Warm things to do while waiting for the thaw
If the forecasters are correct and Dallas/Fort Worth is locked down in a toe-numbing ice storm, you're probably looking for something to do. Here are five things that'll warm your day!
- Remind someone to join the World Affairs Council! You can do that without having to scrape ice off your windshield. We've got a click-to-join system that serves as the portal to interesting and enlightening speakers, authors, business leaders, dignitaries and opportunities to help students and educators reach a world far beyond their campuses!
- Take some time to catch up on programs by going to our podcasts! Right now we're featuring A. Scott Berg discussing his biography of Woodrow Wilson.
- Looking for a nice gift for the holidays? We've got an untraditional traditional necktie and a World Affairs Council scarf that perfectly accent the wardrobe of the globally informed! Both were created by famed New York designer Josh Bach. The necktie honors the consular offices in North Texas. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! For $90 you can give someone both a World Affairs Council membership AND a tie or scarf! Season's greetings that last all year!
- Donate to our program-sustaining Achievement Fund in honor of someone! That's a nice gift that will simultaneously say, "We love you and we know you are interested in the way the world turns!"
- Go to our events calendar and look at our upcoming programs! We're rich with interesting topics and entertaining speakers!
Warm up with the World Affairs Council. We've got the hot topics.
The death of Nelson Mandela, a beacon for freedom around the world, may have made you wonder if the South African leader had ever visited North Texas.
The Dallas Morning News has a story today about perhaps one of the more unusual Mandela visits. In 1999, he watched the Dallas Cowboys play while enjoying the best luxury suite view with team owner Jerry Jones.
The World Affairs Council, whose mission includes promoting international understanding, recalls the latest Mandela event in Dallas. That was on July 18 at the Hall of State in Fair Park when the city celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day -- he turned 95 that day and people around the world celebrated by devoting 67 minutes to helping others. Each minute was in recognition of each year that Mandela had spent in public service, in spite of being in prison for 27 years for his anti-apartheid work. The man whose beliefs made him a prisoner survived to become president of his home nation.
Americans and a distant world?
Are Americans becoming isolationists? Is declining American power affecting American attitude in regard to international affairs?
The non-partisan Pew Research Center has released results of a poll that suggests Americans are moving in those directions. The Pew survey of 2,003 adults was conducted Oct. 30-Nov 6 and Pew reports, “For the first time in surveys dating back nearly 40 years, a majority (53%) says the United States plays a less important and powerful role as a world leader than it did a decade ago. The share saying the U.S. is less powerful has increased 12 points since 2009 and has more than doubled – from just 20% – since 2004.” Pew describes these results as “among the central findings of a new nationwide Pew Research Center and Council on Foreign Relations poll, America's Place in the World, conducted every four years of both the general public and opinion leaders.”
The Regional Economy is in the Lead!
The World Affairs Council, through its International Visitor Program and State Department connections, traditionally hosts delegation after delegation of business-minded representatives from nations around the globe. Why do these business people come to North Texas? Council members know why: Because the examples of success are here. And there is dramatic proof. The regional economy is out-performing the rest of Texas this year and that means it's a significant national player, too. Dallas Morning News staffer Sheryl Jean, writing on the paper's bizbeatblog outlines the assorted positive aspects of the regional economy based on the latest report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.