Welcome to The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the world and its people, cultures, and events.

Our mission is to give our members first hand accounts and insights about issues that transcend our borders, and a community for exchanging ideas and meeting like-minded people.

For 80 years, WACRI has brought the world to Rhode Island through our monthly Guest Speaker and Global Discussions programs, by hosting international visitors, and by promoting learning and education about world affairs.

We invite you to join WACRI, and become a part of our community of globally oriented citizens.


Thursday, December 8th

An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
David Kertzer
Discussing his Award Winning Biography

"The Pope and Mussolini"
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

We are thrilled to have David Kertzer, join us to talk about his Pulitzer Prize winning book "The Pope and Mussolini"

The book examined documentary evidence from the Vatican archives arguing that Pope Pius X! played a significant role in supporting the rise of Fascism and Benito Mussolini in Italy.  

Member Reception with Dr. Kertzer

We will be holding a special holiday reception for WACRI members where they can meet Dr. Kertzer and hear about his latest projects.

About Our Speaker

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, David I. Kertzer's latest book, The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe, was published by Random House in North America.Kertzer is an authority on Italian politics, society, and history; political symbolism; and anthropological demography.

He is co-founder and served for many years as co-editor of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies

His earlier book, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, is being adapted for a 2017 film directed by Steven Spielberg with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, and starring Mark Rylance. 

In 2005 Kertzer was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2006 to 2011, he was the Provost of Brown University where he is currently the Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies.



 Agawam Hunt Club

East Providence, Rhode Island


6:00 PM Social Hour/Member Reception

6:45 PM DInner

7:30 PM Presentation

8:45 PM  Adjourn


$ 40 Members

$45 Non-Members

$10 Presentation Only

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Upcoming events

Our New Season is Shaping Up!

I am pleased to report that this next years event calendar is coming together

Our programming committee and board have been hard at work putting together an interesting and varied schedule of events. 

There is a lot that is new at WACRI 

  • A new website with online registration and membership renewal
  • Expanded member benefits
  • More variety in topics, venues, and meeting times.
We welcome all people interested in global issues to join us as members and become part of our vibrant community of internationally minded citizens. 

Carolyn Fluehr- Lobban
World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

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