Resources to Stay Engaged

We’re all doing our part to flatten the curve. Here at the World Affairs Council, staff are working remotely and meeting over video, including a weekly staff lunch on Fridays. We’ll soon be able to welcome you back to our community programming with great speakers (with everyone participating from their homes!) for the kind of engaging conversations you expect from us.  And as soon as it’s safe, we’ll bring the world back to Seattle with hosting opportunities for our international visitors. Here are some online resources that World Affairs Council staff have compiled to keep you in the loop and connected with the world. Please feel free to forward this to others who may appreciate it.

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Online Resources from the World Affairs Council Network

World Affairs Councils of America
The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), of which the World Affairs Council of Seattle is a member, is an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the public and leading global voices to better understand the world, America’s international role, and the policy choices that impact our daily lives and our future. They host monthly cover to cover conference calls where members are able to engage with esteemed authors on critical issues. You can find more information here. They also provide the KNOW HOW conference call series. These calls feature global thought leaders, local authorities in government, business, academia and cultural field who are identified and moderated by local Councils. You can find these here.

WorldAffairs  Videos and Podcast

WorldAffairs is a nationally syndicated program created by our sister WACA member organization in San Francisco and broadcast on NPR affiliates across the country. It’s dedicated to curating conversations across difference on both global challenges and global solutions. Find their podcasts here and their videos here.

Online Resources For Everyone

Town Hall Seattle
Town Hall Seattle organizes programs on civics, science and arts and culture. They will livestream some of their programs on these topics in the upcoming weeks. You can find more information here.

The Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Public Library offers free online resources. You can do consumer research, take a free online technology class, read newspapers from major cities and more. There are resources for any age. You can find more information here.

Coursera provides free courses in a wide variety of subjects that have been hand-picked by the learning team at Coursera. Includes course content from top universities, including Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia. Find more information here.

Open Culture
Get 1,500 free online courses from the world’s leading universities — Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download over 45,000 hours of free audio & video lectures from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites straight to your computer or smartphone. Find more information here.

Learning Opportunities for Children

The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times provided 23 activities you can do with kids at home. You can find the article here.

The Scholastic Learn at Home program offers three hours of learning per day with up to four weeks of instruction. You can find more information here.

Purpose Games
Purpose Games provides geography games like these ones for Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Arts and Culture

Seattle Symphony
The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty. The broadcast schedule can be found on their website here.

Stay Home with SAM
The Seattle Art Museum has launched Stay Home with SAM, sharing videos, interviews, and art news. You can find regular postings on their blog here.

Virtual Museum Tours
There are many museums that provide free online visits, like The Louvre in France, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The National Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea, The Vatican Museums in Vatican City, The Dalí Theatre-Museum in Spain and The British Museum in the UK.

Live Music Project: Seattle
A local classical music calendar has turned its platform into a streaming service for choirs, symphonies, and operas from around the world. You can find it here.