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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

  • “The 21th Century Worldwide Refugee Crisis: What Role Can Institutions of Higher Learning Play?” Weds., Dec. 7 , 6 pm.  Members Only Dinner with Maria Höhn, Marion Musser Lloyd Prof. of History and International Studies, and Chair, History Depart., Vassar College.   Founder and faculty mentor of Vassar College Refugee Solidarity.  American Bounty Restaurant, Culinary Institute of America.
  • Ebola, Zika and More: Global Diseases and Local Effects Weds.,  Sept. 30, 7 pm.  Dr. Monica Parker, Director of the Bloodborne Viruses Laboratory and Faculty at Wadsworth Center School of Laboratory Sciences of the NYS Depart. of Health, will discuss the current state of global public health, how current concerns like Ebola, Zika, HIV/AIDS and others are being managed by state and federal governments, and ...
  • Foreign Policy and the Next President: a Panel Discussion Weds,  Oct. 5, 7 pm.  Panel of experts on US foreign policy:  Stephen Pampinella, Asst. Prof. of International Relations, SUNY New Paltz;  Pavlina Tcherneva, Assoc. Prof. and Chair, Economics Dept.,and Research Scholar, Levy Economics Institute, Bard College; Kristin Bayer, Asst. Prof. of History, Marist College; James Ketterer, Dean of International Studies, Bard College, will discuss foreign ...
  • Great Decisions: Climate Change Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, 7 pm at the Boardman Road Branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library.   Great Decisions Program Discussion, “Climate Change” with Steven Leibo, International History and Politics, The Sage Colleges.
  • Great Decisions: Cuba and the U.S. Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 7 pm at the Boardman Road Branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library.   Great Decisions Program Discussion, “Cuba and the U.S.” with Patricia Ferrer-Medina, Assist. Prof. of Spanish Literature and Language, Marist College, as facilitator.