world-flagsThe World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana (WAC) will host a “Diplomacy Starts Here” summit designed to educate community members on how to use diplomacy and peacekeeping methods in daily life.

The event is Tuesday, May 19, at various locations. Louisville is one of nine cities hosting such a summit.

“Many people think they have to be in government to participate in diplomacy, but that simply isn’t the case,” Xiao Yin Zhao, executive director of WAC, said in a news release. “From shopping at conscious companies like Heine Brothers to hosting international visitors in your own home through the World Affairs Council, there are plenty of peacekeeping opportunities individuals can take.”

The “citizen diplomacy” sessions are:

  • 8:30-11:30 a.m.: Workshop — “Creative and Experiential Programming.” Members of Global Ties U.S. will lead nonprofits and businesses on how they can develop creative and experiential programming to achieve goals.
  • 12:15-2 p.m.: Lunch Discussion with Dr. Juan A. Triana Barros. “Cuba’s Economy: Its Relevance to the World.” (Ali Center, $25 includes lunch buffet)
  • 2-3:15 p.m.: Panel Discussion — “Local Responses to Global Challenges and Opportunities: Food, Water and Health.” Panel members include local businesses and nonprofits. (Ali Center, Free)
  • 2-3:15 p.m.Student Session — State Department Opportunities and Careers. Students will learn about career opportunities in foreign affairs from members of the State Department. (Ali Center, Free)
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Afternoon Panel — “Conflict Resolution through Personal Diplomacy.” Panelists will include local media and nonprofit organizations. (Ali Center, Free)
  • 6-8:30 p.m.: Dinner Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy. Summit attendees and local guests will celebrate 75 years of citizen diplomacy and 30 years of WAC in true Kentucky style with bluegrass music, bourbon and Southern fare. (Foxhollow Farm, $55)

Interested attendees can purchase all-day passes ($70), individual event tickets and find a full schedule of events at