The World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, founded in 2003, is a forum for citizen education and participation in international issues. The Council is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and serves Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties in New York.

Upcoming Council Events:

awq2014logoAcademic WorldQuest competition, Sat., Mar. 7, starting at 9:30 a.m.  Multipurpose Room, FDR Museum & Library, Hyde Park.   Free and open to the public.

Academic WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Council system, an annual knowledge-based team competition for area high schools with questions focusing on international affairs, current events, the global economy, geography, world history, general knowledge about the world, and more.  In the past, WAC Mid-Hudson Valley has organized competitions for high schools in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties.  Last year, 15 teams and 75 students from the mid-Hudson region competed, including teams from Cornwall, Kingston High School, Oakwood Friends School, Spackenkill High School, and Washingtonville High School.

This year’s competition will feature rounds of questions on the following topics:

  • Russia / Eurasia
  • Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest
  • Food and Water
  • Future of Energy
  • Africa Rising
  • Human Trafficking
  • Asia and the New Global Economy
  • Millennium Development Goals: 2015 and Beyond
  • Great Decisions
  • Current Events