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!

A crowd watches a powerpoint presentation during the April 2018 Travel Talk on Catalonia

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

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Upcoming Talks

    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Great Hall, Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma WA 98403

    As a fellow of Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative, Professor Turan Kayaoglu of UW Tacoma has spent four weeks in Israel and Palestine in the last two years. In addition to study sessions on Judaism, Zionism, and Israeli and Palestinian experiences, the visit included site visits where Dr. Kayaoglu discussed the conflict with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. This travel talk will explore his political, cultural, religious experience in this much-contested geography. He will also discuss why this program is controversial in American Muslim community and why he decided to participate.

    Turan Kayaoglu is a professor of international relations and the associate vice chancellor for research at University of Washington, Tacoma.  Kayaoglu was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute and visiting professor at Qatar University. His research explores issues related to Islam, international relations, human rights, and American Muslim experience. Kayaoglu is the editor-in-chief of Muslim World Journal of Human Rights and the author of two books and over twenty articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.  Kayaoglu currently works on a project for how American Muslims are shaping global Islam.  He is on the Humanities Washington Speakers' Bureau to give talks on American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics throughout the Washington State.

    Kayaoglu lives in Puyallup.

    This Travel Talk will take place on October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Annie Wright Schools.

    You may add this Travel Talk to your calendar from our Facebook page.

    All Travel Talks are free and open to the public - no RSVP is necessary!

Past events

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Travel Talk: Two Countries Impact World Culture
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Travel Talk: “It’s nice to be nice!” Cross-Cultural Communication, Work and Adventures in The Gambia
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Travel Talk: Holy Catalonia! The Surge for Independence from Spain
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Travel Talk: Traveling China Through Wine
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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