Upcoming events

    • 29 Jun 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Webinar


    Join us for a special World Affairs Council program featuring John Casey, Joyce Yarrow, Keith Madsen, and Hans Trujillo as they discuss their internationally minded novels and the common themes of borders around the world.

    *Registrants will get entered into a raffle to win one of each of the books.

    Panelists


    Keith Madsen

    Keith Madsen is using his retirement to pursue his lifelong interest in writing fiction. Keith has had a love of writing all of his life. He has used his writing talents in a variety of ways, including composing material for religious education, and writing plays for use in community theater. He has also done some acting himself, having particularly enjoyed playing the roles of Jack (C.S.) Lewis in Shadowlands, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Porfiry in Crime and Punishment. This background in drama has helped him both with character development and his dramatic touch in writing both short stories and novels. Keith finds that being part of helping characters come alive is one of his greatest life pleasures.

    Keith also works part-time teaching chess to grade school children, a knowledge which plays a role in the plot of this novel. He has visited Haiti five times, while helping to build a grade school there. In the process he has become fascinated by Haitian culture and history, a fascination which played a central role in writing The Sons and Daughters of Toussaint.

    Keith has published short stories in Mobius: A Journal of Social Change, Talking River, Short Story America and Adelaide..

    Keith lives in East Wenatchee, Washington with his wife Cathy, and helps care for his seven-year old grandson.



    Joyce Yarrow

    Joyce Yarrow’s novels of suspense "appeal to readers who enjoy unusual stories with an international setting." -- Library Journal. She was born in the SE Bronx, escaped to Manhattan as a teenager and now lives in Seattle with her husband and son. Along the way to becoming a full-time author, Joyce has worked as a screenwriter, singer-songwriter, and multimedia performance artist.

    Joyce is a Pushcart nominee, whose stories and poems have been widely published. Her first Jo Epstein mystery, Ask the Dead was selected by The Poisoned Pen as a Recommended First Novel and hailed as “Bronx noir”. The second book in the series, The Last Matryoshka, was praised by Library Journal and takes place in Brooklyn and Moscow. Ms. Yarrow co-authored her third book, Rivers Run Back (Vitasta 2015), with Indian writer Arindam Roy and it was launched at The American Center (US Embassy) in New Delhi.

    Ms. Yarrow considers the setting of her books to be characters in their own right and teaches workshops on "The Place of Place in Writing Suspense Fiction."



    John Casey

    JOHN CASEY is a novelist and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet from New Hampshire. He is the author of Devolution, Evolution, and Revelation, which comprise The Devolution Trilogy, a psychological spy thriller series. Casey is the author of Raw Thoughts and Meridian: A Raw Thoughts Book as well, both compelling and mindful fusions of poetic and photographic art. His poetry has been featured internationally in numerous literary journals and magazines. A Veteran combat and test pilot with a Master of Arts from Florida State University, Casey also served in the Defense Intelligence Agency as a Diplomat and International Affairs Strategist at U.S. embassies in Germany and Ethiopia, the Pentagon, and elsewhere. He is passionate about fitness, nature, and the human spirit and inspired by the incredible spectrum of people, places and cultures he has experienced in life.



    Hans Trujillo

    HANS TRUJILLO Born in Bogota, Colombia, six days before Neil Armstrong would land his feet on the moon. Since he was a child his parents taught him the love for literature, and at an early age he devoured the immortal works of Homer, Cervantes, Wilde, Alan Poe and Garcia Marquez. His artistic vein took him to study advertising and, since 1,994 he put his creative talent at the service of important advertising agencies in Colombia.

    In 1999 he moves to USA to continue his career as a creative in some of the best Hispanic advertising agencies of Los Angeles, Houston and Miami, where he lives now. His outstanding career has memorable advertising campaigns and audiovisual pieces for a wide array of products, some of which have been awarded prestigious advertising prizes in the United States and Latin America. Hans has also explored other artistic expressions directing commercials for television, short films and music videos.

    “Never Play With Death” is the novel with which this creative makes his debut in the literary genre, bursting with a work full of life experiences, anecdotes collected over the years and a very particular charge of imagination that makes his story a fascinating one.

Past events

16 Jun 2021 Honorary Consuls of San Antonio Panel Session
09 Jun 2021 Iran: Upcoming Elections & U.S. Diplomacy
27 May 2021 May Book Club Discussion (Homelands by Alfredo Corchado)
20 May 2021 Venezuela: Where Do We Go From Here? An Insiders View with Ambassador Shapiro
05 May 2021 Iraq: From Occupation to Partnership
28 Apr 2021 April Book Club Discussion (Conditional Citizens) in honor of Arab-American Heritage Month
20 Apr 2021 U.S.-Mexico Relations
30 Mar 2021 March Book Club Discussion (Sex & World Peace) with Dr. Claudia Donoso
24 Mar 2021 2021 International Citizen of the Year Award Celebration
04 Mar 2021 U.S.-Poland Relations
03 Mar 2021 Peace Corps Panel Discussion
21 Jan 2021 Annual Meeting 2021
12 Jan 2021 The Influence of International Exchange Programs on Diplomacy
18 Nov 2020 [virtual] Transatlantic Town Hall: German-American Mayors Forum A Conversation between San Antonio and Darmstadt
12 Nov 2020 Sean Spicer: Leading America
10 Nov 2020 China Town Hall
27 Oct 2020 Biodiversity without Borders: A Natural Pathway for Cooperation
08 Oct 2020 2020 Engage America: Wunderbar Together
05 Oct 2020 Tension in the Caucuses: Are Azerbaijan & Armenia On the Brink of War?
10 Sep 2020 The Big Give SA
25 Aug 2020 Lunch and Leadership
14 Aug 2020 The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump
11 Aug 2020 From the Field: Lebanon with Dr. Kekedjian
29 Jul 2020 Factoraje para el Transporte, Logística y Proyectos Internacionales
22 Jul 2020 Instagram Live with Carlos Maestas
16 Jul 2020 Instagram Live Discussion with Dr. Katsuo Nishikawa
14 Jul 2020 Bastille Day At Home
30 Jun 2020 U.S. and Iran: Sanctions, Oil & the Global Pandemic
25 Jun 2020 Restarting the Engine: Regional Cooperation between the United States, Mexico & Canada
15 Jun 2020 A Discussion with Port San Antonio's Juan Antonio Flores
09 Jun 2020 Peace Corps Alumni Panel
04 Jun 2020 A Discussion with Sam Bilson
26 May 2020 The USMCA, COVID-19 & the Economic Impact on Texas
21 May 2020 KNOW NOW Call Event featuring Ambassador Luis Moreno
13 May 2020 Restarting the Global Economy
30 Apr 2020 A Discussion with John "JJ" Casey
23 Apr 2020 Animal Diversity and Diplomacy in the International Arena
05 Mar 2020 2020 International Citizen Of The Year Award
12 Feb 2020 Academic WorldQuest
22 Jan 2020 Dreamweek 2020: A First Generation American Diplomat’s Journey
15 Jan 2020 Annual Meeting 2020
13 Nov 2019 2019 Foreign Diplomat Reception
06 Nov 2019 How Brexit and the Politics of Resentment Can Renew Democracies
30 Oct 2019 An Evening with Arun Gandhi
18 Oct 2019 The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War
18 Sep 2019 WorldQuest 2019
27 Aug 2019 Distinguished Speaker Series: A Conversation on the US-Korea Relationship
19 Jul 2019 Young Professional Community Leader Series: Featuring U.S. Representative Will Hurd
21 May 2019 Young Professional Community Leader Series: Featuring Jenna Saucedo-Herrera
15 May 2019 Diplomat Salon: Andy Bowen
09 Apr 2019 SOLD OUT: Global Issues Luncheon: The North Korea Summit & the Advantages of Multilateralism featuring Governor Bill Richardson
27 Mar 2019 2019 AWQ Sponsorship Opportunities
20 Mar 2019 Young Professional Community Leader Series: Featuring Patricia Diaz Dennis
23 Jan 2019 Young Professionals: DreamWeek 2019
16 Jan 2019 2019 Annual Meeting