Recap: September 2020 Presentations with George Packer and David Shimer

George Packer, Quarterly Colloquium

In case you missed our September 30th Zoom meeting with author and journalist George Packer speaking on the life of US diplomat Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, see here for a link to the recording.

Packer drew on various aspects of the career of Richard Holbrooke to map the rise and decline of the “American Century,” that highly-charged concept of the role of the US on the world stage as originally promulgated by Henry Luce in his seminal essay in Life Magazine in February 1941.  Packer drew from his recent book of the same name, recently released in paperback. Signed paperback copies of the book may be purchased from Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT, here. Books will be mailed to you free of mailing cost if you prefer not to go to the bookstore. 

David Shimer, October Speaker

We started the 2020-2021 Season with a fascinating presentation by David Shimer on the history and recent manifestations of international election interference, based on his book Rigged: America, Russia, and 100 years of Covert Electoral Interference – click here for a link to the recording.

Copies of his book may be purchased from Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT, here.


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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.