“The World Affairs Council is the preeminent organization in the Inland Empire addressing important and timely international issues.
The speakers at the meetings are, literally, world class. Members have the opportunity to interact with the illustrious speakers that have
included Ambassadors and other prominent thinkers and leaders in the international arena. Membership in the Council is invaluable
for understanding the world in which we live.”
Michael Marlatt Partner, Thompson & Colegate LLP
"I am proud new member of the World Affairs Council Inland Southern California above all because the Council provides me with an
opportunity to meet with the resounding talent of a wide variety of national officials, from US diplomats, to Harvard professors, to US
Navy captains, all manner of which congregate to WAC events to present our communities with an insider’s look into the inner workings
of national and international affairs."
Joseph Klein, Online Educator and Tutor
"What excites me most about WAC meetings are the presentations by Ambassadors. Their insights from life and service abroad, their
humor, their gracious patience with audience questions makes me very proud of this distinguished group of Americans."
Lynn R. Miller, Riverside, California
"With a master's degree in international relations I find myself in the no man's land between the laymen and the scholar. As a local
businessman my opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding serious global issues are nearly non existent. The Inland
Empire World Affairs Council is my haven. An informed and curious audience, top notch speakers and profound insights are
guaranteed by attending the events. "
Bob Spence, President Inter Asia Pacific
"In a world with many critical issues and events, media headlines tend to influence our opinions before we look at the facts. As a
member of the World Affairs Council [Inland Southern California], I have the opportunity to attend meeting that present in-depth
insights into global issues. The speakers and programs are the foundation for me in understanding the world we live in. I can be an
informed and ‘enlightened’ citizen in a time of instant headline news. Our democracy requires that citizens have factual information
and then participate in a meaningful way."
John Ewens, educator, retired
"In this World of Political Global Uncertainty, the "World Affairs Council Inland Southern California" programs provide a valuable
educational forum for people in our region to educate, inform, and discuss topics relevant to today's important global issues."
Victor Morel, Tax Resolution Specialist
"As an international educator, I absolutely enjoy the question and answer sessions between engaging speakers and our local
students. It is rewarding to hear the earnest probing of topics and events from our younger citizen diplomats."
Diane E. Elton, Director (Retired), International Education Center, UC Riverside"People who care about what is happening in the world can’t get along without the World Affairs Council! It consistently brings us the
"What I like about the Council is that it is open to new ways of interpreting “international” and “global”. For instance, the Council has
Larry Geraty President Emeritus, Executive Director La Sierra University Foundation
Anil Deolalikar Founding Dean, UCR School of Public Policy
The WAC programs are top-notch with relevant, engaging, and top of their field speakers. By attending these events, I get a front row
seat to what is going on behind the scenes in current affairs. My students are also thoroughly engaged by the speakers and we always
have interesting conversations during our debriefing in the classroom.
Shawna Dochnahl, teacher Patriot HS
"It is refreshing to get 'real news' from a primary source. With all of the phrases thrown around alleging 'fake news' the World
Affairs speakers have real credentials."
"Council meetings are a special treat for me. The speakers are always stimulating and thought provoking. Visiting with other
members before and after the programs is sheer pleasure."
Jo Turner, AAUW leader
“…the programs are truly inspirational. I have a new outlook on global issues, as well as knowledge and awareness of the world around me. I want to do something in this big arena…”
Pauline Truong UCR student
"The World Affairs Council is very successful in presenting to its members public figures pertinent to the present. But it is also a
wonderful legacy to Riverside’s past, as the first peace conference held at the Mission Inn was in 1911 and hosted by Mission Inn owner
Frank A. Miller. The Council often meets in the Music Room, where that conference was held. As a Mission Inn Foundation docent, I have
had the pleasure of touring many of the World Affairs Council’s speakers on a one-on-one basis. I feel very privileged to have had these
rare and meaningful interactions."
Jerry Gordon, Mission Inn Foundation Docent