Programs & Events

About Programs

Dynamic, innovative and exciting, the programs and events organized by the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston are designed to generate discussion and deepen knowledge of global issues, to increase cross-cultural awareness and understanding, and provide networking opportunities in the area of international affairs.

The Council provides access to world renowned speakers with a wealth of expertise and experience, and engages individuals in becoming more informed and involved as global citizens. Our global education programs and events in Houston, TX focus on key issues challenging today’s leaders in global arenas. These include topics of international importance in a wide range of areas such as foreign policy, economics, world cultures, global health, science, technology, environmental issues, and human rights.

Our accomplished speakers include high-ranking government officials, civic leaders, policymakers, business and academic professionals, and prominent writers and artists, among others.

As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, the Council promotes dialogue and understanding through the exchange of ideas and perspectives in a respectful environment.

Calendar of events

Rick Steves: Love Letter to Travel

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author, and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel. Join us on December 2 at 5:00 pm.

Dec 02

 Full of Barbara Bush’s trademark wit and thoughtfulness, Pearls of Wisdom is a poignant reflection on life, love, family, and the world by one of America’s most iconic — and beloved — public figures. Hear her speak at our Council cabinet Exclusive event.

Dec 03

Republic of Korea & the U.S.: A Vital Alliance in an Uncertain World

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Republic of Korea & the U.S.: A Vital Alliance in an Uncertain World: more information coming soon

Dec 09

From one of the most distinguished admirals of our time and a former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, a meditation on leadership and character refracted through the lives of ten of the most illustrious naval commanders in history

In Sailing True North, Admiral Stavridis offers a lessons of leadership and character from the lives and careers of history’s most significant naval commanders. He also brings a lifetime of reflection to bear on the subjects of his study–naval history, the vocation of the admiral, and global geopolitics. Above all, this is a book that will help you navigate your own life’s voyage: the voyage of leadership of course, but more important, the voyage of character.

Dec 16

Council Cabinet Exclusive: Virtual Holiday Soiree

Thursday, December 17, 2020 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 pm

As 2020 comes to a close we would love to see you in our virtual brindis, a great way to stay connected from afar.

We appreciate you and miss you so pick your preferred drink and let’s toast to a new year together!

Dec 17

Featured Programs

Our global education programs

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to presenting unbiased learning opportunities and promoting international dialogue. We’re a proud member of the World Affairs Councils of America, which has chapters in nearly 100 U.S. cities.

We have programs geared toward students, teachers, young professionals and anyone who’s interested in broadening their worldview by hearing different perspectives and engaging with new ideas through civil discourse and dialogue. Our Houston international speaker events have included conversations with:

  • Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, General Jim Mattis
  • Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Asad Majeed Khan
  • Venezuelan economist Ricardo Hausmann
  • Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

And many other policymakers, business, and government leaders and prominent artists, writers and thought leaders We believe in “Global Perspectives, Local Conversations.”

We believe that a global perspective is vital to engaging compassionately and responsibly with the world around us, starting right here in Greater Houston. That’s why we offer educational events for students through our Student World Affairs Council (SWAC) chapters. We’re proud to keep the international dialogue going in more than 40 schools throughout Greater Houston. We also have a Global Scholars Academy, designed to guide students in the 7th through 12th grades toward greater global understanding through small group seminars with experts in foreign affairs experts and international business. This summer academy is truly a global classroom.

Local to Global, our young professional programs in Houston, is designed for adults from 21 to 40, encouraging them to engage in dialogue and learning on international affairs and while providing an excellent networking opportunity.