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Fall programming expands with Canada, China discussions


Speaker on Canada, Maryscott Greenwood

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 noon at the University Club in downtown Grand Rapids, WACWM will be hosting a delegation from Canada to give insight on what the coming Canadian elections might mean to the U.S. in general, and to Michigan in particular.

“It isn’t widely known that Michigan, if it were a country, would be Canada’s second largest trading partner,” said WACWM executive director Michael Van Denend. “What happens in Canada matters significantly to our state.”

The Canadian conversation will be led by the country’s Consul General for the Midwest Joe Comartin, a former member of Parliament and Deputy Speaker of the House, and by Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood, a former American diplomat to Canada who is now the chief executive officer of the Canadian American Business Council.

Those interested in being part of the conversation about “Canada’s Elections and Michigan Impact” can learn more and register here.

In addition, WACWM will be hosting the annual “China Town Hall” discussion again this fall, on Monday, November 18, beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the University Club downtown Grand Rapids.

China Town Hall is a national program sponsored by the National Committee on U.S. China Relations and features a livestream program from New York City, followed by a local conversation led by invited guest experts and facilitators. This year’s webcast will be hosted by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News; those who attend in Grand Rapids will be able to pick up the dialogue and talk about the attitudes, concerns and feelings surrounding the U.S.-China relationship.

In addition, WACWM will be hosting the annual “China Town Hall” discussion again this fall, on Monday, November 18, beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the University Club downtown Grand Rapids.

China Town Hall is a national program sponsored by the National Committee on U.S. China Relations and features a livestream program from New York City, followed by a local conversation led by invited guest experts and facilitators. This year’s webcast will be hosted by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News; those who attend in Grand Rapids will be able to pick up the dialogue and talk about the attitudes, concerns and feelings surrounding the U.S.-China relationship.

Details on the China Town Hall evening can be found here.

“Our experience with the China Town Hall format has been terrific,” said WACWM director of programming Erica Kubik. “The national livestream sets the table perfectly for local dialogue that helps us understand the complexities of the U.S.-China relationship and its immediate impact on our lives.”

WACWM is celebrating its 70th year of global awareness programming, with the aim to “empower the people and organizations of West Michigan to engage thoughtfully with the world.”