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.
- 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
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
- 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
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?
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 | email@example.com | (719) 219-6710
Previous Book Selections:
- AI Super-Powers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order’ by Kai-Fu Lee.
- Member’s Choice materials on contemporary issues in sub-Saharan Africa
- Your Loyal and Loving Son, by Horst Fuchs Richardson
- The Perfect Weapon, by David E. Sanger
- Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (international Women’s Day Discussion)
- The Man Who Stayed Behind, by Sidney Rittenberg and Amanda Bennett
- The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel, by Adam Johnson