June, 30th 2020
We welcomed back Dr. Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor and chair of Political Science at Amherst College, for an Instant Issues Online event on June 30, 2020. Javier Corrales' research focuses on democratization, presidential powers, democratic backsliding, political economy of development, ruling parties, the incumbent's advantage, foreign policies, and sexuality. He has published extensively on Latin America and the Caribbean. His latest book, Fixing Democracy: Why Constitutional Change Often Fails to Enhance Democracy in Latin America, was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. He is the co-author with Michael Penfold of Dragon in the Tropics: Venezuela and the Legacy of Hugo Chávez (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), now in its second edition; with Daniel Altschuler, The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala (Palgrave/Macmillan 2013), and with Carlos A. Romero, U.S.-Venezuela Relations since the 1990s: Coping with Midlevel Security Threats (Routledge, 2013). He is also the co-editor with Mario Pecheny of The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America: A Reader on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), and author of Presidents Without Parties: the Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s (Penn State University Press, 2002). He is a frequent and popular speaker at the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts as well as other Councils throughout the WACA network.
June, 24th 2020
Attorney Mahsa Khanbabai speaking at an Instant Issues Online event, Thursday, June 24th, 2020.
May, 28th 2020
May 28, 2020: Lisa Napoli covered presidential campaigns, a hostage standoff, an outdoor hacker convention and the culture of technology, all at a wide variety of news outlets (some which no longer exist) including the New York Times CyberTimes , MSNBC , and the public radio show Marketplace . For five years, she also covered arts and culture at KCRW . Her first book, Radio Shangri-La , is about the impact of media culture on the Kingdom of Bhutan, where she was invited to help start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule. Ray & Joan is about the late philanthropist Joan Kroc and her husband, the founding chairman of the McDonald’s corporation. Lisa is the founding board president of the Bhutan Media Service, an all-volunteer news outlet created by Bhutanese refugees in diaspora . The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Glenmeadow Greenfield Savings Bank Wilbraham & Monson Academy Sir Speedy
May, 11th 2020
Financial advisor Charlie Epstein on 'The Coronavirus Playbook - Where Do We Go From Here'. Charlie Epstein founded Epstein Financial Services in 1981. As The 401k Coach he has been recognized nationally as one of the industry’s most influential individuals. Charlie established the Family Business Center in Amherst. He has appeared on Fox Business and many local media outlets. The Instant Issues series was generously sponsored by Glenmeadow, Greenfield Savings Bank, Wilbraham & Monson Academy & Sir Speedy. Special thanks to John Perez, Principal Consilium Opis for hosting this event
March, 3rd 2020
Date: February 20, 2020. Dr. Vincent Ferraro, Professor of Politics, Emeritus at Mount Holyoke College, speaking on "America and the Middle East: Will the Wars Ever End?" A longtime member and friend of the Council and frequent speaker, he taught at Mount Holyoke for 40 years before retiring in 2016. His studies specialized in International Relations and American Foreign Policy; focusing in the areas of global poverty, third world and global development. Dr. Ferraro spoke at an Instant Issues brown bag lunchtime discussion series event
February, 20th 2020
Date: February 20, 2020. Dr. Michael T. Klare, Five College Professor Emeritus of Peace and World Security Studies, and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, speaking at an Instant Issues brown bag lunchtime discussion series event on on his new book.
January, 30th 2020
Date: January 30, 2020. Dr. Sara Newland, Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College speaking on The 2019 Hong Kong Protests: Causes and Consequences at an Instant Issues brown bag lunchtime discussion series event.
November, 4th 2019
Date: November 4, 2019. Length: 1 hour and 3 minutes. Dr. Kavita Khory, Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics and Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the Mount Holyoke College McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, spoke on security challenges and ethnic conflicts in South Asia at an Instant Issues talk in Springfield, MA.
October, 23rd 2019
Date: October 23, 2019. Length: 1 hour and 22 minutes. Mr. Jacobson is a John J. McCloy '16 Professor of American Institutions, Amherst College and a former Army propagandist (1993-2001).
October, 2nd 2019
October 2, 2019. Length: 1 hour and 29 minutes. 2019 Annual Meeting with speaker, Dr. Katherine Brown, President & CEO, Global Ties US and the presentation of our second Sue C. Root Citizen Diplomacy Award to a local organization that has done outstanding work with the Council for the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange programs.
April, 9th 2019
Date: April 9, 2019. Length: 1 hour and 16 minutes. John Young, Board member of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts speaking at an Instant Issues Brown Bag lunchtime discussion series event.
February, 15th 2019
Date: February 15, 2019. Length: 1 hour and 15 minutes. Dr. Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor at New York University’s Gallatin School speaking at a World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts Instant Issues Brown Bag lunchtime discussion series event.
January, 29th 2019
Date: January 29, 2019. Length: 1 hour and 4 minutes. State Senator Eric Lesser in conversation with Dr. Joshua Weiss, Program Director for Bay Path University’s Master of Science in Leadership and Negotiation at an Instant Issues After Hours event hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts.
September, 17th 2018
Date: September 17, 2018. Length: 1 hour and 14 minutes. A talk given by Harry Krejsa of the Center for a New American Security in conversation with Politico Magazine’s Bill Scher at The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts’s 92nd Annual Meeting and Dinner.
April, 29th 2018
Date: April 29, 2018. Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes. A talk given by Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic Magazine and a leading journalist on international relations at the Bill & Lynn Foggle Great Issues Lecture Series. This event was co-sponsored by The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts.
April, 12th 2018
Date: April 12, 2018. Length: 51 minutes. A talk given by Dr. Harry Dumay, President of Our Lady of the Elms College at an Instant Issues luncheon.
March, 20th 2018
Date: March 20, 2018. Length: 1 hour and 13 minutes. A talk given by Ambassador Mark G. Hambley (Ret.), and William Morris, Secretary General of the U.K. based Next Century Foundation at an Instant Issues luncheon.
February, 21st 2018
Date: February 21, 2018. Length: 54 minutes. A talk given by Dr. Haroon K. Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer at the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
January, 24th 2018
Date: January 24, 2018. Length: 54 minutes. A talk given by Dr. Laura Reed of the University of Massachusetts–Amherst Department of Political Science and Legal Studies.
October, 30th 2017
Date: October 30, 2017. Length: 61 minutes. A talk given by Congressman Richard E. Neal at the 91st Annual World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts Meeting & Dinner.
October, 19th 2017
Date: October 19, 2017. Length: 51 minutes. A talk given by Consul General of Israel to New England Yehuda Yaakov.
September, 27th 2017
Date: September 27, 2017. Length: 55 minutes. A talk given by Gregory White, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government at Smith College at a World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch event.
May, 10th 2017
Date: 5/10/17. Running Time: 55 minutes. A talk given by Professor Sudha Setty, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Intellectual Life at Western New England University School of Law.
December, 9th 2016
Date: 12/9/16. Running Time: 1 Hour. Andrew Harding spoke about his new book, 'The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia' (St. Martin’s Press, 2016).
October, 13th 2016
Date: 10/13/16. Running Time: 1 hour and 14 minutes. 2016 Annual Meeting with speaker, Bill Scher, Contributing Editor to POLITICO Magazine.
May, 16th 2016
Date: 5/16/16. Running Time: 1 hour and 2 minutes. Greg Fay, Project Manager of the Washington, DC-based Uyghur Human Rights Project.
February, 23rd 2016
Date: 2/23/16. Running Time: 1 hour and 18 minutes. Longtime Council member and friend, Ambassador Mark Hambley with his colleague, Mr. William Morris, Secretary General of the UK-based Next Century Foundation speaking on Syria, Asad and Da'ish: Groping for Answers.
October, 18th 2015
Date: 10/18/15. Length: 1 hour and 12 minutes. She discussed homeland security and the intersection of democracy and counter-terrorism measures in a conversation with political consultant and Council member Anthony Cignoli at the 89th Annual Meeting and Dinner.
March, 7th 2015
Date: 3/7/15. Running Time: 1 hour and 2 minutes. Talk by Dr. Laura Reed, Visiting Professor of Political Science, The University of Massachusetts—Amherst, MA.
December, 11th 2014
Date: 12/11/14. Length: 1 hour and 12 minutes. Ms. Nelson appears in conversation with Dr. William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College and author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning biography Khrushchev: The Man and His Era.
October, 8th 2014
Date: 10/8/14. Length: 1 Hour and 28 Minutes. Annual Meeting Speaker, Dr. Okey Ndibe. Dr. Ndibe is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist.
August, 23rd 2014
Date: 8/23/14. Length: 1 hour and 58 minutes. Ambassador Mark G. Hambley (retired) Talk was given as a part of the Glenmeadow Learning Series and took place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Longmeadow Country Club.
May, 28th 2014
Date: 5/28/14. Running Time: 58 minutes. Haroon K. Ullah, an international scholar, US diplomat, and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East.[
March, 26th 2014
Date: 3/26/14. Running Time: One hour. A talk by Retired Professor Candida Johnson, Professor of Business Administration at Holyoke Community College.
February, 25th 2014
Date: 2/25/14. Length: 59 minutes. Speakers: Mr. William Morris, Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation and Ambassador Mark G. Hambley.
January, 27th 2014
Date: 1/27/14. Running Time: 1 hour and 2 minutes. Senator Gale D. Candaras on Human Trafficking in Massachusetts .
May, 29th 2013
Date: 5/29/13. Length: 1 hour and 13 minutes. The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts is delighted to partner with the to present Hugo Restall, Editorial Page Editor of The Wall Street Journal's opinion pages in Asia, who will speak on Why Chinese Are Unhappy.
October, 22nd 2012
Date: 10/22/12. Running Time: 1 hour and 24 minutes. Dr. U Ba Win, Vice President of Early College Policies and Programs at Bard College at Simon's Rock, and Photographer, Jonathan Doster.
October, 4th 2012
Date: 10/4/12. Running Time: 1 hour and 34 minutes. Lessons from a Long War: The US and the Strategic Challenges of the Broader Middle East.