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World Affairs Summer Institute
Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare

Monday, June 9, 2014
ICC North, Hickory Hall 131

Join us for this role-playing activity that incorporates the conference topic in a practical application!  High school students and adults will take on various roles related to cyber security and cyber warfare with the goal of crafting an international agreement.

Schedule:
8:00 - 8:45 am  Registration
8:45 am  Introductions
9:00 - 10:00 am  Panel Discussion with
Special Agent Stephanie Wright of the FBI
John  Allison, Senior Analyst at CIAN, Inc.
10:15 - 11:45 am  Role Assignments and Scenario Preparation
11:45 am  Lunch  (provided)
12:30 - 1:15 pm  Sector Assignment Preparation
1:30 - 2:15 pm  Presentation of Recommendations for Treaty
2:15 pm  Conclusion

June Membership Meeting

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm
ICC North Campus is the terrific new location for the monthly meeting.  Join us in Poplar Hall, Room 129 at 5:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month.

Everyone is welcome to join us and learn more about your organization and how you can become more involved!  View the agenda here.

Choosing Turkey's Future: 2014 Upcoming Elections
A Discussion led by Madeline Sposato

Thursday, July 24, 2014
The IVY Club
5102 North Galena Road
Peoria Heights, IL

Join us for something different from your World Affairs Council!
Sparked by the Twitter ban, Turkish citizens, including students studying abroad, were motivated to a new level of political participation.  With this heightened sense of shaping their political future, followed closely by the Soma mine incident, Turks look toward the August 10 elections with a wide variety of perspectives.  Madeline Sposato, a student at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Affairs, conducted a series of interviews with Turkish students.  Join us as she plays clips from these interviews and leads a discussion of what the people of Turkey might expect from their presidential election.

This is an informal event - a fun way to learn about the world! 
Plan to order from the IVY Club's terrific menu by 5:30 pm if you wish to join us for dinner.  Madeline's discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.   
Please RSVP by July 20 so that we know how many tables to hold for our group. 
Call (309) 677-2454 or pawac@bradley.edu.


Travel with the World Affairs Councils!

Find your destination with the Philadelphia World Affairs Council!  Each trip features first-class accommodations and outstanding sites.  In addition, each trip includes an expert who offers insight along the way.  For example, join Angela Weck in June for a terrific cruise along the waterways of Russia!  Find all the details at the WAC Philadelphia site.


 

Educators Workshop Opportunities
Stay tuned for information about the 2013 Turkish Cultural Foundation workshop at the luncheon at the International Scholastic Bowl on November 16!  If you have not yet registered your team for the competition, please send a note to Angela Weck at aweck@fsmail.bradley.edu or call (309) 677-2454.


 

 

 


Past Programs

Tibet, China and the United States

with Dr. Elliot Sperling
Central Asian Studies, Indiana University

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Barracks Cater Inn, Pioneer Parkway in Peoria

Join us for a candid discussion of Tibetan-US relations and the impact of those ties on US-China relations.  Dr. Sperling will explore the status of affairs between the People's Republic of China and Tibet as well. 

Please download the Tibet program registration form here, or register on-line at ArtsPartners under PAWAC.

Fluid Diplomacy: How Oil and Water Resources Don't Mix with Middle East Politics

with Ambassador Mark Johnson

Vice Chair, US Center for Citizen Diplomacy
Professor, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, University of Montana

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Bradley Student Center Ballroom, Bradley University in Peoria

Having served as US Ambassador to Senegal and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy in Cairo, Egypt working on the Middle East peace process, Ambassador Johnson has develop a keen insight into the dynamics of the peace process in the region.  Looking at the role that key resources play in shaping that process will lend itself to a provocative discussion.  Join us as we explore the role of oil and water resources on the peace process and on US interests in the region.
Please download the registration form here, or register on-line at ArtsPartners under PAWAC at http://artstix.artspartners.net.

Fluid Diplomacy - registration flyer

The Arab Media Revolution and Democracy:
Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, Al Manar, Facebook and Twitter

with Dr. Orayb Najjar

Professor of Communications, Northern Illinois University

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Barracks Cater Inn, Pioneer Parkway in Peoria

Join us as we explore how modern media has played a significant role in the protest movements sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East as people demand greater rights and liberties.  Dr. Najjar will examine the evolution of the media in the region.  She will also explore how the impact of local reporting has expanded with the use of social media.  Please download the registration form here, or register on-line at ArtsPartners under PAWAC at http://artstix.artspartners.net.

Arab Media - registration flyer




Global Engagement: Cooperative Solutions to the World's Problems 
with Jennifer Smyzer
Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Barracks Cater Inn, Pioneer Parkway in Peoria

Join us as we explore how the protests movements sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East, climate change, nuclear proliferation, and the global economy point out that there are problems in the world too large for the U.S. to handle on its own.  The Stanley Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan private organization focused on promoting and building support for principled multilateralism in addressing international issues.  Please download the registration form here, or register on-line at ArtsPartners under PAWAC at http://artstix.artspartners.net.

Global Engagement - registration flyer

Update: Middle East

with Dr. Robert Seibert
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Barracks Cater Inn, Pioneer Parkway in Peoria

Join us as we explore the "Arab Spring" that is sweeping through the states of North Africa and the Middle East with Dr. Robert Seibert of Knox College.  We'll learn more about the roots of these protest movements, where they may be headed, and what they may mean for the United States and our interests in the region.  Please download the registration form here, or register on-line at ArtsPartners under PAWAC at http://artstix.artspartners.net.

Update: Middle East - registration flyer

Teacher Workshop on Turkey, April 16, 2011
Bradley University Student Center, Executive Suite
Join us as we explore the history, economy and culture of Turkey!  This workshop is open to all and is designed to engage the participants in interactive programs about one of the United States' most important and fascinating neighbors.  Teachers will be provided with curricular materials and are eligible for CEUs.  Teachers who participate are also eligible to apply for the study tour to Turkey, leaving Chicago on June 19, an exciting and affordable educational experience!  Registration for the workshop is just $10 for teachers and students and $25 for all others.  It includes a traditional Turkish lunch, continental breakfast, and workshop materials.
Turkish Workshop Flyer
Workshop Registration Form
Study Tour Application for Teachers

 

March 26, 2011
41st Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference
Par-A-Dice Hotel and Conference Center, East Peoria
Latin America: Exploring the Challenges and Possibilities of the Americas
features dynamic experts on Latin America and U.S. relations with the region. Milton Drucker, Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. to the Organization of American States will offer the opening view of U.S. interests. Paulo Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, presents on the region's strongest leader. Ambassador Craig Kelly, Ambassador Cris Arcos, and filmmaker Saul Landau will discuss the benefits and costs of economic development during a lively panel presentation.
Conference opens at 9:00 am and ends with an optional workshop for high school students and teachers at 4:00 pm.  Cost is $75.00, including lunch and all breaks; or $60.00 for PAWAC members and students.  Click on the flyer for more details,
or register online at http://artstix.artspartners.net


February 17, 2011
Democratization in Thailand: The Role of the Media in Asia w
ith Dr. Lisa Brooten, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale at Barrack's Cater Inn on Thursday, February 17.  In conjunction with "A Night in Siam" on Friday, February 18 at the Apollo Theater sponsored by Look! It's my Book!  Click on the flyer for more details.

Who's in Charge? 
The Foreign Policy Roles of the US President and the US Congress

Thursday, January 20
Barrack's Cater Inn, Peoria
Reception open at 5:00 pm; Dinner served at 6:00 pm


Frank Mackaman, Director of the Dirksen Congressional Center in Pekin, IL will discuss the constitutional roles of the executive and legislative branches of the US government.  Has Congress abdicated some of its authority?  Has the role of the president expanded beyond the bounds of the constitution?  Join us for this presentation and discussion of how foreign policy is shaped by our government.  You can download the registration form here, or register online at http://artstix.artspartners.net.

 

 

 

Afghanistan Today and Tomorrow
with Ambassador Ronald Neumann
Author of The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan
Ambassador Neumann served as US Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007), to Bahrain (2001-2004), and Algeria (1994-1997).  He currently serves as the President of the American Academy of Diplomacy in Washington, DC.  He also teaches at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Michel Student Center, Bradley University, Peoria
Download the registration form here or register online at http://artstis.artspartners.net.

 

 

2010 World Fest at the Peoria Civic Center - September 11
Enjoy this annual celebration of ethnic and cultural experiences available in Central Illinois!  Click here to view the flyer, and be sure to stop by the World Affairs Council booth!

Explore both Lebanon's place in the world and the enormous contributions persons of Lebanese descent have made to our country.  During the three-day event attendees will have the opportunity to hear from, and interact with, cabinet ministers from Lebanon, the Lebanese Ambassador to the United States and the former United States Ambassador to Lebanon, as well as other experts on Lebanon and the politics and economy of the region.  But this event is more than a symposium on Lebanon's place in the world.

   It is also a celebration of Americans of Lebanese descent through music and food.  The Lebanese community in Peoria is an outstanding example of the many Lebanese communities through out the country that have contributed so much to the prosperity and quality of life of their neighbors.  To tie all of this together, we are fortunate to be able to draw upon the talent and knowledge of the first Presidential Cabinet-level appointee from Central Illinois, perhaps the best known person of Lebanese descent in the world, the United States Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Ray LaHood.
November 12-14, 2010
Itoo Hall (Friday), Hotel Pere Marquette (Saturday)
St. Sharbel Church and Hall (Sunday)
, Peoria


Register for the conference here.           Become a sponsor here.

 

 

The Immigration Debate
with Jeffrey Kaye
Author of Moving Millions: How Coyote Capitalism Fuels Global Immigration
Veteran journalist and PBS NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Kaye knocks down myths about why immigrants come to America, and finds surprising connections between globalization, economic growth and the convoluted immigration debates taking place in America and other industrialized countries.

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Barracks Cater Inn, Peoria
Download the registration form here or register online at http://artstis.artspartners.net.

 


Explore both Lebanon's place in the world and the enormous contributions persons of Lebanese descent have made to our country.  During the three-day event attendees will have the opportunity to hear from, and interact with, cabinet ministers from Lebanon, the Lebanese Ambassador to the United States and the former United States Ambassador to Lebanon, as well as other experts on Lebanon and the politics and economy of the region.  But this event is more than a symposium on Lebanon's place in the world.

   It is also a celebration of Americans of Lebanese descent through music and food.  The Lebanese community in Peoria is an outstanding example of the many Lebanese communities through out the country that have contributed so much to the prosperity and quality of life of their neighbors.  To tie all of this together, we are fortunate to be able to draw upon the talent and knowledge of the first Presidential Cabinet-level appointee from Central Illinois, perhaps the best known person of Lebanese descent in the world, the United States Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Ray LaHood.
November 12-14, 2010
Peoria Civic Center

Register for the conference here.           Become a sponsor here


We are all Rwandans
Moving Forward with Economic Opportunity
 
With D amour Sharangabo
Columbus International
 D amour Sharangabo was born to Rwandan refugees living in Uganda.  At the height of the 1994 civil war, in which hundreds of thousands were killed, he returned to Rwanda with the force that ended the genocide.  Now a coffee grower in the 1000 Hills of Rwanda, Mr. Sharangabo is working to increase economic opportunities for his countrymen and secure the path to peace through growth.
    Thursday, July 15, 2010
Michel Student Center, Bradley University
 Reception begins at 6:30 pm.
Presentation begins at 7:00 pm.
Special rates for PAWAC members and students are available.  Print the registration form here.  Register online at http://artstix.artspartners.net by clicking on PAWAC.

The Challenges of Climate Change
Security, Sustainability and Suggestions for Alternatives
 A Panel Discussion hosted by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council and the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club
Thursday, June 17
Barrack's Cater Inn
featuring

 A River Runs through It: Climate Change, Global Security, and Shared Water Resources
Dr. David Michel
: Director of Environmental Security, The Stimson Center, Washington, DC 
Economic Sustainability and the Challenges of Climate Change
Dr. James Foley:
Director, Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, Illinois SBDC International Trade Center, Bradley University
Conquering the Elements: Alternative Energy Systems
Mark Bauer:
CEO/Owner of Bauer Power, Dunlap, IL
Living in Your Environment: Sustainable Architecture
Jofrey Quintanar:
AIA, LEED AP, CDT Principal for Element Design Studio, Chicago, IL

With the climate change bill stalled in the Senate, the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club will join the Peoria Area World Affairs Council to look at a number of factors related to U.S. policy and climate change.  Download the brochure here for this dynamic and exciting forum!  Special rates for PAWAC members and students are available.  Register online at http://artstix.artspartners.net.


Threats and Counter-Threats:  65 Years of U.S. Relations with the Two Koreas
with Dr. Bruce Cumings,
University of Chicago

Thursday, May 20
Kickapoo Creek Winery

The world has been watching as North Korea steps ups its game in Asia.  What kinds of threats might North Korea pose to the region, to her South Korean neighbor, and to the United States? Dr. Bruce Cumings is one of this country's leading experts on the history of modern Korea and U.S. relations in the Far East.  He will explore the economic and political implications of the two Koreas for U.S. foreign policy. Download the brochure here for this dynamic and exciting forum!  Special rates for PAWAC members and students are available.  Register online at http://artstix.artspartners.net.

The World Economy: To the Brink and Back
40th Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference, March 26-27
Par-A-Dice Hotel Conference Center, East Peoria

The world has weathered severe challenges in the past two years as economies worldwide slowed, credit tightened, and international trade declined.  The steps that have been taken, and those yet to be taken, invite deeper discussion in this unique opportunity to learn from some of the best national and international economic minds.  Download the brochure here for this dynamic and exciting forum!  Special rates for PAWAC members, students, and Chamber of Commerce members are available.  Register online at http://artstix.artspartners.net.

 

January 21, 2010
Supporting the Health of a Globally Mobile Workforce
with Dr. John Pompe, Manager, Disability and Behavioral Health Programs, Caterpillar, will be held Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 pm in Room 126 of the Global Communications Center at Bradley University.  This program is free and open to the public.  Click on the flyer for more details.

Calendar in Brief:

January 21, 2010:  "Supporting the Health of a Globally Mobile Workforce" with Dr. John Pompe, Room 126, Global Communications Center, Bradley University, 7:00 pm

February 20, 2010:  "Russia Today: Challenges and Opportunities for US Policymakers" with Steve LeVine.

March 26-27, 2010: Central Illinois World Affairs Conference "The World Economy: To the Brink and Back?" at the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Conference Center, East Peoria

** Note:  The topics and locations will be confirmed as speakers are confirmed.  The overall calendar plan is to hold a casual program following the business meeting on the first Thursday of the month, and a dinner program on the third Thursday.  A calendar update will be sent regularly.

December 8, 2009
China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections with Dr. Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and the Pacific Affairs, US Department of State in a live web cast at 7:00 pm, followed by a local discussion led by Dr. James Schopf, professor of International Studies at Bradley University.  This free event will be held in the Marty Theatre at Bradley University, lower level, Student Center.  Click on the flyer for more details.

 

November 19, 2009
The United Nations and the United States: Controversy and Cooperation  with Gillian Sorensen, formerly UN Assistant Secretary-General, now Senior Advisor at the UN Foundation, will be held at Barrack's Cater Inn, with the reception beginning at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 pm.   Click on the flyer and register today!

 

October 15, 2009
Turkey and the US: The Bridge between East and West  with Ambassador Kenan Ipek, Consul General of the Repubic of Turkey, will be held at Barrack's Cater Inn, with the reception beginning at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 pm.   Click on the flyer and register today!

 

September 17, 2009
Islam and US Foreign Policy: New World Diplomacy, Old World Heritage with Dr. Jason Zaborowski, professor of Religious Studies at Bradley University , will be held at Bradley University, Olin Hall 168, at 7:00 pm.  This provocative speaker will address the myriad relations between the US and our global partners in the Islamic world, their importance and their complications.  Click on the flyer and register today!

June 4, 2009
Global Food Crises,
next in the Great Decisions Discussions, at the American Red Cross Building, 311 W. John Gwynn in downtown Peoria.  Program follows business meeting.  Bring a sack dinner and join us for both the meeting at 5:30 pm and the program 7:00 - 8:30 pm.   Free and open to the public.  Great Decisions briefing books are available for $20.  Contact PAWAC at (309) 677-2454 for more information.

June 6, 2009
Turkey Today: A Learning and Teaching Workshop, will be held on Saturday, June 6 in the Romeo B. Garrett Center at Bradley University.  This one-day event will offer a broad look at the history, foreign relations, economic development, culture, and cuisine of this country that has been called the "crossroads of civilizations."  The workshop is free for high school teachers and all students, and continuing education credits are available.  For all others, the fee is just $10, which includes lunch with traditional Turkish cuisine and coffee breaks. 

Register on line at http://artstix.artspartners.net

High school teachers and all students: You may register for free by calling PAWAC at (309) 677-2454 or e-mail at pawac@bradley.edu.

View the program flyer here.

June 18, 2009
The Israel Lobby with Dr. John Mearsheimer of the Univeristy of Chicago will be held at Barrack's Cater Inn on Pioneer Parkway in Peoria.  This provocative speaker will address the Israeli-Palestinian issue and the broader scope of US foreign policy in the Middle East.  Copies of Dr. Mearsheimer's books will be available.  Click on the flyer and register today!

Register on line at http://artstix.artspartners.net   

Educators Workshop Opportunities

Turkey Study Tour for Teachers 6 - 12  Co-sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America, this outstanding opportunity for teachers in Central Illinois (grades 6-12) will include a study tour in Turkey, July 27 - August 7, 2009.  Applications are due to PAWAC by April 15.

2009 Turkish Study Tour Application

2009 Turkey Reading List

2009 Turkey Study Tours

 

Other outstanding summer programs for Teachers:

 

2009 Middle East Summer Workshop

 

2009 Islam at the Edges

 

 

 

 

Look for further information on future events
here when it becomes available!


Previous Programs:

(List now begins with the most recent programs, with oldest at the bottom.)

May 7, 2009
The European Union and Illinois a panel presentation examining trade (John Disharoon, Caterpillar); investment (Sharon Stead Galantino, Illinois Trade Office in Brussels); agricultural polidy (Richard Schell, Wagner and Schell Consulting) and the Consul General of Czech Republic, Marek Skolil.  Embassy Suites, East Peoria. 

April 16, 2009
Afghanistan: The War on Drugs and More with Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute, Dr. Shah Tarzi, Bradley University; Dr. Lisa Zaynab Killinger, Muslim Community of the Quad Cities; and Colleen Callahan, Illinois Department of Rural Development.  This panel will discuss the situation in Afghanistan, including the security, economic, and social aspects of the poppy crop.  Proposals for dealing with this problem as part of the larger plan for Afghanistan is sure to draw provocative debate. Romeo B. Garrett Center at Bradley University. 

March 19, 2009
The Future of Diplomacy with Ambassador Dennis Jett, US ambassador to Peru and Liberia.  Ambassador Jett will discuss the report of the American Academy of Diplomacy on the direction of soft power for the US in the near and long term future.  Click on the flyer to register today!

March 5, 2009
Universal Human Rights the next in the Great Decisions series with Dr. George and Elaine Hopkins.  Following the business meeting at 7:00 pm in the Dining Hall at ICC North, 5407 N. University.  Park in Lot #5.  Free and open to the public; books are $20.

February 27-28, 2009
Pakistan: Dangers, Insights, and Strategies
2009 Central Illinois World Affairs Conference,  at Embassy Suites in East Peoria, IL.  For registration information, please contact PAWAC at pawac@bradley.edu or (309) 677-2454.  Online registration is available at www.artstix.artspartners.net.  A $2 fee will apply for the online registration service.

Conference speakers include The Honorable Husain Haqqani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; and Trudy Rubin, international reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and 2008 recipient of the Weisental Award for International Reporting.

View Conference Brochure

February 5, 2009
Cuba with Dr. Alberto Delgado, Bradley University.  Dining Hall, ICC North Campus, 5407 N. University, 7:00 - 8:30 pm following the monthly business meeting.  Second in the Great Decisions discussion series.  Free and open to the public. 

November 15, 2008
International Scholastic Bowl at Bradley University

November 13, 2008
"International Art Theft: Tales from the FBIs Real Indiana Jones" with Robert Wittman, Senior Investigator of FBI rapid deployment national Art Crime Team (ACT).  Lakeview Museum, Peoria.
Note: This event was formerly scheduled for Nov. 20.  Watch for the art theft mystery and try your hand at solving an art theft crime! 

Event flyer - International Art Theft

September 18, 2008
"America's Image Abroad"
with Richard Wike, Pew Research Center, Barracks Cater Inn, Peoria. 
Event Flyer - America's Image

 

August 21, 2008
Fear and Hope in Africa: Terror in Darfur, Collapse in Zimbabwe, Rebirth in Rwanda
Stephen Kinzer, Barrack's Cater Inn, Peoria
Event flyer - Rwanda

 

July 19, 2008
Pakistan: Allies But Not Friends
Ambassador Touqir Hussain 
Dinner program at Barracks Cater Inn with a reception beginning at 5:30, dinner at 6:00 pm, and program at 7:00 pm. 
 
Event Flyer - Pakistan

 

June 19, 2008
"Korea Today"
Panel presentation with Ambassador Jack Pritchard, Dr. Dick Nanto of the Congressional Research Service, and Ms. Sarah Ahn, First Secretary of the Economic Bureau of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. 
6:30 pm, at the Korean Presbyterian Church, 7910 N. Ford Road.    Event Flyer - Korea

June 5, 2008
Michael Haerr, Eureka native and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, spoke at 7:00 following the business meeting on Thursday, June 5, offering a fascinating view of Afghanistan through the eyes of an American soldier.

May 4, 2008
PAWAC hosted an International Dinner as a fund-raiser at Ponte Vecchio Restaurant in Sheridan Village on Sunday, May 4 at 5:30 pm.

April 3, 2008
"Poland: The U.S.Trojan Horse in Europe?"
Longin Pastusiek, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland.
This program followed our monthly business meeting at ICC North in Peoria.

2008 Great Decisions series

All sessions were held in the Robert Michel Student Center, Executive Suite (lower level) Bradley University, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  This year's topics included:

June 12
"Latin America: Shift to the Left?"
Tony Cambas, NAFTA Opportunity Center

May 22: "U.S. Defense and Security Policy"
Chuck Bukowski, Bradley University

May 8: "US-China Trade Policy"
Heather McCord, International Trade Center

April 24: "Talking to Our Enemies"
Griffin Hathaway, Illinois Central College

April 10: "Iraq: End Game?"
Amir Al-Khafadji, Bradley University

March 27: "Russia"
Angela Weck, Bradley University

March 13: "The European Union at 50"
Jeanie Bukowski, Bradley University

February 28: "Private Philanthropy"
Anne Fox, American Red Cross
 


March 6, 2008
"Turkey: Between East and West"
Presentation by Don Samford, beginning 7:00 PM following our monthly business meeting at ICC North. 

February 15-16, 2008
38th Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference: 

Geopolitics of Climate Change: Competition for Limited Resources

Hotel Pere Marquette.  Speakers included Terry Maple, co-author of Contract with the Earth, and Henry Henderson, Director of the National Resource Defense Council.
2008 Annual Conference Brochure

January 24, 2008
"The Failure of Intelligence: The Rise and Fall of the CIA"

Dr. Mel Goodman, former CIA official and current professor of international security at the National War College, offered a provocative look at the state of the intelligence community in the United States.  He evaluated the current administrations foreign policies and assess what he perceives to be the greatest weaknesses of how the US collects and uses intelligence.  Barracks Cater Inn, Pioneer Parkway, Peoria
Reception at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. Presentation at 7:00 p.m.


2007

November 29, 2007
Iran Today," with Ali Zohoori
Dr. Ali Zohoori is an Iranian immigrant who spent the spring semester conducting research in Iran.  Event Flyer - Iran

November 17, 2007
International Scholastic Bowl, Bradley University

Many volunteers helped with this fun and exciting event, including timers, scorekeepers, and moderators to make this day of testing high school students knowledge of the world a success! 

October 12-13, 2007
Global Studies Forum: Women in Development: Education for a Global Marketplace
Robert Michel Student Center, Bradley University
Dr. John Hatch, founder of Finca, International, a micro-financing organization, presenting the opening keynote address.  Marilee Pierce Durker of World Vision on the children of Africa on Saturday morning.  Dr. Gail Summerfield of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign giving the closing address on the state of the worlds women. 
Event Brochure - 2007 Global Studies Forum

South of the Border buffet on Friday night and gourmet sandwiches on Saturday.

September 22:
Reel to Real international films - Japanese film Tampopo, what some call a noodle western. 
Saturday, September 22nd, 7:00 p.m.  GCC Horowitz Auditorium.  Moderated discussion led by Rustin Gates (Bradley History Department) and social hour following the film. 

September 21:
Member Appreciation Night at home of Wayne Baum on Grandview Drive.  Reception at 5:30 pm.

Saturday, September 15:
World Fest at the Civic Center.  This is an exciting time to explore several international opportunities in the Peoria area.

August 9, 2007:
Rising Powers Part II:  China

July 12, 2007:
Rising Powers Part I:  India, with Dr. Sumit Ganguly, Director of the India Studies Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.   7:00 pm in the Dining Hall at ICC North, following business meeting at 5:00 pm (the monthly meeting for July).  Dinner catered by Sizzling India!

Event flyer-Ganguly

May 31, 2007
China Town Hall
live web streaming interview with Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill; 5:30 pm in Neumiller Auditorium, Bradley Hall.  Free and open to the public. 

May 3, 2007
Africa Today Potluck and Program with Dr. Gilbert Taguem Fah, Fulbright Scholar from Cameroon at ICC.  Event held at ICC North following PAWAC board meeting, 5 pm.

April 19, 2007:
Leon Hadar and "The Grand Bargain with Iran"
Barrack's Cater Inn on Pioneer Parkway
Reception 5:30, dinner 6:00, presentation 7:00.
This research fellow from the Cato Institute will take a deeper look at US policies in the Middle East, particularly in regards to Iran.  A frequent guest on many news programs, Leon Hadar specializes in foreign policy and international trade and will shed light on his perspective of the course of US foreign policy in the Middle East.
 
March 23-25, 2007:
Academic World Quest Competition, Washington, DC

Great Decisions discussion series 2007:

March 15  Mexico with Heather Fowler-Salamini
March 22  South Africa with Mark Parsons
April 12  Climate Change
 with Don Wuebbles
May 10  War Crimes
with Chad DeWaard
May 24  Migration
 with John Throop 
June 7  Central Asia
with Angela Weck
June 21  Children  
with Dr. Claire Etaugh

Great Decisions flyer 2007
For additional general information about the Great Decisions program please see  www.greatdecisions.org.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007:
Stefan Halper and The Silence of the Rational Center
Book signing co-sponsored by I Know You Like a Book in Peoria Heights.  Barrack's Cater Inn on Pioneer Parkway on Tuesday evening, March 6. 
A Senior Fellow in the Center for International Studies at Cambridge University who served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, this author explains what he believes to be the causes of the failures of American foreign policy.
Event flyer-Halper

February 23-24, 2007:
Central Illinois World Affairs Conference: 
Russia: Friend or Foe? with Ambassador Jack Matlock and Paul Goble, among other outstanding speakers.  The conference was held at the Hotel Pere Marquette.   Conference program (Adobe .pdf format)

January 31-February 4, 2007:
Several of our members attended the WACA National Conference:  Bridging the Desert: The Middle East January 30 through February 4, 2007.  Washington, DC.  An outstanding opportunity to network with key policy makers on the Middle East!  For more information, please refer to the WACA website at www.worldaffairscouncils.org.

 


2006

 

Thursday, November 28, 2006:
Brazil: Rising Star in the Southern Sky
Paul Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC;  Journalist  and Washington Correspondent for Estado de Sao Paulo
Barracks Cater Inn, 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria
November 28 event flyer

 

Friday, November 17:
The Boy Scouts of America W.D. Boyce Council recognized Dennis Triggs with their Distinguished Citizen Award, 6:00 PM at the Peoria Civic Center.
 We all know how he has supported and promoted our organization over the years.  Imagine how many other groups he has touched, and you will understand why he was selected for this honor. 

Monday, November 13: 
"Israel Perspectives from Nadim Shiban, an Arab Israeli"
7:00 PM in Neumiller Auditorium, Bradley Hall. 
Sponsored by Bradley Hillel and Jewish Federation of Peoria.

 

Annual International Scholastic Bowl Competition, sponsored by PAWAC and the Peoria Journal Star, was held Saturday, November 11, at Bradley University.  24 high school teams participated, from 8:00 AM to approximately 2:30 PM.
 

Friday, October 20:  Lunch with Hungarian Ambassador to the United States, Andras Simonye.  11:30 at Red Zin.  This event was sold out.

Tuesday, October 17: author Barry C. Lynn presented "The End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation".  Lariat Steakhouse on Glen Avenue in Peoria.
  October 17 event flyer

Friday, October 13Angela Weck presented a program on "Art in the Russian Empire" at Luthy Botanical Gardens, 5:00 pm.

Mrs. Anna Chennault, widow of the famous World War II General Claire Chennault who led the legendary Flying Tigers in China, spoke at a dinner program in the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, October 7.

Mel Goodman, professor of international relations at the National War College, spoke on "Iran, Iraq, Lebanon: What next?" at Barrack's Cater Inn on Tuesday, September 26.     September 26 event flyer

The Consul General of Israel for the Midwest U.S., Barukh Binah, spoke to the Jewish Federation of Peoria on August 29 at 7:00 pm at the Lakeview Museum.

 

Monday, August 21, 2006
Agribusiness in Ukraine: Growing toward the Future
Featuring the Association for Agribusiness Development in Ukraine and the US Department of Commerce SABIT Group Program
Rhythm Kitchen, 305 Water Street, Peoria
Reception and cash bar at 6:00 p.m.
Presentation at approximately 6:45 p.m.

 

Great Decisions discussion series
These sessions were held at the downtown Peoria Public Library, downstairs auditorium, every second Monday from March 20 to June 19, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. 
Great Decisions 2006 flyer 

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Promoting Human Rights and Democracy,
Pursuing American Values and Interests
Oscar G. De Soto
, Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy, US Department of State
Barracks Cater Inn, 1224  West Pioneer Parkway in Peoria
Reception and cash bar begin at 5:30 p.m. 
Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. 
Presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. 
Tickets for the Dinner and Presentation (Pre-Registration Required for Dinner):  $20.00 for PAWAC members/students and $25.00 for non-members
Tickets for the Presentation Only:  $5.00 for PAWAC members/students and $10.00 for non-members.  Please RSVP by Friday, May 19. 

 
May 23 event flyer

 

April 20, 2006: "Development of Human Rights & Democracy Around the World," free presentation by Carrie Johnson, U.S. Dept. of State.

April 1, 2006:  PAWAC welcomed author Richard Heinberg
(The Party's Over, Powerdown), who spoke on the global problem of "Peak Oil" (fossil fuel depletion) and our potential responses.  Holiday Inn City Centre, downtown Peoria, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM with luncheon.
Heinberg program flyer 

"Live From Peoria: The Tovia Singer Show featuring Rabbi Tovia Singer and special guest Nonie Darwish"  Wednesday evening, March 8, 7:00 p.m. Neumiller Auditorium, Bradley Hall at Bradley University  Singer-Darwish event flyer

 

February 17-18, 2006: PAWAC Annual Conference

"Mexico and the United States: More Than Neighbors"

at the Hotel Pere Marquette

Conference Brochure

Please note program change: Friday evening keynote speaker was James Dickmeyer, Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico

On Thursday, February 9, the Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon with Dr. Paul Tiffany from the Haas School and Wharton School of Business.  He addressed "The American Economy in the 21st Century - Where Have We Been...and Where Are We Going?"  Tickets $30.00 per person through the Chamber (and we are members) luncheon held at the Paradice Hotel in East Peoria.

Dr. Reuven Hazan presented "Short-Term Hawks and Long-Term Doves: Israelis, Terrorism, Democracy and Peace" on Sunday, February 5 at 3:30 pm in the afternoon at 5614 N. University.  Dr. Reuven Hazan is a professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His expertise is in historical and current analysis of Israeli politics, particularly putting into context the developments that are in the headlines.  Free and open to the public--a good stimulating discussion to precede the football game!

 

Thusday, January 5, 2006
Barukh Binah, Israeli Consul General to the Midwest,
"Israel after Disengagement--The Road Map, Prospects for Peace, and anything else you want to know about Israel."

7:30 PM at Social Hall of the Temple, 5614 N. University

Free and open to the public

 


 

2005

 

Thursday, December 1, 2005
PAWAC business meeting, 5:00 PM at the Dynasty Buffet, was followed by Professor Steve Alvin of Illinois Valley Community College,
"China Through a Scholar's Eyes," based on his summer 2005 Fulbright grant study in the PRC.  Program flyer:
 December 1,2005\

 

Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 22, 2005

"The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream" -- 78-minute video documentary followed by discussion, co-sponsored by PAWAC and the ICC Student Association for the Environment.  12:00 noon at Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus, room 212-C

Nov. 21-22 Program Flyer

This program was repeated on Dec. 13 at the downtown Peoria Public Library, and again Dec. 21 at the Lakeview branch library.

 

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Fourth Annual World Affairs Scholastic Quiz Bowl Tournament

Co-sponsored by PAWAC and the Newspaper in Education program at the Journal StarCongratulations to the winning teams:

1st place: Bloomington High School

2nd place: Normal Community West High School

3rd place: Morton High School

4th place: Peoria Heights High School

Monday, November 7, 2005

Steve Young, "Moral Capitalism: The Antidote of Enron-itis?"

(dinner and presentation at Barrack's Cater Inn)

Nov. 7 Program Flyer

 

September 26, 2005

Les Janka, President of Council on American-Saudi Dialogue

"U.S. - Saudi Relations: Experiences, Lessons, Goals"

(dinner and presentation at Barrack's Cater Inn)

Sept. 26 Program Flyer

 

August 29, 2005
Jose Luis Herrero

"Settling the Dust: Lessons in Post-Conflict Institution Building from Kosovo and Afghanistan" (dinner and presentation at Barrack's Cater Inn)

Event Flyer

 

June 2, 2005

Alvaro Vargas Llosa

Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo 500 Years of State Oppression

Dinner, Reception & Book Signing, & Presentation

 

March 1 - June 7, 2005
Great Decisions 2005
March 01 -"China: Economic Giant Emerges"
moderated by Dr. David Thompson
March 15 - "US Challenges in Iraq and the Muslim World" 
moderated by Dr. Amir al Khafaji 
(at Bradley University Library, Wyckoff Room) 
March 29 - "The US and Global Poverty"
moderated by Dr. Edwina Jordan
April 12 - "US Intelligence Reform" 
moderated by Dr. Chuck Bukowski 
April 26 - "Sudan and the War in Darfur"
moderated by Hala Ahmed 
May 10 - "Fresh Water and Foreign Policy: New Challenges" 
moderated by Dr. Joe Laszlo
May 24 - "Putins Second Term: A Scorecard for Russia" 
moderated by Angela Weck
June 07 - "Outsourcing Jobs: The US Dilemma"
moderated by Dave Williams

 

 

May 9, 2005
Ambassador Kenton Keith
Anti-Americanism:
What's Causing It? Does It Matter? What Can We Do About It?
Barrack's Cater Inn
1224 West Pioneer Parkway
Peoria, IL

 

 

February 18-19, 2005

35th Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference

"Crime without Borders: Globalization and Human Trafficking"

Hotel Pere Marquette Peoria, IL

 

Friday, February 18  

5:00 p.m. Registration and Social Hour 

5:30 p.m. Student Briefing 

7:00 p.m. Banquet 

8:00 p.m. Introduction of speaker 

8:15 p.m. Keynote Address - Topic: "Human Trafficking and Slavery in the Age of Globalization"  

9:00 p.m. Question-Answer Session 

9:45 p.m. Recess

 

Saturday, February 19  

8:00 a.m. Registration (continued) 

9:00 a.m. Panel Discussion - Topic: "A Closer Look at Modern Slavery"  

10:45 p.m. Coffee Break 

11:15 p.m. Question and Answer Session 

12:15 p.m. Adjourn for Luncheon 

1:30 p.m. Introduction of Closing Speaker - Topic: "Trafficking and Child Labor in Asia" 

2:15 p.m. Question and Answer Session 

3:30 p.m. Adjourn

 

 

January 13, 2005

"Banning the Veil and the Cross:  Implications of Secularization in France"

Dr. John Throop, President of the Summit Group

Business Meeting, 5:00pm; Dinner, 6:00pm; Presentation, 7:00pm

Basta Mangiare, 7800 N. Sommer Street, Peoria

 


2004
 

November 15, 2004

"The India Factor: Looking at Shifts in Power in Asia and the World" 

5:30pm, featuring Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

Barrack's Cater Inn, 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria

 

November 13, 2004

3rd Annual PAWAC World Affairs Scholastic Bowl

8:00am - 3:00pm, Bradley Hall, Bradley University

 

November 03, 2004

40 Leaders Under 40 Awards Dinner, 5:00pm, $30.00

 

October 2004:  International Dinners

October 7, 2004 - Russian Dinner, 6:00pm, $35.00

October 10, 2004 - Asian Dinner, 6:00pm, $35.00

October 17, 2004 - Desserts & Drinks from around the World, 2:00pm, $35.00

October 17, 2004 - African - Kwanzaa Dinner, 5:00pm, $35.00

October 19, 2004 - Algerian-French Dinner, 6:30pm, $40.00

October 24, 2004 - Scottish Dinner, 3:30pm, $40.00

October 25, 2004 - Italian-Jewish Dinner, 6:30pm, $35.00

October 29, 2004 - Northern Italian Dinner, 6:30pm, $40.00

October 30, 2004 - Mexican Dinner, 7:00pm, $45.00

 

September 20, 2004:

"Global Security:  Looking Beyond Religion for Factors of Insecurity"

UN Foundation "People Speak" Series / Panel Discussion

Dr. Robert Thompson, Chairman of the International Food & Agricultural Policy Council, Gardner Chair of Agricultural Policy at UIUC

Dr. Don Wuebbles, Director of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UIUC

Dr. Clifford Singer, Director of Arms Control, Disarmament, & International Security at UIUC

Lower Auditorium, Peoria Public Library Monroe and Main Streets, Peoria, IL

5:00pm, Reception with light hors d'oeuvres

5:30pm, Presentation followed by a question and answer session

 

August 4, 2004:

"Promoting Democracy Through Development"

Dr. Kent Hill, Head of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia 

J. Edward Fox, Head of the Bureau for Legislative & Public Affairs United States Agency for International Development

Lower Auditorium, Peoria Public Library Monroe and Main Streets, Peoria, IL

5:00pm, Reception with light hors d'oeuvres

5:30pm, Presentation followed by a question and answer session

 

June 28, 2004:

"The Importance of the US - Australia FTA for Local Economies"

Australian Ambassador to the United States Michael Thawley

12 Noon - 1:00pm, Hotel Pere Marquette, La Salle Room

 

June 8, 2004:
Dr. Melvin A. Goodman, National War College
Bush League Diplomacy:  How the Neoconservatives Are Putting the World at Risk
4:30pm, Book Signing and Hors d'oeuvres, PAWAC Members Only

5:00pm, Book Signing and Hors d'oeuvres, Open to the Public
5:30pm, Presentation, Contemporary Arts Center, 305 SW Water Street, Peoria

 

 

April 8, 2004:

Director General Thomas T.S. Cheng

Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, Chicago

Dinner, 5:30pm, Carnegie's (Hotel Pere Marquette)

Presentation, 7:00pm, Peoria Public Library Auditorium (Downtown)

 

 

34th Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference

"Sub-Saharan Africa:  On the Path to Development"

Hotel Pere Marquette, Peoria, IL

 

Friday, February 20, 2004

5:00pm    Registration & Social Gathering

5:30pm    Student Briefing

7:00pm    Banquet

8:00pm    Introduction of Speaker

8:15pm     Keynote Address:  "Africa and the United States"

                    Pauline Baker, President, Fund for Peace

9:00pm    Question - Answer Session

9:45pm    Recess

 

Saturday, February 21, 2004

8:00am    Registration (continued)

 

9:00am    Panel Discussion:  "Inside Africa Today"

                    Ellen Galvin, Population Policy Specialist, 

                    UN Population Division, New York

                    Topic: Population and AIDS

                    
                    Patricia Weiss Fagen

                    Institute for the Study of International Migration, 

                    Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

                    Humanitarianism in Times of War:  The Difficult Choices

                   
                    Ambassador Edward Brynn
, Associate Provost for 

                    International Programs at the UNC - Charlotte

                    Topic: Conflict Resolution and Nation Building

                    Dr. Alex Winter-Nelson, Acting Director,

                         
                    Discussion Leader: 

 

                    Center for African Studies, University of Illinois at U-C

 

10:15am    Refreshment Break

10:45am    Question - Answer Session

12 Noon     Luncheon

1:00pm      Closing Addresses:

                    The Honorable Jerome Mendouga, Ambassador of Cameroon to the United States

                    

                    Ambassador Herman CohenFormer US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Former Ambassador to Mozambique and Liberia

 

Wednesday January 21, 2004, 7:00pm

"The United States and Iraq:  What Happens Next?"

Featuring: Ambassador Edward Peck

Peoria Public Library Auditorium

Monroe and Main Streets, Downtown Peoria

 

 


2003

 

November 17, 2003

"Next Stop:  The EU"

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Bradley University, 

Baker Hall, Room B52

Presentations by:

Sandy Owens, Senior Commercial Officer, US Embassy, Slovakia

Scott Bozek, Senior Commercial Officer, US Embassy, Hungary


2nd Annual International Scholastic Bowl Tournament

November 22, 2003

8am - 3pm

Bradley Hall, Bradley University

 

2003 International Dinners Sponsored by PAWAC and ArtsPartners:

October 11 

Jewish cuisine 6:30 p.m. (Peoria)

October 12 

Thai Cuisine, 2:00 p.m. (Peoria)

Lebanese Cuisine, 4:00 p.m. (East Peoria)

New Zealand High, Tea 4:00 p.m. (Washington)

October 18 

Tropical Cuisine with African artwork and fabrics, 6:00 p.m. (Peoria)

October 19 

Russian Cuisine, 5:00 p.m. (Morton)

October 25

Kwanzaa Celebration, 6:00 p.m.  

October 26

Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali, 4:00 p.m.  

October 29

Button Project at the Holocaust Memorial, 11:30am 

Includes a buffet lunch at Johnny's Steakhouse.

 

 

Thursday, October 2, 2003, 5:00pm

"Peoria: A Model of the Benefits of Globalization"

3rd Annual Kick-Off Event featuring:

 Mr. Greg Rushford, Editor and Publisher, The Rushford Report
 www.rushfordreport.com

 

 

 

 

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