January 17, 2020

“By and large, [the world] respects the United States, they respect Americans. And when we’re together, and when we shine, and when we recognize that ‘politics ends at the water’s edge,’ there is no weapon system that the Pentagon can produce that is more powerful than...

December 3, 2019

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) has announced that it will begin awarding an annual Vandenberg Prize to a national or international leader who has been influential in developing global understanding and collaboration on the world stage.

The inaugur...

November 15, 2019

Since the late 1950s the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) has been bringing the “Great Decisions” program to West Michigan, and once again for eight consecutive weeks in February and March of 2020, timely global issues will be locally examined.

The topi...

October 11, 2019

While in the middle of an intriguing series on “Strategic Partnerships: Vietnam, Germany and Japan,” the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) has added two additional countries of vital importance to its fall programming schedule.

On Friday, October 25, at...

August 20, 2019

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) begins its 70th year of world-aware programming with a fall series titled “Strategic Partnerships: Three Countries Important to U.S. International Relations.”

Three evening presentations are planned for 7 p.m. at the...

July 29, 2019

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) announced that five local executives have been elected to its board of directors. These persons serve three-year terms on the board, once renewable, and pledge to advance the Council’s mission to “empower the people...

June 20, 2019

At its 2019 Annual Public Meeting, the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) elected four members to its executive team for 2019-20.

Elected president was Dick Gauthier, vice president of international business development at Univer...

May 29, 2019

WorldQuest 2019 is in the books and Steelcase's "Steeling Gold" team powered to victory, ending a streak of WorldQuest wins from the local colleges and universities. Steelcase’s world-aware team members racked up 43 points, meaning they missed just seven of the 50 ques...

April 22, 2019

Two current ambassadors will be visiting Grand Rapids under the auspices of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) in the coming weeks.

On Monday, August 29, His Excellency Hendrik Schuwer, Dutch Ambassador to the U.S., will be speaking about world events...

Kent County, MI — Kent District Library is pleased to partner with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) to present a series of programs titled “Oceans, Lakes, and Streams: Protecting Water Globally and Locally” in April and May. The series will take pl...

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