Special Events

Fall Schedule – click here

  • Sep 9: Pandemic, Protests, and Politics: Prospects for Peace
  • Oct 14: Delving Into the Extremism of White Supremacy: Who are They, What Do They Want?
  • Oct 28: The Ocean Climate Action Plan: Turning Ideas Into Advocacy
  • Nov 11: The US-Russian Nuclear Predicament: Are We Doomed to Cooperate or Simply Doomed?


Jan Knippers Black Human Rights Speaker Series at MIIS

Jan Black Human Rights Protection Talk with Kevin de León & Charlie Clements (Click here to register)

Quick Takes

For both reasons of public health and to be compliant with California’s Covid-19 rules, your World Affairs Council has suspended in-person luncheons for the time being. In their stead, we have initiated a program of 15-minute ‘quick takes’ lectures by leading international affairs experts in the Monterey region. These will be posted to our videos page on the 15th and 30th of each month according to the schedule below. If your email address is not already on file with WACMB, please click here to send a request to be added to the distribution list.

High School Essay Contest Results

In March of 2020, The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area announced an essay contest for local high school students. Participants wrote a 350 – 400 word essay addressing the following topic: If you could change something in current world affairs, what would it be? Why should it be changed and how would you change it? Each of the winners listed below will receive an award of $150.

Jasmine Agha

Junior, York School

Fear and Hopelessness in the Unknown

Click on the arrow to listen to the essay, as read by WACMB board member Doug Rogers.

Jane Hoffman

Junior, Santa Catalina School

Confronting the Climate Crisis

Click on the arrow to listen to the essay, as read by WACMB board member Doug Rogers.

CJ Hunt

Sophomore, Seaside High School

The Problem of Capitalism

Click on the arrow to listen to the essay, as read by WACMB board member Doug Rogers.

Angelia Shi

Junior, Santa Catalina School

Our Future — A Religious Melting Pot

Click on the arrow to listen to the essay, as read by WACMB board member Doug Rogers.

High School Essay Contest

To encourage interest in international affairs and global studies, the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is pleased to announce a new essay contest for local high school students. Winners will receive awards of $150.

Participants should write a 350 – 400 word essay addressing the following topic:

If you could change something in
current world affairs,
what would it be?

Why should it be changed,
and how would you change it?

This contest is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 in local schools.

The deadline for all submissions is March 15, 2020.

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


The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs. WACMB is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization.

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