Nels Granholm will tell people at 6:30 PM July 17 why it’s important to know about and understand Taiwan, an islad located off the coast of mainland China. His free talk takes place in the Orena Cooper room of the Brookings Public Library, 515 3rd St.
Filmed on five continents, “Not My Life” features more than 50 interviews with trafficking victims. From 10 year-old girls raped in USA truck stops; to street beggars and child soldiers in Africa; to domestic servants in Washington, D. C., “Not My Life” takes viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine, let alone accept.
Michael McNerney, a national cybersecurity expert, is optimistic that businesses and government agencies can do a better job protecting electronic data. As he sees it, the challenge is a matter of collective resolve more than technological expertise. View McNerney’s talk at http://bit.ly/1bx4Fgt
An interested and engaged audience listened to Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, political scientist and humanities scholar from Black Hills State University, lead discussion at Briggs Library on R.E. Peters’ book “The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam.
- Speakers use insight and expertise to educate audiences about countries, cultures, and critical global issues of the 21st century. Just as many audience members may have never traveled abroad, speakers may have never been to South Dakota. Education is two-fold to bring greater understanding. Not taking a stand, but presenting information is the hallmark of SDWAC programs.
- Audiences, primarily of middle, secondary and university students as well as community members and government and business leaders, engage in conversation about world affairs. Whether it comes from asking questions in a lecture setting or having one-on-one conversation with visiting heads of state, people on all sides come away enriched.
- Participants in SDWAC programs are changed by listening to speakers, traveling to another country as part of an exchange, being in a classroom to learn from a guest speaker or traveled teacher, or hosting international visitors. Resulting enrichment gives each one better knowledge with which to respond to challenges of the 21st century.