Distinguished Speakers

Indiana Council on World Affairs Distinguished Speakers hosts well informed experts who discuss current international issues and entertain questions. Presenters include persons of national and international sensibilities and prominence, such as: scholars, book authors, diplomats, political leaders, and business executives.


The dinner meetings are generally held the third Thursday of each month September to May, except December when the ICWA holiday party is scheduled. This year, the March meeting is on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.


Meetings are open to the public and are held at the centrally located Broad Ripple location: The Willows, 6729 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Starting with a reception for the speaker at 5:30 pm, dinner is served 6:15 pm, and the talk starts at 7:00 pm, with Q & A following.


Participants may come for the reception-dinner, or for the talk at 7:00 pm. Reservations are required for the dinner. Reservations are requested for the talk, but not required.


For the 2018 Winter-Spring Schedule, in full detail, please click HERE...

The Distinguished Speakers 2018 Winter-Spring Schedule follows:

To register for any of the events below, please click HERE.


February 15, 2017, Thursday

U.S. & Global Gender Gap Index, World Economic Forum

Kristin Garvey, President, National Association of Commissions for Women


March 7, 2018, Wednesday

Where Goes the Neighborhood: Japan and the Rise of Asia

Kuni Miyake, President, Foreign Policy Institute, Tokyo, Japan, and

David Shear, Chairman, Association of Japan-America Societies. 


April 19, 2018, Thursday- Full Invitation Click Here

Diplomacy: Keeping Peace & Preventing Atrocities

Lee Feinstein, Dean, Global & International Studies [SGIS], Indiana University


May 17, 2018, Thursday -Full Invitation Click HERE

Diaspora: Borne of Tragedy, Resettlement in U.S.                              

Liesl Riddle, PhD, International Business/Affairs, George Washington University

Kristin Garvey

DS 01-18-18 Mexico Follow-Up


On January 18, 2018, the Distinguished Speaker was Mexican diplomat Jorge Sánchez Cataño, Deputy Consul of the Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis.


Referring to the U.S. - Mexico bi-lateral relations, he observed, "In 2017, there was a huge change in the U.S.' relationship with other countries."


He stated that the U.S - Mexico border is the most frequently crossed border in the world, and that the U.S. and Mexico are significant trading partners.


In referring to DACA, Consul Sánchez remarked that there are many families " . . . . waiting to see what will happen.  We hope the outcome is a good one."


Consul Sánchez concluded his remarks with the concept of "shared destiny" confirming that both the U.S. and Mexico "are united in wanting to give our citizens the opportunity for a better life."


Earlier in the day, at its board meeting, the Indiana Council on World Affairs read into its records a statement sent from Rebecca Espinoza Kubacki, Chair, of the Indiana Commission on Hispanic / Latino Affairs, a cultural commission located within the Indiana Civil Rights Commission:


"There are so many heart-wrenching stories of families feeling uncertainties on Federal U.S. immigration policies.  As caring Hoosiers, we can send a message of benevolence towards the families affected by DACA and encourage our political leaders to work together to find a solution."


The Indiana Council on World Affairs is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization offering programs on matters of world affairs. It is not an agency of federal, state or local government.