Luncheon Lectures

A World Affairs Council Luncheon Lecture is held once each month at noon on a weekday.  Dates are determined by availability of the speaker. Speakers include prominent foreign affairs experts such as academicians, diplomats, journalists and United States and foreign government officials.  Click here to see a list of past speakers and topics.

Most events are open to the public, with no cost to attend the lecture portion of the event.  The usual venue is Palo Corona Regional Park (formerly Rancho Canada Golf Club), 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, though some events may be held at other locations.  Check the individual luncheon announcements elsewhere on this page for details about a particular event, including location, schedule, and cost.

Advanced reservations and payment are required for the luncheon, though not for the lecture portion of the event.  Luncheon reservations or cancellations must be made at least four business days prior to the luncheon.  Check the posting for a particular luncheon to view information about how to register.  A list of upcoming and recent luncheon lectures is here.

Discussion Groups

Global challenges have increasingly become domestic challenges.  How do we make sense of it all? The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay conducts Discussion Groups dedicated to exploring current and fundamental international questions facing us.  The Discussion Groups are conducted in cooperation with CSUMB-OLLI (California State University Monterey Bay – Osher Life Long Learning Institute) and MPC (Monterey Peninsula College) at their respective locations.

In an informal setting and facilitated by a moderator, attendees air their views and hear those of others.  Topics are announced in the current issue of The Passport, the Council’s newsletter, and in the News and Events section of this page.  Attendance is free.

WACMB/MPC Discussion Group

This Discussion Group meets regularly in cooperation with Monterey Peninsula College.

Meetings from January through March are based on the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Series (see the box below).  After that, the Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss other topics, typically on the second Monday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Exact dates and topics are listed in The Passport newsletter and in the News and Events section of this page.

The program is free to the public and is held in Social Sciences Room 101 at MPC.  Parking is available for $3 in Lot D.

WACMB/CSUMB-OLLI Discussion Group

This Discussion Group operates in cooperation with with The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

In the spring semester, the group follows the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Series curriculum.  See the box below for more information.  In the fall semester, the group continues with timely topics selected by the group. Participants are encouraged to pursue independent study on selected subjects and to share their knowledge and views, but just listening is fine too.  For more information, review the current OLLI-CSUMB course catalog.

Meetings are held on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the CSUMB-OLLI campus at 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive in Monterey.  Parking is free and available in front of the building.  Classrooms are located on the 2nd floor, accessible via stairs or elevator.

There is no fee, but participants must enroll in classes via the OLLI-CSUMB registration system.

Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Series

Great Decisions is produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America and is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.  For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

Note for MPC sessions
- Purchase of the Foreign Policy Association Briefing Book is not required but is recommended.

Note for CSUMB sessions
- Purchase of the Foreign Policy Association Briefing Book is required.  It can be purchased prior to the series by calling the Foreign Policy Association at +1.800.477.5836 or ordering on line.  The Briefing Book may also be available from the CSUMB-OLLI office while supplies last.  The office phone is +1.831.582.5500.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m., and are open to all WACMB members.

Meetings are usually held in the MIIS Conference Room of the McCone Building at 499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940