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Choose your path!

Each day of the seminar, you have the opportunity to choose your path! Although we offer sessions all day long, you will NOT be on a computer from 9:00 A.M.. to 8:00 P.M. CDT. Mandatory meetings will take up 4-6 hours of your day. The rest of the time is still yours! Be sure to take note of which sessions are marked “mandatory/required” and which ones are “elective”. The elective sessions are where you can choose what you will get out of the seminar!

To help you set your agenda, we will provide a few suggestions for designing your path forward each day. We hope that you will find this helpful.

Definitions

  • Mandatory/Required: Sessions marked as “mandatory” or “required” are essential parts of your experience and you must attend these sessions, if you are able. We will be recording our keynote speakers, breakout speakers and other sessions, so if you miss a mandatory or required session, be sure to check back afterwards for the video recording! If you anticipate a scheduling conflict with a mandatory or required session, please inform your assigned counselor/facilitator before the start of the session.
  • Elective: Sessions marked as “elective” are also essential, but you have a choice to make. You are still expected to attend these sessions, but you get to choose which part of the session you participate in.

Day 1

Monday, June 22, 2020

Click here for full daily agenda details and links to Zoom sessions (login required).

10:00 am CDT
  • 90 minutes
  • Required Session

Introductory Workshop

Dr. Kelly Ottman will provide an interactive session, allowing delegates to begin to learn each other’s stories and backgrounds, while also engaging with issues of food and hunger in a new way.

 

11:30 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Required Session 

Small Group Check-In

All delegates will check-in with their assigned small group for attendance and a brief icebreaker activity. This small group will be your home-base during your time with World Affairs Seminar.

In this session, we will:

  • Take roll call,
  • Introduce ourselves,
  • Do an icebreaker,
  • Preview the week ahead.

Click here for full Day 1 agenda details and links to Zoom sessions (login required). 

Small Group Listing

Be sure to determine which small group you’re in, first.

12:30 pm CDT
  • 30 minutes

30-minute break

Grab a bite to eat, we’ll resume at 1:00 PM CDT.

 

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1:00 pm CDT
  • 90 minutes
  • Required Session 

Welcome & Keynote #1: Neal Patel

Neal Patel, Principal Product Manager at Amazon’s Headquarters, will provide our opening keynote session.

 

2:30 pm CDT
  • 30 minutes

30-minute break

Have you gone outside yet today? Take a moment to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, if you are able. Maybe review the diplomacy exercise information, too!

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3:00 Pm CDT
  • 120 minutes
  • Required Session 

Diplomacy Exercise

Check back soon for details!

 

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What is diplomacy?

Be sure to learn more before this session starts!

5:00 pm CDT

Let’s take a break!

Don’t go too far, because you have one more session to attend today. Take some time for yourself and we’ll see you soon for one of the social sessions later today.

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6:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session (attend either #1 or #2)

Social Session #1

Description coming soon!

Nice to meet you!

Get to know your fellow delegates.

7:30 PM CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session (attend either #1 or #2)

Social Session #2

Description coming soon!

 

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We're glad you're here!

Get to know your fellow delegates.

Day 2

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Click here for full daily agenda details and links to Zoom sessions (login required).

8:00 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #1

Hunger in the United States

Discussion Question(s):

  1. How would you describe hunger in the United States at the present moment?
  2. Why do so many Americans currently suffer from hunger?

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

 

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

9:30 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #2

Preparing to address hunger

Discussion Question(s):

  1. What values, beliefs, and skill sets can be drawn upon to begin to address the problem of hunger?

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

 

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

11:00 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Required Session

Small Group Meeting

All delegates will check-in with their assigned small group for attendance and discussion. This small group is your home-base during your time with World Affairs Seminar.

In this session, we will:

  • Take roll call,
  • Introduce ourselves again,
  • Debrief the diplomacy exercise,
  • Discuss what’s ahead!

 

Small Group Listing

Be sure to determine which small group you’re in, first.

12:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes

60-minute break

Grab a bite to eat, we’ll resume at 1:00 PM CDT.

 

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12:00 pm CDT
  • 45 minutes
  • Sponsor Track 

Sponsors Discussion Group

We invite our Rotarians, sponsors and other guests to join us for a round-table discussion about the seminar.

Hosted by Linda Farkas, a Rotarian with the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club, this session will provide guests an opportunity to network, engage with the seminar theme, and learn more about the WAS program. We hope you join us!

Click Here to join this session.
Meeting ID: 811 0067 6128
Password: 256607

Join by Telephone
United States: +1 312 626 6799
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Sponsor Track

Rotarians, sponsors and other guests

1:00 pm CDT
  • 90 minutes
  • Required Session 

Keynote #2: Sherri Tussler

Sherri Tussler, Executive Director of the Hunger Task Force, will provide Tuesday’s keynote session.

 

2:30 Pm CDT
  • 90 minutes
  • Required Session

Breakout Speakers

Delegates can choose which breakout speaker they attend. Check back soon for details!

Héctor Colón

Lutheran Social Services
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

Rayna Andrews

Feeding America
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

Meg Kilkenny

University of Wisconsin-Extension
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

Caitlin Cullen

The Tandem
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

4:00 pm CDT
  • 30 minutes

30-minute break

Have you gone outside yet today? Take a moment to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, if you are able. Maybe review the diplomacy exercise information, too!

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4:30 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #3

How do we address hunger most efficiently?

Discussion Question(s):

  1. What are specific tactics to address the problem of hunger?
  2. Does the answer lie on the supply side (new approaches to farming, as seen in the rise of urban agriculture), or on the distribution side (food banks and such programs as World Central Kitchen)?
  3. Is it a combination of both?

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

 

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

6:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #4

Hunger and the pandemic

Discussion Question(s):

  1. What has been the impact of Covid-19 on food production in the United States?

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

 

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

7:30 PM CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Drop-In Recreational Activities

See Day 2 Agenda for details! (login required)

 

Let's have fun!

Optional activities for you to enjoy.

Day 3

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Click here for full daily agenda details and links to Zoom sessions (login required).

8:00 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #1

Hunger Around the World

Discussion Question(s):

  1. How wold you describe hunger around the world at the present moment?
  2. How would you compare this to hunger in the United States?

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

 

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

9:30 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #2

Nutrition and Public Health

Discussion Question(s):

  1. When looking specifically at the developing world, what are the specific nutrition and public health issues that hunger brings about? 

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

 

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

11:00 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Required Session

Small Group Meeting

All delegates will check-in with their assigned small group for attendance and discussion. This small group is your home-base during your time with World Affairs Seminar.

In this session, we will:

  • Take roll call,
  • Discuss what we’ve learned so far,
  • Preview what’s ahead!

 

Small Group Listing

Be sure to determine which small group you’re in, first.

12:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes

60-minute break

Grab a bite to eat, we’ll resume at 1:00 PM CDT.

 

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12:00 pm CDT
  • 45 minutes
  • Sponsor Track 

Sponsors Discussion Group

We invite our Rotarians, sponsors and other guests to join us for a round-table discussion about the seminar.

Hosted by Barbara Engebretsen, board member for the World Affairs Seminar and a Rotarian with the Wayne Rotary Club, this session will provide guests an opportunity to network, engage with the seminar theme, and learn more about the WAS program. We hope you join us!

Click Here to join this session.
Meeting ID: 811 0067 6128
Password: 256607

Join by Telephone
United States: +1 312 626 6799
Click to Find your local number

Sponsor Track

Rotarians, sponsors and other guests

1:00 pm CDT
  • 90 minutes
  • Required Session 

Keynote #3: Eilish Zembilci

Eilish Zembilci, Program Coordinator at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’s Global Food Security Program, will provide Wednesday’s keynote session.

 

2:30 Pm CDT*
  • 90 minutes
  • Required Session

Breakout Speakers

Delegates can choose which breakout speaker they attend. Check back soon for details! 

Paul Charter

Agribusiness Leader
(Gloucestershire, England)

Sara Davis

Synergy Farms
(Nashville, Tenn.)

*Session starts at 3:00 PM CDT

Rebekah Walker

Medical College of Wisconsin
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

Tatiana Maida

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

4:00 pm CDT
  • 30 minutes

30-minute break

Have you gone outside yet today? Take a moment to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, if you are able. Maybe review the diplomacy exercise information, too!

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4:30 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #3

Overlapping Issues: Migration & Hunger

Discussion Question(s):

  1. How do issues of immigration and migration impact hunger?

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

 

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

6:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #4

Tackling Hunger 

Discussion Question(s):

  1. What are specific tactics being employed by actors around the world to address hunger?
  2. How do they compare to strategies employed in the United States to deal with this issue?

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

7:30 PM CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Drop-In Recreational Activities

See Day 3 Agenda for details! (login required)

 

Let's have fun!

Optional activities for you to enjoy.

Day 4

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Click here for full daily agenda details and links to Zoom sessions (login required).

8:00 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #1

Hunger and the Arts

Discussion Question(s):

  1. How can fields like the arts address hunger?

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

 

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

9:30 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective Session

Daily Discussion Group #2

Rethinking Hunger

Discussion Question(s):

  1. How might we want to collectively rethink our approach to dealing with hunger, both in the United States and around the world?

All delegates must participate in at least one discussion group per day.

 

Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

11:00 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Required Session

Small Group Meeting

All delegates will check-in with their assigned small group for attendance and discussion. This small group is your home-base during your time with World Affairs Seminar.

In this session, we will:

  • Take roll call,
  • Recap the seminar,
  • Celebrate our accomplishments!

 

Small Group Listing

Be sure to determine which small group you’re in, first.

12:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes

60-minute break

Grab a bite to eat, we’ll resume at 1:00 PM CDT.

 

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12:00 pm CDT
  • 45 minutes
  • Sponsor Track 

Open Rotary Meeting

We invite our Rotarians, sponsors and other guests to join us for an open Rotary meeting.

Click Here to join this session.
Meeting ID: 864 1031 4426
Password: 336858

Join by Telephone
United States: +1 312 626 6799
Click to Find your local number

Sponsor Track

Open Rotary Meeting 

1:00 pm CDT
  • 90 minutes
  • Required Session 

Keynote #4: Jon Rubin

Jon Rubin, Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, will provide Thursday’s keynote session.

 

2:30 Pm CDT
  • 90 minutes
  • Required Session

Breakout Speakers

Delegates can choose which breakout speaker they attend. Check back soon for details! 

Sr. MacCanon Brown

MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

Dave Boucher

Amaranth Bakery & Cafe
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

Chris Corkery

Planet to Plate, Inc.
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

Tom & Joan Oberhaus

Cozy Nook Farm
(Waukesha, Wis.)

4:00 pm CDT
  • 30 minutes

30-minute break

Have you gone outside yet today? Take a moment to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, if you are able. Maybe review the diplomacy exercise information, too!

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4:30 pm CDT
  • 90 minutes
  • Required Session

Closing Ceremony & Wrap-Up

Stay tuned for more information!

 

Thanks for joining us!

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Refund Policy:

To receive credit after payment has been made, students, sponsors must notify the World Affairs Seminar in writing that their delegate is unable to attend, or if the sponsor is unable to fill a paid for space at the Seminar. (e-mail is considered "in writing" for these purposes as long as the e-mail is acknowledged as having been received.) Full credit applies if notification is received by April 1; 50% credit if application is cancelled between April 1 but prior to May 21; no credit is available if application is cancelled after May 21, unless extraordinary circumstances such as illness, death exist. All cancellation credits are subject to $75.00 processing fee and must be used within one calendar year. Note: in agreeing to attend WAS, parents and students promise to reimburse their sponsor for the full amount of any loss due to cancellation. WAS offices: (414) 453-4984, or contact@worldaffairsseminar.org.

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