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A Message from the President

Winter-Spring 2014

The last week of October was one of those “pinch me” times when you realize just how fortunate we are to be associated with the World Affairs Council. And, as we launch our year-end campaign, I’d like to share with you just a few highlights. On that Wednesday, I was at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to observe the “virtual classroom.” Professor Larry Sabato, who was our guest that week speaking about his NYT bestseller, The Kennedy Half-Century, led a “live” discussion with high school students in Ghana, Brazil and Dallas ISD. Each class had a spokesperson who talked about JFK’s legacy in their communities, mentioning monuments, landmarks and policies that could be traced back to our nation’s 35th president. To hear a young student in Brazil describe the impact of the Peace Corps on his country to Dallas students is something that will not be forgotten. Hats off to the Council’s Executive Director of Education Jennifer Bowden and our friends at the Sixth Floor Museum who are doing extraordinary work taking the museum to the world.

As I left the Sixth Floor, I saw Doug Fielder, who coordinates the Council’s State Department Exchanges. In tow with him were

a dozen political and government officials from Kenya who came to Dallas to explore and learn how our energy companies interact with government and handle regulations at the local and state levels. Also, earlier in the week, 300 students from four schools participated in our Human Rights Workshop at Dealey Montessori Academy. For most of these students, this was the first time these 7th, 8th and 9th graders were exposed to microfinance, human trafficking and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. What a dramatic opportunity for them to hear Rick Halperin, who directs SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, talk about the responsibility each of us has to protect one another.

At this time of year, I would like to remind and encourage you to support the Council’s Annual Fund. Our budget is built on several separate and distinct funding sources, and one of the most important is our year-end appeal Your tax-deductible gift is essential and provides funds needed to support non-revenue programs including the International Visitor Program, student attendance at speaker programs, staff and volunteer training and teacher workshops.

With your help, we will continue to inform, educate and connect DFW to the world.


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