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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Fifth Edition

APRIL 20, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we have a few special announcements. From hosting both GEN. Petraeus and GEN. Allen in May, to Al-Jazeera featuring our very own CTWAC board member, Dr. Saud Anwar, there’s a lot to share. Plus, a cartoon depicting how a mixologist might define 2020.

Weekly Episode

On our fifth episode — Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins (Ret.) talks to the Council about the Global Health Security Agenda, vulnerable populations during pandemics and global wet markets. Moderated by CEO, Megan Clark Torrey. Stream Now.

Check out Bonnie Jenkin’s latest article with Brookings on why we need to revisit the Global Health Security Agenda

Weekly Article Roundup

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

CT Senator and former CTWAC speaker Chris Murphy talks to Vox about Connecticut, COVID-19 and the Trump administration
Read how “Connecticut’s rising star” would run the world // by Alex Ward

How Saudi Arabia, the oil giant and home to Islam’s holiest city, might have to rethink its global ambitions
Foreign Affairs writes about the pandemic’s impact on the Kingdom

Health-care systems differ around the world – and thus, their responses to communities in crisis differ too
Check out how six health-care systems have contended with COVID so far

Spanish doesn’t cut it: How translators of indigenous languages are saving lives at U.S. detention centers
Translators with knowledge of different dialects give a voice to detainees

Learn more about the character of Francis Collins, the leader of one of our largest health institutions, the National Institutes of Health
Peter Wehner for The Atlantic

Weekly Entertainment


Originally published in 1967, the timeless story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo


ArtCurious Podcast

This podcast is anything but your college art history lecture – listen to explore the “unseen corners of art history”


Kombi Life

The couple behind the Kombi Life YouTube channel shows us that #VanLife doesn’t mean a lack of adventure


Sporcle Trivia

From naming global capitals to listing every pixar film, the trivia opportunities are endless on Sporcle


Vanilla Dutch Baby

This pancake-popover hybrid is the perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert! Top with sweet or savory fillings and you’re good to grub.

Global Good News

‘Hero’: Pakistani-American doctor takes on ventilator shortages

Dr. Saud Anwar, CT State Senator and member of CTWAC, gets a surprise “unsung hero parade” for his innovative work battling the coronvirus. We are so proud of you, Dr. Anwar! Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

We have a variety of notable and exciting upcoming events, programs and At the Council, we have a lot in the works – and a few surprise announcements on the way – to connect you with the world’s top thought leaders during this time. And in this difficult time, I am again reminded how incredibly grateful I am to be a part of your community; thank you for all your support and engagement. Until next time, stay safe and healthy!

Megan Torrey

Image Credits: [1] Amb. Bonnie Jenkins: Nick Caito for CTWAC; [2] Chris Murphy: Nate Palmer for Vox; [3] Kombi Life: Kombi Life YouTube; [4] Dutch Baby: NYT Cooking; [5] Dr. Anwar: Al-Jazeera, courtesy of Kevin Dyer

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