Our virtual book club is open to all! It’s theme until 2021 is The Traveler’s World and features books on travel or adventure narratives. We’re very lucky to have Beth Ahlstrom, former WACT board member and seasoned international traveler, as our host. The second book we’re reading is A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby. Described as ‘a classic of travel writing,’ the book describes the author’s journey through one of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses in the world—the mountains of Afghanistan. Deemed ‘one of the best books about mountaineering ever written, and certainly one of the funniest,’ we think you’ll enjoy it as much as the book club discussion which follows. Please plan to join us.
Are you interested in discussing America's role in the world? The World Affairs Council of Tacoma is starting a monthly discussion group focused on U.S. foreign policy, to be conducted through Zoom. You don't need to be an expert to participate, just someone who is interested in learning more about topical issues and exchanging views with fellow citizens. While future meetings will have a specific regional or thematic focus, the first discussion will be looking at the current status of America's role in the world more generally - but feel free to bring up any specific issues that are especially important to you!
The October discussion will be led by Professor John Lucas, a political and social science instructor at Pierce College. In order to get the discussion started, here is a very short article to read:
Joseph Nye, "Is Trump a Turning Point?"
If you would like some additional background on the status of the international order, here are two readings from Foreign Affairs. They are free, but you need to register with the site:
Nadia Schadlow, "The End of American Illusion"
Richard Haass, "Present at the Disruption"
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