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NEWS & August Events

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

A preview of what's coming up this fall!





August 2016 E-NEWS






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


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








Latest news






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.


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


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!


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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