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January 2020 Newsletter


Beginning -- 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

Bi-weekly discussions -- Fredricksen Library -- Camp Hill



Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. This year we tackle critical issues from nuclear security to trade to the future of Europe.

Topics for 2020 include:

(More information HERE)

Climate Change and the Global Order 

  • First discussion Led by Donald Brown

    World-acclaimed climate change ethicist


Feb. 17 -- India and Pakistan

March 2 -- Red Sea Security 

March 16 -- Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 

March 30 -- U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle 

April 13 -- China’s Road into Latin America 

April 27 -- The Philippines and the U.S. 

May 11 --Artificial Intelligence and Data

SIGN UP TODAY!  Total series-- $65 or $10 per session. WACH members attend FREE!

Travel with WACH
This Spring

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg is now planning spring travel led by Council President Joyce M. Davis.  Interested? Email us at

Possible spring travel itineraries: Email to vote your preferences for spring travel.  Travel dates - late May to mid June.

  • The Wonders of Greece 

    Visit ancient Biblical sites in Greece, including the isle of Patmos, Rhodes and the Oracle at Delphi and Athens.  Learn about the culture and history that has shaped Western civilization and the Christian faith.

  • A Taste of South America 

    Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina plus UNESCO World Heritage site Iguazu Falls

  • A Taste of Vietnam

    Visits to Ho Chi Minh City,  Hoi An, world-heritage Halong Bay & the northern capital of Hanoi.

Students to Students: A Political Conversation

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - Feb. 29, 2020
Elizabethtown College

Students from Cedar Cliff are organizing a student political conference in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and PennLive to allow high school students to discuss the issues and learn from experts. 

Topics: Climate Change, The Economy and the Future Workplace, Violence in Schools, Immigration

Lunch provided. Students invited to register HERE.


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Battleground PA!

Heading into the 2020 presidential election, WACH president and CEO Joyce Davis, PennLive's Opinion Editor, is hosting weekly Battleground PA debate podcasts featuring Democratic analyst Rogette Harris and Republican pundit Jeffrey Lord!

Tune in to the most recent podcast here!

Congratulations to Student Winners of 2020 International Poetry & Storytelling Festival

First Place -- Maria Rahmouni
Second Place -- Sophia Rosenberg
Third Place -- Cori Salsgiver
Fourth Place - Reachel Jloa


Thanks to All of our Poets & Authors for Memorable Performances: 

Maria James Thiaw
Lynn Blackstone
Kenneth Vincent Walker
Michael L
Engin Akman
Harrisburg Poet Laureate Rick Kearns
Behzad Zandieh
Keynote Author Sensei  Tony Stultz

More Photos Online

2020 International Women's Conference

Surviving & Thriving: At Home & Abroad

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020
Temple University Harrisburg

Tickets HERE

Featuring Keynote Author:

Manda Zahn Ervin: Author-- "The Ladies' Secret Society: History of the Courageous Women of Iran"


Founder: Alliance of Iranian Women

Born in Iran, and educated in the United States, Ervin was the managing director of the department of statistics and international affairs at the Customs Administration of Iran prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In 1980, Zand Ervin came to the United States as a political refugee and became a US citizen three years later.
As a women’s rights activist and leading expert on Iranian affairs, she is frequently consulted by Members of Congress, and she has testified at Congressional briefings, the Helsinki Commission, and the United Nations.

In February 2008, Zand Ervin was appointed as the United States’ Delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. She was also the featured speaker at the G8 Summit in Rome, on Violence Against Women in 2009.  In 2012, she received the EMET Speaker of the Truth award.

Plus! Sharing of Personal Stories of Survival and Triumph.
International Fashion Show!

Sponsors Welcome! Email for information.

There's Still Time to Sign UP HERE

Or Contact: for information 

Academic WorldQuest Competition for Globally Minded High School Students

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg each year sponsors the annual Academic WorldQuest competition, a team game testing competitors’ knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, culture, countries, current events, and more.

What makes a team?

A team consists of 4 high school students.  Fees for teams:

One team: $30.00

Two teams: $50.00

Three teams: $60.00

How the competition works:

There will be 10 rounds. Each round will have 10 multiple choice questions. A prominent moderator will present these questions by PowerPoint. Teams then confer to reach a single answer. Each round is thematically different from the other rounds.

2019-2020 Topics

1. U.S.-Russia Relations

2. Country in Focus: South Korea

3. Preventing Extremism in Fragile States

4. Oceans: The World’s Garbage Dump

5. Great Decisions

6. Brexit and the EU

7. China’s Belt & Road Initiative

8. Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

9. Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council

10. Current Events

2019-2020 study guide

For The Winning Team in the Harrisburg competition:

The winning team and coach will continue to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Academic WorldQuest competition.


Events for  National Competition in DC:

April 24, 2020

2020 AWQ Championship at USIP
April 25, 2020

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Beginning 1 p.m.  Monday, Feb. 3

Great Decisions


Fredricksen Library - Camp Hill 

$10 per session; $65 for entire series = General Public

Call for 2020 College Interns! 

Email - if you are interested in serving as an intern for the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg in 2020.

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg's office is located in Temple University Harrisburg in Strawberry Square. 

Flexible work hours, but we seek individuals willing to commit to working with the Council in organizing major events.



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WACH's innovative education programs include:


  • Annual Academic WorldQuest

  • International Poetry & Storytelling Competition

  • Internship Program

  • Teaching Peace and Global Scholars


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And, corporate members get opportunities for custom study travel around the globe!

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