Past Speakers Fall 2013-Fall 2020

List of Past Speakers that have presented at SECWAC Meetings: 2020-2021 Season (to date, as-of Nov. 2020) November 2020 – Marissa Turnbull, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, “Indigenous Rights in […]

12 | November 2020

Thursday 8:34 PM

Recap: Dr. Saad Omer, Virtual Quarterly Colloquium June 2020

In case you missed our June 3, 2020, Zoom meeting with Dr. Saad Omer, Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health at Yale University, on “COVID-19 Epidemiology, Evidence-based Policy and Prospects for […]

18 | June 2020

Thursday 4:43 PM

Recap: Steven Flynn, Virtual Meeting May 2020

Dear Members, SECWAC joined the world of virtual meetings on May 7th with our first Zoom session – thanks to those who called in!  Stephen Flynn, Professor of Political Science and Founding Director […]

26 | May 2020

Tuesday 9:18 PM

Recap: Esam Boraey, February 2020

Dear Members, Our February 13th meeting provided that rare opportunity to SECWAC members and guests to hear first-hand what it is like to stand up to a dictator and try to change your […]

10 | March 2020

Tuesday 8:42 PM

Recap: January 2020 Meeting with Megan O’Neill

Dear Members, On January 23, approximately 70 SECWAC members and guests gathered at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme to hear Megan O’Neill speak on her work at Imagine Scholar in South […]

3 | February 2020

Monday 7:36 PM

Recap: Jonathan Starr, October 2019

Dear Members, On October 24th, approximately 95 SECWAC members and guests gathered at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme to hear Jonathan Starr speak on his work building the Abaarso School of […]

4 | November 2019

Monday 7:47 PM

Recap: Quarterly Colloquium

SECWAC Quarterly Colloquium Meeting (Q4 2019) and SECWAC/Essex Meadows Community Partnership Recaps Dear Members, On October 10, about 90 members and guests gathered at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme for the […]

17 | October 2019

Thursday 6:34 PM

Recap: September 2019, Community Partnership Program and Gordon Chang

Dear Members, The 2019-2020 Season got off to a great start on September 12th with a reading by local author Sydney Williams from his new book, Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th […]

22 | September 2019

Sunday 4:56 PM

Recap: Brexit with Peter Rutland, June 2019, and July Lunch Discussion

Dear Members, The final meeting of the 2018-2019 Speaker Season brought us some clarity on the origins of the Brexit referendum, even as the final outcome of this story remains to be determined. […]

22 | August 2019

Thursday 8:09 PM

Recap: Grand Strategy in April and May 2019

Dear Members, I hope that you were able to attend our April and May meetings, held recently a week apart at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme. The overall topic was similar […]

15 | May 2019

Wednesday 10:10 PM

Press Release: Peter Beinart, America and the World in the Biden Era

Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Peter Beinart presents, “America and the World in the Biden Era” This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual meeting takes place on Wednesday, […]

23 | November 2020

Monday 4:38 PM

Press Release: Marissa Turnbull, Indigenous Rights in the 21st Century

Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org  Marissa Turnbull presents, “Indigenous Rights in the 21st Century” This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual meeting takes place on Wednesday, November 18 […]

12 | November 2020

Thursday 9:36 PM

Press Release: Michael Kimmage, The Abandonment of the West

Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org  Michael Kimmage presents “The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy” This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual […]

12 | October 2020

Monday 7:01 PM

Community Safety: COVID-19 Response

March 13, 2020 Dear Members, In view of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interests of your safety and that of the wider community, we have decided to cancel our two March […]

23 | March 2020

Monday 9:15 AM

Press Release: Esam Boraey, Egyptian Political Activist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org  Esam Boraey, Egyptian Political Activist, presents “The Development of Democracy in Egypt” This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council meeting takes […]

3 | February 2020

Monday 7:40 PM

Press Release: Katherine Brown, Global Ties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact:Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Katherine Brown, President and CEO Global Ties US, presents, “Afghanistan: Storytelling of America’s Longest War” This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council […]

4 | November 2019

Monday 8:10 PM

Press Release: Jonathan Starr, It Takes a School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Jonathan Starr, Abaarso School of Science and Technology, Somaliland, presents, “It Takes a School” This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council […]

17 | October 2019

Thursday 6:45 PM

Press Release: SECWAC Quarterly Colloquium with Emma Sky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Emma Sky, Jackson Institute, Yale University, presents “In a Time of Monsters – A Middle East in Revolt” This Southeast […]

22 | September 2019

Sunday 5:25 PM

Press Release: GREAT DECISIONS, Coming to America: A Refugee’s Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Will Kneerim (IRIS) & Mohammed Hamou (Old Lyme resident & Syrian refugee) present “Coming to America: A Refugee Story” Brought […]

22 | August 2019

Thursday 9:18 PM

Press Release: Gordon Chang, America’s Grandest Wager: China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Gordon Chang, China expert and author, presents, “America’s Grandest Wager: China” This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council meeting takes place […]

22 | August 2019

Thursday 9:01 PM

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