Summer Forum 2016

The World Affairs Council Hilton Head announces its tenth annual Summer Forum. The four sessions, one each in June, July, August, and September will be an hour and a half and will include Q&A. Reservations are not required but seating is limited. WAC HH’s Summer Forum is presented as an outreach to the Hilton Head community and we encourage members to bring guests. There is no charge to attend any of the Summer Forum programs.

Jeanie Silletti

Luisa Rains

June 21, 2016
Topic: Perspectives on Cuba
Presenters:  Jeanie Silletti and Luisa Rains
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am
Location:   TidePointe, 700 TidePointe Way

Cuba and the U.S. have been much in the news since December 2014 with the surprise announcement of the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the two nations.  Given Cuba’s political relevance, the Foreign Policy Association recently chose the country as one of its topics for Great Decisions 2016.  The focus of “Perspectives on Cuba” is to provide an historic and demographic overview of the largest island of the Caribbean, to review its major waves of outmigration, and to share two personal perspectives:  one of a recent visitor to Cuba and some of her impressions of the island and its people, and the other of a Cuban American as she reflects on the Cuba of her childhood and the Cuba of today. Questions and perspectives from the audience will form a vital component of this World Affairs Council exchange on Cuba.


John Morris RussellJuly 19, 2016
Topic:  From Dvorák to Duke Ellington, the Musical Roots of the American Century
Presenter: Maestro John Morris Russell
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am
Location:   Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church

Maestro John Morris Russell, Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and long-time conductor of “LinkUP!” concerts at Carnegie Hall, guides us on a musical journey into the burgeoning musical ethos of turn-of-the-century America. With the spiritual and music of Black America at its heart, composers and musicians in the USA reinvented music forms that forever defined our national spirit.


Ben KinnasAugust 16, 2016
Topic: The Myths of International Banking 
Presenter: Ben Kinnas
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am
Location:   TidePointe, 700 TidePointe Way

International banking often carries a mystique that its main participants wear nothing but pinstripes, engage in financial market manipulation, and attempt to influence the decisions of governments and other institutions through the use of financial acumen and money.  If only it were so intriguing and interesting.  Ben Kinnas, who spent nearly three decades managing banks in Asia’s financial capitals will present an assessment of the work that America’s largest banks do abroad, their primary purpose in operating in foreign markets, and dispel many of the rumors and myths that abound around international banks and its bankers.


Kathy LevitSeptember 20, 2016
Topic: The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Story of Hope from Nepal
Presenter: Kathy Levit
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am
Location:   TidePointe, 700 TidePointe Way

The audience will receive an overview of the human trafficking situation globally and then a picture of the what trafficking looks like in Nepal today. Ms. Levit will discuss the successful work of Tiny Hands International to intercept girls in Nepal before they are trafficked. She will also talk about the efforts to expand the interception model in India, Bangladesh and South Africa.