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    • Sunday, March 07, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Registration for NH (and Albany-area) Academic WorldQuest teams!

    Please register your team(s) here. Thanks to a generous donor, WACNH has waived the registration fee for the 2021 competition.

    This year, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is proud to be partnering with three of our fantastic sister Councils from across the East Coast for our most exciting Academic WorldQuest yet!

    With the help and support of the World Affairs Council of Maine, the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, the Tennessee World Affairs Council, and the Vermont Council on World Affairs, 2021 will see our first ever all-virtual AWQ High School competition featuring teams from eight different states! Interested teams will register through their respective state's Council and the Top 3 teams from each state will earn the right to compete in the World Affairs Councils of America's Academic WorldQuest National Competition in April, with our competition's overall winners and runner-ups getting great prizes along the way.

    The competition will be hosted on Sunday, March 7th from 2 to 5pm EST virtually utilizing the Wonder.me platform (similar to Zoom) for team coordinating/competition presenting and MyQuiz.org for question answering.

    A Practice Day will be held on Sunday, February 7th at 2pm for interested and registered teams to better familiarize themselves with the virtual format. Be sure to email mpappas@wacnh.org to let us know if your team will be participating.

    For more detailed information about the competition, please visit our

    AWQ 2021 page

    The 2021 Competition Topics

    1. Global Protests

    2. Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On

    3. International Labour Organization (ILO)

    4. The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century

    5. Great Decisions*

    6. Country in Focus: Uzbekistan

    7. Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict

    8. Fraying Alliances

    9. Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy

    10. Current Events

    Study Guide: Download Now

    Great Decision Study Materials:Access Here*

    *This year for the first time, the World Affairs Councils of America have made the study materials for the "Great Decisions" Category available for all students to access, and as such it will be included as one of our competition categories.

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    1st Place:

    Four $2500 CIEE High School Scholarships*

    2nd Place:

    Four $2000 CIEE High School Scholarships*

    *These are individual, non-transferable scholarships that can be applied to any one of CIEE’s High School programs for the 2021-2022 academic year, including Summer 2021.

    • Monday, March 08, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • www.wacnh.org

    Women Changing the World:

    A Panel Discussion with New

    Hampshire Women Leaders

    March 8th is International Women's Day! Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for our virtual celebration with a panel featuring three international non-profit leaders that call New Hampshire home. Tune in as Dr. Catherine Rielly of Rubia Handwork, Katherine Kolios of Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, and Blair Demers of Education for All Children talk about the meaningful work that their organizations do, and discuss their experiences as women leading non-profits in New Hampshire.

    Following the opening remarks of the speakers, a moderated Question and Answer session will be held. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org, posted in either of the YouTube or Facebook Live chats, or the messenger app on our website. Tune in to the Council website for this virtual event at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

    When: Monday, March 8th from 6 - 7pm

    Where: wacnh.org

    About Blair Demers

    Blair Demers is the U.S. Executive Director of Education for All Children (EFAC), an education-to-employment program for talented, disadvantaged Kenyan youth with offices in Portsmouth, NH and Nairobi, Kenya. In her role, Blair combines her passion for Africa with her deep commitment to creating opportunities for young people where none would otherwise exist. Blair began her career in the nonprofit sector at SMART, a San Francisco-based educational organization serving low-income, academically motivated middle school students. Blair’s tenure there spanned six years and included the positions of Program Director, Development Director and Executive Director. 

    After moving to New Hampshire in 2007, Blair joined the board of the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle and played an integral role in the organization’s growth as a grant-making body in New Hampshire. Serving as Chair of the Giving Circle from 2010-2012, Blair managed a strategic planning process with regard to the group’s membership, fundraising, grant-making, organizational structure, and sustainability. She also served as Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Regional Advisory Board and Chair of their Grants Committee from 2014-2020. Blair graduated from Princeton University in 1996 with a BA in History with Honors and a certificate in African Studies. In 2019, she earned her graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins. Blair lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with her husband, Jeff, and three teenaged daughters.

    About Katherine Kolios

    Katherine Kolios’s experience spans more than a decade working in education, sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, and malaria prevention. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of Rain for the Sahel and Sahara - a grassroots NGO that forges partnerships with rural and nomadic peoples in Niger to enable enduring and relevant livelihoods through access to education and opportunity. She joined RAIN in 2017 having lived, worked, and studied in Francophone communities throughout Africa, South America, and Europe. Katherine has experience working in the field and in headquarters of organizations large and small. Currently, she leads RAIN’s strategic planning, serves as the liaison between Niger and U.S. operations, and ensures RAIN has the resources needed to implement programs effectively in tandem with community partners. She is a graduate of Brandeis University’s Health: Science, Society and Policy program.

    About Catherine Rielly

    Catherine Rielly has been president of Rubia Handwork since it received its 501c3 non-profit status in 2009. In 2013, Rachel Lehr passed the torch to her as Executive Director. Previously Dr. Rielly taught international community economic development for eight years at Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Economic Development where she was Professor and International Academic Program Chair.

    A Political Economist, she has conducted research, training, and technical assistance for the past twenty-five years on women’s empowerment, public policy, economics, democratization and governance, for the following organizations: the Harvard Institute for International Development, UNIFEM, UNFPA, UNDP, the Asian Development Bank, USAID, the Governments of Mali, Zambia, and Uganda, and the Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on women’s economic empowerment and fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS through building women’s financial independence. As a Fulbright Scholar in Cameroon, she conducted doctoral research on women’s participation in informal savings and credit organizations and the gender-specific division of labor and income.

    She received her Ph.D. and Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and her B.A in History from Stanford University. Dr. Rielly has conducted comparative research and written journal articles on policy processes in over twenty countries.

WACNH is currently working on scheduling our spring 2020 programming. Please check back regularly, as we will add events as we confirm speakers and dates. 

*We encourage advance registration for all of our programs. For events with a ticket price, online payments can be made using PayPal. If you prefer to register or pay over the phone, please contact our office: 603.314.7970

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