The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island (WACRI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting public knowledge, understanding and awareness of the world and its people, places, cultures, events and global issues.
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 hope to continue our tradition as an open forum for education and dialogue for the next 77 years!
The World Affairs Council of America
The World Affairs Councils are non-profit, non-partisan organizations open to all who wish to join. Founded in 1918, the current system has 87 councils and 10 affiliated organizations. The council system has 450,000 participants, of which 90,000 are dues-paying members and 350,000 are in the nationwide foreign policy discussion and polling program Great Decisions. Councils run on membership dues, corporate sponsorships, grants, in-kind donations, fund-raising events, and fee-for-service activities. Over 2,000 corporations and organizations financially support council work.
Visit the World Affairs Councils of America for a complete listing of member councils.
To learn about WACA’s travel opportunities, please go to Travel the World.
For 80 years we have brought the world to Rhode Island. WACRI is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide organization dedicated to promoting public knowledge, involvement, discussion and citizen understanding and awareness of the world and its people, places, cultures, events and global issues. We accomplish our mission through our monthly Guest Speaker and Great Decisions programs, by hosting international visitors, and by promoting learning about world affairs in our grade schools and higher education institutions.
WACRI is a proud member of the World Affairs Councils of America, our nationwide parent organization that provides a resource for programming, activities and best practices. We are supported primarily through individual and family memberships, corporate sponsorships, annual donations, special events and underwriting and grant support from foundations.
We encourage you to join the World Affairs Council of Rhode Island and to enjoy the many benefits of membership. These include:
- Invitations to all Guest Speaker Events, with opportunities to hear and meet world leaders, international experts and renowned authorities on global headline topics
- First-hand reports from abroad, rare insights and advice about developments around the world
- Participation in our Great Decisions Program, an interactive forum for discussion about contemporary international issues and events
- Academic WorldQuest, a national competion for high school students interested in world affairs
- Global business networking connections
- Website, email and newsletter updates
- Discounts on WACRI programs
- Discounts on subscriptions to [ Identify Publications ]
- Invitations to World Affairs Councils of America events
- Participation in the flagship World Affairs Councils of America travel program
- Opportunities to directly engage in citizen diplomacy through the U.S. State Department International Visitors program, including hosting foreign dignitaries and guests to Rhode Island
- Joining a community of Rhode Islanders who share your interest in international affairs and support our mission to bring the world to Rhode Island
The World Affairs Council is your link to the entire world — right here in Rhode Island. So come join us and be part of the “best kept secret” in our state.
Our monthly Guest Speaker Dinner Programs feature world leaders, diplomats, business executives, authors, commentators, renowned experts and authorities from all corners of the globe.
From Nobel Prize recipient Adil Najam and author Bing West, to Marvin Kalband Evan Schwartz from PBS’s NOVA, you have the opportunity to meet renowned experts face-to-face, ask questions and engage in a lively dialogue.
The Global Discussion program, co-hosted by Frank Ford and Michael Payton each month, takes a comprehensive look at the most critical world affairs issues of the coming year through the lens of their impact on America and what they mean to you.
Members of the community are encouraged to join WACRI free of charge in an open roundtable discussion where participants can learn about U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, exchange ideas and share perspectives from around the globe.
Global Discussions takes place from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm preceding each of our Dinner-Speaker events.
WACRI Dinner-Speaker and Global Discussion Programs are held at:
The Hope Club
6 Benevolent Street
Providence, RI 02906
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Reception
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Dinner
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Speaker Program
8:30 pm – 8:45 pm, Question & Answer
Includes reception, dinner and speaker program.
Reservations and business attire required. Parking is available at no charge.
For Reservations: RSVPWACRI@GMAIL.COM or (401) 228-8657.
For information about this month’s speaker, please return to our home page.