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





April 2016 E-NEWS





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.


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.

Upcoming Programs - EVENTS CALENDAR






April 12
Global Tipping
Points Series

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


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


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


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.





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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.

Buy your tickets TODAY!

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 - 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

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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phone: 603.314.7970


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