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Annie Wright School (The Great Hall)

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827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403
(253) 279-5931 http://wactacoma.com/Travel-Talk
Past Events

October 2016

Free
Oct
17

World Affairs Council Tacoma Travel Talk featuring Brian Birkenstein

October 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Brian Birkenstein has now worked for close to twenty years in over twenty countries in a variety of roles. In his personal travels, he has been to all fifty states, sixty-three countries and all seven continents. It’s a big world though, and he has a lot more to see and do. He has written a book about his time as a janitor in Antarctica called “Cleaning up After Science.”

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Free
Oct
19

World Affairs Council of Tacoma Travel Talk featuring Dr. Peter Selkin

October 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Dr. Peter Selkin spent two months at sea in 2015 with a team of 30 researchers from many countries. Besides discussing why one would want to spend sixty days away from land with a bunch of scientists, Dr. Selkin will also describe a little of the history of international partnerships in deep-sea research since the 1960s.

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December 2016

Free
Dec
14

World Affairs Council Tacoma Travel Talk featuring Brian Birkenstein

December 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Brian Birkenstein has now worked for close to twenty years in over twenty countries in a variety of roles. In his personal travels, he has been to all fifty states, sixty-three countries and all seven continents. It’s a big world though, and he has a lot more to see and do. He has written a book about his time as a janitor in Antarctica called “Cleaning up After Science.”

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January 2017

Free
Jan
18

Travel Talk: Here, There and Back Again

January 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

In August of 2013, Jon left Tacoma to embark on a 2-year overseas journey for an Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree in higher education research and innovation studies (MARIHE). With the first semester at Danube University Krems, Austria, his explorations took him to the University of Tampere, Finland; Beijing Normal University, China; and University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck, Germany. Along the way, he had many opportunities to experience local cultures, see amazing sites, learn from professors and colleagues from around the…

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February 2017

Free
Feb
15

Travel Talk: Travel With Purpose

February 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Sometimes people want to travel beyond lounging on a sunny beach, eating authentic cultural cuisine or buying a local crafts. They want to experience something more valuable that creates positive connections and empowers locals. Frank and Kathy Erickson and Bruce and Paula Foreman will share their experiences with "Travel With Purpose" through several organizations to Paraguay, Egypt, South Africa, Bulgaria, Cuba, Zambia, and India.

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March 2017

Free
Mar
15

Travel Talk: Travel with Restriction: Iran

March 15, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Deborah Hammond and Florence Sandler traveled to Iran in 2016: Deborah traveled with a group of Peace Corps alumni, and Florence Sandler, road scholar. The focus of both trips was art, architecture, culture, and history. The guest speakers will talk about the beauty and legacy of Iran’s fascinating culture. Deborah and Florence will also share their thoughts on travelling to a closed, restricted society: What is shown to visitors? What does officialdom want visitors to see? How as travelers do…

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April 2017

Free
Apr
19

Travel Talk: The Adventures and Wisdom from a Gap Year Student

April 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

John Hammer, a 2016 Charles Wright Academy alumni from Tacoma, has taken a gap year with Thinking Beyond Borders to study international development in Ghana (public health), Thailand (sustainable agriculture) and Ecuador (education). He has much to share through what he has learned through his homestays, academic studies, and other educational experiences while abroad.

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October 2017

Free
Oct
18

Travel Talk: A Misunderstood People: Some Thoughts on Fulbrighting in Russia and Meeting Everyday Russians

October 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Jeff first traveled to Russia in 2010 with a fellow Saint Martin's professor and a group of students before returning in 2013 as a Fulbright Scholar. He lived and taught at Petrozavodsk State University (an overnight train ride northeast from St. Petersburg). He met no politicians on his travels (well, a couple of mayors), but did meet and work with everyday Russians. He will show slides from his trip, including a side trip to Chernobyl and Ukraine at the start…

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December 2017

Free
Dec
13

Travel Talk: Mingalabar! On the Road to Mandalay

December 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

This was a trip back in time at a moment when Myanmar was pivoting on change. It was eleven months before the 2015 election, an auspicious time for the country where little had changed for the ordinary person. Because she couldn't travel during her career, Paula Varner started traveling immediately on retirement. She sees no need to stop or slow down. She takes a plethora of photographs and puts them into books and DVD video files chronicling her trips. "That…

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January 2018

Free
Jan
17

Travel Talk: My Adventure in the Galapagos Islands

January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

"I was in Fourth grade when I first learned about Charles Darwin, the theory of evolution, and the Blue-footed Booby. I spent the rest of my life wanting to go to the Galapagos Islands. I finally have done it. Happy Face!" "I spent my 62nd birthday at the Equator. My 63rd will be at the Arctic Circle. For me, travel is an essential part of being." Join us with Galapagos traveler Jill Edison at our Travel Talk on January 17…

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February 2018

Free
Feb
28

Travel Talk: Traveling China Though Wine

February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Wine made in China? Yes, and it is a bigger thing than you might think. Since 2013, Professor Pierre Ly and his wife Cynthia Howson have spent their summers traveling Chinese wine country to meet the farmers, entrepreneurs and winemakers who are rocking the wine world. Wine, and even wine tourism, have brought new opportunities for economic development in several provinces. Pierre Ly will share his experience traveling China through wine. Pierre Ly is Associate Professor of International Political Economy…

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March 2018

Free
Mar
21

Spotlight Series: The Refugee Crisis and the Re-Bordering of Europe

March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

The European Union was meant to dissolve borders and lead to regional integration but there seems to be a reversal underway in today’s Europe. Border controls, border barriers and even border walls are going up all over Europe. Where is this happening and why? This talk provides an overview of the different ways that Europe is “re-bordering” today after experimenting with transnational integration and open borders. It will discuss the different factors behind the rise of ethnic nationalism, anti-immigrant parties…

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April 2018

Free
Apr
18

Holy Catalonia! The Surge for Independence from Spain

April 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Political scientist Allison Jansen shares her front row view of the fall 2017 events in Barcelona/Catalonia: the October 1 referendum vote for independence, the massive mobilization of citizens on both sides, and the Spanish government’s response and takeover of the Catalonian government. She additionally will provide historical background plus updates and analysis of the situation following the December 21 election to reconstitute the government. This event is free and open to the public - no RSVP is necessary!

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May 2018

Free
May
16

Travel Talk: “It’s nice to be nice!” Cross-Cultural Communication, Work and Adventures in The Gambia

May 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Ever wondered what it’s like to work for a member of parliament in another country? How about the National Council for Arts and Culture? UW Tacoma students, Katie Juhnke and Olyvia Salter join their professor, Cynthia Howson, to share their winter adventures as interns in The Gambia in West Africa.

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January 2019

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Jan
16

Travel Talk: Mongolia: Remote, Isolated and Mysterious No More

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Dwight Gee describes his improbable journey to develop a self-sustaining arts council in Mongolia a dozen years after the collapse of the communist government that isolated the country for much of the 20th Century. New global influences threaten to overwhelm Mongolia's unique cultural life which predates the days of Chinggis Khan. Working with Mongolian colleagues introduced through the Seattle World Affairs Council's International Visitors' program, Gee helped establish one of the first free-standing nonprofit organizations in that part of the…

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February 2019

Feb
20

Travel Talk: Family Cultural Immersion in Croatia

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Living and going to school in a foreign country gives one a unique perspective on that country’s culture. This is why Tanja Stack, who grew up in Croatia, decided to move her entire family to Europe for nearly half a year. Find out about her family’s adventures in education, travel, and cultural appreciation. In addition, explore some lesser known destinations in Croatia that are popular with locals and well worth a trip. Tanja Stack is passionate about travel and language…

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October 2019

Oct
16

Dr. Bill Stixrud: The Self Driven Child – Annie Wright Schools 2019-20 Speaker Series

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

The Self-Driven Child:  How a Sense of Control Makes Kids Motivated and Stress-Resistant  Annie Wright Schools offer several opportunities throughout the year for the community to hear from experts in a range of fields. Topics include parenting, education, science, technology, travel and more. These events are free and open to the public.

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Oct
17

8th Annual Excellence in Affordable Housing Award Ceremony & Fundraiser

October 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

827 N. Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, 98403

Excellence in Affordable Housing features a relaxed environment recognizing housing champions. This is the best opportunity to meet Pierce County housing developers and advocates while supporting a movement that will get more affordable housing built in the community. A fun and commemorative event unlike any other in Pierce County, Excellence in Affordable Housing draws in the most respected and experienced affordable housing developers of Pierce County along with elected officials, champions of affordable housing, business owners, and community stewards. Hors…

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