August 31, 2020

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) is back this fall –its 71st year of bringing the global conversations to the region—with Her Excellency Martha Bàrcena Coqui, the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., in a digital discussion about North American trade, p...

June 30, 2020

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) announced that four 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 3, 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 5:30 pm

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s meeting will be virtual, occurring through Zoom technology. Further instructions on the use of Zoom and how it will be used in the meeting is set forth at the bottom of this Notice.


To be jo...

April 17, 2020

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan shifted quickly to on-line programming in the wake of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders in Michigan.

With three weeks remaining on its award-winning Great Decisions Global Discussions series, the Council moved the final speak...

March 12, 2020

Friends of the Council:

Like you, we have been keeping up with the ever-changing landscape regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re working to alter our programming in line with federal, state and local health advisories, and with the policies of the campuses and venues a...

March 5, 2020

Globalization. Automation. Underemployment and the gig economy. What are the trends that have been shaping patterns of work? How will government, industry and educators respond to the new opportunities and challenges created by change? Just as importantly, how do peopl...

February 6, 2020

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) has been sponsoring the Great Decisions Global Discussions Series since the late ‘50s, bringing credible speaker-experts to West Michigan to lead conversations about pressing international issues.

Some years, the dip...

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...

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