The 2020 World Affairs Seminar theme is Hunger in a World of Plenty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s seminar will be offered virtually. We expect those who attend include delegates from over thirty nations.  Each delegate will have her or his own story and perspective. By the end of the seminar, each delegate will know the stories of others and will have gained skills to help them shape the world they will inherit.

The 2020 virtual World Affairs Seminar will include:

  • An international diplomacy exercise based on food chain issues;
  • Virtual field trips to a variety of food production facilities;
  • Engaging dialogue around the topics of:
    • Food chains and food insecurity,
    • Hunger at home and abroad,
    • Rethinking world food production and distribution systems
  • Keynote presentations from:
    • Dr. Kelly Ottman, Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, WI)
    • Neal Patel , Amazon (Seattle, WA)
    • Eilish Zembilci, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC)
    • Representatives from Rotary International
    • …and more!

We thank you for your understanding and support.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Thomas Plantenberg, Executive Director
World Affairs Seminar
10600 W. Mitchell Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214
Mobile: 414-379-8020
Fax: 414-431-0588

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June 22-25

EXTENDED Registration now available online until June 17, 2020.

New this year, participants can now easily register online!

  • Visit to complete digital registration or print registration forms for later.
  • Registration Fee is $260.00 USD per participant.
    • Scholarships available!
  • U.S. and international high school students between 15-18 years of age.
  • Registration includes complimentary “audit” of the seminar for parents and/or sponsoring organizations.
  • Participants must have access to a personal computer, phone or tablet for significant portions of the day with broadband internet access enabling receipt of video presentations as well as interactive video conference calls.
  • Deadline to register is June 17, 2020. Don’t delay!
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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

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