World Affairs Seminar


The World Affairs Seminar provides training in international relations, problem solving and conflict resolution to high school age delegates. Its motto is “Peace through Understanding.”


Each year we use a different theme as a learning platform, with subject-matter experts as speakers.  Our most recent theme was “Hunger in a World of Plenty (2020)”; the 2021 theme will be “Urban Life in a Changing World”.


The Seminar is six days in duration and takes place during the last full week of June each year.  Currently approximately 300 delegates attend annually.  Our attendee’s hail from over 30 nations.  We hosted our first Seminar in 1977.  From 1977 through 2019 all of our Seminars were on site and in person.  In 2020, due to COVID-19 we offered a virtual event.


Beginning in 2021 we intend to offer “hybrid” Seminars with both virtual and on-site options.  We expect this flexibility will increase attendance.  For 2021 our fees are:  $735 for on-site and $365 for virtual.  A discount scheme to encourage early registration and larger group attendance (4 or more sponsored by the same payor) is available.


Some scholarships are available through the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Call the Rotary office at 414-276-4425 for more information.


To learn more, go to the WAS website.