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WAC in the Time of Coronavirus, Part 2
Given California’s continuing shelter-in-place order, we are postponing our May luncheon to a later date. Last month’s Passport updated you on some of the exciting plans from our Program committee. This month, we offer you a collection of websites with lots of free content to entertain and enlighten you as you stay healthy at home.
- We’ll start with our own. You can access it by using your browser, or by using the camera on your phone to scan the QR code on the back of the printed Passport. Presumably, you’re already here: www.wacmb.org
- The World Affairs Councils of America, our umbrella organization, offers podcasts, conference calls, the Cover to Cover author series, and more.
- WAC of Philadelphia sponsors a travel program open to all WAC members. Be an optimist and make plans now for traveling in the fall.
- Our neighbor to the north, World Affairs of Northern California, has videos, podcasts, conference calls, and more.
- The Council on Foreign Relations, which brings you the annual Great Decisions discussion program, offers a plethora of articles about world affairs.
- For articles and podcasts on world affairs, the arts, science, food, and much more, visit the National Public Radio website.
- San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club has audio and video recordings of speakers on a wide range of interesting topics.
- If for some reason you feel the need for more information about COVID-19 (or other health issues around the world), the World Health Organization is an excellent source.
- Need a break? Surround yourself with art from the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Not to be missed: the Getty Challenge to Re-Create Art with Household Items, found in the Explore Art section of the home page.
- Closer to home, enjoy the views from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s ten webcams.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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