Wednesday August 20, 2014,
WORLD AFFAIRS GALA SUMMER AFFAIR
Quail Inn, Oakmont
7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Book Sale/Social Time, 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.
5:45 to 7:00 p.m.
Buffet Picnic Dinner
Members and Guests: $25
Reservations due 8/13
Come one and all to the World Affairs Council's Gala Summer Affair
in beautiful Quail Inn -- with green open space and a lovely view of
Gastronomically, the spread offers BBQ chicken, sausages, salads,
dessert; wine, beer, and a full bar available for
purchasing drinks to quench that late afternoon summer thirst –
and all accompanied by the cool music of solo guitarist
Four $25 gift certificates to Copperfields' Books and bottles of
wine will be given away. You only win if you're there!
Come at 5:00 pm to socialize and purchase donated books at out
annual Book Sale; bring your donated books to sell – in
particular, world affairs books -- or any books you think others may
like. Books are sold at really good prices – and help keep your
World Affairs Council afloat! To arrange to drop off books before
the Gala please contact Pat Lewis at 528-9540 or
Mark your calendars now and reserve your place at the Quail Inn on
August 20. Enjoy a pleasant summer afternoon with all of the great
local World Affairs Council people! Bring your appetite and enjoy
an affair to remember! Questions? Call 707 573-6014.
Thursday, September 11, 2014,
BRINGING WORLD NEWS TO LOCAL READERS -- AND MAKING IT RELEVANT,
Paul Gullixson, Editorial Editor, The Press Democrat
newspaper, Santa Rosa
7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members, Students & SLV free: Visitors $5
6:45 p.m. Reception: Welcome Back to Spring Lake Village
Wine/ice tea, appetizers provided.
Gullixson is point man for selecting syndicated columnists,
including Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Trudy Rubin, and
others, who write on international issues. He also determines when
to initiate local editorials on international issues, and writes
many of these pieces himself.
will describe what drives his decisions on how the newspaper handles
world issues. He will also describe his experiences covering
international events, such as visiting a safe house for girls
rescued from sex-trafficking in Costa Rica -- the first of its kind
in that country. Paul's reporting brought an overlooked situation to
Prior to joining The Press Democrat in 1998, Paul was
Peninsula Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Chronicle,
editor of Palo Alto Weekly, and reporter and editor for the
Peninsula Times Tribune. He teaches journalism at Sonoma
State University and is faculty advisor to the campus newspaper.
Gullixson is a native of Palo Alto, graduated from the University of
Oregon School of Journalism, and has received numerous awards for
editorial and column writing. He is a 14-year board member and past
president of the First Amendment Coalition based in San Rafael.
Friday, September 26, 2014,
THE PARADOX OF DISCLOSURE: SNOWDEN LEAKS AND THE FUTURE OF
AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE, Mark Randol, Retired Senior Specialist,
Domestic Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Congressional
Research Service; and Director of Counterterrorism Policy at the
Department of Homeland Security.
Noon, Quail Inn, Oakmont
7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa
Members: $26; Non-members: $31
Reservations due 9/19
year’s blockbuster leaks by Edward Snowden revealed the extent of
electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA);
specifically, NSA collected phone and Internet communications of
Americans, stockpiled a huge database of telephone “metadata,”
inserted “back doors” into widely-used online encryption, and tapped
phones of friendly foreign leaders.
These activities were undertaken just as they are supposed to be, in
our representative democracy; they were authorized and re-authorized
by law, overseen by Congress, and supervised by the judiciary,
albeit a special court that operates in secret. Snowden’s leaks were
illegal, but without them, how would Americans have learned about
intelligence activities of significant concern?
Randol addresses this paradox of disclosure, discussing the tension
between security and liberty arising from our demand that government
protect us from terrorism and other threats, but also protect our
privacy and uphold civil liberties while remaining transparent. Is
it possible to achieve these objectives in the intelligence realm
where secrets are essential?
Randol is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley,
with a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown