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After two outstanding talks focusing on the events in Northeastern Syria, one by Clare Gillis focusing on the captured ISIS fighters, and the other by Ambassador Peter Galbraith on the betrayal of the Kurds, WWAC’s next program takes us across the globe to another region, Southeast Asia.

On Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 pm, in the parlor of the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. in Brattleboro, Windham World Affairs Council will present “Movement Of People: Trafficking and Migrating in Southeast Asia Today.” The Speaker will be Braema Mathi, a Singapore-based human rights activist who is currently in the Global Fellows program at Keene State College, sponsored by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.

The talk will be free and open to the public. There will be coffee, tea and conversation from 7:00 and the talk will begin at 7:30.

Currently we are seeing many people in Southeast Asia moving from one country to another or within their own country to relocate, to work, to have a new beginning. Some of these moves are planned. Other moves are forced, and some who move are forced into work in deplorable situations. Braema Mathi’s presentation will be an overview of this phenomenon, a discussion of the factors and causes of these trends and an examination of measures that ought to be available so that people are protected.

We were introduced to Braema Mathi though through a WWAC Board member who is on the faculty at Keene State College, Professor Therese Seibert. She also introduced us to last year’s Global Scholar who came from Chile. This sort of connection with Keene State, and with our other local colleges, has been a mainstay of WWAC programming.

However, we now find ourselves at a critical moment for such relationships. We have already lost our SIT connection, and we will soon lose our Marlboro connection as well, as they have announced that they are negotiating a merger with Emerson College in Boston. Over the years, our programs have benefited tremendously from being in proximity to these institutions. For example, in both 2017 and in 2019, WWAC hosted popular lecture series offered by the Marlboro College Presidential Seminar speakers. We will sorely miss such opportunities. However, on December 6, 2019, we will have one more opportunity to honor our connection with Marlboro College. On that evening, we will be hosting a panel of Marlboro students presenting on topics related to their senior research projects. We invite you to join us for this special event.