The Akron Council on World Affairs organizes events on international affairs topics for community audiences in Northeast Ohio.
Evening Speaker Series
Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo was one of ACWA's diplomat visitors in 2011. He brought perspective to Brazil's historic juncture — strong economic growth and political stability — and the country's strengthening relationship with the U.S. on security and economics.
ACWA's Evening Speaker Series with our visitor diplomats offer community attendees opportunities to converse and discuss relevant international issues with central figures in their foreign governments.
Each event combines a formal dinner with a presentation by a diplomat who provides a challenging overview of current issues
important to his/her nation and those engaged in with U.S. Community attendees have opportunities to discuss and ask questions about the topics presented.
These events are open to the public by advance registration, with the option of choosing dinner and program or selecting program attendance only.
Sign up for our e-mail announcements of our Evening Speaker Programs and our WZIP 88.1 FM radio interviews.
An overview of our visiting diplomats and their presentations, since this program began in 2005, is available in the Events Archive.
Global Scholars Program
Roy Norton, Consul General of Canada in Detroit, MI, and Global Scholars students. Mr. Norton and students discussed the mutual economic interdependence of Canada and the U.S., and progress on achieving North America energy self sufficiency.
The Akron Council on World Affairs' Global Scholars
Program helps prepare young people to participate in the
global workforce. In collaboration with Akron Public
Schools, leadership high school students enroll in the
program and prepare with ACWA curricula to meet and
dialogue with foreign diplomats in formal briefing sessions.
Students benefit in these sessions from their association
with peers from across Akron's social, racial and economic
demographics. As students report, these sessions extend
their ability to bring and respect different perspectives, an
important asset for their future employment in today's
Learn more about ACWA's Global Scholars Program.
WZIP-88.1-FM Radio Interviews of ACWA's Visitor Diplomats
Vicente Sanchez Ventura, Consul of Mexico in Detroit, MI and Jane Walker Snider, ACWA Executive Director
You can access the topics focused on by ACWA's visitor diplomats in both the students' Global Scholars program and the Evening Speaker Sessions. ACWA began these interviews in 2009, with Jane Walker Snider, ACWA Executive Director, collaborating with Tom Beck, Station Manager, and the invited diplomats. You can access a summary of each interview and choose to listen to any of them in our Resource section.
ACWA is partnering with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to provide access
to specialized group travel packages around the globe.