Global Affairs Center continues its series on life after 9/11 with another Edmonds speaker

Bill Center

The Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College Wednesday night will continue its series of October seminars aimed at examining how life has changed since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. The center is directed by Edmonds resident Larry Fuell and Wednesday night’s seminar speaker is from Edmonds. Each seminar runs from 7-8:30 p.m. in room 9208 PUB  (Quiet Dining Room) at Shoreline Community College. They are free and open to the public.

Oct. 12:  Responding to Terrorism
– Eric Schinfeld, President, Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT) and Federal Policy Director, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, “Economic Opportunity vs. Terrorism: The Role of International Trade”
– Bill Center of Edmonds, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (retired), former President of Rotary Club of Seattle, and former President, WCIT, “Rethinking America’s Response to Terrorism.”

A specialist in policy analysis, strategic planning and organization development, Center served as a senior advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on arms control, non-proliferation, environmental matters, and international agreements. He was General Colin Powell’s deputy director for international negotiations and served in the same role for General John Shalikashvili. In his final assignment, from May 1996 to May 1999, he commanded the Navy’s third largest fleet concentration area, Navy Region Northwest.

Center is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Evans School. During his naval career he commanded three ships and served in a wide variety of assignments at sea and ashore, including three years as chief engineer on the aircraft carrier USS Midway. Along with his wife and two sons, he lived in Japan during three different assignments totaling eight years.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Center devoted himself to nonprofit leadership, education and volunteer work. He served until 2007 as president of the Washington Council on International Trade, a nonprofit, non-partisan association that advocates for good trade policy and promotes understanding of the role and importance of trade. He is a leader in the Rotary Club of Seattle and the Initiative for Global Development.

The remaining seminar are as follows:

Oct. 19:   Religious Tolerance and Cooperation
– Michael Ramos, Executive Director, Church Council of Greater Seattle
What have we learned since September 11, 2001, about our own and others’ religious values, traditions and practices?  Is one religious faith more compatible than another with our social, economic and political circumstances?  Are we becoming more or less tolerant of others of different religious faiths?

Oct. 26:   Veterans’ Services and Support
-Scott Swaim, LMHC, President, Milspec Advisory Group, LLC, Federal Way, WA; Advisor to Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
How have military service and public attitudes toward such service changed since September 11, 2001?  What are the needs of men and women in the military and how can we understand and accommodate those needs?

  1. I wish that I was able to attend this event as Bill Center is really as good as his very impressive resume indicates. I was on the Executive Committee of the Washington Council on International Trade, our state’s premier international trade organization, for about 15 years. Bill was our President for the last 5 or 6 years of my service, so I was fortunate to get to know him quite well.

  2. Teresa, thanks for posting this.

    It’s good to know there are experts in national and international issues living in our community who are willing to share their knowledge and perspectives.

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