PM
    Athletic Center, SNHU, 2500 N. River Rd. Manchester
    Buffet dinner of international foods, flag parade, and fun student performances from around the world.
    More information and tickets at snhutickets.com.




    Spring 2016 International Dinners
    At SNHU's The Quill:
    4/7 & 4/21 - Classical French;  4/14 - International Passport Dinner
    Doors open at 5 PM, service starts at 6 PM

    More Information






    Photo exhibition by Barbara Bickford
    Cambodia: Death and Resurrection
    Opening Reception: Thursday, April 7 at 5 PM
    Exhibit open April 7 - May 7
    NH Institute of Art - 77 Amherst St. Manchester 
    More Information

    Manchester's Immigrants: Then and Now

    Exhibit: On display through May 7th

    Manchester Historic Association's Millyard Museum  

    More Information



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  • Tuesday, April 05, 2016 10:20 AM | Anonymous


    This past year, Peter Schmidt (center), WACNH’s Vice President and Education Committee Chair and Spanish teacher at Pinkerton Academy, was awarded a fellowship in Global Education with the U.S. Department of State. Pete was selected from over 400 national applicants for only 80 openings in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC). The TGC is a specialized training program for K-12 teachers in the study, practice, and theory of Global Education. The year-long fellowship program has three components. 

    The first is a graduate-level online course focused on the development of global competencies, cultural programming, cross-curricular pedagogy, global citizenship, project-based learning, and sustainability and global education growth at the local K-12 district level. Upon successful completion of the course, fellows were invited to Washington, D.C. to attend the TGC Global Education Symposium to meet with other fellows, share ideas, work on projects, and attend workshops presented by leaders in the field. Fellows were then assigned an overseas teaching assignment location. 

    Pete was chosen to join the Brazilian delegation last summer. Pete spent three weeks in Brazil learning, teaching, and researching. Pete’s ongoing research focused on identifying the principle challenges to ensuring FAPE (free and appropriate education) for Brazilian students and how those challenges were being addressed. Pete’s trip started in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital, where he visited the US Embassy, the Ministry of Education, the offices of the Brazilian State Secretaries of Education, a series of local school visits, and cultural sites around the city. Pete then flew to Nova Iguazu, a suburb of Rio de Janiero to work with a host teacher in the local public schools. During his teaching assignment, Pete primarily taught American Culture to high school students, but also had the opportunity to teach middle school and adult learners, including a joint class at a local university. One of the highlights of his experience was engaging one-on-one with students and teachers. Both teachers and students alike were energetic and interested in learning about the U.S. Likewise, Pete was interested in learning about them and Brazil. It was cross-cultural learning at its finest. 

    For Pete, this fellowship has been one the high watermarks of his professional teaching career. He gained much from his experiences afield and has brought back what he has learned to the Granite State. Over the past year, Pete has presented at various state teachers’ conferences on Global Competency in the Classroom and was a presenter last year at our inaugural Academic World Quest/Think Global Conference. He has also been working with the teachers and administration at Pinkerton Academy on the development of a global competency certificate program and increasing domestic and international global engagement opportunities for Pinkerton students. 

    As a capstone project for his fellowship, Pete developed a global education resource guide website to help state educators incorporate global competencies into their teaching and curriculum. Globalocity: A Global Education Resource Guide http://globalocityeducation.weebly.com/ The website is full of resources, lesson plan ideas, publications, program and project development, global technology implementation, travel blogs, and more. 

    Because of this fellowship, Pete has made global education a part of his ethos and looks to further his passion by connecting New Hampshire students with the world and the world with New Hampshire students. “The only way to truly understand the world beyond our borders, is to embrace it. As our students enter the world of interconnected globalization, the need for fostering global competency, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural dialogue has never been more important.”

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    PRESS RELEASE: March 11, 2016

    Souhegan High School to Represent New Hampshire at National Academic WorldQuest Competition in Washington D.C.

    The World Affairs Council of NH’s Hosts Second Annual Global Education Competition


    MANCHESTER- On Saturday, March 5, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosted its second annual Academic WorldQuest competition at Southern New Hampshire University. Academic WorldQuest is a quiz-style team competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of international affairs.

    11 teams from around the state competed to represent New Hampshire at the National Academic WorldQuest Competition in Washington D.C. on April 23. Out of the participating schools, Souhegan High School took first place, with Oyster River High School in a close second, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School rounding out the top three. Other competing teams represented The Derryfield School; Manchester High School West; Portsmouth High School; and Pinkerton Academy.

    The Souhegan High team included students Claire Foley, Callie Cinque, Hannah Gillis, Zack Anton, and Marco Vogt; team coach was teacher Matt McDonald (top middle).

    The team received four iPads donated by SNHU to support the school’s Academic WorldQuest program as well as the trip to Washington to compete at the national competition hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America.

    This year’s competition also featured a keynote speech from New Hampshire’s own award-winning innovator, Deepika Kurup. Kurup, a native of Nashua and current student at Harvard University, developed a simple and inexpensive water purification technique using solar energy. In 2015, she was named as one of Forbes30 under 30 in Energy for 2015.

    Academic WorldQuest was funded, in part, by the General. William Mayer Foundation and the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Foundation. 2016 sponsors are Southern New Hampshire University, Students Love Travel, Manchester Community College, The Derryfield School; Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant; and the India Association of New Hampshire.

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fostering learning, discussion and citizen involvement in world affairs.  The Council is preparing the Granite State for a global future by creating and sustaining international connections that enhance our state's cultural, economic and civic life; building global knowledge and understanding through educational programs for communities and schools on foreign policy; and furthering the development of international leaders in partnership with the U.S. State Department.

     



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