What is the Worcester

World Affairs Council?

The mission of the Worcester World Affairs Council is to educate, inspire, and engage its members in international affairs. The Council’s monthly meetings provide a convivial setting for members and invited speakers to discuss the critical global issues of our time.


Members include civic leaders, academics, professionals and business people, all of whom share a desire to gain a greater understanding of international and global issues.

The Worcester Council is one of more than 90 similar councils across the United States. The Worcester World Affairs Council (WWAC) is a Massachusetts-chartered nonprofit corporation formed in 1958 under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and it is affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). Neither the WWAC nor the WACA have any political affiliation and do not take a position on any matters of policy. Members have widely varying points of view along the political spectrum.  

Learn more about membership in the Worcester World Affairs Council.


The Worcester Council meets monthly (September thru June), usually at the Worcester Club, on dates determined by the availability of our speakers. During 2020-21, all monthly events will be held remotely via Zoom. 


Speakers include US or foreign government officials, academics, policy makers, authors, journalists, and other professionals.   

Next Event:

Bill McKibben at Worcester World Affairs Council
Sep 14, 6:30 PM
Location and registration information TBA
Current status of the environment, current challenges, and possible positive impacts, with Bill McKibben, Scholar in Residence in Environmental Studies, Middlebury College

Click here to learn more about meetings and see our full schedule of events.