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 held the third Thursday of each month September to May, except December when the ICWA holiday party is scheduled.


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 discussion 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:

Register for any of the events below HERE


January 18, 2018, Thursday

Mexico: U.S. Neighbor & Friend                                  

Luis Enrique Franco & Jorge Sánchez Cataño, Consuls, Mexican Consulate

February 15, 2017, Thursday

Women: Education & Economic Enfranchisement      

Kristin Garvey, Executive Director, Indiana Commission for Women (ICW)

March 15, 2018, Thursday

Diplomacy: Keeping Peace & Preventing Atrocities

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

April 19, 2018, Thursday

Asia: Uncertainly Abounds - Japan, China, N. Korea & More

Note: Speaker to be determined.

Note: Upon confirmation of the speaker, registration will open.


May 17, 2018, Thursday

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

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

Kristin Garvey