Future Programs

The Problem With North Korea

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois Presentation/Lunch
Speaker: Dr. Roy Wehrle

Due to a medical emergency, Dr. Victor Cha will not be able to present on October 24. However, Dr. Roy Wehrle has graciously agreed to present on North Korea and Niger. 

This presentation by Dr. Wehrle will take place at the Trutter Center on the Campus of Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC-Campus Map).

Lunch at the Trutter Center will begin at 12:15 p.m. If you registered for the dinner on October 4, you do not need to register again if you wish to have lunch. If you registered for the dinner on October 4 and do not wish to have lunch, please contact Michael Plog to have your check returned or destroyed. (mbplog@comcast.net, 793-2509) If you did not register for the dinner on October 4, but you would like to register for the lunch on October 24, please complete the meal registration form at Dinner Order Form . Reservations are required for dinner and must be prepaid and on or before October 17.For the possibility of late reservations, contact Michael Plog to determine whether seating is available.




Cuba and the United States: Neither Friend or Foe

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois Presentation/Dinner
Speaker: Frank Argote-Freyre

Program: Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 pm, Conference Room C\D, University of Illinois at Springfield
Program is free and open to the public.

Reception 5:30/Dinner 6:15 pm in Conference Room C\D

Frank’s recommended reading and viewing for this event. Websites for the Audience — 0912 2017

We are pleased that Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre, noted author, activist, journalist, and Professor is returning for yet another insightful presentation.  In 2015, Dr. Argote-Freyre addressed the topic “U.S. -Cuba Relations: Will this Thaw Continue?” 
On September 12 his topic will be “Cuba and the United States: Neither Friend nor Foe” in which he reviews the latest zigs and zags in the complex relationship between U.S. and Cuba. A central topic of discussion will be the impact of President Trump on the delicate state of affairs between Cuba and the United States.
Argote-Freyre received his Ph.D in Latin American History with a minor in World History from Rutgers University in 2004. From 1995 to 2005, he served as Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, teaching courses on modern and colonial Latin American History, including courses on Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Spanish Caribbean.
Since September 2005, he serves as Assistant Professor at Kean University, teaching a wide range of Latin American history and Latino Studies courses and is in the process of reinvigorating the Latin American history program. He recently taught courses on History of Cuba, History of the Caribbean, History of Brazil, History of Mexico, Latinos in the United States, Modern Latin America and Colonial Latin America. He is currently developing courses on Mexican history, race in Latin America, and revolution and democracy in Latin America.
His first book, Fulgencio Batista: From Revolutionary to Strongman was published in 2006. Choice Magazine selected his work as an Outstanding Book of the Year for 2007. His second book, A Brief History of the Caribbean, co-authored with Danilo Figueredo, was published in 2008. He is assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of Cuba (2003). He served as a Contributor to Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature published in 2005. He also served as a Contributor to World Book Encyclopedia 2007-2010.
In addition to his books, Dr. Argote-Freyre is a Peer Reviewer for the Oxford University Press and has written numerous articles and book reviews on Cuba. He is involved in many social causes, including the struggle for immigrant rights and social justice. He serves as Chair of the New Jersey Commission on New Americans and is the President of the Latino Action Network and Director of the Latino Coalition.

““Fixing failed states: the folly of foreign aid, the catastrophe of counterinsurgency, and the embers of entrepreneurship”

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois Presentation/Dinner
Speaker: Jesse Sullivan

Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 pm, Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield
Program is free and open to the public.
Reception 5:30/Dinner 6:15 pm in PAC Restaurant, Program 7:30 pm in Brookens Auditorium

Mr. Sullivan has been the recipient of many awards and is widely recognized. In the broadest sense, Jesse Sullivan brings a diverse background with expertise in the following areas: livelihoods, economic opportunity, clean energy and financial services. However, when you delve further you will find his life has been one of dedicating and creating value in the most challenging environments.
In the deadliest district of Afghanistan Jesse led a team on counterinsurgency operations with the U.S. Department of Defense. His commanding officer stated, “Sullivan’s impact is immeasurable in dollars saved and lives not lost.” Sullivan was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the NATO Service Award, and was named a National Veteran Fellow by the World Affairs Council.
After the earthquake in Haiti of 2010, Jesse served as the Special Assistant to the Haitian Ambassador for Relief Efforts where he was named CNN’s Most Intriguing Person of the Day. He was responsible for shaping the resettlement strategy for Haiti’s largest refugee camp.
In South America, Jesse launched two academies for entrepreneurship; and in Bhutan, he worked with the Royal Family to design the nation’s first impact investment fund using the concept of Gross National Happiness. Also, in Palestine, Jesse worked with youth groups doing interfaith reconciliation work;
He served as a foreign policy advisor on a U.S. Congressional campaign, and helped to grow a national nonprofit to assist wounded veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan called The Mission Continues. Sullivan also founded OneWorld, a global justice magazine, that has circulated over 100,000 copies, received national awards, and even Desmond Tutu said, “It blew my mind.”
Most recently, Jesse is the founder & CEO of Alter, a venture that aims to transform failed states through entrepreneurship. The goal is to create jobs in poor countries rather than provide handouts, by finding the best entrepreneurs and matching them with Silicon Valley resources.
Sullivan received his bachelors degree from Saint Louis University in Theology & International Studies. He received a Master’s degree in Global Governance & Diplomacy from Oxford University as Rotary Scholar and received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a recipient of the Social Change Leadership Award.

Immigrants and Refugees: A Dilemma for U.S. Leaders and Society.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

It seems that not a day goes by without reading or hearing about the topic of immigration, the refugee crisis and building the wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. We are pleased to have Pamela Constable, the Washington Post Bureau Chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, as our speaker on April 4th. She will be addressing the international refugee crisis from the Middle East and its impact on the U.S. and Europe, and will also be addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

Afghanistan and Pakistan remain states of United States foreign policy concern. Constable has provided extensive reporting since 1988 from Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as India and Iraq. Having resided in Kabul, Constable’s experiences regarding the region will inform the topic of her talk with us.

Pamela Constable has been the Washington Post bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan since the summer of 2016 and was formerly the deputy foreign editor at The Washington Post. Prior to joining The Washington Post in 1994, Constable was a foreign correspondent and foreign policy reporter for The Boston Globe, where she covered South and Central America, focusing on Chile and Haiti, as well as parts of Asia and the former Soviet Union.

Constable is the author of Fragments of Grace: My Search or Meaning in the Strife in South Asia (Potomac Books, 2004) and the co-author of A Nation of Enemies: Chili under Pinochet (W. W. Norton, 1993).

Constable is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former member of the Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2010; a former fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation; and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot prize. A graduate of Brown University, she was also a resident in the Pew International Journalism Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

This program will be held at Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield.

Reception: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:15 p.m. , Program 7:30 p.m.



“NATO and the Relationship between Poland and the Illinois National Guard”

NATO has been in the news a lot lately. It is perhaps timely to hear from Major General Richard J. Hayes Jr. Major General Hayes is 39th Adjunct General of State of Illinois, principal advisor on military matters to Governor Rauner, and serves as Director of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs in the governor’s cabinet.

To help us better understand what is going on in the world, and how to participate in making the world a better place for our families and future generations, we are honored to have Major General Hayes Jr. with us this evening. He will discuss NATO along with the relationship between the Illinois National Guard and Poland.

Major General Hayes is the senior officer in the chain of command for both the Illinois Army and the Air National Guard. General Hayes, a highly decorated officer,
is responsible for the Illinois National Guard and oversees approximately 13,000 men and women in uniform and 230 in civilian employees in the Illinois Department of Military Affairs.

Some of the Major General’s awards include: National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Non-Article 5 Medal,Illinois Distinguished Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kansas University ROTC Alumni Hall of Fame, to name a few.

Major General Hayes holds a Master of Strategic Studies from United States War College, and Master of Business Administration, General Management from Touro University National.

Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 pm, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield
Program is free and open to the public.
Reception 5:30/Dinner 6:15 pm in , Program 7:30 pm in Club Room of the Hoogland Center for the Arts