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WACA Weekly Newsletter: September 17, 2018

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September 17, 2018

WACA Weekly

WACA Conference: New Speakers and Scholarship Deadline; KNOW NOW with Santa Fe CIR; Future of Korea Grant Series; International Day of Peace; Global Ties U.S. Poster Proposal; Our Podcasts; Council News and Programs

WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

November 7-9

The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

Register for the WACA 2018 Conference

Councils: Just One Week to Nominate

Your Scholarship Student!

Plus: Ten New Scholarships for DC-based Undergraduates

The WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, will be offering 25 scholarships for undergraduate students to the WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order, November 7-9 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The purpose of both scholarship programs is the same: to advance WACA's and the Council Network's shared educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. All selected students will enjoy full access to the Conference.

The deadline for Council nominations of undergraduate students in their city or region for the 25 slots is this Friday, September 21.

WACA is also pleased to offer 10 new scholarships to DC-area undergraduates to cover Conference registration fees. Funding for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rothrock Charitable Gift Fund. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 10.

Please use this Application Form and send your resume, a statement of interest, and a letter of reference to

New Speakers on U.S.-China Trade War

Amy P. Celico


Albright Stonebridge Group

Robert D. Atkinson


Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Bookmark the WACA 2018 National Conference website for speaker and program updates!

KNOW NOW: Valerie Plame on the State of U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Sandy Campbell, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations - our Council of the Month - will moderate a KNOW NOW conference call with Valerie Plame, former career CIA covert operations officer (left), on Tuesday, September 25, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.

Register now!

USIP's 2018 #PeaceDayChallenge

The United States Institute of Peace's Peace Day Challenge coincides with the International Day of Peace on September 21 to raise the profile of the day and affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the news.

It is all about inspiring a day of action, focused on building peace through real-life activities, and then sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.

This summer, USIP collaborated with Scholastic to create a new Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge in 2018. This is being distributed to 50,000 middle school classrooms across the U.S. to support educators and their students in taking action on the International Day of Peace and continuing their learning and engagement all year long.

Here is what Councils need to effectively participate in USIP's Peace Day Challenge this year:

·     The website is the hub for information, action ideas, and other resources to support engagement in the Peace Day Challenge. 

·     For more on USIP's public education work, click here.

Personal contact information for Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education at USIP: or 202-429-3894. We encourage you to contact her for action ideas, advice, or other suggestions to support your Council's engagement in the Peace Day Challenge.

*USIP and WAC Harrisburg team up to present "International Peace Symposium" on September 22 - see more details below in Council Highlights.

Call for Poster Proposals: 2019 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting

Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State, is seeking poster proposals highlighting research on foreign policy, international exchanges, nonprofit management, and advocacy. Selected posters will be displayed at the Global Ties National Meeting in January.

The Poster Session is an opportunity for academics, scholars, students, and researchers to present their work to a global network of public and private sector partners. View last year’s examples.

Please read the FAQs and send in your proposal by October 1 through the online application link. For any questions, contact Franzi Rook at

Listen to Cover to Cover's C.J. Chivers on Podcast

Author C.J. Chivers

Cover to Cover in September featured a conversation with C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, on his new book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Listen to the podcast of our conference call with C.J. Chivers on his new book.

Listen to August's podcasts!

Amb. Vicki Huddleston on Our Woman in Havana. Listen here.

Author Jeff Lilley on Have the Mountains Fallen? Listen here.

October on tap

Join us for WACA's Cover to Cover with Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, on her new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, on October 23.

You are able to contribute to the WACA at no additional cost to you. If you shop at Amazon through this link or the Amazon Smile logo to the left, a portion of your purchase will be donated to WACA. Bookmark our page today!

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