Welcome to The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

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.

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Thursday June 2nd

The Hope Club

The Role of FISA Courts in 


National Security

with the 

Honorable Bruce M. Selya

We return to the Hope Club for our season-ending presentation with Judge Bruce M. Selya.  

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 established a secret court to consider government requests to conduct the special category of “foreign intelligence” surveillance in the United States.  

Legislation passed since the terror attacks of 9/11 has removed some barriers to domestic intelligence gathering and allowed expanded surveillance including the bulk collection of communication data of ordinary Americans. 

How do the FISA courts function and what checks and balances are in place?  And how do we protect the privacy of Americans while empowering law enforcement with the technical tools and information they need to combat an increasingly sophisticated enemy?

We are thrilled to have the Honorable Bruce M. Selya speak to us about this topic!

Our Speaker

Judge Bruce M. Selya

Judge Selya is a senior federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and former chief judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. 

He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1955 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1958. He was appointed U.S. District Judge for the District of Rhode Island, where he served until his appointment to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in 1986.


 The Hope Club

Providence, Rhode Island


$40 WACRI Members and Judiciary Guests

$50 General Public

$15 Presentation Only 

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Our New Season Has Been Stronger Than Ever

I am pleased to report that this years events have been extremely well attended and many new members have joined the World Affairs Council of Rhode Island.

Our programming committee and board have been hard at work putting together an interesting and varied schedule of events. Over 250 people have attended our events so far this year!

There is a lot that is new at WACRI 

  • A new website with online registration and membership renewal
  • Expanded member benefits
  • More variety in topics, venues, and meeting times.
We welcome all people interested in global issues to join us as members and become part of our vibrant community of internationally minded citizens. 

Carolyn Fluehr- Lobban
World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

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