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 2020-2021 calendar.
We invite you to join WACRI, and become a part of our community of globally oriented citizens.
We have two cultural events in June
to culminate our program year.
Sunday, June 13 @1:00PM
Member's Salon/Cooking Webinar
Chef Anna Santini will join us from Venice.
Read Anna's bio: Presentazione Anna inglese.pdf
Click on the Recipes below, get your ingredients together and cook along for a Venetian Sunday meal.
Register for this webinar here
Become a member here
Thursday, June 17
"The Role Of Venice In Creating Major Modern Inventions"
Anthropologist and Author Dr. Meredith F. Small
Meredith F. Small will speak to us about her latest book, Inventing the World: Venice and the Transformation of Western Civilization. (Pegasus Books, 2000).
Meredith F. Small is a writer, Professor Emerita at Cornell University, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Small trained as a primate behaviorist and went on to write several books on the intersection of biology and culture, including the best seller Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent. Besides numerous publications in academic journals, Dr. Small is also a science journalist. Her work has appeared in Discover, Natural History, Scientific American, and New Scientist, among many other magazines and newspapers.
Register for this event here
Copies of her book can be purchased at the Barnes & Noble at 1350 Bald Hill, Warwick R.I.
Books purchased at the Warwick store will come with a signed postcard from Meredith.
(If you are a member of the Barnes & Noble Club you'll get free shipping.)
Read more of Meredith's work here