Our mission is to bring the world to Central Illinois. We do this by offering a variety of engaging world affairs programs and educational initiatives that provide opportunities for face-to-face learning and dialogue with global leaders, business executives, diplomats, policy experts, social innovators, and distinguished opinion makers. The Peoria Area World Affairs Council is a non-partisan, multi-generational organization, and takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.
Through expanded, informed, respectful public discourse about international relations and current events, we can transform how people think about the world and encourage them to act accordingly. Through informative and interactive programs with national and international experts, PAWAC promotes a better understanding of global history, culture and current events. We believe this enables our communities to better compete, collaborate and make informed decisions.
We are a local chapter of a nationwide network created more than a century ago to nurture public awareness of critical international issues affecting the United States. PAWAC celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2020, and are making plans for our next fifty years. As a non-partisan organization, PAWAC offers a broad tent for people looking for civil discussion of the day’s most pressing global concerns, with a particular focus on how they affect us here in Central Illinois.
Along with speakers and public discussion forums, we offer guided travel opportunities, book club meetings and film screenings, all designed to inform the public on a range of critical issues.
How to Help
As a volunteer organization, we invite others to share their talents by joining one of the organization’s committees, such as Programming, Educational Outreach, Membership, Finance and Development, Marketing, and Scholastic Bowl. Committees meet monthly or quarterly. The schedule can be found on the website at pawac.org.
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