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:

gdGreat Decisions Discussion Group:

Second Monday of the month, 7-8:30 pm, Poughkeepsie Library District, Boardman Road Branch, Greene Rm.   Spring sessions Mon., May 11, and Mon. June 8, with a summer break, resuming in the fall.

The World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley will partner with the Poughkeepsie Library District this spring to begin Great Decisions, a new monthly discussion series on global affairs, as part of the opening of the Boardman Road Branch Library.

Great Decisions is an initiative of the Foreign Policy Association designed to facilitate thoughtful discourse on critical global issues facing America today. The Foreign Policy Association provides non-partisan background reading material and pre-recorded presentations as discussion starters. Briefing books will be available for checkout from the library.  WAC-MHV will provide expert discussion facilitators for each session.

Cleared for release by Joint Staff Public AffairsThe first discussion will be on “Russia and the Near Abroad” facilitated by Martin Charwat on Monday, May 11, 7-8:30 pm. The discussion on June 8 will be on Privacy in the Digital Age and will be facilitated by Jane Livingston, Associate CIO for Campus Community Technologies, Yale Univ.

For more information or to sign up for the discussion group, contact Reference Desk, 485-3445 x3702, or email adultevents@poklib.org.

Teacher Appreciation Award:

The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley’s Youth Education Committee announce an award for Excellence in Teaching Global Studies and World Affairs. This award is to recognize a Dutchess, Orange, Putnam or Ulster County high school teacher who excels in teaching Global Studies and World Affairs.

Fall Application Deadline:  04/15/2015
Award notification:  May

For more information about the award or to apply online through the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley website, go to Receive/Grants/Grant Programs/Education/Excellence in Teaching Global Studies and World Affairs Award. For additional information, contact Jennifer Killian, jkillian@cfhvny.org.