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 other globally 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.

Our First Event of the Season

Thursday September 20th

“Fact-Checking in an Era of Fake News": 

"Perspectives from a Professional Fact-checker”


Angie Holan

Editor of Politifact

Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact, the politics fact-checking website. She directs, assigns and edits PolitiFact’s coverage of national politics and the 2018 midterm elections. She started with PolitiFact as a reporter and was on the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for fact-checking the 2008 election.

Holan will discuss the growth of fact-checking and the methods that fact-checkers typically use to combat misinformation. She will discuss the rise of fake news since 2016, varying definitions for fake news, and how journalists work to inform the public with accurate information. She will give an overview of the current political climate and a preview of PolitiFact’s work fact-checking the 2018 midterm elections. It will be an unbiased presentation.

About Our Speaker

Holan has discussed PolitiFact and fact-checking on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, the PBS Newshour and Washington Week, among many others. She holds dual master’s degrees in journalism and library science. 

Holan teaches fact-checking methods at conferences and as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.


Agawam Hunt Club

East Providence, RI


6:00 PM Social Hour

6:40 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Presentation

8:30 PM Adjourn


Members $50

Non Members $58

Presentation Only $15

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Please register by September 14th and notify us of cancellations by September 16th

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