Vianney captures “World” championship for global knowledge

Vianney High School takes first place in the 2018 Academic WorldQuest Competition presented by Saint Louis University and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis. They will compete nationally in April in Washington, DC.

A team from Vianney High School emerged victorious at the 17th Annual High School Academic WorldQuest Competition, presented by Saint Louis University and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis, Nov. 29.

The Vianney team correctly answered questions on North Korea, space policy, the NATO alliance, global refugees and migration and current world events to beat out 32 other teams of high schoolers.

Their team included Andrew Chapman, Jack Schlote, Nick Schwarzen, P.J. Wuennenberg, Charlie Preiss and advisor Dennis Matreci.

Moderator Rachel Lippman of St. Louis Public Radio asked 70 questions, such as:

Earlier this month, Facebook came under fire when which political data firm gained access to the private information of 50 million users for the purpose of influencing their political behavior?
1. Global Strategy Group
2. Cambridge Analytica
3. Precision Strategies
4. FP1 Strategies

The Vianney team earned an all-expense paid trip to the National Academic WorldQuest competition to be held in April in Washington, DC.  The competition is hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America.

Taking second in the St. Louis competition was Duchesne High School ($500 prize). 

Duchesne High School takes second place in the 2018 Academic WorldQuest Competition presented by Saint Louis University and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third was Fort Zumwalt North ($250 prize) and the Rookie of the Year award went to St. Joseph’s Academy.

In all, more than 130 students participated.

Fort Zumwalt North takes third place in the 2018 Academic WorldQuest Competition presented by Saint Louis University and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

“It’s inspiring to see these bright, globally-minded young people gather and compete to see who knows the most,” said World Affairs Council of St. Louis President Pierce Powers, Jr.  “We are honored to partner with Saint Louis University and our World Affairs Councils of America organization to make this evening possible.”

St Joseph’s Academy takes Rookie of the Year honors in the 2018 Academic WorldQuest Competition presented by Saint Louis University and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

 

W. Stuart Symington, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, to Deliver Keynote Address at Washington University

W. Stuart Symington, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, will deliver a keynote address at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 1, 2018.

His address, titled, “A Transatlantic Partnership of Global Importance,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium on the Danforth Campus; a reception will follow. The event is free and open to Washington University and St. Louis community, but RSVPs are encouraged to ensure seat availability. Please use the link for registration. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keynote-address-by-us-ambassador-to-nigeria-w-stuart-symington-tickets-50248135526

Ambassador Symington is a St. Louis native and long-time career United States diplomat in Africa. He previously served as the United States Ambassador to Rwanda and Djibouti. He was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Africa and African Security affairs.

“We are delighted that Ambassador Symington will visit our campus and provide important insights into America’s relationship with Africa, especially as it relates to the future,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said.

“We are connected to Africa by profound ties of family and friendship, principle and interest,” Symington said. “Americans, including many at Washington University, are working to save lives from disease, hunger, and violence. Today, from one end of Africa to the other, we are doing something more. We are investing resources and expertise to create profitable employment in a concerted effort to make true hope rise as fast as expectations and to meet growing demand with concrete opportunity.

“This work matters,” Symington continued. “What happens in Africa will affect profoundly the prospect for global peace, freedom, and prosperity.”

The Africa Initiative organized Symington’s visit, which will include meeting with students and faculty involved in studying, teaching, and research pertaining to Africa. The Africa Initiative is charged with strengthening Washington University’s efforts in Africa, by harnessing and expanding faculty and student engagements on the continent.

Benjamin Ola Akande, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Director of the Africa Initiative noted that “Ambassador Symington’s visit validates our commitment to continue to have a meaningful impact on Africa and Africa to impact us.”

Learn more about Washington University’s Africa Initiative here.

Join us in Celebrating Gateway Globe Winners Nov. 1!

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis, in collaboration with the St. Louis Regional International Partnership, cordially invites you to recognize individuals and organizations within the St. Louis area as the first recipients of its new Gateway Globe Awards program. The awards, designed to honor those who are connecting the St. Louis region to the world, will be presented annually and cover categories such as global commitment, culture, policy, and business.
Join us on:
November 1, 2018
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

at
The Coronado Ballroom
3701 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis MO 63108

Join us for a private VIP-only reception with award finalists, and special recognition, immediately prior to the main event.
General admission tickets to attend the event may also be purchased, for $80. With any ticket, you get complimentary valet parking, access to an exhibit hall of local internationally themed organizations, food stations representing world cuisines, and open bar and dessert/coffee bar.
Catering by the renowned Butler’s Pantry.

To purchase tickets please click here.

Award recipients will be determined by a judging panel, with multiple awardees in each category of global commitment, culture, policy, and business. Finalists for the 2018 Gateway Globe awards will be announced in early October.

Nominations for the 2018 Gateway Globes are currently being accepted and can be made on the event page.

To see the agenda for the evening, and all other information click here

Thank you to our sponsors:

 

CHINA Town Hall to feature Dr. Condoleezza Rice video conference

Join us Oct. 9 for a national teleconference with Dr. Condoleezza Rice as well as an internationally recognized expert on China’s public health and demographic challenges.  The free event is hosted by the National Committee on U.S. China Relations, Webster University,  University of Missouri Department of International Studies and Programs, the Confucius Institute and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.  Reception immediately prior to the teleconference, followed by Q&A and a local lecturer. 

A NATIONAL VIDEOCONFERENCE  FEATURING DR. CONDOLEEZZA RICE
Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor

When
Tuesday, October 9, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm
Webcast begins at 5:00 pm with Q&A after

Where: Two Locations
Webster University, Downtown STL-Arcade Bldg.
812 Olive Street, First Floor,  St. Louis MO 63101-1504

University of Missouri -St. Louis 
Student Government Association Chamber
Millennium Student Center
Parking Permit required, call

LOCAL LECTURER (UMSL): JOEL GLASSMAN, Associate Provost
Dr. Glassman is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of the Office of International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a specialist in Chinese politics and U.S. relations with East Asia. He will deliver a short presentation about China’s changing role in the global system following Dr. Rice’s webcast.

LOCAL LECTURER (WEBSTER U): JOAN KAUFMAN, PROFESSOR
Joan Kaufman is the Director for Academics at Schwarzman Scholars, a newly launched elite international master’s program in global affairs at Tsinghua University in China inspired by the Rhodes Scholars program at Oxford University in the U.K.   An expert on both China and global health policy, she was the Director of Columbia University’s Global Center for East Asia (Beijing) from 2012-2016 and Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Register to attend this FREE event at Webster University in Downtown St. Louis here!

To register to attend at UMSL and get a parking pass, click here or call 314-516-7299.

WAC-STL Annual Meeting and Wine Tasting August 21

Wine and the World

Celebrating the start of the new program year, welcoming new officers and thanking our members, the World Affairs Council of St. Louis will hold its annual meeting and wine tasting at Parker’s Table from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 21.

Parker’s Table will be presenting wines from countries who may still be under the radar for producing excellent vintages.  We will also have a nice array of appetizers to enjoy while Parker’s Table staff describe the origin and characters of each wine.

The program will also include a brief overview of the World Affairs Council and opportunities to learn more.  To register for the event ($25 for members and $35 for nonmembers), please complete the form below.

To join as a member and take advantage of the savings, visit our membership page and select the appropriate category.
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Novus Corporate Breakfast: Facts on Food

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Over 30 community members attended the Corporate Breakfast hosted by WACSTL and Novus this morning. The breakfast of bagels and coffee was followed by an engaging presentation by the President and CEO of Novus, François Fraudeau.  Visitors were able to ask questions after the presentation, leading to more specific answers on topics like food dye, food packaging and health concerns related to food sources.

Novus focuses on the triple S Bottom Line, which stands for Solutions, Service, and Sustainability. Novus works on finding solutions to existing industry issues, providing excellent customer service, and working towards the ultimate goal of providing the world with affordable and wholesome food.

Attendees had the opportunity to tour the facility, everyone was impressed by the modern designs. The office space was a great example of innovation, with clear examples of work towards creating an efficient and welcoming environment for employees.

Cyberthreats primarily international, range from simple to sophisticated

Cybercriminals, just as computer users in general, have a wide range of sophistication and effort in their attacks, noted speakers at the World Affairs Council of St. Louis’s session, “Cyber Security and You” presented May 23.  Speakers Rob Rudloff of RubinBrown’s cybersecurity group, and Matt Flinner of the Better Business Bureau, offered perspective on the nature of the attackers as well as protective strategies.

“We’re finding attacks are mostly coming from four countries, Russia, Romania, Jamaica, and France,” Rudloff said. 

  • Both speakers agreed that threats are constant and their greatest chance of success is when people don’t take appropriate precautions.  Using weak or obvious passwords, opening emails and attachments without some skepticism, failing to check links for unusual URLs (or country codes such as ca for China), and not protecting key information can open people up to cybertheft.Suggestions include:
  • using a password manager, such as LastPass,
  • only using a credit card, not debit card, for transactions,
  • keeping a close eye on your credit score and bank statements
  • avoiding quizzes online
  • don’t follow links from emails but go to the website for the company itself
  • don’t post on social media that you will be out of town, or provide details that can help criminals guess your passwords
  • use different passwords for each online activity

 

Great Decisions: Global Health Progress and Challenges

The final event of this 8 part series sponsored by UM-St. Louis is on Wednesday, April 25th at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.  The topic is: Global Health: Progress and Challenges

The schedule for this event is:

12:00 Noon to 12:15 PM: Introduction of moderator and showing of portions of the FPA Video for the topic being discussed.
12:15 PM to 12:45 PM: Remarks by the moderator
12:45 PM to 1:15 PM: Q&A followed by a brief summation

Light refreshments, consisting of coffee and cookies, will be available to all participants in the meeting room at no charge.

Parking is free and convenient, located in the rear of the building on the north side. The parking lot is accessible from Clayton Road.

 

Great Decisions: Media and Foreign Policy

The fourth event for this 8 part series sponsored by the University of Missouri at St. Louis is on Thursday, March 29th at the Ethical Society.  The topic is: Media and Foreign Policy

The schedule for this event is:

12:00 Noon to 12:15 PM: Introduction of moderator and showing of portions of the FPA Video for the topic being discussed.
12:15 PM to 12:45 PM: Remarks by the moderator
12:45 PM to 1:15 PM: Q&A followed by a brief summation

Light refreshments, consisting of coffee and cookies, will be available to all participants in the meeting room at no charge.

Parking is free and convenient, located in the rear of the building on the north side. The parking lot is accessible from Clayton Road.

Great Decisions: China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation

The third event for this 8 part series sponsored by UM-St. Louis is on Thursday, March 22nd at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.  The topic is: China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation.

The schedule for this event is:

12:00 Noon to 12:15 PM: Introduction of moderator and showing of portions of the FPA Video for the topic being discussed.
12:15 PM to 12:45 PM: Remarks by the moderator
12:45 PM to 1:15 PM: Q&A followed by a brief summation

Light refreshments, consisting of coffee and cookies, will be available to all participants in the meeting room at no charge.

Parking is free and convenient, located in the rear of the building on the north side. The parking lot is accessible from Clayton Road.