Passport for April 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. 

WAC in the Time of Coronavirus

As we all shelter in place and hope to flatten the curve, your WACMB board and committee members are focusing on the future and planning some exciting and enlightening programs for you. Here’s what you need to know:

Both the March and April Luncheons have been postponed.

Here’s what Judy Sloan and the program committee have in the works for future luncheons:

  • Professor Craig Whiteside of the Naval War College at NPS, who was to speak at our March luncheon, will speak on ISIS: A Retrospect and Prospects for the Future
  • Professor Anna Grzymala-Busse of Stanford University will speak on the erosion of new democracies in Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Poland and Hungary
  • Dr. Jonathan Lipman, professor emeritus at Mt. Holyoke College, will speak on Islam and Muslims in China

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

The Great Decisions program concluded on March 23. If you missed it, or if you’d like to experience it in a different version, check out these videos from the Foreign Policy Association.

To reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, physical meetings of the WACMB Discussion Groups are temporarily suspended.

Judith Glickman and the MPC Discussion Group team are exploring ways for the group to meet virtually. Check back here on our website for further updates.

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While our mission is to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs, our greatest concern right now is the health of our members. As we explore new ways to accomplish our mission while minimizing our members’ exposure to COVID-19, we welcome your suggestions. Please send them to wacmb@redshift.com – and stay healthy!


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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