Delivering the stories behind the headlines

Ensuring that Jacksonville citizens have access to the best thinking on global issues, our three signature speaker series examine critical current topics with guests who provide "more light than heat,” while delivering balanced perspectives and promoting thoughtful consideration and learning.

Many of our speakers also meet students via a private student interaction.


“I do believe that the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is among the top three Councils in the country.” – David Brooks

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Global Issues Evenings

Free and open to the general public, this series features evening programs delivered by prominent speakers on a range of international issues, followed by an extended Q & A period. All events are co-hosted with the Distinguished Voices Lecture series and held at the University of North Florida. Premier level members and sponsors enjoy a private reception with the speaker prior to the program and may access the Simulcast Suite to view the live stream presentation in a relaxed setting with food and beverage service. Non-premier members may purchase an upgrade to access the Simulcast Suite.

Global Business Luncheons

Designed specifically for the business community, co-hosted with and held at The River Club, this series of luncheon speakers offers invaluable insight into international economic, business and technology trends.

Leading EDGE Dialogues

Hosted by Council EDGE, our young professionals group, Leading EDGE Dialogues integrate social gatherings with expert discussions to keep our members on the cutting edge of global issues that impact today and tomorrow. These evening dialogues feature a reception for networking followed by a presentation and dialogue.