Travel Talk

Each month in the fall and spring the World Affairs Council Tacoma presents Travel Talk, a series featuring provocative speakers, fascinating countries, and important issues from around the globe.

Both members and the public are invited to attend Travel Talk free of charge. All talks are hosted by Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma unless otherwise noted. Click here for directions to Annie Wright Schools.

Each presentation will begin at 7:00 PM and run until roughly 8:30 PM. Click show details on the events below to learn more about our upcoming events!

We want to thank Seasons Travel for sponsoring the 2017-2018 Travel Talks.

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Upcoming Talks

    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Great Hall, Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma WA 98403
    Three people pose on the Great Wall of China

    Please note the date change for this event. Make sure to join us on February 28 at Annie Wright Schools for this event - no RSVP necessary!

    Wine made in China? Yes, and it is a bigger thing than you might think. Since 2013, Professor Pierre Ly and his wife Cynthia Howson have spent their summers traveling Chinese wine country to meet the farmers, entrepreneurs and winemakers who are rocking the wine world. Wine, and even wine tourism, have brought new opportunities for economic development in several provinces. Pierre Ly will share his experience traveling China through wine.

    Pierre Ly is Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound, where he teaches courses on NGOs, global trade and wine. He and his wife Cynthia Howson (Lecturer at University of Washington Tacoma) are writing a book about Chinese wine.

    View the Facebook event page here.

    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Great Hall, Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma WA 98403

    Three pro-independence demonstrators with a Catalonia flag in a large crowd

    Political scientist Allison Jansen shares her front row view of the fall 2017 events in Barcelona/Catalonia: the October 1 referendum vote for independence, the massive mobilization of citizens on both sides, and the Spanish government’s response and takeover of the Catalonian government. She additionally will provide historical background plus updates and analysis of the situation following the December 21 election to reconstitute the government.

    Join us at our Travel Talk on April 18 at Annie Wright Schools - no RSVP necessary!

    View a print-ready flyer for this event here and the Facebook event page here.

Past events

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Travel Talk: Seeking The Booby: My Adventure in the Galapagos Islands
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Travel Talk: Mingalabar! On the Road to Mandalay
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Exploring Taiwan: A Nation in the Balance
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Travel Talk: A Misunderstood People: Some Thoughts on Fulbrighting in Russia and Meeting Everyday Russians
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Travel Talk: From There to Here: International Students Journey to the United States
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Travel Talk: The Adventures and Wisdom from a Gap Year Student
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Travel with Restriction: Iran
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Travel With Purpose
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Travel Talk: Here, There and Back Again
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Travel Talk: Antarctica: Cleaning Up After Science
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Travel Talk: Morocco: The Muslim Kingdom by the Sea
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Travel Talk: Indian Ocean: Scientific Expedition
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Travel Talk: Slovakia: Little Tiger of Europe
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Travel Talk: Nepal Service and Study Tour
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Travel Talk: “Inside Cuba: An In-depth Island Journey"
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Travel Talk: “Finland: A Personal Reflection"
Thursday, January 21, 2016 Travel Talk: “The Lost World of Venezuela"
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Travel Talk: "Elves to Equality: A Journey Through Iceland"
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Travel Talk: Orphans Africa: Tacoma to Tanzania
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Travel Talk: Nicaragua: An Appreciative Inquiry Perspective
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Travel Talk: Diplomacy 101: Running In China
Thursday, May 21, 2015 Travel Talk: Traveling to Save the World
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Travel Talk: My Life as an Older Peace Corps Volunteer
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Travel Talk: Maternal Care in India
Thursday, January 22, 2015 Travel Talk: My Travels Through Museums Around the World
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Travel Talk: Around the Table: Supporting Women In Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Travel Talk: Working from Anywhere in the World
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Travel Talk: The Penguin Glow

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