World Affairs Council of Western Colorado

World Affairs Council of Western Colorado

 The World Affairs Council of Western Colorado (WACWC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing a deep and broad understanding of international affairs and how events in the world affect life in Western Colorado. WACWC provides speakers and lectures of national or international prominence with knowledge in subjects of political, economic or historic import, for the education of the public, as well as, providing global literacy for K-12 students. Facilitate forums for discussion of world events. 

Forum information is presented for paid members and students.  Please see the join page to become a member, if you would like to attend a forum.

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Past Forums

Richard and Mary Ann Janson

February 24 - "Empowering Developing Countries:  Personal Anecdotes".

The Jansons discussed their experiences as volunteer Needs Assessment Representatives for Project C.U.R.E.

Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the endless need for medical supplies and equipment in developing countries. Its mission is to identify, solicit, collect, sort and deliver medical supplies according to the imperative needs of the world. It is the world's largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing nations, working with more than 125 countries. Project C.U.R.E. has distribution and collection centers in 15 different cities throughout the United States.

When Richard closed his medical practice, a friend, a PROJECT C.U.R.E. volunteer and assessor, came to him and said, "Now that you are done working, I have a job for you." She introduced him to PROJECT C.U.R.E. and almost at once Richard saw that the values and purpose of the organization corresponded with his needs and abilities. Mary Ann, a registered nurse,  and he both took the training and began working as assessors together and separately. They have now done assessments in more than half a dozen countries in Africa.

Richard Hyland

Richard P. Hyland, PhD

Richard P. Hyland, PhD


January 20, 2016 - "Capitalism, Climate and Compassion"

The climate talks in Paris recently concluded, but much remains to be accomplished. For one matter, at least 55 countries must sign the Paris Agreement by April 2017. 


WACWC's January speaker, Richard P. Hyland, PhD, will be addressing the world's climate in a forum for WACWC members only. His presentation is entitled, "Capitalism, Climate and Compassion."


"Our focus is on a moment in time -- 1800 to the present -- when there was a major shift to fossil sources of energy," Hyland writes. "This shift changed the solar-based energy/power dynamic that had sustained human life up to that point. It enabled the massive and continued expansion of power, production and population.-- the Industrial Revolution that sustains us today. But at what cost? And for how long?


Dr. Hyland is a recognized authority in the area of industrial management, specifically physical asset management, supply chain management and master data/eCommerce standards management. Over the past 30 years, he has led consulting projects, provided training and web-based tools in these areas for transnational and national asset-intensive companies and government agencies in the petroleum, petrochemical, natural gas, power, steel, mining, water & waste water, aerospace, defense and manufacturing industries in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia/Pacific. He specializes in improving company competitiveness by evaluating capital asset and supply chain management programs, obtaining ratification of the results and developing improvement plans and strategies for the future. He has led top management seminars in these areas both in the U.S. and internationally.

Stephen Doyle

Stephen Doyle

Stephen Doyle


Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Stephen Doyle met with members to disucss  "Energy Markets, especially Nuclear".

Dr. Michael Pramenko

On Friday, October 2, 2015, Dr. Michael Pramenko followed up T.R. Reid's presentation on health care systems in other countries by leading a discussion on the economic complexities of health care systems nationwide, in Colorado and in the Grand Valley.  WACWC thanks the Home Loan State Bank for providing the meeting room for the forum.


Dr. Michael Pramenko

Jennifer Alevy

Jennifer Alevy

Courtney Welton-Mitchell

Courtney Welton-Mitchell

Courtney Welton-Mitchell and Jennifer Alevy fielded even more questions the morning after their appearance at Colorado Mesa University. In a small forum at Main Street Bagels members offered their own insights and got to ask the two panelists about a broad range of topics – everything from appeasing gods to the world’s scariest airport.


Neil Morris

Title of Presentation:  Reflections on Teaching and Living Abroad

Monday, July 27, 2015    7 p.m.        CMU Campus

A members-only event

Neil Morris spoke at an evening forum on July 27 on Saudi Arabia through a foreigner's eyes. Morris has lived in Saudi Arabia for the last six years, teaching English as a Second Language. He has first-hand knowledge of Saudi life, especially since he has been invited into the homes of some of his students.  

Morris also spoke on other experiences during his extensive time abroad. He has traveled through Europe, Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa (Egypt, Morocco, and Ethiopia). He served as an agricultural volunteer in the Peace Corps in San Andres, Bolivia from 2003-2005. He taught English in Ulsan, South Korea from 2007-2009.

In June 2009 he applied for and was accepted into a fellowship program between the School for International Training's Graduate Institute (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont and Al Yamamah University (YU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This fellowship allowed him to study for two intensive summers at SIT while teaching during the academic year at YU in the English preparatory program. He earned his MA TESOL in 2011. He lived in Riyadh and taught EFL at YU from 2009 through June 2015. He will soon relocate to Doha, Qatar where he will be an English Lecturer at Qatar University.


Two major events made the first week of May 2015 historic for the United Kingdom. On May 2 the world welcomed Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the first princess in British history to be in line for the throne. Five days later the Conservative Party headed by Prime Minister David Cameron gained an overall majority in Parliament, returning Cameron to 10 Downing Street.

Grand Junction was in the limelight of these events on May 4. Appearing at the Bookcliff Country Club, British High Consul Beverley Simpson explained the British electoral system, as well as discussing the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership and trade relations between Colorado and the UK. 

The evening, however, was not entirely devoted to ponderous matters. WACWC members and British citizens living in the Grand Valley heartily joined Simpson in a toast to the newest member of the Royal Family.

On the morning after his presentation on ISIS at the Avalon Theatre, Dr. Nader Hashemi led a discussion at Main Street Bagels.  Members were able to ask questions and contribute opinions.


In early February Col. Bruce Bach followed up his highly informative presentation on NATO with a forum at the Laughing Dog coffee shop. Participants had an opportunity to ask Bach more questions and to offer insights of their own.

WACWC's first forum of 2015 followed up on Dr. Ernesto Sagás' presentation on Saving Pachamama in Ecuador. Held in January at CMU, the forum featured two short films by Garrett Russell on the effect of the oil industry in the Amazon. The first film, entitled "Sipping Black Water," merited awards at various film festivals.

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