Press Release: SECWAC Quarterly Colloquium with Emma Sky

Media Contact:
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council

Emma Sky, Jackson Institute, Yale University, presents In a Time of Monsters – A Middle East in Revolt

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council Quarterly Colloquium takes place on October 10 at The First Congregational Church, Old Lyme, CT

$20 for the General Public; Free for SECWAC members and students

Waterford, CT (September 24, 2019) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Emma Sky is to speak on “In a Time of Monsters – A Middle East in Revolt” at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme located at 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Emma Sky will speak on her new book, In a Time of Monsters: Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt, which 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, Emma Sky makes a complex region more understandable. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale after the presentation.

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the main event beginning at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is a part of the SECWAC 2019-2020 Speaker Series. For non-members, tickets ($20) may be purchased at the door; ticket cost can subsequently be applied towards a SECWAC membership.  Attendance is free for SECWAC members (and their guests). Membership September 2019 through June 2020 is $85 per person; $25 for young professionals under 35; free for students and educators; a corporate rate of $1,000 is also available, with unlimited access for employees.

Immediately following the presentation, SECWAC meeting attendees have the option for $40 to attend a dinner with the speaker at the Old Lyme Country Club. Dinner reservations are required by Friday, October 4, at 860-912-5718, or at

Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC Board. Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at or 860-388-9241.


Emma Sky, OBE, is Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs where she teaches Middle East politics.  From 2007 to 2010 she served as the political advisor to US General Ray Odierno in Iraq, and as Governorate Coordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority from 2003-2004.

She was born and raised in England, earning her undergraduate degree in oriental studies at Somerville College, Oxford University.  She also studied at Alexandria University in Egypt, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and the University of Liverpool (England).

Professor Sky is the author of numerous articles in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Atlantic, The Guardian and other newspapers and magazines.  She is also the author of the highly-acclaimed “The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq” (2015) and, most recently, “In a Time of Monsters: Travelling in a Middle East in Revolt” (2019)


SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.

SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at


CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents ‘In a Time of Monsters – A Middle East in Revolt’ with Emma Sky on Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Free for members. Annual membership is $85; $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for area students and educators; corporate membership available for $1,000 (contact SECWAC for details).  More information at


Mission Statement

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.