Open World: Ukraine – Combatting Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking and Forced Labor

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is pleased to welcome an Open World Program from Ukraine to Louisville under the auspices of the Open World Leadership Center and U.S. Legislative Branch! The program, titled, “Combatting Human Trafficking – Sex Trafficking and Forced Labor,” will take place from March 17th through 24th, 2017.

This program requires home host families in the Louisville area! Please reach out to Brian Easley at WAC to volunteer as a host family if interested!

 

IVLP: SCA RP – Ending Gender-Based Violence

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is pleased to welcome an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Regional Project for South and Central Asia to Louisville under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State! The program, titled “Ending Gender Based Violence” will take place from March 14th through 17th, 2017. WAC has partnered with World Learning to bring the delegation to Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

 

PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVES

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

  •  Examine the impact of genderbased violence on families and communities and the benefits of preventing such violence
  • Examine social service agencies involved in gender-based and domestic abuse prevention and treatment and assistance to victims
  • Review treatment program protocols for abusers, from intake to reintegration into the community;
  • Demonstrate public/private partnerships and cooperative efforts to improve community welfare and prevent domestic abuse; and
  • Illustrate various types of public advocacy campaigns.

IVLP: NEA RP – Human and Civil Rights Advocacy and Awareness

IVLP LogoThe World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is pleased to welcome an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Regional Project for Near East and North Africa to Louisville under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State! The program, titled, “Human and Civil Rights Advocacy and Awareness,” will take place from March 12th through 15th, 2017. WAC has partnered with Meridian International Center to bring the delegation to Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Project Objectives

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

  • Examine the historical context of human rights advocacy in the U.S., and the contemporary foreign policy issues resulting from the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • Illustrate the influence of human and civil rights activists on policy at the national, state and local levels through lobbying, media, and grassroots campaigns;
  • Explore the role and organizational structure of associations, NGOs, and religious organizations in advancing U.S. civil rights and equal opportunity; and
  • Analyze a variety of human rights concerns related to issues including disability rights, freedom of press/speech/religion, access to education, and due process.

Trump and China: War or Peace in Asia

Join the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana on Tuesday, February 28 at the University of Louisville (University Club and Alumni Center) for our “World @ Home” Monthly Speaker Series event. This February, we’ll be welcoming Gordon Chang.

Event Description:

This lecture will discuss Gordon Chang’s book, “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World” and will be followed by a book-signing and dinner.

Media Sponsor: 89.3 WFPL NEWS

Event Agenda:

5:30 P.M. | Event Registration and Networking Reception
6:00 P.M. | Program Commences
7:00 P.M. | Conclusion of Program
7:15 P.M. | Dinner (for those with reservations)

Cost:

General Public (Non-members) | Presentation only = $20/person; presentation + dinner = $50/person
World Affairs Council Paid Members* | Presentation only = FREE; presentation + dinner = $30/person

*[Members include: Student Backpackers ($25 level), World Travelers ($100 level), & Global Leaders ($250 level)]

To register for this event:

WAC has recently transferred to a new online ticketing service! You will now be able to register for events and/or purchase tickets online all in the same place with a lower transaction fee. With this change, all WAC paying members (Network, Student Backpacker, World Traveler, and Global Leader members) and non-members will register and/or purchase tickets through the same webpage. Complimentary tickets for paying members can be claimed on the same page. If you have any questions or concerns about this new process, please feel free to contact our office at 502-561-5422 or at contact@worldkentucky.org. Thank you!

 

WAC Paying Members and Non-members alike — please click below to register for the event:

 

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Meet our Featured Guest:

 

Gordon G. Chang is the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World, released by Random House in January 2006. Showdown focuses on nuclear proliferation in general and the North Korean crisis in particular. His first book is The Coming Collapse of China (Random House, August 2001). He is a columnist at The Daily Beast and a contributor at Forbes.com. He blogs at World Affairs Journal.

Chang lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades, most recently in Shanghai, as Counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss and earlier in Hong Kong as Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie.

His writings on China and North Korea have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and Barron’s.

He has spoken at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale, and other universities and at The Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, RAND, the American Enterprise Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and other institutions. He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the Pentagon. He has also spoken before industry and investor groups including Bloomberg, Sanford Bernstein, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia. Chang has appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Chang has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, the BBC, and Bloomberg Television. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is a regular co-host and guest on The John Batchelor Show.

Outside the United States he has spoken in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, The Hague, London, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

He has served two terms as a trustee of Cornell University.

Pop-Up Discussion: Voices From Refugees Through The Decades

Surprise! The next WAC pop-up discussion is Tuesday, February 21st at our Portland offices!

Louisville has been settling refugees from conflict zones for decades. Many are now permanent residents or citizens of the U.S., and contributes to the economic, cultural and religious richness of our city.

Stepping back from the political, practical and moral issues of the immigration ban, we hear from former refugees representing a “targeted” group through the decades since 1980s to the present. In their own voices, we ask, how unique is the current rhetoric and tensions about immigration compared to when they came? Today, it is about fear of Muslims, what about in past decades?

Join WAC and former refugees for a different look at the immigration ban. Panelists will include Firas Hamza, Djenita Pasic, and Van Tran. This discussion will be moderated by Antigona Mehani of the Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Space is limited – you must register to attend. Reserve your place today.

 
This is meant to be an inclusive, informal discussion, covering numerous perspectives and viewpoints!
 
Location: 2500 Montgomery Street, Suite 7
Louisville, KY 40212
 
Reception: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Discussion and Q/A: 6:00 – 7:00pm
 
Paid WAC Members – $5
Non-members and WAC Free Network Members – $10
Students w/ID – Free
You can always pay by cash/credit/check at the door upon arrival at WAC.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

 
More details soon on speakers, food, etc.! See you on the 21st!

Valentine’s Day Members’ Briefing with the Canadian Consul General

 

Come celebrate one of the United States of America’s longest running affairs on Valentine’s Day with the Consul General of Canada, Douglas George!

This WAC/GLI Members Only* event is part of “Canada Week” in Kentucky, when the Consul General will visit and undertake several events to highlight the importance of Canada’s relationship with our region.

Cost: $20 for WAC and GLI Members with current paid memberships

The Consul General will deliver remarks at the event highlighting Canada-US ties, Canada-Kentucky ties, and Canada-US cooperation in the world. He’ll promote stronger political, economic, and commercial relations between Canada and our region.

*This is a World Affairs Council and Greater Louisville, Inc Members only event! Only current paid WAC Student Backpacker, World Traveler, and Global Leader Members will have access to ticketing for the event, along with current paid GLI Members. Our Free Network Members will not have access to the event, similarly, our Free Network Members do not receive free passes or discounts to our “World @ Home’ Monthly Speaker Series, only emeila notifications about events – even more reason to become a paid member today!

Media Sponsor: 89.3 WFPL NEWS

More about our guest, Douglas George, Consul General of Canada:

Douglas George is the Consul General of Canada in Detroit, and is responsible for the States of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He is a career diplomat with over 30 years of experience, and most recently served as Canada’s Ambassador to Kuwait. Recognized as a trade policy expert, Mr. George has worked in numerous economic posts at Global Affairs Canada, including the Commercial Policy Division, the GATT Division, and the US Trade and Economic Policy Division. He served as Senior Departmental Advisor to Canada’s Minister of International Trade as well as Director of the Softwood Lumber Division, the Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division, and the Tariffs and Goods Market Access Division.

Abroad, Consul General George has directed trade policy issues at the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels as well as serving as a negotiator at the Canadian mission to the GATT/World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He also served in Kingston, Jamaica.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Zoology) from the University of Toronto and his Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

IVLP: Multi-Regional Project – Education and Activism for Young Women

 

IVLP LogoThe World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is pleased to welcome an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Multi-Regional Project to Louisville under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State! The program, titled, “Education and Activism for Young Women,” will take place from February 8th through 14th, 2017. WAC will partner with the Mississippi Consortium for International Development to bring the delegation to Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Description

Peace and security, as well as greater national economic development and prosperity; all Department of State strategic goals; are positively correlated with the degree of human rights and civic involvement accorded to women. While furtherance of these rights is the responsibility of everyone, gains can also be made by encouraging the leadership skills, knowledge, and expectations of the next generation of female politicians, entrepreneurs, and social activists. The project will seek to engage current leaders in enlarging young women’s sphere of possibility, self-confidence, and visions for change, as well as exploring ways to give them the tools and professional networks they need to launch their ideas into the world. Participants will interact with public, private, academic, religious, and grassroots organizations to learn about best practices in responsible citizen activism and leadership for women. The project will include volunteer activities, professional networking, and opportunities for participants to share empowerment strategies they use in their home countries and their careers.

Project Objectives

  • Examine ways to cultivate leadership in young women and encourage them to take action to improve communities through developing skills such as critical thinking, overcoming internalized stereotypes, identifying and challenging inequality, public speaking, managerial skills, and team building;
  • Emphasize the importance of girls’ and women’s leadership through entry into nontraditional fields and careers, and through civic participation and volunteerism all components of robust democratic life in the United States and around the world; and
  • Explore creative partnerships between non-governmental organizations, community groups, public and private schools and government agencies in addressing young women’s development

Project Content

  • Visit corporate-funded initiatives emphasizing professional skills for women in areas of volunteerism, fundraising, business entrepreneurship, employment in nontraditional fields, and organizational leadership;
  • Visit NGOs and discuss government initiatives empowering young women;
  • Visit schools and programs that highlight leadership development, civic involvement and incorporate community action; or that include programs for at-risk youth, especially girls;
  • Meet with representatives of nationwide youth, community service and girls-serving clubs and organizations such as 4-H, YWCA, Girls on the Run and the Girl Scouts;
  • Assess online community building models that give a voice to the voiceless; and
  • Provide opportunities for participants to discuss and develop empowerment strategies they could use in their home countries.

Participants

This project is intended for NGO leaders, educators, and volunteers who work with young women to develop their leadership skills and encourage them to take more active leadership roles in their communities. Participants speak and understand English fluently.

Congratulations to DuPont Manual High School!

2017 Academic WorldQuest™ Regional Competition, 1st Place: DuPont Manual High School
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Team members: Agharnan Gandhi, Mark Raj, Aditya Mehta, Abilash Thout, Matthew Raj; Coach: Esther Tamplin

Congratulations to Coach Esther Tamplin and the team from DuPont Manual High School! This team placed 1st overall at the regional round of the World Affairs Councils of America’s 2017 Academic WorldQuest™ Competition! The competition was held at Bellarmine University on Saturday, February 4, 2017. They competed against 9 high school teams from across the region in a thrilling competition testing their knowledge of international affairs.

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is proud to have had this accomplished team represent our council at this year’s competition! Congratulations to their coach, Esther Tamplin, and the team! What a fantastic job! The team will head to Washington, D.C. in late April for the national round at the National Press Club on April 29th, 2017!

Interested in learning more about Academic WorldQuest™? Visit our Academic WorldQuest™ Page for more info!

IVLP: Multi-Regional Project – Investigative Journalism

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is pleased to welcome an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to Louisville under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State! The program, titled, “Investigative Journalism,” will take place from February 4th through February 8th, 2017. WAC will partner with FHI 360 to bring the delegation to Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Description

Freedom of expression is one of the fundamental pillars of an open and democratic society and a hallmark of the United States. This project will support the Department’s strategic goal of enhancing democracy throughout the world. The project will explore the role that investigative journalists play in U.S. society as they raise awareness of issues of social concern and inform the public about corruption, graft, abuse of power and other issues that impact government, local communities, business, the environment, health, safety, and society. Participants will explore the values and ethics that underlie investigative journalism and will examine the impact of investigative journalism on U.S. history as well as on current politics and society. They will also assess the impact of social media, citizen journalism, and alternative forms of reporting.

 

Project Objectives

 Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and the principles and laws governing the press in the United States;

 Gain an understanding of the evolution, current status, and trends in investigative journalism in the United States;

 Explore unique aspects that distinguish investigative reporting from traditional journalism;

 Understand the role that investigative journalists play in U.S. society as they raise awareness of issues of social concern and report on illegal, irregular, or abusive actions on behalf of government, politicians, criminals or corporations; and

 Assess the impact of social media, new communication technologies, citizen journalism, and alternative forms of investigative reporting.

 

Project Content

 Expose diverse print, broadcast, and on-line media outlets including large, small, community, emerging, alternative, and well-established operations;

 Discuss with journalists and editors the challenges they face such as time and financial constraints; editorial, libel, privacy, ethical and national security issues; and repercussions of released investigative stories;

 Provide case studies of investigative journalism pieces that made a strong impact on the community and if possible, meet with the reporters of the stories;

 Meet with professional organizations such as Investigative Reporters and Editors and NGOs such as the Center for Public Integrity, as well as investigative journalism networks to discuss best practices; and

 Provide sessions at a university or an institute with a strong investigative journalism program.

 

Participants

This project is designed for investigative journalists, reporters, and editors from wire services, print, TV, radio, and digital media, as well as professors of journalism. Participants must speak and understand English fluently.

Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy

Join the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana on Tuesday, January 24 at the University of Louisville (University Club and Alumni Center) for our “World @ Home” Monthly Speaker Series event. This January, we’ll be welcoming Edward Alden, the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness.

Event Description:

This lecture will discuss the federal government’s failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining programs, education, infrastructure, and support for innovation. The event will be followed by a book-signing of Edward Alden’s new book, “Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy” and dinner at the University Club.

Event Agenda:

5:30 P.M. | Event Registration and Networking Reception
6:00 P.M. | Program Commences
7:00 P.M. | Conclusion of Program
7:15 P.M. | Dinner (for those with reservations)

Cost:

General Public (Non-members) | Presentation only = $20/person; presentation + dinner = $50/person
World Affairs Council Paid Members* | Presentation only = FREE; presentation + dinner = $30/person

*[Members include: Student Backpackers ($25 level), World Travelers ($100 level), & Global Leaders ($250 level)]

To register for this event:

WAC has recently transferred to a new online ticketing service! You will now be able to register for events and/or purchase tickets online all in the same place with a lower transaction fee. With this change, all WAC paying members (Network, Student Backpacker, World Traveler, and Global Leader members) and non-members will register and/or purchase tickets through the same webpage. Complimentary tickets for paying members can be claimed on the same page. If you have any questions or concerns about this new process, please feel free to contact our office at 502-561-5422 or at contact@worldkentucky.org. Thank you!

 

WAC Paying Members and Non-members alike — please click on the button below to register for the event:

 

 

Meet our Featured Guest:

Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness. He is the author of the new book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, which focuses on the federal government’s failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining programs, education, infrastructure, and support for innovation. In addition, Alden is the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and coauthor of a recent CFR Discussion Paper “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States.”

Alden’s previous book, The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11, was a finalist for the Lukas Book Prize, for narrative nonfiction, in 2009. The jury called Alden’s book “a masterful job of comprehensive reporting, fair-minded analysis, and structurally sound argumentation.” Alden was the project codirector of the 2011 CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy, which was co-chaired by former White House chief of staff Andrew Card and former Senate majority leader Thomas Daschle. Alden was the project director of the 2009 CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy. Alden was previously the Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times and prior to that was the newspaper’s Canada bureau chief, based in Toronto. He worked as a reporter at the Vancouver Sun and was the managing editor of the newsletter Inside U.S. Trade, widely recognized as a leading source of reporting on U.S. trade policies. Alden has won several national and international awards for his reporting. He has done numerous TV and radio appearances as an analyst on political and economic issues, including on PBS NewsHour, NPR, BBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. His work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Fortune, and Toronto Globe and Mail.

Alden earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Berkeley, and pursued doctoral studies before returning to a journalism career. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of British Columbia. Alden was the winner of numerous academic awards, including a Mellon fellowship in the humanities and a MacArthur Foundation graduate fellowship.