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    • Thursday, December 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom (please RSVP for link)
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    Are you interested in discussing America's role in the world?  The World Affairs Council of Tacoma has started 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.

    The first discussion in October was on the current status of America's role in the world generally. The December discussion will be on the global crisis of democracy and its implications for American foreign policy. The discussion will be led by Professor Etga Ugur, a political science and international relations instructor at UW Tacoma. In order to get the discussion started, here is a very short article to read:

    Larry Diamond, “The Global Crisis of Democracy,” Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2019 (View a PDF of this article here.)

    If you are interested in more detailed versions of Diamond’s work, here are links to his article from the Foreign Affairs magazine and to his recently published book:


     
    • Thursday, December 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)
    • Virtual (Please RSVP for Zoom link!)
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    Our virtual book club is open to all!  Its theme until 2021 is The Traveler’s World and features books on travel or adventure narratives. We’re lucky to have Beth Ahlstrom, a former World Affairs Council Tacoma board member and seasoned international traveler, as our host.

    Our December selection is The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway.

    The novel is Hemingway’s first, written in 1926, and “is now regarded as Hemingway’s greatest work,” according to Hemingway biographer Jeffrey Meyers. It portrays American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls. The characters are based on real people in Hemingway's circle, and the action is based on real events. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read, it helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

    Please note the date—December 17. Typically book club meets on the last Thursday of the month. Since that date falls on New Year’s Eve, and the week prior is Christmas Eve, we decided to move the date up.  But take heart—the book is widely available and short!

    Members have had luck ordering from these less expensive vendors: thriftbooks.com and betterworldbooks.com. You can also download the full text as an ebook through The Internet Archive.


    cover of the sun also rises by ernest hemingway


    • Thursday, January 28, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)
    • Virtual (Please RSVP for Zoom link!)
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    Our virtual book club is open to all!  Its theme until 2021 is The Traveler’s World and features books on travel or adventure narratives. We’re lucky to have Beth Ahlstrom, a former World Affairs Council Tacoma board member and seasoned international traveler, as our host.

    Our January selection is The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific, by J. Maarten Troost.

    At the age of 26, Marteen Troost found himself restless and lacking direction. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.  

    The Sex Lives of Cannibals chronicles Troost’s laugh-out-loud true story of a harrowing and hilarious two-year odyssey in Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He delivers “one of the most original, rip-roaringly funny travelogues in years—one that will leave you thankful for staples of American civilization such as coffee, regular showers, and tabloid news, and that will provide the ultimate vicarious adventure.”

    With the new year, we are back to our regular schedule of meeting the last Thursday of the month.

    Members have had luck ordering from these less expensive vendors: thriftbooks.com and betterworldbooks.com.


    the sex lives of cannibals by j maarten troost


Past events

Thursday, November 19, 2020 WAC Tacoma Book Club: November Meeting
Thursday, October 29, 2020 WAC Tacoma Book Club: October Meeting
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Germany After 30 Years of Reunification: Challenges at the End of the Merkel Chancellorship
Thursday, October 01, 2020 WACT Foreign Policy Discussion Group: October Meeting
Thursday, September 24, 2020 WAC Tacoma Book Club: September Meeting
Thursday, July 30, 2020 WAC Tacoma Book Club: July Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 POSTPONED: World Affairs Happy Hour
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 POSTPONED: Spotlight Series: US-China Trade War and the Pacific Northwest
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 World Affairs Happy Hour
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Spotlight Series: Politics of the Syrian Conflict: A Regional Perspective
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 World Affairs Happy Hour
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Spotlight Series: Brexit: An Introduction and Update
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Travel Talk: Tacoma and Kitakyushu
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Spotlight Series: 1,400 Ways to Die: How (Not) to Live with Nuclear Weapons
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 30th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Travel Talk: Hungary and The Songs We Hide
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Travel Talk: India: Beyond Yoga, Taj and Curry
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Travel Talk: Interreligious Dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina *SPECIAL LOCATION*
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Travel Talk: Women, Work and the Legacy of Slavery in Mauritania
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Spotlight Series: Populism and Democracy
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Travel Talk: Family Cultural Immersion in Croatia
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Travel Talk: Mongolia: Remote, Isolated and Mysterious No More
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Travel Talk: Rock 'n' Roll and the Iron Curtain
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Travel Talk: Emerging Beyond French Colonialism into the 21st Century
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Travel Talk: Israel and Palestine: An American-Muslim Experience
Thursday, October 04, 2018 29th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Travel Talk: Two Countries Impact World Culture
Thursday, August 30, 2018 Inside the Intelligence Committee With Rep. Denny Heck
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
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Global Classroom: Global Security: North Korea and Nuclear Diplomacy
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Spotlight Series: The Refugee Crisis and the Re-Bordering of Europe
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Travel Talk: Traveling China Through Wine
Thursday, February 08, 2018 Global Classroom: Demand and Desire: Global Trade
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
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 Members Only: WAC Tacoma Holiday Party!
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Global Classroom: Understanding Ethnic Conflict at Home and Abroad
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
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Port of Tacoma Candidates' Forum
Thursday, September 14, 2017 28th Annual Consular Association Reception
Thursday, August 03, 2017 Uncork a World of Wine 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Tacoma Mayoral Candidates' Forum
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Travel Talk: From There to Here: International Students Journey to the United States
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Spotlight Series: Emerging Challenges in U.S.-Russia Relations
Saturday, May 06, 2017 Partner Event: Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation 2017 Auction and Dinner
Thursday, April 27, 2017 Global Classroom: Trump's Travel Ban, the Constitution, and Our Community
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Travel Talk: The Adventures and Wisdom from a Gap Year Student
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Meet and Greet Mixer
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Travel with Restriction: Iran
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Washington: A Globally Engaged State
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Global Classroom: Global Health and the South Sound
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Travel With Purpose
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Travel Talk: Here, There and Back Again
Thursday, December 15, 2016 Members Only: Tacoma's Evolution as an International City
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Travel Talk: Antarctica: Cleaning Up After Science
Thursday, December 08, 2016 Meet and Greet Mixer
Monday, November 21, 2016 Global Classroom: Political Crisis In Turkey
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Travel Talk: Morocco: The Muslim Kingdom by the Sea
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 2016 WACA National Conference
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Travel Talk: Indian Ocean: Scientific Expedition
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Members Only: In Search of Resolution
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 27th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Uncork A World Of Wine 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016 Members Only: The Orphans of Sierra Leone
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Meet and Greet Mixer
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Travel Talk: Slovakia: Little Tiger of Europe
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Travel Talk: Nepal Service and Study Tour
Thursday, March 31, 2016 Meet and Greet Mixer
Thursday, March 17, 2016 WACA: Spring Leadership Conference
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Travel Talk: “Inside Cuba: An In-depth Island Journey"
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Members Only: Tacoma On The World Stage
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Travel Talk: “Finland: A Personal Reflection"
Monday, February 01, 2016 2016 Sister Cities Film Festival
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, December 02, 2015 Global Classroom: China's President in Tacoma: Why It Matters
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Travel Talk: Orphans Africa: Tacoma to Tanzania
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Meet and Greet Mixer
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Travel Talk: Nicaragua: An Appreciative Inquiry Perspective
Thursday, September 24, 2015 26th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Travel Talk: Diplomacy 101: Running In China
Thursday, August 27, 2015 Uncork A World Of Wine 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Global Voices: Israel-Palestine
Thursday, May 21, 2015 Travel Talk: Traveling to Save the World
Thursday, April 30, 2015 Meet and Greet Mixer
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Travel Talk: My Life as an Older Peace Corps Volunteer
Monday, March 30, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Davao City, Philippines
Monday, March 23, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Biot, France
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Travel Talk: Maternal Care in India
Monday, March 16, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Gunsan, Korea
Monday, March 09, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Kiryat-Motzkin, Israel
Friday, March 06, 2015 Chinese Reconciliation Project: Annual Dinner and Auction
Monday, March 02, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Monday, February 23, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Fuzhou, China
Monday, February 16, 2015 Tacoma Sisters Cities Film Festival: Kitakyushu, Japan
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
Thursday, October 23, 2014 No Boundaries: Domestic Violence in the World and at Home
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Travel Talk: The Penguin Glow
Thursday, September 25, 2014 25th Annual Consular Association Reception
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Uncork A World Of Wine 2014

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