Editor’s Notes


Our next program will be on Wednesday, May 7...it should be very interesting and we hope to see you there.


In 2014 your Savannah Council on World Affairs (SCWA) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  To commemorate that event we are kicking off our Thirty for 30 campaign asking our members and supporters to contribute $30 (or more!).  The money will be used to fund our student stipend program (described below) and other programs. SCWA has prided itself on bringing quality speakers to Savannah to address pressing world affairs issues, and recently to assist local students in their efforts to broaden their experience.  Your support makes these important programs possible! To donate, click here. Thanks.


Student Study Abroad Stipends

The Savannah Council on World Affairs (SCWA) provides stipends to as many as nine students each year in support of their plans to engage in a study abroad program.  We believe that such programs increase an individual's perspective on world affairs and gives them a better foundation for future involvement in the larger community.

Each candidate must have already been accepted to a study abroad program, must meet our academic criteria, and must have a verifiable need for financial assistance.  Academic coordinators at AASU, Savannah State University and Georgia Southern University screen prospective candidates and provide us with a selection from which to choose.

Your generous donation can help us raise the level of support we provide or perhaps increase the number of students we support.

To contribute online, please click here.

On behalf of the students, Thank You!

Audio Available - Follow the link below and select the Play button below the title


Ms. Terry Smith-Labat, From Tall Ships to the Digital Economy

Mr. Frank Calzon, Cuba and U.S. Relations Under the Obama Administration

Dr. Raul Madrid, The Origins of the Two Lefts in Latin America

Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson, U.S. Higher Education Goes Global

Ms. Susan R. Johnson, The Demands of Contemporary Diplomacy

Dr. Michael Kraft, "Global Environmental Challenges"

Dr. Sean Lynn-Jones, "Why the United States Should Spread Democracy"

Dr. Marc Lynch, "Understanding Muslim Societies"

Sir James R. Mancham, "The Geo-Political Situation in the Indian Ocean"

Ms. Farah Stockman, "American Exceptionalism: Tales of a Journalist's Adventures in Kenya, Afghanistan and Iran"

Dr. Javier Corrales, "How 'Participatory Cancer' is affecting Venezuela and Beyond."  Click here.

Dr. Michael Baun,  "The Euro Zone Debt Crisis and the EU."  Click here.

Thomas Garret and Leslie Campbell, "The Arab Spring One Year Later:  Prospects for Democracy." Click here.

Lt. Col. Zumwalt,  "Bare Feet, Iron Will."  Click here.

Werner Fornos, "The One Billion Food Crisis." Click here.

If you do listen to the audio please let us know (via the Contact Us option) if the experience was satisfactory.



Partners Nevertheless: Canadian-American Relations Past and Present | Print |  E-mail


Date: NOTE WEDNESDAY DATE:  May 7, 2014

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.


Dr. Kevin Spooner

Geography has brought together Canada and the United States on the North American continent.  For most of the last century, we have shared the longest undefended border in the world, yet there have been political and economic difficulties between the two countries from time to time.

This talk addresses past and present challenges and points to differences and similarities in the political cultures of Canada and the United States to help provide context for understanding the nature of Canadian-American relations today.


Dr, Kevin A. Spooner is Associate Professor, North American Studies and History and the Program Coordinator of the North American Studies Program at Wilfid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Professor Spooner joined the Canadian Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier in 2005 and has taught in North American Studies since 2007, when this new program was created. He teaches several undergraduate core courses in the program's Canadian Studies stream and supervises graduate students in the History Department's Tri-University Graduate Program. Prior to arriving at Laurier, he taught with the Canadian Studies Program and History Department at Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. His academic interests include Canadian foreign policy; peacekeeping; race, anti-racism, 'national' and 'regional' identity(ies) and community; and Canadian historiography.




Sponsor of this Month’s Program - The Keaton Group, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.


The Savannah Council on World Affairs is grateful for the support of leadership enterprises in our community such as The Keaton Group.


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This is the last program before our annual summer break.  Have a wonderful summer and we'll see you in the fall with another wonderful year of great lectures.







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