Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) and Essex Meadows Community Partnership present Syndey Williams, local author, discussing his new book ‘Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division, 1944-1945’ at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12 in Hamilton Hall at Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Rd, Essex, CT 06426.
The meeting, part of a new Community Partnership between SECWAC and Essex Meadows, is free for SECWAC members and their guests.
Local Author Sydney Williams writes of his book,
“Next year we will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War. We are losing World War II veterans at an ever-increasing rate and with them go their memories. It is their letters that remain. My father died fifty-one years ago and my mother twenty-nine years ago. Yet, in reading their letters they come alive. It is as though they were in the room with you. Their hopes, their dreams and their concerns and fears become part of our fabric. As well, we see their love and their humor, despite the desperate circumstances. It is through letters that we are allowed to see and remember the personal side of history. While the letters in this small book are between two people, the message is universal. They speak of a time and a place; they remind us of our history and of the selflessness of this country – the only one that ever sent soldiers overseas, not to conquer or to build or protect an empire, but to free people from tyranny, in this instance from the horrors of Nazism and Fascism. It was a magnanimous act by a people of all races and religions, an act that has never been matched.”
ABOUT SYDNEY WILLIAMS
Sydney Williams was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in New Hampshire. Following mandatory military service, he graduated from the University of New Hampshire and then spent 48 years on Wall Street. In early 2000 he began writing a “Market Note,” which morphed into essays on politics (“Thought of the Day”) and other subjects. He has authored two previous books: “One Man’s Family: Growing Up in Peterborough & Other Stories” and “Notes from Old Lyme: Life on the Marsh & Other Essays.” He is working on a third book of essays, which will be titled, “Essays from Essex,” with a subtitle yet to be determined. Williams has been married to his wife Caroline for 55 years; they have three children and ten grandchildren, and live in Essex, CT.
Join us Tuesday, September 17, 2019, in the Crozier Student Center at Connecticut College for a presentation by Gordon Chang titled, “America’s Grandest Wager: China.”
Chang last spoke at SECWC in June 2017, where his well-received presentation at Old Lyme Middle School was titled, “Trump and North Korea: War or Peace in Asia.”
More details about his September 2019 return TBD.
Online registration for the event and dinner will be available in late summer 2019.
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) and Essex Meadows Community Partnership Program presents “Coming to America: A Refugee Story” from Great Decisions, America’s World Affairs Discussions, with Will Kneerim of IRIS New Haven and Mohammed Hamou, a Syrian Refugee and Old Lyme resident, on Thursday, September 26 at Essex Meadows, Hamilton Hall.
More information TBD.
Join us Thursday, October 10 at theFirst Congregational Church of Old Lyme, for a presentation by Emma Sky, Jackson Institute at Yale University, titled, “In a time of Monsters – a Middle East in Revolt,” based on her book of the same name. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.
This event will be our Quarterly Colloquium. Following the colloquium, dinner will be at Old Lyme Country Club (optional $35 meal with additional Q&A with the speaker).
The story of one woman’s journey throughout the Middle East during the Arab Spring, in a quest for hope, humanity, and home in the aftermath of the Iraq war.
Returning to the UK in September 2010 after serving in Iraq as the political adviser to the top American general, Emma Sky felt no sense of homecoming. She soon found herself back in the Middle East traveling through a region in revolt.
In A Time of Monsters bears witness to the demands of young people for dignity and justice during the Arab Spring; the inability of sclerotic regimes to reform; the descent of Syria into civil war; the rise of the Islamic State; and the flight of refugees to Europe. With deep empathy for its people and an extensive understanding of the Middle East, Sky makes a complex region more comprehensible.
A great storyteller and observational writer, Sky also reveals the ties that bind the Middle East to the West and how blowback from our interventions in the region contributed to the British vote to leave the European Union and to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
Emma Sky is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute. She worked in the Middle East for twenty years and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services in Iraq. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Copies of Sky’s book will be available after her presentation.
Join us Thursday, October 24 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, for a presentation by Steven Flynn titled, “Neutralizing the Politics of Fear: The Case for Bolstering Societal Resilience.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. Following the presentation, there will be an optional dinner at Old Lyme Country Club ($35 for a meal and additional Q&A with the speaker).
As Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, Dr. Stephen E. Flynn leads a major university-wide research initiative to inform and advance societal resilience in the face of growing human-made and naturally-occurring turbulence. At Northeastern, he is also Professor of Political Science with faculty affiliations in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs. Dr. Flynn is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on critical infrastructure and supply chain security and resilience.
Learn more about the Global Resilience Institute at https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/from-the-director/
Join us Tuesday, November 12 at Connecticut College for a presentation by Katherine Brown, President and CEO of Global Ties USA, titled, “Public Diplomacy.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.
Katherine Brown, Ph.D., former Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, is the President and CEO of Global Ties, the largest and oldest citizen diplomacy network in the United States. She has held this role since April 2018.
From 2013-2016, Katherine Brown served as Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, a body authorized by Congress to oversee and promote U.S. government activities that intend to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. Most recently, she has been a Public Policy Manager at Facebook, Inc. where she was also in residence as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.
Previously, she held numerous roles in government, including assistant to the White House national security adviser; communications adviser for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul; and professional staff member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Katherine also served on the boards of the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and the Global Ties Foundation. She is a non-resident senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in communications from Columbia University and B.A. from the George Washington University.
Global Ties U.S. is a nonprofit that makes international exchange programs more effective. We work with our members and the U.S. Department of State to bring current and future leaders from around the world to communities across the United States. Together, we build deep connections among people from many countries, resulting in a more peaceful, prosperous world.
The Global Ties Foundation is the charitable arm of Global Ties U.S. It seeks to empower a network of global influencers by accelerating innovation in international exchange.
More information to come.
Join us Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Connecticut College for a presentation by Karolin Machtans titled, “The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Case of Germany.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.
Machtans is an Associate Professor of German Studies at Connecticut College. Machtans’s main research and teaching interests are 20th- and 21st-century German literature and film, post-1945 German history and culture, German-Turkish relations; Muslims in Germany; minorities in Germany; Holocaust studies and literary theory. Learn more here.
Join us in March 2020 at Connecticut College for a presentation by Dean Accardi titled, “India, Pakistan, and the War over Kashmir.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.
Accardi is an Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College. Accardi is a historian of gender and religion in South Asia and the Islamic World. He is interested in the connections between religious and political practices, institutions and discourses in the early modern and modern world. His research focuses on the gendered ascetic practices of saints revered by both Hindus and Muslims and their use to establish and articulate religious and political power.
His research and teaching highlight how historical and religious narratives constantly reconstruct and deploy the past to serve particular socio-political agendas. His research and teaching also reexamine notions of mutually exclusive religions, hybridity, and syncretism and reconceptualizes relationships between religions and other social and cultural phenomena.
Join us in April 2020 (exact date and location TBD) for a presentation by Admiral John Padgett, retired Commander of the US Pacific Submarine Fleet, titled, “Submarine Fleet in the US Military Strategy.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.
More information to come.