October programs highlight global opportunities


From left: Cary Justice; Ping Liang; Guk Low; Jennifer Tyler
Publicity for CHINA Town Hall's Fareed Zakaria

After a thoughtful start to the 2021-22 program year with sessions on China and Afghanistan, the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) announced its October line-up—with more on China, along with programs featuring India and Saudi Arabia.


“Our board of directors noted the fraught relationship with China and suggested we keep offering different perspectives on the country throughout the year,” said WACWM executive director Michael Van Denend.


“We began the year with The Carter Center’s China expert Dr. Yawei Liu, and next we will connect to the annual China Town Hall broadcast, with discussion afterward, on October 19,” he said.


China Town Hall is a program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSR) out of New York, which offers comprehensive views of the U.S.-China relationship. This year, WACWM will program a networking, viewing, and discussion evening at the University Club of Grand Rapids on the 19th of October. The national livestream will feature CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria. Information about the evening can be found here.


On Monday, October 11, Mr. Amit Kumar, the Consul General of India, Chicago will be the guest of the Council and partner Ferris State University for a 12-noon luncheon at the University Club. Mr. Kumar will discuss India-U.S. relations and talk about opportunities for collaboration, nationally and regionally.


Finally, on October 7, WACWM will offer an opportunity to interact virtually with Dr. Sara Althari of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Investment. Dr. Althari is a biotechnology and healthcare expert and will have insights into potential partnerships between Saudi and U.S. medical-related entities.


The Indian and Saudi program details and registration are also viewable here.