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Comm(Unity) Weekly: First Edition

MARCH 23, 2020

In these uncertain times, the Council is here to keep you informed, entertained, and engaged with the world. We are pleased to introduce Comm(Unity) – a weekly communiqué, each featuring a *new* digital interview, global news round-up, and other fun things to do to stay engaged virtually while distancing socially.

Weekly Episode

On our first episode — We talk with Esam Boraey, student leader of the Egyptian Revolution in the World Affairs Council of Connecticut’s debut global episode, moderated by CEO, Megan Clark Torrey. Stream Now.

Read Esam’s Member Spotlight interview.
Recap our 2018 young professionals event, Cocktails & Conversation with Esam Boraey.

Weekly Article Roundup

Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup:

9/11 swallowed U.S. foreign policy. Don’t let the coronavirus do the same thing” from Center for a New American Security. Ilan Goldenberg discusses the effects of the COVID-19 crisis relative to the aftermath of 9/11

Nobel Prize winning economist and former CTWAC speaker Robert Shiller comments on the economic effects of COVID-19 Dan Haar for The Middletown Press

The Atlantic explores family dynamics in “What Do You Tell Someone Who Still Won’t Stay Home?” A guide to convincing your loved ones to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously

Check up on oil politics: “Guyana’s dodgy poll is all about oil” The Economist explores what it means for Guyana, a small country in South America, after it recently struck oil.

Weekly Entertainment


Hartford-raised Vietnamese-American Ocean Vuong writes a letter to his illiterate mother


Babel: Translating the Middle East

Jon Alterman, Director of the Middle East program at CSIS, talks about the MENA region in-depth


The Report

Adam Driver stars as a Senate staffer leading an investigation into the 2005 destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes.


Mission Zhobia – Winning the Peace

Work to strengthen the rule of law into the fictitious country, Zhobia


Eggs in Spicy Minted Tomato Sauce

This minty take on shakshuka can be customized using whatever you have on hand!

Recipe and image courtesy of Food52

Global Good News

King of Bhutan Celebrated His 40th Birthday By Asking Citizens to Plant Trees or Adopt an Animal

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck turned 40 in late February. His only gift request? That the people of Bhutan to either plant a tree, adopt a stray animal, or clean up their neighborhood in his honor. Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

While the last week has been an adjustment as will the weeks ahead – I am grateful and proud of the CTWAC team and so exciting to Introduce CommUnity to you. Enjoy!

Megan Clark Torrey
Chief Executive Officer

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