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What is the Alaska World Affairs Council?

The Alaska World Affairs Council is a focused educational organization dedicated to stimulating interest in world affairs and inspiring its members to be involved in world events. The council was founded in 1958 by the late Evangeline Atwood with the conviction that better community education in world affairs is necessary for sound democratic citizenship.

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Alaska World Affairs Council

The Alaska World Affairs Council is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, non-partisan organization which is membership-based and is one of approximately 90 members of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, DC.
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilSunday, May 29th, 2016 at 10:00am
Sponsor Highlight: ConocoPhillips Alaska

ConocoPhillips has been our major sponsor for the Academic Student WorldQuest Competition since 2010. Their commitment to engaging students with world affairs is much appreciated. This year ConocoPhillips also donated the use of their beautiful atrium for our Globalization in Your Wine Glass fundraiser event. Thank you to ConocoPhillips for your support of AKWorld and the community. #akworldYIR

(Photos of the winning WorldQuest teams since 2012. ConocoPhillips Alaska's Mary Gibbs attended the competition in 2015 and presented the teams with their awards at the end.)
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilSaturday, May 28th, 2016 at 10:00am
One of the staff, Board, and members’ favorite events each year is the Academic Student WorldQuest Competition. Bringing together over 120 high school students from the Anchorage and Mat-Su area, the competition is an opportunity for the students to show off their very impressive knowledge of global affairs by answering questions on a variety of challenging topics including NATO, food security, the arctic, and current events.

Of the 32 teams from 10 schools that competed, team #2 from West High School took 1st place and continued on to compete in the national WorldQuest competition in Washington, DC this April. Teams from MatSu Career & Technical High School and Service High School took 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. #akworldYIR

(Photos by Lexi Trainer Photography.)
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilFriday, May 27th, 2016 at 10:00am
Continuing our efforts to feature more #Arctic programming and partner with community groups, we co-hosted a program on the US Government’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee with an update from the Executive Director, Ambassador Mark Brzezinski. In partnership with Anchorage Rotary, the discussion provided an overview of the Committee’s work in its first year and some upcoming projects to be aware of. #akworldYIR
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilWednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 10:00am
To engage more students in the community with world affairs, we often arrange in-school visits with our world-class speakers. Refugee panelist, Jessica Kovarik from Catholic Social Services, spoke to students at West High School in January thanks to a connection forged by AKWorld. Teacher John Ruhlin says, “It went really well, and I'm working with a group of students who will begin focusing on local issues related to refugee youth.” #akworldYIR
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Alaska World Affairs CouncilTuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 10:00am
As a non-partisan, non-political organization, AKWorld does not take a stance on current-day issues. We seek to educate and inform Alaskans on what is happening in the world, often bringing the message home to the Alaska impact.

Our December, “New Beginnings: Perspectives on Refugees in Alaska” panel is an example of this. Jessica Kovarik, Program Director/State Refugee Coordinator of Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services, and Margaret Stock, Attorney at Cascadia Cross-Border Law Group, joined our master moderator and AKWorld Board Chair, Dr. Paul Dunscomb for a discussion on the #refugeecrisis. This program is available as a podcast on Alaska Public Media. #akworldYIR
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