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October 2021 Newsletter


A Letter from the President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg 

Dear Associates and Supporters of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg,

How we wish we could all get together over dinner again!  How we wish we could meet in Temple University's inviting lobby and debate whether Biden is on the right track in leading us out of the COVID-19 pandemic or if he need to take bolder action to force people to do the right.  But, alas, COVID is still with us, and so is its cousin Delta.  So, we are forced to continue most of our events online via Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.  But the good news is, we are getting hundreds and often thousands of people to view our events, and we are expanding our network at home and abroad.

We do hope you will continue to join our online webinars, and we are looking forward to hosting an actual  in-person event  this month -- the Walk Against Hate from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Civic Club of Harrisburg.  We'll also host a vaccination clinic during the event that will culminate with a walk in mediation down the Riverfront to the Peace Garden and back. 

Plus, we'll take the time to honor the young men of Harrisburg's Varsity Soccer team, who are making history by rebuilding the team and winning games after a more than 5-year losing streak.  Go Cougars!

And please don't miss the Oct. 19 "Peace & Justice in PA: Annual Report" that I will moderate for PennLive, where I wear the hat of Outreach & Opinion Editor.  Both Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney Gen. Josh Shapiro will offer remarks, and Princeton University professor and author Eddie Glaude will be keynote.  This promises to be an inspirational event that highlights the work of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. You'll find information about how to register below in the newsletter.

Finally, it's a good time to once again thank our supporters -- both individuals and corporations -- who continue to stand with us a we carry out our mission amid this deadly pandemic.

Dr. Joyce M. Davis
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

WAC Harrisburg COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative

 We've partnered with Temple University to promote the importance of promoting vaccination in our community.  Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the best ways to protect yourself and your community.  The more people who get vaccinated against COVID-19, the better it is for everyone.  By stopping the spread of COVID-19, we can keep businesses, schools, and other venues open.  Stopping the spread of COVID-19 gets us closer to the end of the pandemic.

  Visit our website for resources and local vaccine events.

Dr. Joyce M. Davis President/CEO
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

Pastor Russell Goodman

WAC Harrisburg Ambassador Member

WACH is on a mission to defeat COVID! Get people vaccinated! Save lives! Thanks for some strong partners in the fight!

9/11/21 BroadStreet Market

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2021 Peace Symposium

"Coming to Pennsylvania: Stories of Courage, Perseverance, and Hope"
Interfaith Prayers for Wisdom and Unity Against COVID-19

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It's not just a walk it's an opportunity to move as an individual, family, and community toward a future without antisemitism, racism, and all forms of bigotry.

Plus VACCINE CLINIC at the Civic Club of Harrisburg!

EMAIL: to register for a vaccination and register for the walk HERE.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

3pm-5:30 pm

612 N Front St

Harrisburg, PA 17101

Donate to the Cause!

Membership Drive underway: Become a WACH Member! 
The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg is part of a national network of organizations dedicated to informing Americans about international affairs.

Being a WACH member provides free entrance into events, preferential seating, and more! If you are not yet a WACH member or know someone who wants to join today!

Corporate Membership Available to Globally Minded Companies!

2021 Intern Journal!
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 Listen Now!

Episode 1: Money vs. Climate

In this episode, we discuss the recent landslide in Japan, protests in Afghanistan, the recent North American heatwave, and the current situation of the COVID pandemic in Grenada and Iceland.

Episode 2: New Jim Crow Era??
 In this episode we talk about, Covid in Brazil and Mexico, Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ in Christian Schools, The Heatwave in Canada, and the Mexican oil conflict. The main discussion is about the recent surge of Voter Restrictions in the US. Thank you for tuning in!

Episode 3: Weighing in on Myanmar
This episode is brought to you by the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. In this week's episode, we will be discussing the current situation of Covid in Australia and the UK, the uprise of Covid in Hong Kong, the recent outbreak of the Delta variant in Indonesia, and the military coup conflict in Myanmar.

Episode 4: Are Vaccines Good 4 U?
This episode and the following one are shorter than the first few but encompass the same hearty discussions as before. In this episode, we talk about Brexit, Vaccinations, and Covid in Zambia.

Bonus: Racism In Sports
This episode is a bonus episode to recent events that happened in England. 

PA Media Group proudly presents: Peace and Justice in PA

Come join us for a statewide virtual event in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the state’s premier advocate in fostering equal opportunity on October 19, 2021, at 6:00 PM. 

“Peace and Justice in PA” is part of PA Media Group’s “live journalism” series and will examine PA’s current state of affairs around diversity, equity, and inclusion.  In particular, we’ll provide a look at efforts to counter extremism and hate groups in our state and how to support the people and organizations that are leading the response.

Click Here to Register!

Click here for more event details!

Don’t miss a fabulous event from 8:45 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct 2 — Fishing at Italian Lake! It’s a family affair!

Register Here!

The “What in the World?”
Weekly Quiz created by the Tennessee World Affairs Council provides a fun, challenging opportunity to engage Council members, WorldQuest teams, students in the classroom, and the general public.

The quiz helps us meet many of our global affairs
awareness goals. The “What in the World?” Weekly Quiz (WITWQ), produced continuously
since October 2015.

The ten-question quiz is prepared from the news cycle ends
on the weekend and occasionally from questions on general knowledge
(i.e. match a country with a capital, and global flag, and country map recognition).

Every Monday morning at 10 a.m. (CT) the quiz is posted online, published via email, and posted
to social media.

It is a ten-question, multiple-choice, global current events quiz drawn from
news items compiled from the previous week.

Click here to access the quiz

Help us fight the Coronavirus by creating a piece of art that promotes vaccination for the safety of everyone in your community. The competition is open to high school students and we welcome any and all forms of art. Draw a picture, write a song, film a skit….etc

First place- $100 and will be featured on our social media

Second place- $75

Third place- $50

The deadline is October 27, 2021

Submission link:

For questions email

Partnership Events!

Check out our concept note and poster for even more information!

Around the world, women are transforming how business gets done in sectors from government and foreign policy to the arts and international commerce. Women bring unique perspectives, approaches, and values to leadership roles. The International Relations Council is proud to present a six-week series of insightful conversations with women in positions of global leadership. With their help, we’ll explore the opportunities and challenges female leaders face in an international landscape and the outlooks and insights that have made the difference for them and their sector.

All programs will take place from 12-1 p.m. Central time.

Please click here to view the program & register 


On Sunday, October 24, between 2 & 5 PM, I will be hosting a book signing of One Woman in the Himalayas at Smith Custom Framing and Fine Art Gallery in New Cumberland. The gallery is owned by my long-time friend and master framer, Debbie Smith, who showcases national fine art along with supporting regional talents like Plein air painter Julie Riker and watercolorist Jeannine Swartz. I am honored to collaborate with Debbie on this event and be the first to christen a beautiful new atelier at the gallery! 

Smith Custom Framing & Fine Art Gallery

In addition to selling and signing both of my books - One Woman's Camino is about my pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago - my goal is also to share the beauty and culture of Nepal through a Buddhist theme and colorful, top-of-the-world photos from my trek. I will be giving away small gifts that I purchase from the local Nepalese community. 
Missed a Webinar?

 Back-to-School Anxiety &COVID-19 Webinar
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Travel Live Turkey!
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Hot Topic Webinar: Leaving Afghanistan
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Mental Health Crisis & COVID19

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2021 International Young Leaders Conference
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Travel Live:

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Final Kids & COVID

"From the Womb to the Crib"

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Torch Award

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COVID on Campus

Impact on Higher Education

       Black Lives Matter protests
one year later what did they achieve?

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