FREE PROGRAMS IN MAY
This month we have two free programs.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: ANNA SIFFORD – INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Anna Sifford teaches AP U.S. Government and Economics at Garland High School.
Why is it important to focus on global issues in the classroom? There is a dangerous inertia in public education right now. Last century saw the rise of interdependent markets. Social media can connect one global citizen with another in just 140 typed characters. It is irresponsible for any educator to neglect global competitiveness and the role it should play in the classroom and on our campuses.
Why is it important to focus on global issues in the classroom? Because of the Council, I have traveled the world. My trips to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, India, the Caribbean and Europe have given me more confidence in the classroom. I take advantage of every single event and opportunity for myself and for our campus Junior World Affairs Council, and most of those students have seen tangible results. I would say that more than half of the JWAC members from our school receive scholarships for their work and their academic ambition vis-à-vis this program. Certainly acceptance letters consistently point out that involvement in this type of club is proof that institutions believe they are adding a globally responsible student to their university, and these students go on to mimic their roles in JWAC in their own higher education. There is an avalanche affect and without the Council these students would have never had these opportunities. They are as grateful as I am.
CONGRATULATIONS TO PLANO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
For the second year in a row, PSHS has won the National Academic WorldQuest competition held by the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington D.C. After a close tie-breaker AND sudden-death round, PSHS was able to defend its title as National Champions. We’re proud of you, Plano Senior! Thank you to Fluor Corporation, who sponsored the local event and funded the team’s trip to Washington D.C.
Saturday, May 12: Portrait of Morocco Workshop-FREEFriday, June 15: Choices: U.S. Role in a Changing World Workshop-FREEFriday, June 22: 2012 Global Classroom Workshop-FREE
AN EVENING WITH A 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE
On Wednesday, May 23 the Council will host Leymah Gbowee, who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee was recognized for her efforts in uniting both Christian and Muslim women together to non-violently protest the war in Liberia and the autocracies of former president Charles Taylor.
NEW MEMBER DISCOUNTS
Members are now able to take advantage of a special offer with The New Yorker. Get 47 issues, a one year subscription, for only $47. That’s 80% off newsstand price. To take advantage of this offer, call 1-800-825-2510 and reference the World Affairs Council of America.The Economist’s annual Buttonwood Gathering will be held this year on October 24 & 25 in New York City. Buttonwood brings together leading executives, prominent academics and top regulators to tackle the biggest issues facing global finance. Throughout May, World Affairs Council members may take advantage of a special offer to attend Buttonwood at a discounted price of $2,095. Once the month ends, the group price will be $2,295. To register at the discounted price, contact Ida at email@example.com or call (212) 641-9819 and mention the World Affairs Council. Registrations are non-refundable.
GLOBAL BUSINESS CONNECTION CONTINUES
The Global Business Connection series that began in 2011 continues this month. On Monday, May 14, the Council and the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce present the Honorable Andrew Millar, consul general of the United Kingdom, who will speak at Brookhaven Country Club. Millar will discuss ‘2012 – A GREAT Year for Britain.’ The Global Business Connection series is part of WorldFest, a partnership between the Town of Addison and the World Affairs Council. WorldFest is a year-long collaboration between these two partners to enhance global awareness through business and cultural programs, and is highlighted each October at the festival in Addison.
“ROMANIAN HOLIDAY” IN NORTH TEXAS
Last month the Council’s International Visitor Program hosted the Senior Advisor to the President of Romania on Legal Issues, Stefan Deaconu. Council member and director Jordan Cowman hosted Deaconu in his home during his visit to North Texas.
“Stefan will take his positive experience (and his large, rodeo-class Texas belt buckle) back to Romania and share his thoughts with others there,” said Cowman, “Establishing and enhancing our reputation as a welcoming place and a great business environment, combined with showcasing our world-class North Texas cities, are an honor and a responsibility of each of us.”
To learn more about hosting an international visitor in your home, contact Brett Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming delegations:May 9-13: “Business Women in the U.S.” (Georgia)May 27-June 1: “Local Government” (Egypt)June 2-10: “Open World Program” (Ukraine)
European Fellowship Opportunity for Emerging Leaders
The Council is now accepting nominations for the 2013 American Marshall Memorial Fellowship. These emerging leaders travel to Europe on an engaging 24-day program and continue the German Marshall Fund’s mission of transatlantic collaboration upon their return. The Fellowship has a significant and lasting impact on North Texas and its fellows. Nominations are due by Friday, June 1. For more information, please refer to eligibility requirements or contact Chelsea Marshall at email@example.com.