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.

Register Today for Our First Dinner Event
of the Season!

Thursday, September 22nd

"Global Human Trafficking:
Modern Day Slavery?"

For generations, people have been taken against their will and forced into lives of servitude. Whether it be for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or to sell their organs, human trafficking is found in every region of the world and is increasing with the availability of modern day digital technologies 

We are thrilled to have Professor Donna Hughes discuss the global development of the anti-human trafficking movement and the growing awareness and response to sex trafficking and forced labor.

Our Speaker

Donna M. Hughes is a professor and holds the Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair in gender and women’s studies at the University of Rhode Island. She is an internationally recognized expert and researcher on human trafficking, and has testified before the U.S. Congress, the Moscow Duma, and Czech Parliament.



The Agawam Hunt Club

15 Roger Williams Avenue
Rumford, Rhode Island



   5:45 PM     Social Hour Reception 

6:45 PM     Dinner

7:30 PM     Presentation and Discussion

8:45 PM     Adjourn



WACRI Members and their Guests $40

Non-Members $ 50

(Become a member today and save by clicking here)

Presentation Only $15

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Upcoming events

Our New Season is Shaping Up!

I am pleased to report that this next years event calendar is coming together

Our programming committee and board have been hard at work putting together an interesting and varied schedule of events. 

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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