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Check out the latest in our series of Quick Takes: Issues Around the World in the Age of Covid
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Dear WAC Members,

I am so proud of how the World Affairs Council transitioned to providing content to you, our members, during the Covid pandemic. Beginning June 15, 2020, we began sharing video-based Quick Takes on international affairs by leading professionals from across the country. We have now completed over 25 such videos, all of which can be viewed anytime you please on our website. We also now produce a twice-a-month set of links to foreign policy content from universities, think tanks and leading publications. If you have signed up for emails from WACMB, both of these series have regularly arrived in your inbox. We also seamlessly transitioned to Zoom-based discussion groups, and have seen participation in these groups actually go up during the pandemic!

Your Board had hoped to restart in-person luncheons in October 2021. Unfortunately, the surge of the Delta variant has made a Fall start imprudent, given transmission rates among even the vaccinated. We are now aiming for a January start, but will need to assess the situation in November (we need about a two-month period to organize a luncheon). The health of you, our members, is our foremost priority.

I thank you for your support and patience, and urge you to continue to support your local World Affairs Council. We will all get through this together, and your Board will continue to provide you interesting content, whether digitally or in person. Stay well!

Glenn E. Robinson
President

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area, Inc. is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs.  The Council (WACMB) was founded in 1951 and currently sponsors monthly luncheon lectures, discussion groups, local student scholarships, and special events. Questions and viewpoints of individual members are always welcome.

WACMB produces monthly luncheon lectures that feature timely topics from prominent foreign affairs experts such as academicians, diplomats, journalists and United States and foreign government officials.  Most events are open to the public, with no cost to attend the lecture portion of the event.  For details of upcoming lectures check the News and Events links elsewhere on this page.

The Passport, the Council’s monthly newsletter, is distributed to all members with a choice of email and/or U.S. mail.  It includes announcements, the upcoming luncheon date and menu, and featured monthly speaker’s topic.  It also includes information on the next Board Meeting and Discussion Groups,  Board Executive Officer contacts, special events, and a brief membership application.

The Council conducts monthly discussion groups at two locations:

  • Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) in Monterey
  • California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Ryan Ranch campus

On occasion, the Council arranges for a Special Events program on short notice to address a news-breaking issue or to take advantage of an expert unexpectedly visiting the Monterey Peninsula.  These programs complement the monthly luncheon lectures.

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area awards annual scholarships based on merit and financial need to local students attending the California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS),  Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), and Hartnell College.

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area, Inc. (WACMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with IRS EIN 77-0301206.