PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 02, 2021.
To our colleagues and supporters,
The Board of Directors of the World Affairs Seminar, in a unanimous vote, has determined that the 2021 World Affairs Seminar “Cities: Urban Life in a Changing World” will be 100% virtual. The decision was based on concerns for the health and well-being of delegates, staff, and faculty, according to Tom Plantenberg, Executive Director.
“We had hoped to offer both on-site and virtual options, but after exploring many factors, including the pace of vaccination rollouts, international travel restrictions and feedback from our sponsors, we were brought to the conclusion that this is the most responsible direction.
Academic Dean Dr. Michael Carriere explained that the virtual environment will make it easier to recruit international speakers because they will not have time and travel constrictions. Also, a broader base of international student delegates can also be expected from countries not previously accessible.
Plantenberg says he expects the 2022 Seminar to return to on site capability. It will continue to offer a virtual option as well. “By necessity, we’ve gotten very good at offering the World Affairs Seminar in a virtual format,” he said.
More information will be provided as soon as it is available. Please visit our website for continued updates. Thank you for your continued support of our program.
We thank you in advance for your understanding and support.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Tamie Koop, Chair
World Affairs Seminar Board
Thomas Plantenberg, Executive Director
World Affairs Seminar