Student Essay Contest 2021 Results

Congratulations
to the winners of
the second WACMB
Teen Essay Contest!

Entrants were asked to write an essay about a current topic in world affairs. The Scholarship Committee chose nine winners this year:

  • Ivan Amador, Grade 11, Soledad HS
  • Chloe Bock, Grade 12, Soledad HS
  • Melanie Chavez, Grade 10, Soledad HS
  • Jason Contreras, Grade 10, Soledad HS
  • Kilene Gonzalez, Grade 11, Soledad HS
  • Anirudh Kotamraju, Grade 11, The Harker School
  • Elena Oh, Grade 10, Santa Catalina School
  • Karla Vasquez, Grade 12, Soledad HS
  • Karina Villaruel, Grade 11, Soledad HS

Original contest announcement is here.

Discussion Groups – July 2021

WACMB runs two regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB. If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest. Come join the conversation!

WACMB/OLLI Discussion Group

Now that the 2021 Great Decisions discussion series has ended, the OLLI Discussion Group will take its usual seasonal hiatus until the fall.

WACMB Discussion Group

The WACMB Discussion Group will meet on Monday, July 12, to consider the concept of Accelerationism: The International Apocalyptic Doctrine That’s Unifying the Far Right, based on the Quick Take video of the same name by Alex Newhouse, Deputy Director, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at MIIS. The video can be viewed at your convenience by going to this link. This and all other WACMB videos can be found on the Speakers, Topics, and Videos page of this website. We are pleased that Mr. Newhouse will be able to join the discussion, which will take place from 4:00-5:30 via Zoom.

Meetings will continue be held online via Zoom through the spring and summer, and will move to in-person meetings once it’s been determined that such meetings can be done safely.

The WACMB Discussion Group is facilitated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. If you are interested in participating in the group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org and let them know. Come join the conversation!

Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

Discussion Groups – June 2021

WACMB runs two regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB. If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest. Come join the conversation!

WACMB/OLLI Discussion Group

Now that the 2021 Great Decisions discussion series has ended, the OLLI Discussion Group will take its usual seasonal hiatus until the fall.

WACMB Discussion Group

The WACMB Discussion Group will meet on Monday, June 7, to discuss US foreign policy in Central America and its impact on immigration policy.

Meetings will continue be held online via Zoom through the spring and summer, and will move to in-person meetings once it’s been determined that such meetings can be done safely.

The WACMB Discussion Group is facilitated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. If you are interested in participating in the group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org and let them know. Come join the conversation!

Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

Discussion Groups – May 2021

WACMB runs two regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB. If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest. Come join the conversation!

WACMB/OLLI Discussion Group

Now that the 2021 Great Decisions discussion series has ended, the OLLI Discussion Group will take its usual seasonal hiatus until the fall.

WACMB Discussion Group

The WACMB Discussion Group will meet on Monday, May 10, to discuss “Afghanistan Today.” There may also be a meeting on Monday, May 31, and further information will be available once that decision has been made.

Meetings will continue be held online via Zoom through the spring and summer, and will move to in-person meetings once it’s been determined that such meetings can be done safely.

The WACMB Discussion Group is facilitated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. If you are interested in participating in the group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org and let them know. Come join the conversation!

Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

Student Essay Contest 2021 Deadline April 19

To encourage interest in international affairs and global studies, the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is pleased to present an essay contest for local high school students.

Winners will receive awards of $150.

Participants should write a 350 –400-word essay addressing the one of the following topics:

  • Does social media influence the world for better or worse, or both?
  • What would you do to improve our world if elected to lead a free nation?
  • What is the most important fundamental human right?
  • What, if any, are the responsibilities of superpowers to the world at large?
  • How can we create worldwide demand for peace?
  • What steps should we take to stop climate change? Why will the world take your advice?

This contest is open to all students in their teens in local and regional schools in the Monterey Bay area.

Essays must be submitted no later than Monday, April 19, 2021.

Submissions and questions should be sent to Michelle Amirkhanian at nonprofiteducationdiscovery@gmail.com