June 17, 2018
Dear Friend of SECWAC,
On behalf of the Program Committee, I write to thank you for your support of SECWAC during our 2017-2018 Speaker Season. As we prepare for the next season (to start in September), I’d like to reflect briefly on our presentations just completed, including our final meeting in June.
Here you can find a summary of our past presentations, including 2017-2018 presentations. Over ten months, we traveled to many countries and continents – Ireland, Africa, Korea, Japan, China, Puerto Rico – and addressed many issues in historical and contemporary international affairs – gender equality, the plight of refugees, water scarcity, education, and US and Chinese foreign policy. We heard speakers from Ireland, Africa, and the US, coming from universities, think tanks, and foundations. And we saw spirited Q&A after presentations and dinners, as always at SECWAC, delivered through civil and respectful discourse.
In our final meeting of the season, those of us fortunate enough to be present at Connecticut College on June 4th heard Yale Professor John Lewis Gaddis deliver remarks on his new book “On Grand Strategy”. Professor Gaddis presented a remarkable synthesis of history and strategic thinking that explored the fundamental issue driving foreign policy and international relations for the last twenty-five hundred years: (as grand strategy is defined in his book) “the alignment of potentially unlimited aspirations with necessarily limited capabilities.” A tour de force would not be an overstatement of his eloquent and nuanced delivery, and a fitting end to an intellectually stimulating season of presentations.
We hope that you will join us for the 2018-2019 season. The Program Committee is busy designing another exciting season of speakers to start in September. Applications to renew membership or join as a new member are available on our membership page. There, you can also find information on our member benefits, including membership to the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization in the United States dedicated to educating and engaging the American public on global issues.
Best wishes for an interesting summer (…we do, after all, appear to live in such times!),
Executive Director, Program Committee Chairman
The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.