Travel Talk

Each month in the fall and spring the World Affairs Council Tacoma presents Travel Talk, a series featuring provocative speakers, fascinating countries, and important issues from around the globe.

Both members and the public are invited to attend Travel Talk free of charge. All talks are hosted by Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma unless otherwise noted. Click here for directions to Annie Wright Schools.

Each presentation will begin at 7:00 PM and run until roughly 8:30 PM. Click show details on the events below to learn more about our upcoming events!


A crowd watches a powerpoint presentation during the April 2018 Travel Talk on Catalonia

We want to thank Seasons Travel for sponsoring the 2017-2018 Travel Talks.

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Upcoming Talks

    • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Great Hall, Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma WA 98403


    Dwight Gee [president, Arts Council of Mongolia-US] 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 world. For more than 15 years, he has continued his deep involvement.  The journey has taken him across the country's breathtaking landscape, through its astonishing history and into the lives of many remarkable people.


    Now retired, Dwight continues much of the work he did during his 30-year professional career in nonprofits. Topping his list of volunteer passions is his work with Mongolian culture which we'll hear more about this evening. He is board member of Cultural Access Washington which advocates for broadening access to cultural activities throughout Washington. He notes that the effort of the Cultural Access Washington project led to Tacoma Creates, the new Tacoma arts district funding, which passed by a two-thirds majority last November. Before retiring, he served as executive vice president of The World Justice Project which advances the rule of law around the world. Prior to that, he worked for more than two decades at ArtsFund, which serves King and Pierce counties. At ArtsFund, among other things, he developed a nonprofit board training program in which he continues to teach. Dwight is from a farm in Nebraska, which may help explain his passion for the steppes of Mongol.


    This Travel Talk will take place on January 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Annie Wright Schools

    All Travel Talks are free and open to the public - no RSVP is necessary!


Past events

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Travel Talk: Rock 'n' Roll and the Iron Curtain
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Travel Talk: Emerging Beyond French Colonialism into the 21st Century
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Travel Talk: Israel and Palestine: An American-Muslim Experience
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Travel Talk: Two Countries Impact World Culture
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Travel Talk: “It’s nice to be nice!” Cross-Cultural Communication, Work and Adventures in The Gambia
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Travel Talk: Holy Catalonia! The Surge for Independence from Spain
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Travel Talk: Traveling China Through Wine
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Travel Talk: Seeking The Booby: My Adventure in the Galapagos Islands
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Travel Talk: Mingalabar! On the Road to Mandalay
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Exploring Taiwan: A Nation in the Balance
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Travel Talk: A Misunderstood People: Some Thoughts on Fulbrighting in Russia and Meeting Everyday Russians
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Travel Talk: From There to Here: International Students Journey to the United States
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Travel Talk: The Adventures and Wisdom from a Gap Year Student
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Travel with Restriction: Iran
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Travel Talk: Travel With Purpose
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Travel Talk: Here, There and Back Again
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Travel Talk: Antarctica: Cleaning Up After Science
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Travel Talk: Morocco: The Muslim Kingdom by the Sea
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Travel Talk: Indian Ocean: Scientific Expedition
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Travel Talk: Slovakia: Little Tiger of Europe
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Travel Talk: Nepal Service and Study Tour
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Travel Talk: “Inside Cuba: An In-depth Island Journey"
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Travel Talk: “Finland: A Personal Reflection"
Thursday, January 21, 2016 Travel Talk: “The Lost World of Venezuela"
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Travel Talk: "Elves to Equality: A Journey Through Iceland"
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Travel Talk: Orphans Africa: Tacoma to Tanzania
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Travel Talk: Nicaragua: An Appreciative Inquiry Perspective
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Travel Talk: Diplomacy 101: Running In China
Thursday, May 21, 2015 Travel Talk: Traveling to Save the World
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Travel Talk: My Life as an Older Peace Corps Volunteer
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Travel Talk: Maternal Care in India
Thursday, January 22, 2015 Travel Talk: My Travels Through Museums Around the World
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Travel Talk: Around the Table: Supporting Women In Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Travel Talk: Working from Anywhere in the World
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Travel Talk: The Penguin Glow

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