Member Groups
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL COLLEAGUES (WACC) DISCUSSION GROUP

Purpose:  This is a members-only group that meets monthly and exists to participate in discussion of international relations issues.

Eligibility:

  • Member of CSWAC
  • Access to current or prior issue of the Economist magazine

Structure:  Monthly luncheon 

  • 11:30 Order lunch, fixed menu, a la carte, Dutch treat
  • 11:40 Introductions, miscellaneous comments, lunch served
  • 12:30 Discussion based on a) a cover article in the current or recent issue of Economist or b) an announced topic prior to the meeting
  • 1:30 Adjourn and pay bill

Timing First Wednesday of each month, except perhaps summer months, and months which conflict with other programs of CSWAC

Location:  La Bella Vita, 4775 Northpark Dr. (I-25 & Garden of the Gods, southeast quadrant); 260-4730; parking front and back

Moderators:  Jim Allen, Larry Barrett, Michaela Laune

Discussion leaders:  Volunteers from within the group, or invited presenter

Sign up with: Larry Barrett 964-0825, barrettlarry@comcast.net; Or Jim Allen 332-7690, jwsallen@gmail.com.

At the WAC Colleagues meeting in January, 2017, the group complied a great reading list.  You can download it HERE.


CSWAC BOOK CLUB

Purpose:  A members-only group that explores non-fiction and fiction books relating to current topics of interest and books authored by CSWAC speakers

Eligibility:  Open to CSWAC members

Membership:

  • Current Book Club: 15 (optimal size)
  • Additional book club(s), appealing to additional members or specific communities of interest, may be formed

Structure:  Monthly potluck dinner hosted at the homes of Book Club members

Discussion Leaders:  One Book Club member volunteers to moderate the discussion for each book

Next Book: 

How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.

Our book is 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari.  Prof. Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His books have been translated into 50+ languages, with 12+ million copies sold worldwide. ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’ (2014) looked deep into our past, ‘Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow’ (2016) considered far-future scenarios, and ’21 Lessons for the 21st Century’ (2018) zoomed in on the biggest questions of the present moment..

Next Meeting: Thursday, November 14th – 5:00 pm

Next Host(s):  Home of Libby Rittenberg

Moderator: Elliott Cohen

Sign-Up:  Terry Johnson | tjins@idcomm.com | (719) 219-6710

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