The Sarasota World Affairs Council (SWAC) is pleased to announce that we are part of the Giving Challenge
on April 28-29, 2020!
The Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota and strengthened by the generosity of the Richard Patterson Foundation.
SWAC is a special and unique organization. It is the only local organization that:
Presents timely and informative lectures on international affairs, given by world-class experts, that are free and open to the public, giving the entire Sarasota community access to educational opportunities regardless of income.
Offers the opportunity for members to talk face-to-face with speakers at receptions following the lectures.
Has partnered with major community organizations in Sarasota, including Mote Marine Aquarium, The Ringing, Sarasota Film Festival, Unidos Now, Marie Selby Gardens, and the Sierra Club.
Is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, which gives community members access to many other international educational opportunities.
But in order to keep providing these programs, we are asking for your help. We look forward to your participation in the Giving Challenge 24-hour matching event. On April 28-29, please go to www.givingpartnerchallenge.org, click on "View Participating Organizations," and then enter "Sarasota World Affairs Council."
If you have any questions, please contact us at
We thank you in advance for your support and hope that you will help spread the word about what a special and unique organization SWAC is!
Nat J. Colletta,
SWAC is a member of the World Affairs
Councils of America.
Click on logo below to visit WACA's site.
Oct. 23, 2019 - Venezuela: A Real Threat in Our Backyard
Diego Arria, former Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.N. and President of the U.N Security Council – now a political and human rights activist living in exile in the US.
Nov. 11, 2019 - Migration across a Common Border: A Challenge for Mexico and the U.S.
Gustavo Mohar, Founding Director of Grupo Atalaya, a Mexican consultancy specializing
in nontechnical risk and strategic intelligence.
Dec. 3, 2019 - Global Health: Why You Really Must Care
Richard Skolnik, former Director for Health in the South Asia Region of the World Bank.
Jan. 14, 2020 - The Politics of Hate Have Driven the U.S. & Iran to the Brink
Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council.
Feb. 11, 2020 - Not with a Bang: Moving toward the Endgame with a Nuclear North Korea
Evans Revere, Senior Advisor at the Albright-Stonebridge Group.
Mar. 23, 2020 – SPECIAL EVENT
AT SELBY GARDENS
The Rising Tide: Increasing Demand for Climate Action
POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020
April 21, 2020 - Changing the Face of Modern Ballet: The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
POSTPONED UNTIL 2020-21
All regular programs will be held at the Sainer Pavilion on the campus of New College of Florida at 6:30 pm. These lectures are free and open to the general public, but reservations are strongly suggested as some programs fill up.
To make a reservation, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. You may also call us at 941-487-4603 and leave a message.
Each lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay. Click the "Membership" tab above for information on becoming a member of SWAC.
March 23rd Special Event at Selby Gardens
and April 21st Program POSTPONED
Dear SWAC and Community Members,
Given the latest Public Health precautions against gatherings of more than 10 persons, I am sorry to announce that, in addition to our recent postponement of the March 23, 2020 Selby Gardens event: “The Rising Tide: Increasing Demand for Climate Action”, we are now postponing the April 21, 2020 event: “Changing the Face of Ballet”.
We hope to be able to reprogram these events in Fall 2020 and will keep you informed accordingly. Although our time frame for processing refunds was slowed a bit, we have sent refunds for any payments you made for the Selby event.
In the meantime, I join our whole Board in wishing each of you good health and equanimity as our community undertakes these measures to stay safe.
Nat J. Colletta, President
Sarasota World Affairs Council
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