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    Timbuktu: An Illustrated Talk

    Supported by a Fulbright grant, the photographer Alexandra Huddleston lived in Timbuktu, Mali, for ten months in order to photograph the city’s culture of Arabic language scholarship, a tradition of learning and teaching that has been passed down from teacher to student since the fifteenth century.

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    Great Decisions: Human Trafficking

    The U.S. and international community have adopted various treaties and laws to prevent trafficking, but to understand and combat the issue, they must find the root causes enabling traffickers to exploit millions of victims.  On November 16, Dr. Andrew Reiser, Associate Professor of History at SUNY Dutchess and President of the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, will facilitate the final Fall discussion at the Boardman Road Branch Library of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

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Join Us! Meet and exchange ideas and questions with people in the region who share an interest in international issues.

The World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, an all-volunteer organization, was founded in 2003 as a forum for citizen education and participation in international issues. Membership and/or donations directly support the educational programs and activities that bring nonpartisan, lively information about critical issues facing our nation and the world to our community.  The Council is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and serves Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties in New York.

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Upcoming Council Events

  • Great Decisions: “The Kurds” Kurdish peshmerga fighters fly a Kurdish flag in the city of Sinjar, Iraq, Nov. 13, 2015. Deafening bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted after Yazidi fighters helped the Kurds gain control of the city Friday, which has been under the brutal domination of the Islamic State for more than 15 months. (Bryan Denton/The New York Times)Monday, June 6th, 2016, 7 pm at the Boardman Road Branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library Great Decisions Program Discussion, “The Kurds” with Martin Charwat, Past President of the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, as facilitator.
  • Member-Only Dinner and “The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: New Kid on the Block” AsianInfrastructureInvestmentBankWednesday, June 1, 2016, 6 pm at the American Bounty Room of the Culinary Institute of America Join us for our Member-Only Dinner and  a presentation by World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley Board member and Professor of Economics at Dutchess Community College talk about “The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: New Kid on the Block”.
  • Great Decisions: “International Migration” GD_InternationalMigration_tumblr_n37mj92wKo1rhb9f5o2_r1_1280Monday May 9th, 2016, 7 pm at the Boardman Road Branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library Great Decisions Program Discussion, “International Migration” with Juris Pupcenoks, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Marist College, and World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley Board member, as facilitator. As a record number of migrants, fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and ...
  • China’s Naval Build-up ChinaNavalBuildup-vietnam-sinosphere2-tmagArticleTuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 7pm in Room 2023 Hancock Hall, Marist College Hear Professor Lyle Goldstein, China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College talk about “China’s Naval Build-up”.