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April 2020

CANCELLED – Ukraine: A Personal Perspective with Dr. Timothy Medianick

April 29 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Dr. Timothy Medianick, Boulevard Dental Associates, Kenhorst, is a native of Ukraine. One of 10 children, his family immigrated to the United States when he was 13. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Dr. Medianick is a graduate of Messiah College and the Temple University of School of Dentistry. Dr. Medianick has returned to Ukraine twice in recent years to perform much needed dental services and plans another trip this May. He has treated soldiers in…

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U.S. relations with the Northern Triangle with Dr. Kirwin Shaffer

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PA United States

For Video replay, click HERE Dr. Kirwin Shaffer is Professor of Latin American Studies. He teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean History, Latin American Studies, Global Terrorism and Political Violence, Dissent, and International Literature and Film. When not teaching, he continues research on transnational anarchism in the Americas. In 2005, he published his book Anarchism and Countercultural Politics in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba (University Press of Florida). In 2013, he published his second book Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and…

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CANCELLED – Excursion 2020

April 22 @ 8:00 am
PA United States

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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March 2020

CANCELLED – Women in Elective Office: Challenges and Opportunities with Judy Schwank, Sandy Graffius, and Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz

March 19 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC With the ratification of the 19th Amendment, August 20, 1920, women gained the right to vote in the United States. One hundred years later, women are realizing an increasingly stronger presence in elective offices across Pennsylvania and the nation. A panel of three Berks County elected officials, moderated by Lynn Brown, president, World Affairs Council of Greater Reading, will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women today in seeking and holding elected office. State Senator…

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Half of Heaven: Why Women are Needed in National Security with Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Sponsored by Comcast Keystone Region. International Women's Month speaker: Joan Johnson-Freese Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese is a University Professor, holds the Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Chair in Science, Space & Technology, and is former Chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval War College (NWC). In her faculty capacity she teaches Security Studies to US military officers and security practitioners from the United States and over 50 other countries. She has also been part of the Government Department faculty…

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Academic World Quest

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Beaver Community Center, Harper Rd
Reading, PA 19610 United States

Academic World Quest is the flagship youth educational program of the national network of World Affairs Councils. It is a competition, sponsored by the WAC of Greater Reading, in which all local high schools can participate. World Quest subjects change each year but might include: International Affairs, History, Geography, Culture as well as Current Events. There are 10 areas of knowledge with 10 questions in each area for a total of 100 questions. Winners travel to Washington, D.C. to compete against…

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February 2020

Fulbright Scholarship Program with Waldo Alvarado

February 19 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Fulbright Scholarship The Fulbright Scholarship program was established in 1946 under the leadership of then Senator J. William Fulbright. Administered by the Department of State, it is one of several United States cultural exchange programs whose goal is to promote intercultural relations, cultural diplomacy, and intercultural competence between citizens of the United States and other countries. The program has awarded approximately 370,000 scholarships to American and foreign students since the inception. Mr. Waldo Alvarado, Director of Equity and Diversity for the…

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Haiti 10 Years after the Earthquake with Prof. Adam John

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Sponsored by the Diversity, Inclusive, Global Committee of the YMCA Albright University professor Adam John will provide an update on what has happened in Haiti in the 10 years since a devastating earthquake when the World Affairs Council holds its Wednesday, Feb. 12, luncheon program at the Inn at Reading. More than 200,000 people reportedly died as a result of the magnatude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. About 300,000 were injured and 1.5 million were left…

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January 2020

East Penn Today, Locally, Nationally, and Internationally

January 15 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

In seven remarkable decades, East Penn Manufacturing, headquartered in Lyons, Pennsylvania, has grown from a one-room shop with a product line of five automobile batteries to one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers with over 10,000 employees, 450 product designs, and hundreds of awards for manufacturing and environmental excellence. East Penn manufactures and distributes throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico and has a growing footprint elsewhere internationally in Europe, Asia, and Australia.  Chris Pruitt, President and CEO, will address…

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Venezuela: a tough transition to democracy

January 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

For Video playback, click HERE Dr. Paul D. Esqueda, Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Berks and a Professor of Engineering, will discuss Venezuela during the World Affairs Council’s Jan. 8 luncheon program. He will give an update on main events in Venezuela during 2019 and will share his vision of a potential transition to democracy. Esqueda’s areas of interest are project management, negotiations and operations management. He has a particular interest in developing negotiation case studies.…

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