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February 2016 E-NEWS



11 High School Teams to Compete in 2nd Annual Academic WorldQuest Competition at SNHU on March 5

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!


Nearly 50 local high school students will compete in the Council's 2nd annual Academic WorldQuest competition on Saturday, March 5 at the SNHU Hospitality Center. The public is invited to attend and cheer on their favorite team, hear from keynote speaker Deepika Kurup or play along! Details here.

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 and the winning team will represent NH in Washington, D.C. in April at the national competition.

Also at this year's state 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. In January 2015, Deepika was named as one of Forbes' 30 under 30 in Energy. 

The competition is made possible through support from the Mayer Foundation, Sidore Foundation and Southern New Hampshire University.
To sign up as a sponsor, contact Executive Director Anna Berry.



Global Tipping Points Kicks-Off March 1
Insecure World speakers will tackle national security, refugee crisis and more

The 11th season of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire's flagship speaker series, Global Tipping Points, will kick-off on Tuesday, March 1 at UNH Manchester. The series includes expert insight into critical international issues and opportunity for discussion that goes beyond the headlines. The programs are presented free and open to the public and will focus on the theme of “Insecure World.” The events are presented in partnership with UNH Manchester’s homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs. REGISTER NOW!


Insecure World: A three-part series on current world affairs

Presented by the World Affairs Council of NH & UNH Manchester

Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill)

Free & open to the Public! Advance registration encouraged online or by calling 603.314.7970

Tuesday, March 1 at 6 PM 

Global Exodus: What Comes Next for the World’s Growing Number of Refugees

Greece’s Consul General in Boston, Iphigenia Kanara, will address the global refugee crisis caused by war and persecution and the balance between security and human rights in the European Union’s response.

Tuesday, April 12 at 6 PM

An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home

Juliette Kayyem, former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama, will elaborate on her simple message and plan for keeping Americans safe: security begins at home. Read her latest article for CNN on the Zika virus.

Tuesday, May 3 at 6 PM

A House Divided: Islam in Today’s Middle East

Geneive Abdo is a fellow at the Brookings Institution researching Iran and political Islam. She will explore how an ancient religious schism is fueling modern conflict between Sunni and Shia powers, fracturing the region.

This program was made possible, in part, with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at



Upcoming Programs - Events Calendar





March 1
Global Tipping Points

Saturday, March 5
Academic WorldQuest

March 23
Crossroads International Film & Discussion Series:
He Named me Malala

Iphigenia Kanara, Consul General of Greece in Boston, addresses the ongoing refugee crisis and Greece and the EU's role in part one of our spring Global Tipping Points series.

6 PM
UNH Manchester Multi-Purpose Room
88 Commercial Street, Manchester


The public is invited to help kick-off the 2nd annual Academic WorldQuest competition with a keynote speech by young innovator Deepika Kurup.

10 AM
Hospitality Center, SNHU
2500 N River Road 


Celebrate International Women's Day with a screening of a new documentary on Malala Yousafzai at Red River Theatres as part of our ongoing Crossroads series, sponsored by the Lantos Foundation.

7 PM
Red River Theatres
11 S. Main Street





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Join Thursday's Cover to Cover call on The Industries of the Future!

February's Cover to Cover presented by the World Affairs Councils of America will feature innovation expert Alec Ross on his new book The Industries of the Future, on Thursday, February 11, at 2 PM. 

Alec Ross served for four years as Senior Adviser for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an adviser to investors, corporations, and government leaders. (Full bio)

The Industries of the Future explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next ten years, from cybersecurity and big data to the commercialization of genomics to the code-ification of money, markets and trust.

Dial-in information for participants:

Please dial in shortly before 2:00 ET, as the prompts can take a minute or two:

Access Number:   1-218-895-7963 -- Passcode:   2016#

Meet Council Intern Kristine Adams

The Council welcomes Kristine Adams, a Senior at Saint Anselm College and Alton native, as an intern for the spring semester. Kristine is an international relations and Spanish double major, politics minor. She is also a NH Institute of Politics Ambassador and resident assistant. Kristine has studied abroad in Argentina and served as a research assistant to a Saint Anselm professor during a trip to Bosnia.

Welcome, Kristine! (photo: Saint Anselm College)

Associate Director Tim Horgan Serves as Speaker at National Global Ties U.S. Meeting

Tim Horgan, Associate Director of the Council, was recently 

featured as an expert speaker at the national meeting of Global Ties U.S. The annual meeting, held in Washington, D.C, last month, is the premier gathering of organizations, U.S. government agencies and leaders in the international exchange field. Tim was included in a panel of experts providing professional development for attendees on the topic of virtual reality, sharing his experiences developing digital exchange programs online for participants of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.

Don't Forget to Vote! TODAY is Primary Day!

Find out where the candidates for President stand on foreign policy and America's global role via the Council on Foreign Relations' 2016 candidate guide. CFR is a non-partisan organization.

WINTER Community Events Calendar

Great Decisions

8-week Foreign Policy Discussion Group

Tuesdays at the Portsmouth Public Library


Love is a Verb

Film Screening Presented by the Turkish Cultural Center

Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 PM


Results Workshop: Ending Global Poverty Through Citizen Advocacy

Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 PM

Winchell Room, 450 Pine Street, Manchester

Presented by:


Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin

Fiona Hill

Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 PM

NH Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College, Manchester 


* Events not sponsored or endorsed by the World Affairs Council of NH

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