Welcome to The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the world and its people, cultures, and events.

For 80 years, WACRI has brought the world to Rhode Island. Our monthly speaker series and International Visitors Program have offered our members a broad perspective on our world and its people. Our mission is to give our members meaningful insights and discussion about issues that transcend our borders as well as those that affect us locally. We foster a community of globally minded people, exchanging ideas in a civil and vibrant way.

During COVID-19 we will be strictly following Rhode Island restrictions and guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing for all in-person events and will offer many Zoom-only and some hybrid in-person and Zoom gatherings. We look forward to keeping you apprised of our 2022-2023 calendar.

We invite you to join WACRI, and become a part of our community of globally oriented citizens.





We are having an in-person speaker event.

(Our first in two years.)


Please join us.

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

6:00- 8:30pm at the Hope Club

Six Benevolent Street, Providence

Our Topic for the evening:

Roe Overturned: A Model for the World?


Joining our panel discussion:


Dr.Sarah A. Williams

Sarah A. Williams holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto and is currently the Louise Lamphere Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Brown University. Her research focuses on reproductive health and rights in Mexico and Canada, with a particular emphasis on reproductive justice approaches to maternal healthcare and Indigenous reproductive rights. Her work has been featured in Social Science & Medicine, Women & Health, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and she is also a doula and advocate for evidence-based birth practices.

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Hannah Mayne


Hannah Mayne (M.A.) is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Toronto and the proud granddaughter of Gertrude Katz, who fought with Henry Morgentaler to repeal the anti-abortion law in Canada. In the 1970s and 80s Gertie helped establish and maintain clinics across Canada where medical abortions were safely available, even before they were legal. Hannah's research explores the intersections of gender, Jewish orthodoxy, and women’s prayer. 

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Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban will moderate


This is a sit-down dinner event

$55.00 per person members and their guests

$60.00 non-members

Zoom audience only is $10.00

Register here



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