“The World Affairs Council is the preeminent organization in the Inland Empire addressing important and timely international issues. The speakers at the meetings are, literally, world class. Members have the opportunity to interact with the illustrious speakers that have included Ambassadors and othr prominent thinkers and leaders in the international arena. Membership in the Council is invaluable for understanding the world in which we live.”
People who care about what is happening in the world can’t get along without the World Affairs Council! It consistently brings us the most knowledgeable and authoritative speakers on current topics of global concern. The institutions of higher learning in the Inland Empire are fortunate indeed to have these timely programs for our students and faculty, as well as the whole community.
What I like about the Council is that it is open to new ways of interpreting “international” and “global”. For instance, the Council has gone beyond notions of traditional diplomacy and organized talks and seminars on the big challenges facing the world today – challenges such as poverty and inequality, disease and pandemics, hunger and malnutrition, climate change, and illiteracy. These are all topics that fall within a broader theme of “world affairs.”
The current World Affairs Council is very successful in presenting to its members public figures pertinent to the present. But it is also a wonderful legacy to Riverside’s past, as the first peace conference held at the Mission Inn was in 1911 and hosted by Mission Inn owner Frank A. Miller. The Council often meets in the Music Room, where that conference was held. As a Mission Inn Foundation docent, I have had the pleasure of touring many of the World Affairs Council’s speakers on a one-on-one basis. I feel very privileged to have had these rare and meaningful interactions.
Council meetings are a special treat for me. The speakers are always stimulating and thought provoking. Visiting with other members before and after the programs is sheer pleasure.
“…the programs are truly inspirational. I have a new outlook on global issues, as well as knowledge and awareness of the world around me. I want to do something in this big arena…”