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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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December 2019

Making Sense of the Iranian Escalation with Behnam Ben Taleblu

December 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

SPONSORED BY WEIK CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Behnam Ben Taleblu is a senior fellow at FDD where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Behnam previously served as a research fellow and senior Iran analyst at FDD. Prior to his time at FDD, Behnam worked on non-proliferation issues at an arms control think-tank in Washington. Leveraging his subject-matter expertise and native Farsi skills, Behnam has closely tracked a wide range of Iran-related topics including: nuclear non-proliferation, ballistic missiles, sanctions, the Islamic…

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November 2019

Global Volunteers with Tom McMahon

November 20, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

VOLUNTEER VACATIONS…WITH “GLOBAL VOLUNTEERS” Short term (1-3 week) volunteer vacations are becoming increasingly popular among individuals and families who love to travel, experience different cultures, and make a working contribution to improve people’s lives. Since 1984, more than 33,000 people ranging in age from 10 to 92 have served others through the Global Volunteers program. Volunteers primarily work with children teaching conversational English, math and life skills….also with seniors in crafts, light tasks in organic gardens, and building maintenance such…

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Brazil Wants Results: Less Violence, Economic Growth, and Respect for the Rule of Law with Anna Prusa

November 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

For video replay, click HERE Anna is currently an Associate at the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center. Before joining the Brazil Institute, Anna was at the Albright Stonebridge Group and U.S. Department of State’s Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs. While at the State Department, among other roles, she assisted in preparations for President Obama's 2011 trip to Brazil and Chile and covered regional security issues, including coordinating State's participation in the 2011 Latin American follow-up to the…

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