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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: 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.
  • 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: The United Nations Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 7 pm at the Boardman Road Branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library.   Great Decisions Program Discussion, “The United Nations” with Ilgu Ozler, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Political Science and International Relations and Director SUNY Global Engagement Program in New York City, as facilitator.