Ralph Bunche: The Absolutely Indispensable Man by Kal Raustalia

About the Event:   Join us for a Zoom lecture/conversation on February 23 @ 7 pm with author Kal Raustalia whose book, The Absolutely Indispensable Man, explores the life of Ralph Bunche, the first black Nobel Laureate and a man who reshaped postwar diplomacy. To many in midcentury America Bunche personified both the promise and perils of the United Nations during the Cold War. Civil rights and colonialism are rarely twinned in our understanding of 20th century politics, but for Bunche they were of a piece–manifestations of white supremacy that required dismantling to achieve a just world. Decolonization was a throughline… Continue reading

Ambassador Peter Galbraith to Discuss Ukraine at Annual Galbraith Lecture

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The Windham World Affairs Council will present its annual Galbraith Lecture on November 3, 2022 at Brooks Memorial Library at 7:00 pm with Ambassador Peter Galbraith. Recently returned from Ukraine and Moldova, Galbraith will provide an update on the military and political situation in Ukraine and assess the future prospects in his talk entitled “The Ukraine War: What now? What next? and How does it End? The event will be held in person and online. Registration is required at Eventbrite at: https://bit.ly/3eKLCMq (a QR code is included below). Masks are required. The event is free but a donation of $10… Continue reading

David Barton Bray : ‘Mexico’s Community Forest Enterprises: Success on the Commons and the Seeds of a Good Anthropocene’


The Windham World Affairs Council (WWAC) presents a presentation by David Barton Bray entitled: ‘Mexico’s Community Forest Enterprises: Success on the Commons and the Seeds of a Good Anthropocene’ on Friday, 7 Oct, 2022 — 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Centre Congregational United Church of Christ at 193 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. The presentation will focus on the content from his newest work in Mexico and his latest book,“Mexico’s Community Forest Enterprises: Success on the Commons and the Seeds of a Good Anthropocene”, published in 2020. It will respond to the question: How do we protect our global… Continue reading

Windham World Affairs Council Turns 60

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The Windham World Affairs Council has been exploring international issues locally for over 60 years. Here’s an article in the Brattleboro Reformer about the organization: A mission ‘to bring out the truth’: Windham World Affairs Council turns 60. Mark your calendar! Ambassador Peter Galbraith will also deliver his annual ‘Galbraith Lecture’ on Wednesday, November 3rd, 7pm at Brooks Memorial Library.  More details to follow. Continue reading

Vermont Reads 2022 Kickoff Discussion

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Join three editors of “The Most Costly Journey” for a discussion about migration, farming, cartooning, and more. Panelists include Julia Doucet from the Open Door Clinic, Andy Kolovos from the Vermont Folklife Center, and cartoonist Marek Bennett. All were deeply involved in the development of the anthology of migrant farm worker comics that became our Vermont Reads 2022 choice. This in-person presentation will live streamed and recorded so those who can’t attend may view the discussion. An exhibit at 118 Elliot will share images and stories from migrant workers’ journeys here and of their lives on Vermont farms, brought together… Continue reading

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams Outdoors at Brattleboro Union High School, May 17 – 10:30 AM

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams addressed Brattleboro Union High School students and interested public outdoors to kick-off a new WWAC-led partnership on youth programming with PeaceJam and Billion Acts of Peace at BUHS. Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work on a global treaty to eliminate landmines worldwide. She grew up in Brattleboro and attended the Green Street School where she says standing up to a bully helped shape the rest of her life. She graduated from the University of Vermont, the School for International Training and Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.… Continue reading