Wednesday, March 1: Nuclear Security
Dr. Justin Conrad, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration Charlotte Country Day School – 1440 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226
The Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte coordinates a local community lecture series annually. The Charlotte Great Decisions Lecture Series consists of five weekly sessions and is an opportunity for citizens to meet, discuss and learn about some of the issues facing our world. Each week a local expert from nearby colleges and universities provides additional perspective on the topic of interest and answers questions regarding the information presented in the Briefing Book and through the lecture.
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on Tuesday, March 7th for a small-group conversation over dinner with Dr. Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of East Asian Politics, Chair of Chinese Studies, and Dean for Educational Policy, Davidson College.
Dr. Rigger will share about the complexities of relations between the U.S. , China, and Taiwan. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your questions about China-Taiwan-U.S. relations as the Trump administration promises breakthroughs in these relations and begins to form its foreign policy.
Join us at the Charlotte City Club on March 8th with Dr. Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of East Asian Politics, Chair of Chinese Studies and Assistant Dean for Educational Policy, Davidson College, as she shares her perspective about the current state of affairs between the U.S. and China and the challenges and complexities that lie ahead for the new administration in Asia.
Join The Magellan Society (Young Professionals of the WAC Charlotte) and the Charlotte City Club Young Professionals for an expert panel on the State of the Region: A Global Discussion. We will discuss what makes Charlotte a globally competitive city, culturally and economically, as well as explore areas for growth in our city and region, hearing from local experts on our panel:
Ronnie Bryant, President & CEO, Charlotte Regional Partnership
Greg Sizemore, Director, North Carolina U.S. Exports Assistance Centers
Ljubomir (LJ) Stambuk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Charlotte
Moderated by Rina Arline, Senior VP and Treasury Sales Manager, Bank of America
*All attendees are welcome to join us in the Club for dinner and conversation with panelists following the program. Please call (704) 334-3200 to make your reservation.
Join The Magellan Society (Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte) at the Charlotte International Rotary Club Meeting on Monday, March 27th.
Come and network with other internationally-minded young professionals and Charlotte International Rotary Club members while we hear from distinguished Charlotte YP, Troy Pelshak, Chairman of the Charlotte International Cabinet.
Date: Thursday, March 27th Venue: Pfeiffer University, Charlotte Campus
Rose Jay Dining Room
4701 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209 Directions Time: Dinner & Networking: 5:30 pm
Program Begins: 6:00 p.m.
Option to stay for dinner with the panelists: 8:00 pm Cost: $10
*Dinner from the Cooking Pot African Kitchen included
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on Thursday, March 30th for Private Dinner and small-group conversation with H.E. Ligia Fonseca, First lady of Cape Verde.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy one-on-one conversation over a gourmet meal with lawyer, advocate, and First Lady of Cape Verde, Her Excellency Ligia Fonseca. She will share her insights on the success story of Cape Verde, and why you may want to plan a visit soon.
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Join The Magellan Society (Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte) for a special Adventures in Dining Cooking Class, limited to 12 individuals.
Alexis Gordon, TMS Advisory Committee Member, spent several years in Holland for her graduate studies and continues to visit the region regularly. She will share her culinary secrets in a fun and entertaining atmosphere for this hands-on, Dutch-themed class.
Participants will learn techniques for making items such as hutspot and kibbeling, and olliebollen for dessert! The instructional class will be followed by dinner and wine.
Date: Thursday, March 30th Location:
Private Residence in South Charlotte
*Address given upon registration Time:
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $25.00 (includes hands-on instruction, dinner comprising of cooking class dishes and wine)
Join The Magellan Society and UNC Charlotte’s Office of International Programs for the opportunity to network and hear several early-career professionals discuss the international elements of their careers in law, education, not-for-profit and engineering. The panelists will speak about their experiences and offer valuable advice to those about to enter the job market and pursue work in international fields.
This year’s panelists will include:
Sherrod Seward, Partner, Seward Tran LLP, Business & Immigration Law
Johnelle Causewell, Director, Citizen Diplomacy Program, International House
Derek Smith, Director, Global Studies, Charlotte Latin School
Jon Vague, International Energy Developer & Strategist, Duke Energy
Moderated by Kristina Drye, Program and Membership Manager, World Affairs Council of Charlotte
Come out for networking with TMS and to draw upon the knowledge and experience of these young professionals! Enjoy coffee and refreshments provided by Our Human Family!
Resume Review! Several UNC Charlotte career center advisers will be offering brief resume review sessions for those who want to clean, polish, or re-energize their resumes. Come with a printed copy of your resume and take advantage of this opportunity to re-vamp your resume!
Date: Tuesday, April 4th Location: UNC Charlotte Center City Building
Lecture Hall 204
320 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 – Parking Directions Time:
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Cost: FREE
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on April 20th to hear from Luke Kissam, Chairman, President and CEO of Albemarle. The company recently relocated its world headquarters to Charlotte from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Albemarle is a $10 billion global specialty chemicals company, servicing customers in more than 100 countries.
Luke will introduce us to Albemarle’s diverse industry-leading chemicals portfolio. He will also focus on how Albemarle’s world-class lithium business is helping to fuel our future through the world’s energy, transportation, and electronics markets. Join us in welcoming Luke and Albemarle to Charlotte!
Join The Magellan Society (Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte) for an excursion to Kebab Je to enjoy authentic Lebanese cuisine in the company of internationally-minded young professionals. We will learn about Lebanese dishes and culture from the owners while enjoying a delicious family-style meal of assorted traditional dishes.
Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 Location: Kebab Je
Sycamore Commons Shopping Center
2233 Matthews Township Parkway
Matthews, NC 28105 – Directions Time:
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Cost: $25.00 (includes assortment of appetizers, entree dish, dessert, and a glass of wine)
Since 1990, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte annually presents the World Citizen Award to prominent citizens (and organizations) who have enhanced our community’s standing in the world their accomplishments of international significance and contributions to the city, this region and our international community.
The World Citizen Award Dinner has become an important part of the educational and cultural fabric of the greater Charlotte region. Each year, a capacity audience gathers to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the recipient.
This year, the Council is honored to present the 2017 World Citizen Award to Dr. Tony Zeiss, President of Central Piedmont Community College (1992-2016).
(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
601 South College Street · Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on May 25th for a Voyagers Club “fireside” chat with Dr. Cindy Combs. She will share her perspective on the issues occurring in the Koreas and the South Sea Island region as well as her insights on arising and ongoing global security threats.
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on June 8th as we host Dr. Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, and author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydide’s Trap?
China and the US are heading toward a war that neither wants. That’s the sensational premise of Dr. Graham Allison’s new book, Destined for War. The reason: Thucydide’s Trap, a deadly historical pattern of structural stress that results when rising powers challenge ruling ones. In the past 500 years, this pattern has occurred 16 times. In 12 of these cases, the outcome was war.
Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America and Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump both promise to make their countries “great again,” the case for war looks grim. Dr. Allison, who is director of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School, has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense and advised the secretaries of defense under every president from Reagan to Obama. Join him for a crucial conversation about what painful steps China and America must take to avoid disaster.
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on Monday, June 12th for a small-group conversation over a gourmet dinner with H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the U.S.
The Ambassador will share his perspective on U.S.-Belgium bilateral relations as well as U.S. transatlantic relations with the EU and efforts of global security and foreign policy under the new U.S. Administration.
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Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on June 13th, 2017 as we host H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the U.S. as he shares his insight on U.S. Belgium-relations under the new U.S. administration.
The U.S. maintains strong bilateral ties with Belgium, cultivating a cooperative relationship on a number of foreign policy issues. As the host country of the European Union and NATO, Belgium is a pivotal leader in European and Transatlantic diplomacy. As such, H.E. Dirk Wouters will share his perspective on U.S. transatlantic relations with Europe as the new Trump Administration begins to shape its foreign policy platforms.
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on June 21st for our Annual Meeting as we host Dr. James Hastings, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Wingate University. He will share his insight on India, US-India relations and the evolution of the country over the past 45 years.
After a long history of strained bilateral ties, India and the U.S. have recently formed a number of partnerships across areas of security, humanitarian aid, trade, cyber security, and energy agreements. In 2010 the annual “U.S. India Strategic Dialogue” launched as a yearly discussion between top officials of both countries, leading President Obama to call their renewed relations a “defining partnership in the 21st century.” As a key partner for U.S. strategic interests in Asia-Pacific, the relationship between the two countries is more important than ever as global security issues continue to threaten the region.
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on August 31st, as we host H.E. Aung Lynn, the Ambassador of Myanmar to the U.S. He will offer his perspective on the relationship between U.S. and Myanmar in addition to ongoing foreign policy issues affecting the Southeast Asian region.
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on Wednesday, September 20th for a small-group conversation over a gourmet dinner with Dr. Bernard Weinstein.
As an energy economist, Dr. Weinstein will share his insight on the future of coal and gas, as well as the most effective technologies to reduce global emissions. Don’t miss the opportunity for this timely and engaging conversation.
Click here to reserve your seat online or call 704-687-7762 for reservations over the phone.
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on September 21st as we host Dr. Bernard Weinstein. As a widely published and consulted energy economist, Dr. Weinstein will share his perspective on the greatest challenges facing the U.S. and world in terms of energy resources, renewable energy, and the latest technologies for reducing global emissions.
Travel with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte through India as we explore its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant colors, and exhilarating culture. Travelers will stay in the magnificent, world-famous Oberoi Hotels while making lifelong memories.
Additional details forthcoming.
All Day (Saturday) EST
222 EAST THIRD STREET, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, 28202, USA
JoinThe Magellan Society(Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte) for an excursion to Queen Shebato enjoy authentic Ethiopian cuisine and dining in the company of internationally-minded young professionals. We will learn about Ethiopian dishes and culture from the owner while enjoying a delicious family-style meal of assorted traditional dishes, including a Jebena Buna coffee ceremony!
Join The Magellan Society (The Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte) at The Charlotte YP Mixer on Wednesday, October 18th.
The Young Affiliates of the Mint are hosting their third annual mixer sponsored by EatWorkPlay CLTto bring Charlotte young professionals together for an evening of collaboration, community and cocktails, with a stunning view of uptown.
Come network with other internationally-minded young professionals while learning about and mingling with other YP groups in Charlotte for this truly city-wide mixer.
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on October 26th, as we host WACC Ambassadors Circle Series with H.E. Armando Varricchio, the Ambassador of Italy to the United States at noon on Thursday, October 26 at the Charlotte City Club. He will offer his perspective on the relationship between U.S. and Italy in addition to ongoing foreign policy, economic, and national security issues affecting Europe.
The World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC) will host its annual Joint WorldQuest / Academic WorldQuest competition on November 8th. For the 8th consecutive year, these high school students will play alongside business and individual groups that will compete in WorldQuest, the community version of this global knowledge competition.
Teams from all around the greater Charlotte area will participate in this international trivia competition and answer questions related to current events, history, geography and other topics of global significance.
Recognized as the largest international education program of its kind in North Carolina, Academic WorldQuest and WorldQuest will bring together approximately 600 students and community members this year.
Additional details forthcoming.
(Wednesday) 5:45 pm - 9:15 pm EST
Hilton Charlotte Center City
222 EAST THIRD STREET, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, 28202, USA
Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on November 30th as we host James Astill, Washington correspondent and Lexington Columnist for The Economist. He will share his insight on economic and political trends shaping global markets, emerging markets, and ongoing geopolitical transitions in the E.U. affecting Europe.