December 22, 2020

Dear Members & Friends of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall,

With 2021 underway, I hope you have had a chance to join our livestreams. I am excited about our lineup in February as it is represents the diverse mix of programs we offer to our valued members and national virtual community.

Bill Gates will join us on February 19, in conversation with climate change activist, philanthropist, and award-winning actor Don Cheadle. Cheadle is a bestselling co-author of “Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond.”

I am inspired by this quote from Bill Gates – “It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of a problem as big as climate change. But you’re not powerless. And you don’t have to a politician or a philanthropist to make a difference.”  Please join us for this timely discussion on Gates’ latest book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” I encourage you to register today for this livestream. Your ticket purchase includes a copy of Gates’ book and exclusive access to this webinar.

The popular series – Politics in the Time of Coronavirus – is hosted on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. by Politics Professor Dan Schnur. We offer LAWACTH members an exclusive opportunity to chat with Professor Schnur in an informal face-to-face virtual gathering after the livestream. To join the February 16 session or become a member, please contact Krystsina Shabanava at

Another member benefit is the chance to view notable, award-worthy films in our Foreign Film Series – the last two presentations were sellouts with a waiting list! The next featured film is “Stray,” a documentary by Elizabeth Lo about a stray dog, Zeytin, wandering the streets of Istanbul. Through Zeytin’s eyes, filmmaker Lo also gives us a glimpse of the young Syrian refugees that inhabit the same streets as these dogs. A post-screening Q&A with Ms. Lo is also planned. Krystsina Shabanava ( can assist you in joining or renewing your membership before the screening in early March.

Your generosity in providing donations also supports our livestream outreach to public high school students. Our next program on educational technology, “How Gen Z Can Shape the Future of Technology,” will convene on Friday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. Presenters from the University of California, Irvine, will cover digital storytelling, virtual reality learning and robotics. If you know of a teacher or classroom who wishes to join this one-hour webinar, Krystsina Shabanava ( can assist you. We also appreciate your donations to support our nonprofit mission.

Our livestreams are intended to promote civic engagement and civil discourse on topics of global importance for all generations – please join us

I look forward to being with you this month at a livestream,

Kim McCleary Blue
President & CEO
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall