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.

The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island 

and the Unity Center of Rhode Island College 

are proud to present a


"Forum on Haiti, the Dominican Republic

and the Diaspora in Rhode Island"


Thursday February 18th

The migration of Haitians to the Dominican Republic to escape rampant poverty, and the destruction caused by the 2010 earthquake, has sparked violence and calls for deportations of Haitian immigrants.

This one of a kind event will bring together WACRI members with the people of the Rhode Island Haitian and Dominican diaspora communities for a forum which will explore the complicated and often difficult history between Dominicans and Haitians on the Island of Hispaniola.

It will be an evening of enlightenment, dialogue, and understanding as we learn the history of these two nations, and hear the perspectives of the members of the Rhode Island Haitian and Dominican communities. 

The evening features:

-  Cultural performances during cocktail hour by Haitian singer Fritza Remy and Dominican    playwright Elvys Ruiz.  

-  Keynote speaker Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant from Syracuse University who will speak about the    "Pain of History in Quisqueya (Hispaniola) Today".

                -  Comments by local activists Melida Anyi Espinal and Moise Bourdeau

-  An interactive forum led by the Honorable Walter R. Stone, Associate Justice of RI        Superior Court, in which all attendees can participate in a conversation about the past and    future of these two countries. 

This event is co-sponsored with the Unity Center at Rhode Island College, and will feature a variety of Caribbean foods and cash bar.


 Donovan Dining Faculty Center 

RIC Campus in North Providence.


$20 WACRI and Sponsoring Community Members 

$25 General Public

Forum and Presentation Only No Charge 

(No Dinner Begins at 7:30 pm) 

To Register Click Here

or send an email to rsvpwacri@gmail.com

Early registration is encouraged!


Upcoming events

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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Join WACRI and experience all the benefits of membership including invitations to special events, discounts on magazine subscriptions, and trips overseas.  

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