World Affairs Council Presents Informative Programs in December

Several interesting programs will be presented by the World Affairs Council this month.  Tuesday, Dec. 6 the Council brings award-winning historian Douglas Smith to Dallas.  The author of four books on Russia, he’s also known and respected as a translator of the language.  His WAC program will focus on Grigori Rasputin, the notorious historic figure called “The Mad Monk.”  

Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs is a meticulously researched book.  Smith peels truth from fiction to reveal the man who was a powerful force as the Tsars’ era gave way to the Communist revolution. The book’s publication marks the 100th anniversary of the murder of the mystical faith healer in St. Petersburg. Rasputin was a trusted adviser to Tsar Nicholas II. 

The event begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by a 6:30 p.m. program and book signing at the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas. Tickets are $25 for WAC members and $40 for non-members. A Contributors’ Circle Dinner will also be held with the author that evening.  

The Rasputin program concludes the World Affairs Council’s popular three-part presentation on Russia. The first program in the series was “The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin” and the second was “True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy.” 

Monday, Dec. 12 the World Affairs Council will present U. S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at a dinner in Fort Worth.  Tuesday, Dec. 13 Justice Breyer will appear at a Dallas luncheon.  He will discuss the high court’s global impact at the two World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth programs.

Justice Breyer, a member of the Supreme Court since 1994, is the author of several books including his most recent, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities. WAC President/CEO James N. Falk will moderate “A Conversation with Justice Steven Breyer.”

A paperback copy of Justice Breyer’s book is included in the ticket price at both events. Justice Breyer has been quoted as saying, “The best way to protect our American values is to know what’s going on beyond our shores.”

The Fort Worth program and book signing begins at 6 p.m. at The Fort Worth Club in Downtown Fort Worth. Council member tickets are $75; non-member tickets are $90. Sponsor Tables are $2,500; Preferred Seating Tables are $1,500; and other tables are $1,000. Sponsors for the Fort Worth event are: Jackson Walker LLP, Haynes and Boone, Texas A&M University School of Law, Kearney Wynn, The Dallas Morning News and KERA. The Fort Worth Club is a partner.

The Dallas luncheon and book signing begins at noon at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in downtown Dallas. Tickets are $70 for members and $85 for non-members. Tables are $1,000. Sponsors for the Dallas event are: Haynes and Boone, Cher and David Jacobs, Texas A&M School of Law, Baker Botts LLP, The Dallas Morning News and KERA. The Dallas Bar Association is a partner.