JWAC's 2014-2015 Season:
Events are added all year, so check back often.
Place and time details are determined as events approach, and events are added to the schedule throughout the season. Check back often for new information, and be sure to join our e-mail notifications list to receive regular updates. You can also find us on Facebook.
JWAC board meetings are typically the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 at the Downtown Library. You are welcome to attend!
'"Who are these guys?" Staying ahead of Emerging Markets' with Ambassador Richard Boucher
Wednesday | April 23rd | 5:15 | KTOO Studios
Richard Boucher was the longest-serving Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, serving as spokesman under Secretaries of State Larry Eagleburger, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs in 2006, serving until his retirement 2009.
Among his many diplomatic posts, Boucher served as Ambassador to Cyprus (1993-1996), Consul General in Hong Kong (1996-1999), and led U.S. efforts for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) from 1999-2000. Fluent in Chinese, Richard contributed to developing U.S.-China relations throughout his Foreign Service career. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal from 1973-1975.
Travelogue: 'Cuba' with Elfrida Nord
Elfrida Nord will share images and experiences from her 2013 visit to Cuba. Here are some initial insights about her trip: "To travel to Cuba on a US Passport one must sign up for an educational tour. The tour I went with was a cultural exchange through the University of Washington Alumni Association. It was enlightening to see how education and culture fare within a totalitarian government, and how the lack of funds impacts maintenance of historic buildings. The currency situation was interesting!" Join us to learn more about this still-uncommon destination for travelers.
'Offshore Oil and Gas Governance in the Arctic: A Leadership Role for the U.S' with Charles Ebinger
Wednesday | April 30th | 5:15 | KTOO Studios
Charles K. Ebinger is the director of the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institute, which is housed within the institution’s Foreign Policy program. Previously, Ebinger served as a senior advisor at the International Resources Group where he advised over 50 governments on various aspects of their energy policies, specializing in institutional and economic restructuring of their utility sectors. Ebinger has special expertise in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, but has also worked in the Far East, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Latin America.
'Combating Rural Poverty Through "Last Mile" Solutions' with Alex Counts
Thursday | May 15th | 5:15 | The JACC
Alex Counts is President & CEO of the Grameen Foundation, which he founded, after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. A Cornell University graduate, Counts’ commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank. He trained under Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Since its modest beginnings, sparked by a $6,000 seed grant provided by Prof. Yunus (who was a founding board member and continues as director emeritus), Grameen Foundation has grown to a leading international humanitarian organization with an annual budget of approximately $25 million.
Fall Forum: 'Mexico and the United States: Do Fences Make Good Neighbors?'
Thurs, Fri, Sat | May 23-26th | UAS
Forum starts May 23rd, mark your calendars. Details coming soon.
All of our speaker events are free and open to the public, so come on over, we'd love to see you.
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