The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the world and its people, cultures, and events.
Our mission is to give our members first hand accounts and insights about issues that transcend our borders, and a community for exchanging ideas and meeting like-minded people.
For 80 years, WACRI has brought the world to Rhode Island through our monthly Guest Speaker and Global Discussions programs, by hosting international visitors, and by promoting learning and education about world affairs.
We invite you to join WACRI, and become a part of our community of globally oriented citizens.
The WACRI programming committee has been busy crafting a season of events in preparation for our best year ever. New venues and event formats will give our members a wider variety of fresh experiences.
We also want to welcome our new board members: Moise Bourdeau, Antoinette Breed, Alma Gottlieb, Mark Huang, Christine LaPierre, Maria Kasparian, Lu Lu, Dan Madeiros, Rebecca Schiff and Christopher Souza. We are thrilled to have them on the leadership team!
Our Fall 2017 Event Calendar
On September 28th internationally recognized expert Peter Kornbluh will talk about the secret discussion between Washington and Havana in his highly praised book "Back Channel to Cuba". At the Agawam Hunt.
On October 19th Peter Singer from MIT will talk about the potential for breakdowns in the US and Global financial system. This will be held overlooking the water at the Squantum Association in East Providence. This is a joint event with the MIT Club of Rhode Island.
On November 9th Constanze Stellzenmueller of the Brookings Institution will discuss our changing relationship with Germany and the seismic shift in global influence of our two countries. Also at the Squantum Association.
On December 7th Barnaby Evans will update us on how his "Waterfire" project is spreading to places across the globe in cities like Paris to bring life and culture to their urban centers. At the Agawam Hunt.
Our 2018 calendar features presentations on robotic warfare, Russia, nuclear proliferation, and more....
Introducing our First "Salon" August 26th!
Since the 18 century people have gathered in the living rooms of private homes to discuss the topics and ideas of the day. These "salons" were social, intimate and interactive gatherings to learn, share views, and personally connect with others.
So we are pleased to announce that on August 26th we will be sponsoring our first WACRI salon, an "unplugged" version of our events to complement our monthly dinner series. These salons are small, free, and open to members only.
This salon will feature Dr. Richard Lobban, WACRI member and Professor of African Security, Naval War College, who will update us on the latest progress in defeating ISIS and lead a discussion on whether ISIS' days are truly numbered. He will also address other questions such as whether the US is just doing al-Qa'eda a favor by getting rid of their rival.
There will be a short presentation and then time to share views, discuss, and casually dine with fellow members and their guests. Mingling and connecting with others in the kitchen and patio is encouraged.
This is a free event, but donations of any amount are appreciated to help defer our costs. Food and beverages are provided. BYOB for wine, beer and your favorite cocktail.
Registrations are limited to 25 people so sign up early.
Date: Saturday, August 26th
Location: 65 Prospect Street, Barrington, Rhode Island
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This is a member only event
If you would like to offer your home for a salon, or know someone who would be fascinating to hear talk about their life's passion write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no cost to the hosts of these salon gatherings.