Where the World Comes to Windham County


On Friday, December 16, 2016
A holiday celebration “con sabor” winds up our
‘Understanding  Cuba Through Film’ series
The celebration starts at 6:30 pm
118 Elliot Street, Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

Dinner at 6:30. The evening starts with a delicious, vegetarian-friendly, dinner by donation (black beans, rice, plantain, cilantro picante, salad, dessert, ‘mojito punch’ and pernil) during which life-size evocative ethnographic films of Yoruba and Santeria ceremonies will be projected in a free form exhibition. The films will illuminate the unique and fascinating world of Afro-Cuban folklore and traditions. WWAC is grateful for support for the series from the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and our downtown Brattleboro neighbors, 118 Elliot, Express Fluency language School and Restless Rooster Cafe.

Live Performance at 7:30: A live and lively performance led by Miguel Periche, from Holguín, Cuba and Iroko Nuevo, a 13-member ensemble performing and teaching folkloric dance and music infused with chants and flavor.  In Santería, the iroko tree is a gathering place for the Orishas – the saints and ancestors of African religion. The dancers, musicians and singers of Iroko Nuevo will gather in this spirit around Cuban food and holiday desserts for a truly festive, free to the community, Windham World Affairs Council holiday happening.

RSVPs are strongly encouraged to enable us to provide enough for all. Please send your RSVP to:

Lissa Weinmann, the WWAC Board member who initiated this series and is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. recently published a piece on Cuba in the World Policy Journal reflecting on the future of Cuba.  Read Lissa’s Article


On January 3-10, do not miss these informative events:
3-Part Lecture Series Entitled “Islam and Muslims”

Javed Chaudhri, a Board member of the Windham World Affairs Council, will offer
3 Brown Bag Lunch events from Noon to 1:00 PM in Brattleboro’s  River Garden
Co-sponsored by Windham World Affairs Council

The topics will be as follows:
Tuesday January 3: The Last Prophet
Javed will explain the faith of Islam, its theology and tenets, its relationship to Judaism and Christianity, and its attitudes towards Muhammad, the prophets of Israel, and Jesus.  He will explain what it means to be a Muslim, how Muslims relate to Jews, Christians and other faiths, and how they debate on issues within the faith.
Monday January 9: The Rise of A New World Order
This lecture will explain how a spiritual and social movement morphed into a culture and civilization as it spread across the globe, its evolution both in politics and society, and how Muslims adapted to the fortunes of history and politics during the 1400 years of Islam’s existence.
Tuesday, January 10: The Fall and The Renaissance
The final lecture will deal with the rise and fall and the resurgence of Muslim societies in the modern age, how Muslims responded to Western colonialism, imperialism and the Cold War, and the ongoing struggle to reframe the rationales for sustaining traditional values in the Post-Cold War world and Post- Industrial 21st Century.

Javed Chaudhri is a Muslim, of Pakistani origin, and an American citizen and permanent resident of Brattleboro. A graduate of Marlboro College and The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he studied at The New School and Ashridge Management College, UK. He was schooled at the Lawrence College in Pakistan with many of  the country’s political and military leaders. He teaches at Keene State College.








  1. Can we show this film in Brooklyn?

  2. Kimberlee Johnson

    I’m so excited for the Occitania talk! My interest in France has only grown since discovering this culture existed. I’m looking forward to learning more about it. I’ve heard Rai speak (and sing) before, and she’s well worth the two-hour commute for me. I can’t wait for this presentation.

    • We are very glad to hear from you and learn of your interest in Rai’s talk. We are sure that it will be a great presentation and look forward to seeing you there!

      Rosalyn Shaoul for WWAC

  3. It seems the photographs alone will be worth seeing at this important talk.

  4. Looking forward to learning more.

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