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January news and events!

Monday, January 25, 2016 3:32 PM | Anonymous



January 2016 E-NEWS



Celebrate International Women's Day this March!
Join us for screenings of He Named Me Malala at Southern New Hampshire University and Red River Theatres

In 2015, The World Economic Forum estimated that the gender gap wouldn't entirely close until 2133! This is why the theme of this year's  International Women's Day is Pledge for Parity - a promise to take concrete steps to close the gender gap and achieve gender parity more quickly. Given this theme, we are excited to host two screenings of He Named Me Malala, one on International Women's Day - Tuesday, March 8 - at Southern New Hampshire University and another on Wednesday, March 23 at Red River Theatres in Concord as part of our ongoing Crossroads International Film & Discussion series. REGISTER NOW!

"HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’  education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund." Find out more about the screenings on our event page.

High School Educators and Students:
Academic WorldQuest Registration Open until February 1 Winning Team Will Travel to Washington DC to Represent NH!


Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the world, participate in a fun, low-pressure competition, and possibly win a trip to Washington D.C. to represent New Hampshire in the National Academic WorldQuest competition! 

Academic WorldQuest, WACNH's newest education program, is a quiz-style, team competition testing high school students' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history and culture.  Teams compete by answering 10 rounds of multiple choice questions on critical global issues.  A study guide is provided with detailed resources on each of the categories to help students and the team adviser (usually a teacher) to prepare for the competition.  Questions for the competition are drawn from the resources in the study guide. The statewide competition will be held at SNHU on Saturday, March 5 at 10 AM.

Also at this year's competition, our keynote speaker, Deepika Kurup will tell the inspiring story of how she working to make the world a better place! Deepika, a former student at Nashua High School and current student at Harvard University, developed a simple and inexpensive water purification technique using solar energy.  For her invention, she was awarded first prize at the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and the 2014 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize.  In January 2015, Deepika was named as one of Forbes' 30 under 30 in Energy. 

We just extended the team registration deadline to Monday, February 1, so head over to our website for more information on how to register your school's team TODAY! The competition is made possible through support from the Mayer Foundation, Sidore Foundation and Southern New Hampshire University.

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Council to host three international delegations during Presidential Primary


Emerging leaders from Brazil, Macedonia and the UK will visit the Granite State during Primary Week to learn more about our First-in-the-nation tradition. The groups, part of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, will exchange ideas with local professionals on news coverage of the primary and youth engagement and leadership in politics. LEARN MORE about this special program and how you can get involved as a citizen diplomat!

Annual Fund gifts support Council programs

Thank you! Together, the Council's members and friends raised more than $20,000 for our Annual Fund, supporting the many free programs we offer for local communities and schools. We are excited to be kicking off another stellar year of programs in 2016, thanks to you!

Seth Goldman, Diplomacy Begins Here Manchester speaker, to be named 2016 Citizen Diplomat of the Year by Global Ties U.S.

In recognition of his commitment to fostering global well-being, Global Ties U.S. will present him with the award as part of the 2016 National Meeting in Washington, DC on January 29.

Seth Goldman co-founded Honest Tea out of his home in 1998 with Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management, and from the beginning they were committed to social responsibility, including sourcing ingredients from organic farms and reinvesting in those communities.

Today, Honest Tea is the nation's top selling organic bottled tea, and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. In recognition of his efforts to use and promote business practices that foster social and economic development across the world, Global Ties U.S. will honor Seth Goldman with the 2016 Citizen Diplomat Award at the network's National Meeting. Goldman served as the keynote speaker of the Council's Diplomacy Begins Here Summit in Manchester last August.

WINTER Community Events Calendar

Great Decisions

8-week Foreign Policy Discussion Group

Tuesdays at the Portsmouth Public Library



Different Roots, Common Dreams

Becky Field

Sunday, January 24 at 2 PM

Nashua Public Library



Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific

Monday, January 25 at 4:30 PM

Kriendler Conference Hall

Dickey Center, Dartmouth, Hanover


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