Future Programs

Diplomatic Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Cuban Relations

Event Date: October 15, 2020 Event Time: 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Presenter: Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis On July 20, 2015, a little more than five years ago, the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations after more than 55 years of acrimony. It was a victory for diplomacy, sanity and American interests and values, hailed throughout […]

WACCI News

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a serious risk to public health. It has resulted in Governor Pritzker’s executive order to “shelter in place” and practice “social distancing” to reduce infections including the CDC’s guideline to limit indoor events to 10 people. Thus, the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois had to postpone the March-April Great Decisions program series, as […]

Public Health Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Focus on Ghana

Event Date: March 5 Presenter: Dr.(Mrs.) Victoria Bam Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Location: Public Affairs Center (PAC), University of Illinois, Springfield Reception and Dinner: PAC Dining Room Program: Brookens Auditorium All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation. Africa has the world’s highest rate of […]

Measles: An International Perspective

Event Date: February 4 Presenters: Dr. Marcela Rodriguez, Dr. Sana Waqar, and Dr. Vidhya Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Location: Club Room, Hoogland Center for the Arts All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation. The speakers will review the epidemiology of measles–the scientific study of […]

“The Importance of Diplomacy”

Event Date: December 4 Presenter: Ms. Kathy Johnson Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Location: Club Room, Hoogland Center for the Arts All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation. Ms. Kathy A. Johnson’s presentation will be on “The Importance of Diplomacy”. She will take us behind […]

“Terror Capitalism: Uyghur ‘Reeducation’ and the Chinese Security Industrial Complex”

Event Date: November 8 Presenter: Dr. Darren Byler Location: Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation. Terror Capitalism represents a new system of control by the Chinese government. It is made up of […]

The United States and Latin America:Challenges and Opportunities

Event Date: October 10 Location: Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation. Ambassador John F. Maisto’s presentation on “The United States and Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities” will explore current U.S. foreign policy […]

A Tribute to Syria

Event Date: September 10 Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Location: Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation. Mariela Shaker strives to build understanding and nurture peace through her discourse and her music. She will inform us with her […]

The European Union and Its Neighborhood

Event Date: May 9 Reception 5:30 p.m.; Annual Meeting 6:00 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Location: Club Room, Hoogland Center for the Arts Speaker: Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation. The European Union is […]