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 Council makes annual awards of WACMB Scholarships to local college students from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California State University Monterey Bay, and Monterey Peninsula College. Area professors nominate suitable candidates, who are high achievers with a strong interest in international affairs and/or related subjects.
The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area, Inc. (WACMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with IRS EIN 77-0301206.