The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council launches new Community Partnership Program; to host three events in September

In an effort to expand program offerings, the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is pleased to announce a new Community Partnership Program with Essex Meadows. Essex Meadows is a retirement community committed to helping residents embrace lifelong learning, and often hosts educational programs that meet SECWAC’s mission to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs, including the Foreign Policy Association’s “Great Decisions” Program.
To launch the 2019-2020 season, SECWAC’s September 2019 programs will include:

  • Syndey Williams, local author, is to present his new book, ‘Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division, 1944-1945’ at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12 in Hamilton Hall at Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Rd, Essex, CT 06426. More information available at 
  • Gordon Chang, Journalist and Author, makes his return to SECWAC to present, ‘America’s Grandest Wager: China’ at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 in the 1941 Room, Crozier Student Center, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320. More information available at
  • Will Kneerim (IRIS, New Haven) and Mohammed Hamou (Old Lyme Resident & Syrian Refugee) will present, ‘Coming to America: A Refugee Story’ at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 in Hamilton Hall at Essex Meadows. More information available at
All meetings are free for SECWAC members and their guests; events taking place at Essex Meadows are free for residents, as well. Membership for SECWAC’s 2019-2020 season (September 2019 through June 2020) is $85 per person; $25 for young professionals under 35; free for local students and educators; a corporate rate of $1,000 is also available, with unlimited access for employees of the member organization. Membership information and online registration available at
Founded in 1988, Essex Meadows is a lifecare retirement community committed to helping residents continue to enjoy an active lifestyle and embrace lifelong learning. Through Great Decisions and other ongoing programming such as their popular Arts & Exploration Lecture Series, Essex Meadows provides residents, and often the broader community, opportunities to engage in probing, thought-provoking discussions about issues of local and global importance. Learn more at
SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.

SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policy makers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at