President's Message to Members

September 23, 2014


Dear SWAC member, 


We hope that you had a pleasant summer and that you are ready for another exciting season of   stimulating programs. 


Last spring we had an auspicious first session. In February, the Honorable Judge Jon Newman of the   second district appellate court of lower Manhattan spoke on “The Federal Courts Face the War on   Terrorism.” In April, Ms. Khris Nedam, director of the U.S.-based charity Kids4AfghanKids, described   how this very successful program was set up and even expanded in a war-torn country. In May,   Ambassador Daniel Hernández Joseph, Consul General of Mexico in Boston, discussed “Function   and Dysfunction: How Mexican and U.S. Governments Interact over Migration,” co-sponsored by   UnidosNow. And the first session of the Great Decisions program provided stimulating discussions,   based on readings from the Foreign Policy Association, for its engaged participants. 


Our fall program looks even more exciting. On October 15, Ms. Nola Theiss, Executive Director of the   Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc., will lead the first of two events on “Building a Regional   Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking.” This talk and panel discussion will be followed by a workshop   on October 21 for those interested in developing a coalition.


On November 25 our attention will turn to Asia, with Mr. Ronnie Chan, Chairman of the Hang Lung   Group, Ltd. and Co-Chairman of the Asia Society, speaking on “The U.S. and China: Developing a   Cultural and Economic Partnership.” For this event, we are partnering with the Ringling Museum of Art,   and Mr. Fan Jeremy Zhang, Asia curator, will present a preview of exhibits planned for the new Asia wing   of the museum. 


We will soon be able to announce our lecture program for spring 2015. And when the Foreign Policy   Association publishes its 2015 booklet for the Great Decisions Program, we look forward to another   session of learning about and discussing some of the major issues affecting our global future. 


We hope you will join us for as many of these events as you can and that you will renew your   membership when you receive a notice from our Membership group. Memberships help support   the important work that SWAC – and all the World Affairs Councils across the country – are doing “to   educate, inspire, and engage our community in international affairs and critical global issues.” 


                                                                                                                                 Dr. Nat Colletta 


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