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 2021-2022 calendar.

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


COVID-19 Update

In light of the recent surge in new cases and the developments of our understanding of the variants, we have decided to continue with the Zoom platform for our Speaker Events at this time.

We are all anxious to get back to in-person events and we will consider that option on a month by month basis.

For now, we want you all to be safe.

So please, bear with us and join us on Zoom.


Our First Speaker Event for the New Program Year

Thursday, September 30, 2021

7:00-8:30PM

Afghanistan: Behind the Headlines–Cultural and Historical Insights from an Anthropologist 

 A Zoom Presentation with:

Dr. Thomas Barfield

of Boston University


We've all seen dramatic news reporting on the final days of the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. 

What does the decision look like to Afghans?  What sort of government is the Taliban likely to create?  What features of Afghan cultural history produced this moment? 

These are the sorts of questions that anthropologist Thomas Barfield will address for us.  With nearly 50 years of professional engagement with Afghanistan -- from spending months riding with nomads, to directing an Afghan Studies institute in Kabul -- WACRI can't think of anyone better positioned to explain the complicated realities behind the simple headlines than Prof. Barfield.


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