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Apr 5

Cuba after Fidel

Speaker is Dr. Philip Brenner

Apr 6

Breakfast with Dr. Brenner

Discussion on US Foreign Policy in Latin America

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Full year memberships run from Fall to Spring, with a total of 6 events in each season. After the first three meetings we offer a second half membership.  The dues for the second half of the 2016 - 2017 season of 3 meetings (February 2017 to May 2017) are established at $65 for an individual or $110 for couples (two persons living at the same address).

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Welcome to the World Affairs Council of Charleston

The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC, formerly the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum) was founded in the early 1980's as a non-profit, nonpartisan organization. The WACC mission is to educate and engage the wider Charleston community through timely non-partisan activities on world affairs and international relations.The WACC membership, representing a cross-section of individuals from business, education, and civic backgrounds, seeks to inform and attract participants of all ages. Through thought-provoking presentations and discussions, participants are challenged to foster their understanding of the world. The WACC is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America.

The WACC hosts six speaking events each year. The events feature distinguished presenters from the U.S. and foreign governments, academic organizations and the business community. The speakers present timely lectures on international events affecting our lives. A lively question and answer period follows the presentations. For information on membership and attendance, go to our membership page.

Prospective members are welcome and encouraged to attend a meeting. Prospective members may attend one meeting as a guest for a nominal charge of $20 per person, payable at the guest registration table with either cash or check. No preregistration is required. The $20 guest fee can be applied towards the membership fee.



Pulitzer Prize Winner A. Scott Berg to Speak in Charleston 

Scott Berg, author of best-selling biographies of Charles Lindhbergh, Max Perkins and Woodrow Wilson will speak at the Charleston Museum on April 19. Mr Berg is appearing in Charleston at the invitation of the Princeton Club of Charleston.

After graduating from Princeton in 1971, Berg expanded his senior thesis on editor Maxwell Perkins into a full-length biography, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (1978), which won a National Book Award and was the source for last year’s movie “Genius,” starring Colin Firth and Jude Law. His second book, Goldwyn: A Biography, was published in 1989.

Berg's third book, Lindbergh, a highly anticipated biography of aviator Charles Lindbergh, was published in 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003 Berg published Kate Remembered, a biographical memoir about his friendship with actress Katharine Hepburn. His celebrated biography of Woodrow Wilson was published in 2013; and World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, which he edited for the Library of America, came out this February.

From the New York Times review of Wilson: “A. Scott Berg tells the story of Wilson, the man, very well indeed. The author of four previous prizewinning, best-selling biographies, he has a novelist’s eye for the striking detail, and a vivid prose style.”

Berg’s presentation in Charleston is entitled “Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Century Later”. There will be a reception and book-signing at the event, with light refreshments served. Mr. Berg’s books can be purchased at Buxton Books, 2A Cumberland Street, Charleston. They will also be available for purchase at the event.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 5:30 pm
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street
Tickets available for $35, reduced prices for students and faculty
Reservations: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2890175

For more information contact:  George Arana, 843 709 8384 aranag@gmail.com

During January and February a questionnaire on WACC speakers was sent to the membership. 72 members responded. Click here to see the results



While the Citadel Alumni Center undergoes renovations, we will be meeting at the Buyer Auditorium in the Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus. The speaker's presentation generally begins at 6pm, and is preceded by a reception including light refreshments beginning at 5:15pm.

Other activities:

Great Decisions Groups -- In addition to the large group presentations by invited speakers, smaller groups of members have the option to meet to discuss current world affairs using materials prepared by the Foreign Policy Association. For details, see the Great Decisions Groups page.

Awards Program -- WACC sponsors an annual awards program for students from the local schools and The Citadel who have expressed an interest and have excelled in their study of foreign affairs. View the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Global Studies.

WACA Programs -- The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) is an affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and actively participates in several programs: Travel the World and Great Decisions. WACA has other events, programs and activities in which WACC members can participate. Of interest, may be the ‘Weekly World News Update’. It contains links to articles on world affairs from a variety of sources. You can sign up for the WACA ‘Weekly World News Update’ by entering your email address on the WACA website - www.worldaffairscouncils.org. You will find the Updates very interesting and informative.



JULY 9TH TO 23RD  2017

Overview: This program is based in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina. WACC participants will form an integral part of a Citadel study abroad course with 8-10 undergraduates. The group will interview 3-5 leaders in politics, business, academia and journalism each day of the 2-week tour. Themes include national politics, economics (esp. soy industry), and security/criminal justice. No Spanish is required.

- small group (max. 14, likely smaller), customized tour
- regional and local expertise
- access to authoritative academic materials as course auditor
- active daily agenda
- competitive pricing and schedule flexibility

Organizer: Dr. Brian Norris has 20 years’ experience in Latin America and has made 26 professional trips to the region and lived in the region for 5 years.

Cost: $500/$750 audit fee (one/two persons) + self-funding of travel and lodging to Buenos Aires (est. $3,000-3,500 per person incl. airfare, hotel, meals)

Contact: bnorris@citadel.edu for more information.

See flyer for more information