Previous events

Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century

Presentation and book signing with 

Hank Meijer

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Social Time -- 5:15-6:00 PM  

Program -- 6:00-7:00 PM

University Club of Grand Rapids

111 Lyon Street NW, Grand Rapids, 49503

Cost to attend: $15

Includes admission and light hors d'oeuvres

Free parking in the 5th/3rd lot if you park after 5 PM

(Lot entrance on Ottawa between Michigan and Lyon)

Cash Bar

Books available for purchase at the event:

$30 (tax included, $5 off list price)

This event is sold out and we are no longer accepting reservations.

Join us for "Dixie's Favorites," our Fall Lecture Series!


 We're honoring Dixie Anderson's 22 years

at the World Affairs Council

by hosting three of her many

favorite speakers over the years.

She's chosen these special friends

not only because they're wonderful speakers

but also because their topics are relevant

and of critical concern right now.



Tues., Oct. 17: "The Middle East: Regional Shifts and Global Responses"

Mr. Reza Marashi

Research Director, National Iranian American Council


Wed., Nov. 8: "Top Five Threats to America's National Security"

Dr. Lori Murray

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Tues., Nov. 14: "Russia 2018: Putin's Last Act?"

Ambassador John Beyrle

U.S. Ambassador to Russia (former)


7:00-8:30 PM

Western Michigan University

Grand Rapids East Beltline Campus

2333 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids 49546

(north of Woodland Mall on west side of Beltline)

Free Convenient Parking

$15 per lecture

Prepay for the next event with Dr. Lori Murray below.

Avoid standing in line and sign-in at the pre-paid desk.

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

cordially invites you to attend:

“Soft Power in the Balkans”


His Excellency Vasko Naumovski

Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States


Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5:15 —6:00 PM             Social Hour

6:00—7:00 PM Program

The Balkans—which include the European countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia—are strategically located between Russian and Western zones of influence.  Both Russia and the European Union are working hard to draw Balkan counties closer.

However, from ancient time until today, it has been difficult for one power to control the Balkans. This intense geopolitical competition makes the Balkan region one of the most contested and conflict-prone regions in the world, and part of that rivalry is unfolding through soft power and cultural diplomatic means.

Dr. Naumvoski has been an ambassador since 2014. He is a professor of international relations at the department of law “Iustinianus Primus” at the St. Cyril and Methodist University in Skopje, where he earned his bachelor, master’s and doctoral degrees.

From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Naumovski was deputy president of the government of the Republic of Macedonia in charge of European affairs. In that post he began the process for Macedonia’s entry into the European Union. Macedonia is currently listed as a “candidate country,” in the process of integrating E.U. legislation into national law.

$15 (includes admission to event plus light hors d’oeuvres)

Cash Bar

University Club, 10th Floor

111 Lyon Street NW, Grand Rapids, 49503

Free parking available in the building’s lot if you park after 5 PM

Formerly Fifth Third Lot (parking entrances on Ottawa and Monroe)


Reservations are not necessary but appreciated for planning purposes.

To reserve, email: or call our office: 616.776.1721

Deadline to reserve/cancel: Friday, Nov. 3. No shows will be billed.

"Debriefing Palau"

with Kris Lloyd and Ben Ueda

moderated by Dr. Mark Schaub, GVSU

Wednesday, October 4th

DeJourno Room -- Aquinas College Campus 

(located at Browne Center on Woodward Avenue – watch for signs)
Free parking right at building
Cost: $10

No reservations needed. Pay at door.

"American Foreign Policy

in a Time of Fractured Politics"


P.J. Crowley

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs 

U.S. Dept. of State (former)

Tuesday, September 12

Social Hour -- 5:15-6:00 PM  

Discussion -- 6:00-7:00 PM

University Club of Grand Rapids

Cost to attend: $15 (includes admission and light hors d'oeuvres)

Just announced: Free parking to all attendees*--no need to RSVP!

You must park in the building's lot after 5 PM to receive free parking

More information:


#Global Connections Event

Film Screening  of "America's Diplomats:"

A documentary about the

U.S. Department of State

Wednesday, August 30

Wealthy Theatre

Screening at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM

Suggested Donation: $5

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