Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801
    • 87
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    Finding Refuge: Crossroads Film and Discussion Series

    Anote's Ark

    Tuesday, October 1st, 6PM

    Portsmouth Public Library

    175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Run Time - 77 minutes

    Following the film, there will be a facilitated discussion lead by Sara Withers, Senior Lecturer at UNH. She will be joined by Roger Stevenson of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Rob Werner of the League of Conservation Voters.


    Tickets are free for the public, but space is limited. Reserve your tickets today!

    About Anote's Ark

    What happens when your nation is swallowed by the sea? With the harsh realities of climate change looming, the low-lying Pacific nation Kiribati must find a new solution for the survival of its people. With sweeping cinematography, Anote's Ark interweaves two poignant stories. Anote Tong, endearing president of the island, races to find options-advocating in international climate negotiations and even investigating building underwater cities. At the same time, warm and sharp-witted Sermery, a young mother of six, tackles every struggle with humour. She must decide whether to leave the only culture she knows on the island and migrate to a new life in New Zealand. Anote's Ark captures the next evolution in the shifting dynamics of climate change-one where borders, technology, and global treaties are urgent and can change daily life as we know it. This portrait of the Kiribati people exudes strength of character and grace as they confront the inevitable change they are facing head-on.

    Watch the Trailer:

    This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org

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    • Thursday, October 03, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall, SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester
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    Global Tipping Points

    Making Hunger History

    What does the current state of global hunger look like? With a rapidly rising population and global temperatures rising, how will the world support the dietary needs of everyone? Can global food insecurity be reduced or eliminated? Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for this enlightening discussion with Phil Karsting of the World Food Program. Thanks to a long career in agricultural policy, Phil has a vast understanding of the factors that lead to food insecurity and the policies, as well as programs, that are effective in reducing global hunger. Phil's presentation will focus on ways in which the U.S. can, and should, act to make hunger history and the benefits that these programs can bring to the entire world.

    When: October 3rd at 6:00 pm

    Where: Mara Auditorium, SNHU

    Tickets: Members Free

    Not Yet Members - $10

    SNHU Students & Faculty - Free (w/ registration code)

    [Email council@wacnh.org to get the SNHU code]

    More about Phil Karsting


    Phil Karsting is the President and CEO of WFP USA, a nonprofit partner of the United Nations World Food Programme that supports its mission in the U.S.

    Prior to joining WFP USA, Karsting served as the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). At the Department of Agriculture, Karsting led efforts to build support for global agricultural trade and promote U.S. exports. The agency he led also partners extensively with non-government organizations to establish school feeding programs in developing countries through the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program.

    Before serving at the USDA, Karsting served in several key positions on Capitol Hill, including Chief of Staff to Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), then Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies and Legislative Assistant to Senator Jim Exon (D-NE) on agriculture and natural resource matters. Karsting also served as Senior Analyst for the Senate Budget Committee where he handled issues relating to agriculture, rural development, housing, telecommunications, energy and the environment.

    Phil received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York.

    About the World Food Program

    The World Food Program USA believes that hunger is the world’s most solvable problem. They are dedicated to ensuring that the United States builds upon its legacy of leadership toward alleviating global hunger. Through policy leadership, fundraising and strategic outreach, they persuade the American people, business community and government to support the World Food Programme and join our movement to feed the world.

    • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Last Chapter Pub, SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH
    Register


    Join the World Affairs Council of NH for a Night of Global Trivia

    Gather your team, test your knowledge, and win some great prizes!

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host a series of four global trivia nights at the Last Chapter Pub on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.  The rules are simple: no phones and no shouting out answers!  This will be a fun night of testing your knowledge of global culture, music, politics, sports, and general information. So get together with your smartest friends and come show us what you know!

    When: October 15th, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Where: Last Chapter Pub, Student Center, SNHU

    Who: General Public


    A cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase at the pub. This is a great way to get out on a Tuesday night and compete with friends.


    Hint: Engage with WACNH programs to learn the answers to some questions ahead of time. Many questions will come from topics discussed at WACNH events and in the Council's Global in the Granite State Podcast. You can listen to past episodes HERE.


    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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    Finding Refuge: Crossroads Film and Discussion Series 

    Fire at Sea

    Tuesday, November 5th, 6 PM

    Portsmouth Public Library

    175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Run Time - 114 minutes

    Following the film, there will be a facilitated discussion lead by Sara Withers, Senior Lecturer at UNH. Sara will be joined by Cheryl Hamilton of the International Institute of New England for this discussion.

    Tickets are free for the public, but space is limited. Reserve your tickets today!

    About Fire at Sea:

    Situated some 200km off Italy's southern coast, Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The resulting documentary focuses on 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy who loves to hunt with his slingshot and spend time on land even though he hails from a culture steeped in the sea.

    Watch the Trailer:





    This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

    • Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall, SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester
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    Global Tipping Points

    The Belt and Road Initiative: China's Trillion Dollar Bet to Win Global Primacy

    In 2013, China began a massive infrastructure program, initially called the New Silk Road, that would stretch all across Asia and into Europe. The idea behind the, now termed, Belt and Road Initiative is to connect China to new markets and to create a trade route that rivals the famous Silk Road of a couple thousand years ago. However, many people fear that this unprecedented program is designed to build China's power in the region through a mix of diplomacy and strong armed tactics. Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire to hear from Foreign Policy Association Fellow, Sarwar Kashmeri, about China's efforts to dominate the world through their largess. 

    When: November 12th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Where: Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall
    SNHU
    2500 North River Road 
    Manchester, NH 03106

    Tickets:

    Members - Free

    Non Members - $10

    SNHU Students & Faculty - Free (w/ registration code)


    [Email council@wacnh.org to get the SNHU code]



    More About Sarwar Kashmeri


    Sarwar Kashmeri is  a Fellow with the Foreign Policy Association, and Applied Research Fellow at the Peace & War Center, Norwich University.

    He is an author of three books and a current affairs commentator, noted for his expertise on US-EU relations, NATO, and U.S. China relations.  A former international businessman, he served as a communications adviser to several Fortune 100 companies and the World Bank, and brings a global business perspective to his work in U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy. He hosts “China in Focus” a series of podcasts on U.S./China relations for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. His latest book, “China’s Grand Strategy; Weaving a New Silk Road to Global Primacy,” was published by Praeger in July 2019. Major launches for the book include the annual meeting of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington DC (November 7, 2019)) where he and former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will introduce the book, and at the annual World Affairs Forum in New York (September 25, 2019) where he will appear with Ambassador João Vale de Almeida of Portugal, head of the EU delegation to the United Nations. The book is the Centennial publication of the Foreign Policy Association, New York.

    He served a 4 year term as non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. And lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire.

    Kashmeri earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MS in Engineering from Saint Louis University.

    Books for Sale and Signings

    Copies of Kashmeri's new book, China's Grand Strategy: Weaving a New Silk Road to Global Primacy, will be available for purchase at the event. The book can also be purchased online from: ABC-CLIOAmazonBarnes & Noble, and more. Following the end of his talk, Kashmeri will be available to sign copies. 

    • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Last Chapter Pub, SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH
    Register


    Join the World Affairs Council of NH for a Night of Global Trivia

    Gather your team, test your knowledge, and win some great prizes!

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host a series of four global trivia nights at the Last Chapter Pub on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.  The rules are simple: no phones and no shouting out answers!  This will be a fun night of testing your knowledge of global culture, music, politics, sports, and general information. So get together with your smartest friends and come show us what you know!

    When: November 19th, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Where: Last Chapter Pub, Student Center, SNHU

    Who: General Public


    A cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase at the pub. This is a great way to get out on a Tuesday night and compete with friends.


    Hint: Engage with WACNH programs to learn the answers to some questions ahead of time. Many questions will come from topics discussed at WACNH events and in the Council's Global in the Granite State Podcast. You can listen to past episodes HERE.


    • Monday, December 09, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Last Chapter Pub, SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH
    Register


    Join the World Affairs Council of NH for a Night of Global Trivia

    Gather your team, test your knowledge, and win some great prizes!

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host a series of four global trivia nights at the Last Chapter Pub on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.  The rules are simple: no phones and no shouting out answers!  This will be a fun night of testing your knowledge of global culture, music, politics, sports, and general information. So get together with your smartest friends and come show us what you know!

    When: December 9th, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Where: Last Chapter Pub, Student Center, SNHU

    Who: General Public


    A cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase at the pub. This is a great way to get out on a Tuesday night and compete with friends.


    Hint: Engage with WACNH programs to learn the answers to some questions ahead of time. Many questions will come from topics discussed at WACNH events and in the Council's Global in the Granite State Podcast. You can listen to past episodes HERE.


    • Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Dining Center (SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH)
    Register


    Featuring Ambassador Nicholas Burns: The Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard University

    Please join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire at their Annual Fall Forum on Wednesday, December 18th at Southern New Hampshire University.  This year, the Council welcomes Ambassador Nicholas Burns who will speak about the current state of American foreign policy and where it is headed.  Ambassador Burns served for 27 years in the U.S. Government as a career Foreign Service Officer, including as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to NATO, U.S. Ambassador to Greece, and State Department Spokesperson. He is currently the Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. 


    Event Information

    When: December 18th, 2019

    Reception Begins: 5:00 pm

    Event Begins: 6:00 pm

    Where: Dining Center, SNHU,

    2500 North River Road,

    Manchester, NH


    Member Tickets: $25

    Non-Member Tickets: $35

    Students: Free with Valid ID


    Event Map


    About Ambassador Burns


    Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the founder and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. 

    Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. Burns served in the United States government as a career Foreign Service Officer. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). He worked on the National Security Council as Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs; Special Assistant to President Clinton; and Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Burns served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt and Mauritania. He was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2014-2017. He is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. 1978) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. 1980) and earned the Certificat Pratique de Langue Francaise at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977).

    • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Southern NH University - Dining Center
    Register



    Registration for NH Academic WorldQuest teams!

    Please register your team(s) and pay online or by mailing a check to the WACNH office: 2500 North River Rd. Manchester, NH 03106

    For more detailed information about the competition, please visit our

    AWQ 2020 page


    The 2020 Competition Topics

    1. U.S.-Russia Relations

    2. Country in Focus: South Korea

    3. Preventing Extremism in Fragile States

    4. Oceans: The World's Garbage Dump

    5. Great Decisions

    6. Brexit and the EU

    7. China's Belt & Road Initiative

    8. Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

    9. Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council

    10.Current Events

    THANK YOU 2020 SPONSORS: 

           



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