Past events

"World in Disarray: Prospects and Challenges for Transatlantic relations"

a moderated conversation featuring

His Excellency Kåre Aas, 

Ambassador of Norway to the United States


Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations 

Richard Fontaine, President, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)


Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program (CNAS)


Tuesday, June 12, 2018



Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

303 Pearl St. NW, downtown GR

Free convenient parking



Program  7:00 - 8:15 PM

Free admission.

No reservations needed. Public invited.

Today's security environment has no precedent. No single challenge to U.S. interests is equivalent to those posed by Nazi Germany, imperial Japan or the Soviet Union during the 20th century. But the sheer volume and complexity of current and emerging security threats, and their interrelationship, may be just as daunting. Actors ranging from states to individuals mix competition with cooperation across and within states, regions, and the globe. Interactions overlap economic, security and diplomatic arenas.


From migration to artificial intelligence to hybrid tactics such as disinformation campaigns, policymakers are finding that traditional approaches to foreign policy no longer generate the same results. Similarly, many of the institutions that the United States and Europe created together some 70 years ago are not able to cope with today's vast security challenges. How should and will Europe and the United States work together to address today's rapidly evolving security environment? What changes are needed? What obstacles exist? And can Europe and the United States tackle these challenges alone?

This visit is a part of

Across the Pond, In the Field

sponsored by

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Event jointly hosted by

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"Global Trends in International Relations: Pandemics, Corruption, and Failed States"


Ambassador William Garvelink (ret.)


Thursday, May 31, 2018



Gezon Auditorium
Calvin College

Free convenient parking!



Program  6:30 - 7:30 PM

Cost to attend:

$10 general admission

No reservations needed. Public invited.

Free admission to WACWM corporate members and their employees; Senator members; and the faculty, staff and students of our educational partners.

Free to members of Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) if you wear your name badge.

Event jointly hosted by

Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning

Event graciously underwritten by 

NAFTA and Trade Agreements in a Competitive World Economy

Dr. Rodney Ludema, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of State (former)


Thursday, February 22, 2018

6:30-7:30 p.m.

215 Jarecki-Lacks Center (Library)

Aquinas College


Cost: $10 per person

Corporate members and their guests attend free.

Free to our educational partners.
Public invited. No reservations needed.

Free parking next to the library.

Photo of Speaker Dr. Rodny Ludema

Professor Ludema teaches economics at Georgetown University, in the School of Foreign Service and Department of Economics. 


He formerly served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of State and as Senior International Economist in the White House Council of Economic Advisors. 


Ludema received his B.A. from Calvin College, and attended Columbia University for his M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees in economics. 


He specializes in international trade, with research interests including the political economy of trade policy, international trade bargaining, preferential trade agreements, trade and the environment, WTO rules and dispute settlement, and economic sanctions.

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Great Decisions Global Discussions

Mondays, January 29 through March 26

Examining eight of the most critical global issues and giving you context for a complex world

Two options to attend:

12-1 PM: Calvin College Recital Hall

in the Covenant Fine Arts Center
6-7:15 PM: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center

$10 admission per discussion; a new topic and speaker each week.

Free admission to WACWM corporate members and their employees; Senator members; and the faculty, staff and students of our educational partners.

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In partnership with Kent District Library. . . 

Our Spring series on "Civil Discourse"

Coming April 2018


Our international trivia competition


Thursday, May 17, 2018



Wege Center 
Aquinas College Campus

Free convenient parking!



5:30pm   Bar Opens
6:00pm   Dinner
7:10pm   Game Begins

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