Extreme Texas Climate Forum
Extended droughts, raging floods and devastating heat have joined with changing climate patterns to leave an expensive and dangerous mark on Texas life and business in recent years. How are these variables impacting the state’s water, public resources, infrastructure and populations? And are there strategies that can stand between Texans and their weather?
The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity is hosting a free forum on identifying and coping with these challenges on Thursday, September 17, at SMU. Titled “Climate Extremes: A Forum on Adaptation and Building Resilience in Texas,” the event features two panel discussions, one on “Impact of Climate Change on DFW and Texas” and the other focused on “Climate Change Solutions.”
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will present opening remarks. Moderator for the panels is veteran journalist Lee Cullum, host of CEO, the KERA-TV executive profile program. Register for the conference here.
German Marshall Fund
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is again assisting the German Marshall Fund of the United States in its search for at least two Texans who will become Marshall Fellows and observe "transatlantic institutions that link the United States and its European allies."
For more than three decades the German Marshall Fund has arranged all expenses-paid, transatlantic exchanges of the brightest minds in the fields of business, politics, media and non-governmental organizations. These Fellows must be 28-40 and cannot nominate themselves. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 PM on September 21. Visit the application page to see the guidelines.
Read more about the Marshall Fund at gmfus.org. World Affairs Council member Dylan Lockett of Arlington is a 2014-15 Marshall Fellow.
Travel to Morocco
On March 4-17, 2016, Jim Falk, President and CEO of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and Morocco's Honorary Consul or Texas will be leading a 14 day comprehensive journey through Morocco. Cities Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech will be visited as well as the High Atlas mountains and vast Sahara, with stops in Erfoud and Ouarzazate, ending in Casablanca.
Five UNESCO World Heritage sites are included in the tour along with a private dinner in the traditional home of a Fez family and tea with a Berber family in their cave dwelling. Also planned is a visit to the U.S. Embassy and other special events to learn more about the region.
WACA National Board Election
Roman Popadiuk, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine with more than three decades of experience in foreign service, has been elected Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. A principal at Morgan Lewis Consulting, he formerly was executive director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation at Texas A&M University.
Council President and CEO James N. Falk was a member of the WACA selection committee.