Passport for February 2020

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format. 

The Climate Crisis: A Major Challenge for the World

In his presentation to the World Affairs Council, Mike Clancy will provide an overview of climate change and its consequences; he will explore the relevant science, review international agreements, and discuss technologies and strategies for mitigation.

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WACMB coordinates two ongoing discussion groups that address a new current topic each month. The sessions are are free and open to the public.

On January 27, both of the WACMB Discussion Groups will begin the annual Great Decisions series, which is produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America and is the country’s largest discussion program. The program, which runs for eight weeks, provides background information and policy options for some of the most critical issues facing us each year. WACMB presents this free program at both of our regular discussion group locations: Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the Ryan Ranch location of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

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The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area Welcomes Our New Members

We are delighted to welcome the new members of the World Affairs Council:
  • Julie Campbell
  • Michael Carbaugh and Suzette Cavanaugh Singer
  • Lorraine Comanor
  • Jack and Marilyn Erickson
  • James Gabbe
  • Susan Hocevar
  • Robert and Rae Janzen
  • Robert Nelson

WACMB in Profile: Gabby Walters

Gabby Walters describes herself as a “news junkie,” and no wonder, given her life’s trajectory. Born in Chicago, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with degrees in English and Speech. After stints teaching high school English in Phoenix and working for The Asia Foundation in San Francisco, she was recruited by the US Information Agency (USIA), and set off to see – and write about – the world.

Gabby was first sent to Washington, DC, for an intensive course in French to prepare for her first assignment at the US embassy in Paris. After two years, she took her French to Geneva, where she worked at the US Mission to the European Headquarters of the United Nations during the Arms Control and Disarmament talks as well as the Kennedy Round of trade negotiations. Gabby was stationed in Geneva for nearly three years, and was then posted back to DC, where she remained for the rest of her career. She first did editorial work in USIA’s book program; then she moved over to the magazine division, where she worked for more than a decade on the Agency’s magazine for sub-Saharan Africa. This gave her the opportunity to travel to Africa to cover stories there and assess the effectiveness of USIA’s magazine program in the region. One memorable trip took her to South Africa during apartheid. Partway through her tenure in DC, she was awarded a fellowship for a year’s study at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

After retiring from USIA in 1992, Gabby focused on the joys of retirement, doing as little as possible except for playing tennis, reading, entertaining, and traveling to visit friends all around the world, including a trip to Burma long before it opened to the West. One particular trip changed Gabby’s life: a 1997 visit to her old friend and colleague Mary Boyken in lovely Carmel-by-the-Sea, just three blocks from the ocean. Trading DC’s cold snowy winters and hot humid summers for the mild climate of the Monterey Peninsula, Gabby moved west to join Mary. They later moved to Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, and are now at the Park Lane in Monterey.

Gabby’s many years of government service gave her a deep interest in both domestic and international politics and issues, so the World Affairs Council was a natural fit for her. She spent twelve years on the board, including six years as secretary. Although she’s now retired from the board, she continues to feed her addiction to international events through various WAC programs. When she’s not attending luncheon talks or traveling around the country to visit family and friends, Gabby can be found reading – she says that she subscribes to more magazines and newspapers than she could ever read – or surfing the internet, and loving every minute of it!


This is the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). Founded in 1951, the council 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, EIN-770301206. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. WACMB sponsors monthly luncheons, discussion groups, and student scholarships.

Corporate and institutional support for the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is provided by:

  • California State University Monterey Bay
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Rancho Canada
  • Horan & Lloyd Law Firm

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