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

Past Speakers Fall 2013-Spring 2019

List of Past Speakers that have presented at SECWAC Meetings: 2018-2019 Season June 2019 – Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University, “Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next?” May 2019 – Ivo H. Daalder […]

15 | May 2019

Wednesday 10:00 PM

Recap: CJ Chivers, March 2019

Dear Members, On Tuesday, March 12, those of us gathered at Connecticut College witnessed a moving presentation by an individual very familiar with the “sharp end” of US foreign policy. CJ Chivers, soldier, […]

20 | March 2019

Wednesday 11:19 AM

Recap: Carl Zimmer, February 2019

Dear Members, Those of you fortunate to be among the 70+ attendees at the February SECWAC meeting at Connecticut College last week enjoyed a tour-de-force presentation on international affairs in the deep history […]

25 | February 2019

Monday 2:23 PM

Recap: Caroleen Sayej, January 2019

Dear Members, At our first meeting of 2019, held at Connecticut College on January 28, Caroleen Sayej, Professor of Government and International Relations at the college, spoke to us of the important role […]

1 | February 2019

Friday 11:15 AM

Recap: Rob Hernandez, December 2018

Dear Members, If you were among the capacity crowd of over 120 members and guests attending the December meeting at the Old Lyme Country Club, you know you were in the presence of […]

18 | December 2018

Tuesday 8:11 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

Press Release: Sydney Williams, “Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division, 1944-1945”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive DirectorSoutheast Connecticut World Affairs Council860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Sydney Williams, local author and SECWAC member, presents his new book, “Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division, […]

22 | August 2019

Thursday 8:47 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: Daalder & Lindsay, US’s Abdication of Global Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org Ivo H. Daalder, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and James M. Lindsay, Council on Foreign Relations, present […]

16 | April 2019

Tuesday 10:15 PM

Recap: CJ Chivers, March 2019

Dear Members, On Tuesday, March 12, those of us gathered at Connecticut College witnessed a moving presentation by an individual very familiar with the “sharp end” of US foreign policy. CJ Chivers, soldier, […]

20 | March 2019

Wednesday 11:19 AM

Press Release: CJ Chivers, Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Paul Nugent, Executive Director Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council 860-388-9241, info@secwac.org CJ Chivers, Author and former US Marine Corps Officer, presents “Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq” […]

25 | February 2019

Monday 2:43 PM

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