Upcoming Events

May 14th, 2014 | 5:00 – 8:00pmKettlehouse Logo

KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite

The Council has been chosen to participate in the KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite Program!

Come enjoy a locally handcrafted brew while supporting global education in classrooms and communities throughout the Big Sky.

The Council will receive $.50 of every pint sold between 5-8 pm on the evening of May 14th at the Northside Taproom. Location: 313 N 3rd Street West

Thank you KettleHouse Brewing for supporting the Council!


April 16th | 7:30 – 9:00pmWACACarlsonLogoborderRESIZE

A Community Discussion on Human Trafficking
with James Pond and Pralhad Dhakal

CEO/Founder, Transitions Global; Nepal Country Director, The ISIS Foundation

“What about the Victims? Transition & Restoration”

Wednesday, April 16 – 7:30pm–9:00pm. Location: UC Ballroom, UM Campus

As part of the Mansfield Center Conference: Fight For Hope & Freedom, the Montana World Affairs Council is co-sponsoring a community discussion on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30pm, in the University Center Ballroom, UM Campus, with James Pond and Pralhad Dhakal to talk about the significant work being done in Montana and across the U.S. to help victims and to fight human trafficking. NGO leaders will discuss both challenges to helping victims and ways that Montanans can help. This event is free and open to the public.

The Montana World Affairs Council will also be hosting a Council in the Classroom program on human trafficking with Sarah Symons, Founder/Author/Executive Director, Made by Survivors. Using video-conferencing technology, and with support from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Ms. Symons will discuss what Montanans need to know about human trafficking and what they can do to combat it with classrooms around the state. On Wednesday April 16, Ethan Batstone, Director of Engagement of Not for Sale, will visit Big Sky High School.

These programs are sponsored by the Carlson Family Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America.



November 2nd, 2013Global Gauntlet Winners 2012

Global Gauntlet Team Trivia

Do you like a little friendly competition? Grab some friends and co-workers and come support the Council while you test your knowledge of current events, history, languages, global customs, international cuisine, and more!  The trivia questions, with multiple choice answers, will vary in difficulty.  This fundraiser is modeled after the Council’s Academic WorldQuest competition, which is an international affairs competition for Montana high school students.  With more than 50 teams from 27 different schools, it is the 3rd largest Academic WorldQuest competition in the nation.  Proceeds from this event will go toward Academic WorldQuest and other Council eduction projects



Spotlight on Turkey

Teacher Workshops As part of a national study-tour organized by the Turkish Cultural Foundation, Joanne Berry from Moore High School, Niki Keuch from Chief Joseph Middle School in Bozeman, and Kerry Corcoran from Bozeman High School spent two weeks traveling Turkey and exploring the rich history, culture, and art of this fascinating country.  Upon their return, these three teachers are hosting several community events in the Bozeman and Lewistown areas.

Public Presentation at the Bozeman Public Library

Thursday, November 7, 2013,
5:00-6:30 – Bozeman Public Library

Bozeman teachers Kerry Corcoran and Niki Keuch will share their travels through Turkey through a slide show, display of Turkish artifacts, and a question and answer session.  The presentation will conclude with a sampling of Turkish foods catered by the local restaurant, Meze.

Evening Public Presentation at the Lewistown Public Library

Friday, October 4, 2013
6:00-8:00 – Lewistown Public Library

Joanne Berry, Kerry Corcoran and Niki Keuch will share their Turkish experiences through a slide show, questions and answer session, and then conclude with tea and a Turkish dessert.

hagia sophiaTurkish Art Workshop at the Lewistown Art Center

Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00-11:30 – Lewistown Art Center

Joanne Berry, Kerry Corcoran and Niki Keuch will present a slide show on art from Turkey.  Following this,  Kerry and Joanne will conduct an Ebru workshop demonstrating techniques from Hikmet Barutcugil’s book The Dream of Water: Ebru the Living Tradition.  The attendees will have the opportunity to create their own Ebru piece.

Children’s Story Hour, Lewistown, MT – Kerry Corcoran

Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00-11:00 – Lewistown Public Library

At this unique event, children and parents from the community will have the opportunity to listen to some Hodga Nasrettin stories, and Anatolian Tales from the book Musical Story Basket.



September 9th 2013
Montgomery Distillery Missoula

***Moscow Monday’s @ Montgomery Distillery

129 West Front St., Missoula

Come support the Council while you enjoy a locally made, handcrafted beverage from our friends at Montgomery Distillery
Noon – 8:00pm
$1 from every drink sold today is donated to the Council
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Meet and Greet with Mr. Brandon Busteed, Gallup Education 

busteed_photoblg-21***1st Annual Montana Global Educator of the Year Award Reception 

Featuring a Distinguished Speakers Program with Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education

“Educating the Next Generation of Global Citizens”

Monday, September 9th
7:00pm ~ Governor’s Ballroom ~ 111 N. Higgins, Missoula, MT
~Dessert reception to follow~

Global Educator of the Year Award to be presented to Geoff Habel, Great Falls High School

Global Educator of the Year Award to be presented by Shannon O’Brien, Governor Bullock’s Education Policy Advisor
Admission: $5 ~ Council members and students ; $10 ~ non-members
Cash Bar Available

Click here to learn more about Brandon Busteed


August 27th 2013

Distinguished Speaker Program

Join us for engaging discussions, exclusive luncheons and receptions, and unique workshops that aim to bring the world to Montana and Montana to the world.

Throughout the year, the Council brings international education and global awareness opportunities to the Big Sky in order to enhance our understanding of global affairs and explore how Montana is affected by these issues.  We strive to provide quality programs that stimulate discussion, engagement, and most importantly, learning. We hope that you will join us for our upcoming events, which include community discussions, business luncheons, and special receptions with our Distinguished Speakers, workshops for Montana educators, and classroom video-conferencing with both local and international experts.

Tuesday, August 27th – 7:00pm
UC Ballroom, University Center – UM Campus
“Conflict in the Middle East: An Update on Current Developments” 
with Council Founder Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.)
Join the World Affairs Council for a community discussion with Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) on conflict and developments in the Middle East.  Amb. Johnson will discuss the recent developments in Syria, Egypt, Iran and the region.
This program is open to the public and free for Council members. $5 admission fee for non-members.
Call (406)728-3328 for more information. 


April 25th 2013

Ambassador Said Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the US
“The Future of Afghanistan: 2014 and the Road Ahead”
Thursday, April 25th
7:00pm at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom
Admission: FREE for Council Members ; $5 for non-members
Dessert Reception to follow - space is limited for this event, so you must register in order to attend.  Please click HERE to register.
$15 for members  / $20 for non-members
This program is part of the Dirk and Kim Visser Lecture Series.
According to the Center for International and Strategic Studies, the Untied States has spent over $640 billion in Afghanistan since FY2001 in military and transition expenditures. Yet as the United States withdraws from the region, the questions of a lasting peace and security remain. Please join the World Affairs Council of Montana for this rare opportunity to engage Ambassador Jawad (ret.) and to hear his insights on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, as well as his outlook for thefuture of his country.

About our Guest

Said Tayeb Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States from 2003-2010, is the Chairman of the Foundation for Afghanistan, a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing human capacity and intercultural dialogue in Afghanistan, and Chief Executive Officer of Capitalize LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in the investment, security and political environments of Afghanistan and the greater Gulf region. Ambassador Jawad also recently became a member of the International Advisory Council in the Global Political Strategies group at APCO Worldwide, an international strategic communications consultancy.

Under his leadership, the Embassy of Afghanistan emerged as one of the most successful missions in Washington, D.C. He also served as Afghanistan’s non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.

 Ambassador Jawad returned to Afghanistan after 9/11 to assist in the state-building process, where he played a versatile and crucial role in government, serving as President Karzai’s Press Secretary, Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of International Relations. In these positions, Ambassador Jawad formulated and managed strategies, implemented policies, assisted in the building and re-building of national institutions (including the Afghan National Army) as well as prioritizing major reforms in Afghanistan, notably to the Ministry of Defense.

Teacher Workshops

April 6th
Discover Turkey Teacher Workshop –  Bozeman Public Library.

Council in the Classroom

April 25th
Ambassador Said Jawad – former Ambassador from Afghanistan to the United State
A discussion on the background and culture of Afghanistan, with a focus on the importance of education of women and children.
May 2nd
Professor Udo Fluck – University of Montana
“Why are people from other cultures different – Towards a Better Crosscultural Understanding”
To learn more about our Council in the Classroom opportunities or to get your school involved, click HERE .