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The International Affairs Forum (IAF) seeks to educate and engage our community on global issues through lectures, conferences and student outreach. Our aim is to help prepare the community for success in today’s global society and economy, in partnership with the many businesses and organizations located here with a global reach.

WACA logoIAF is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, the largest national non-partisan network of almost 100 councils in more than 40 states dedicated to educating and engaging Americans on the critical global issues of our times.

Membership for the upcoming season is now available. Each IAF member receives 14 tickets that can be used by you and/or your guests at any of the 7 lectures  lecture in the current series. The October 15 lecture is not part of the regular 2015-16 series; tickets can be purchased at or at the door.   

Patron Members additionally receive public recognition at each lecture for their support that has been essential in sustaining IAF for more than 20 years, and their additional contribution helps support the awarding of scholarships to deserving NMC students.

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2015-2016 Lecture series membership now available

IAF's lecture season brings top foreign policy experts to Traverse City to speak on pressing global issues. Join us by becoming a member or by purchasing tickets at the door.

IAF’s 2015 fall lineup:  

Sept. 17: J. Carl Ganter, Founder and Director of Circle of Blue, will open our season with a searing loat at "Water Insecurity: Reporting on a Global Crisis."

Oct. 15: In lieu of our regular October lecture, we are joing the National Writers Series to bring former star reporter for NPR, Sarah Chayes, to Traverse City for a rollicking discussion of her dynamic new boo, "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security."

Nov. 19: America's legendary diplomat Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering will address "Diplomacy in an Election Year."

For more information, call 231-995-1700

Membership form available here »

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Miss a Lecture?

Watch recent lectures on NMC's YouTube channel »

Catch rebroadcasts of IAF lectures on UpNorthTV (channel 189 for Charter Cable subscribers) at these times:

  • Sundays at 10 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
  • Fridays at 10 a.m.

Or go to UpNorth Media Center to stream the show. Under the UpNorthTV menu, select “Browse Shows” and look for IAF shows under Series Name (International Affairs Forum) or Producer Name (Segal, K).

Beyond the Headlines

IAF is producing a 30-minute interview show, focusing on international issues making headlines. Join Host Jack Segal or Guest Hosts as they explore important topics with visiting guests or local experts.

The show has the same broadcast times as below or go to UpNorth Media Center to stream the show!

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