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.
The 2013 WACA National Conference set the stage for discussion of Six Top Issues for 2014 that will lead off with the SDWAC Annual Symposium January 23-24, 2014 in the Volstorff Ballroom at SDSU. Michael McNerney, a cybersecurity consultant from California, will open the conference at 7 PM Thursday, Jan. 23 with a Harding Lecture in the Volstorff. He will begin Friday’s continuation at 10 AM with panels of 1. university students talking about Personal Cybersecurity; 2. business representatives talking about Corporate Cybersecurity; and concluding with 3. university faculty negotiating contracts to protect National Cybersecurity,
SDWAC took part in the China Town Hall sponsored by the Committee on U.S.-China Relations Oct. 28, 2013 at Daktronics headquarters. 60 cities across the country took part in a webcast from Washington, DC with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright followed by remarks and discussion in Brookings with China expert Charles Freeman.
The South Dakota World Affairs Council will host a screening of “Not My Life,” a documentary on human trafficking written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer. The documentary will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the Great Hall of the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitors Center in Brookings.
The screening will be followed by a talk about the experience of being forced into recruitment as a child soldier by the military in Sudan by former Lost Boy of Sudan David Jal, who is now a court services officer in Sioux Falls. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson will talk about what is being done by his office to combat sex trafficking in South Dakota. Both will give local perspectives to the damages caused by child exploitation.
- 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.