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.
In the Spring at the Discussion Groups, the Council conducts an eight-week Great Decisions discussion series utilizing the Foreign Policy Association’s publication. Discussion Groups are held at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) which are open to the public and at the Ryan Ranch location of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Program (registration required).
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. Candidates must be high academic achievers and show interest in international affairs and/or related subjects. Scholarships are awarded through the Community Foundation of Monterey County.
The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area, Inc. (WACMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with IRS EIN 77-0301206.