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The Council hosts expert-led lectures, panel discussions, luncheons, film screenings, networking events and more.

Education

The Council connects students to the global leaders & offers educators personal & professional development opportunities.

Travel

The Council specializes in small group travel exploring locations & providing a unique travel experience.
Calendar of events

Race & Democracy in the US and Beyond with Dr. Peniel Joseph

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Peniel Joseph

Peniel Joseph holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

Wed 08
Haass CFR

Richard Haass promises a practical guide to help everyday people understand global forces in which their lives are increasingly enmeshed, even if they do not always know it or like it.

Wed 15

Global Scholars Academy Session I (Ages 15-18)

Monday, July 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Mon 20

Global Scholars Academy Session II (Ages 12-14)

Monday, July 27, 2020 @ 9:00 am - Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Mon 27

22nd Annual Jesse H. Jones Award Luncheon

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Aug 13

Featured Programs

Become a Member

Membership in the World Affairs Council offers you admission to all general programs at a reduced rate, or, in many cases, for free. At these programs, you will have access to a vast pool of thought-leaders and policy-makers as well as to fellow citizens who share your interest in world affairs.

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Student World Affairs Councils

Shaping the students of Greater Houston today into the global leaders of tomorrow.

Local to Global:
Early Career Professionals

The Council’s Local To Global discussions engage early career professionals, aged 21 to 40, in peer-driven learning and dialogue on leading international affairs issues.

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Global Adventures Travel

We focus on organizing unforgettable journeys to one-of-a-kind destinations for small groups of 10 to 20 travelers. Travelers are guided from the beginning to the end of the experience to ensure safety, knowledge, cultural exchange and entertainment, giving them an opportunity to connect with their surroundings and with one another.

Our Mission

In service to Greater Houston as a Global City, the mission of our Council is to promote understanding of the world – its people, politics, economies and cultures – to enable the Houston community to participate more effectively in the global world.

World Affairs and International Education

At the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, we offer unprecedented opportunities to get involved with world affairs and international education through a Houston nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to unbiased learning opportunities and the exchange of both global culture and local perspectives.

As a nonpartisan organization, we promote international dialogue and education through cultural sessions, speaking engagements, travel opportunities and much more. All World Affairs Council programming is open to the public, as we are dedicated to free and fair discussion on pressing topics that influence the world today and the world to come.

 

Exploring the World

As a Houston nonprofit travel organization, we offer global citizens options and opportunities you simply cannot find  anywhere else. For instance, the Council organizes insider tours, embassy visits and other such engagements in the countries we visit, offering travelers an inside view to learn about the world, taking this far beyond a simple tourism opportunity. This is a way to travel that can broaden your global perspective and impact and change your life forever.

Engaging in Houston 

Of course, you do not have to travel to engage with foreign affairs in Houston. We organize  premiere events that bring timely speakers and experts to you. Speakers include senators, national security advisors, presidential candidates, high-level executives, foreign world leaders and the like. Engage with world leaders and acclaimed experts and thought leaders at one of our private luncheons, an intimate Council Cabinet reception, an open dialogue at one of our evening programs, or perhaps over dinner at one of our cultural sessions. As the premier foreign affairs programming in Houston, the options are limitless.  

You want to explore the world in a deeply intellectual manner and expand your own perspectives through relentless education. We’re the best Houston international nonprofit organization to make those dreams a reality.

Educational Opportunity

Throughout the academic school year, we also offer educational opportunities and programs for students and teachers. We have a vast array of resources used by teachers and professors, including international affairs lesson plans and discussion modules. Let us bring you something that you just cannot find in a standard classroom. It’s been our mission for years and we continue to work hard toward this end every day. Teachers can receive professional development credit by attending one of our programs or lectures, while students have the opportunity to engage with speakers on a one-on-one basis. As Houston’s premiere nonprofit international education center, we’re proud to offer education beyond the classroom and beyond the headlines.  

The Benefits of Membership

When you join, these opportunities become more affordable and accessible than ever. You can experience our international programs in Houston at discounted rates and get advanced notice of upcoming events as soon as they get scheduled. You also get a chance to have more than your standard evening out, joining with other life-long learners and dedicating yourself to the noble pursuit of knowledge and insight on many levels. 

If you’d like to learn more about memberships options and the programs we offer, please click here or contact us at 713-522-7811.