Greetings! I wanted to share with you updates from the World Affairs Council Tacoma (WACT), and provide a brief snapshot of information about your Council that may be of interest.
Here are some near term dates you'll want to note:
March 30 - Sister Cities International Film Festival, UPS, 6PM
"Must Be Love."
As part of this year's Sister Cities International Film Festival, the WACT is sponsoring the screening on Monday, March 30 of the Philippine feature film "Must Be Love." The program will be hosted by WACT board member and former Tacoma Mayor Brian Ebersole, a tireless traveler to the Philippines, who will be speaking on the islands' history, culture and challenges, and showing clips from the documentary "Reporter's Notebook." The event will be held at the Rotunda at UPS. Doors open at 6PM, the cultural program will begin at 6:15PM, and the film will start at 7PM. Admission is free.April 15 - Travel Talk, Annie Wright Schools, 7PM
"My Life as an Older Peace Corps Volunteer"
Join former WACT board member Beth Ahlstrom who will be presenting on "My Life as an Older Peace Corps Volunteer." Hear what it's like to learn two foreign languages, live in a developing country with a family of twelve, take a bucket bath, and work in a Muslim culture in your mid-fifties. Many of you will remember Beth's excellent presentation of a year ago, on her travels in the Central African Republic.May 21 - Travel Talk, Annie Wright Schools, 7PM
"Traveling to Save the World."
University of Puget Sound Professor Nick Kontogeoropoulos will be joining us for the last program of the school year, presenting on "Traveling to Save the World;" a talk assessing the relationship between volunteer tourism and development in Thailand. All Travel Talk programs are free and open to the public.Upcoming Events!
At the end of April the Council will be presenting a program on understanding the transitions in the Middle East, as well as its first international networking event. This summer will bring a reprise of last year's very successful Wines of the World wine tasting. We'll be back to you with those details as they are finalized, but check the website
for updates. Please note that the date of this year's Consular Association Reception has been confirmed. We'll be celebrating the region's consuls on Thursday, September 24, at Annie Wright Schools, and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will be serving as the evening's Master of Ceremonies.
Chair, World Affairs Council Tacoma