FIRST QUARTER 2014 PROGRAMS
Thursday, January 9, 2014, SYRIA: THE VIEW FROM JORDAN AND LEBANON, Richard Read, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.
Friday, January 17, 2014, TODAY'S FOREIGN POLICY: CAN WE LEARN FROM FDR? By Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan, University of San Francisco Professor.
FOURTH QUARTER 2013 PROGRAMS
Thursday, December 5, 2013, STUMBLING STONES: Current Holocaust Remembrances in Germany, Myrna Goodman, Ph.D., Emerita Professor of Sociology, Sonoma State University and Howard Shattner, Filmmaker, Santa Rosa .
Friday, November 8, 2013, CHILE: Geographic Diversity/Economic Boom/Election, Rolando Ortega, Consul General of Chile in San Francisco.
Thursday, November 14, 2013,
CYPRUS: A Country Shaped by History, Gus Feissel, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (retired)
Thursday, October 10, 2013, HUMAN TRAFFICKING - International, National, and Local: A Disgrace, Chris Castillo, Executive Director of Verity, Sonoma County’s Rape Crisis, Trauma, and Healing Center, Chris Mahurin, Detective, Santa Rosa Police Department, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit
Dana Bryant, Executive Director, Crossing the Jordan Foundation, Santa Rosa.
October 11, 12 and 26, 2013, UN Film Festival, Sonoma State University’s Warren Auditorium and SRJC’s Newman Auditorium.
Friday, October 18, 2013, BLIND AMBITION: Making Quality Eye Care Available Across China,
Jeffrey Parker, Vision in Practice, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.
THIRD QUARTER 2013 PROGRAMS
Friday, September 27, 2013, OVERHEATED: THE HUMAN COST OF CLIMATE CHANGE, Andrew Guzman, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International and Advanced Degree Programs at University of California, Berkeley.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, CYBER SECURITY: POLICY, SECURITY & ECOMONIC IMPLICATIONS, Michael Nacht, Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley.
Thursday August 22, THE EGYPTIAN REVO:UTION: HOPEFUL OR HEARTBREAKING? Kathleen Riley, former Foreign Service Officer for U.S. State Department and Representative of the Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers in Cairo.
Thursday, August 15, 2013, A VISIT TO ENMANJI BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN SEBASTOPOL, George Thow, Ministerial Assistant, Enmanji Temple
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, WOMEN CHANGING THE WORLD, Fouzia Saeed, Ph.D., Human Rights Activist; Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy; Author, Working with Sharks.
Thursday July 25, 2013, Annual Picnic and Book Sale, Quail Inn, (Oakmont Golf Club) 7035 Oakmont Drive, SR
SECOND QUARTER 2013 PROGRAMS
Thursday, June 27, 2013, The Boy Who Saved Thousands of Lives, Reg Green, Retired journalist, Champion for International Organ Donation
Friday, June 14, 2013, China’s New Leadership: Who’s In and Hu’s Out? Crystal Chang, Ph.D., Lecturer, UC Berkeley; Adjunct Professor, Dominican University
Friday, May 24, 2013, Singapore: A Strategic Partner in the Pacific Rim, Hock Seng Chin, Consul-General of Singapore in San Francisco
Thursday, May 9, 2013, DIPLOMACY: Security Challenges in the 21st Century, Ambassador Maurice S. Parker, Retired State Department Diplomat
Thursday, April 25, 2013, QATAR: Sand, Sea, and Sky, Diana Untermeyer, author
Friday, April 12, 2013, The Euro Area: Phoenix or Fantasy? Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
FIRST QUARTER 2013 PROGRAMS
Friday, March 15, 2013, SAUDI ARABIA ON THE EDGE, Thomas W. Lippman, Author, Journalist, Adjunct Scholar/Middle East Institute
Thursday, March 7, 2013, WHAT CAN THE U.S. LEARN FROM THE CRISIS IN JAPAN? Michael Zielenziger, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
Friday, February 22, 2013, NORTH KOREA: DEALING WITH A DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS REGIME, David Straub, Associate Director of Korean Studies, Stanford University
Friday January 25, 2013 GALA 25TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER, SONOMA COUNTY: A TAPESTRY OF CULTURES, Gaye LeBaron, Sunday Columnist, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Thursday, January 10, 2013, NEPAL: Twenty Years of Change, Tom Arens, Peace Corps, founder of Friends of Nepal Pariwar (Family) Foundation
FOURTH QUARTER 2012 PROGRAMS
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, HONG KONG: From British Colony to PRC “Special Administrative Region”, David Wolf, Ph.D., Sonoma County Board of Education (2002-2010), participant in other academic councils in the U.S. and abroad.
Friday, November 2, 2012, Brazil: Our Giant Neighbor to the South, BrazilianConsul General Eduardo Prisco Paraiso Ramos, FountainGrove Inn
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, STAYING AHEAD OF TERRORISTS, SPIES, AND HACKERS, Craig Fair, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Division, Spring Lake Village Auditorium
Friday, October 19, 2012, WHY PAKISTAN MATTERS, DR. NEIL JOECK, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, KENYA: Innovation and Leadership in East Africa, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Assistant Professor, Politics Department, University of San Francisco.
THIRD QUARTER 2012 PROGRAMS
Thursday, September 27, 2012, FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: Between Economic and Political Crisis, Jonah Levy, Professor & Vice Chair of Political Science Department, University of California, Berkeley
Friday, September 14, 2012, OUR NATIONAL STRATEGIC INITIATIVE, Capt. Wayne Porter, US Navy
View more athttp://nationalstrategicnarrative.org/
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, WACSC ANNUAL PICNIC & BOOK SALE, Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center
Dinner catered by Laura and Dave of Oakmont Market
Dinner music by the BC trio
Thursday, August 2, 2012, WAC Member Tour, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, William McNamara, Executive Director
Friday, July 20, 2012, ARMED CONFLICT/FORCED DISPLACEMENT: A Comparative View, Nat J. Colletta, Advisor to World Bank, United Nations, Asia Foundation
Thursday July 12, 2012, THE END OF GROWTH: Peak Oil and the Economy of the Future, Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-In-Residence, Post Carbon Institute
May 10, 2012, THE MEXICAN DRUG WAR: Prospects for the Future, Alex Saragoza, Professor of History, U.C. Berkley
April 27, 2012, Nuclear Hotspots, Nuclear Abolition,Philip Taubman, former New York Times Bureau Chief and now advisor to the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation.
April 19, 2012, INDIA, America’s
True Friend in South Asia,
Ambassador Shri N. Parthasarathi, Consul General of India.
New Books Published by WACSC Members
“Pitcairn Island, the Bounty Mutineers and Their Descendants” by Dr. Robert Kirk
This is a riveting and revealing record of the Bounty mutineers and their forging of a society with the native Polynesians (1789) on a tiny “fly-speck” of an island in the South Pacific, the smallest inhabited island in the world!
After Captain Bligh and other shipmates were set adrift in a launch, the remaining crew came upon Pitcairn Island. There they survived disease, evacuation, and even a dictatorship. Author Kirk artfully captures the centuries of change that occurred through world-wide attention and In-attention. This was a community of people who remained loyal, proud, and determined. The reader will even learn the origin of “three square meals a day” and “the cat’s out of the bag.”
This is the first “full” written history of Pitcairn Island up to the present time. It tells of the incredible people, the tragedies and ancestral triumphs of the mutineer’s descendents. The future of this now British Colony is in question.
You’ll learn of the religious influences, the crop sharing, the ravages of nature that all combined to bring this small island into the 21st century. (The book can be ordered on Amazon or from any bookstore). Review by Nancy Broomhead.
"The Landscape of Time" by Lois Foyt and Jon Foyt
At a recent book signing event at Barnes and Noble on Santa Rosa's Fourth
Street, WACSC members Lois and Jon Foyt quickly sold out all copies of their
eighth novel, The Landscape of Time. Lois and Jon moved to Oakmont from
Santa Fe a couple of years ago. Both Stanford graduates, they are art
dealers when not penning fiction; in fact, their gorgeous home is filled
with museum-quality European and Asian bronzes. The Foyts are a fascinating
couple, and their novel is well worth reading. Most of their previous books
were set in the Southwest, but Jon traveled to Syracuse, New York, to
research for "Landscape." The setting is the Erie Canal in the early 1800s
-- and today.
"Landscape" is based on historical fact. Intriguingly, the Foyts refer the reader to eight footnotes, letters and diary entries from 1797 to 1825 which provide essential historic background to the story. One must read these notes carefully to see, for example, how Governor DeWitt Clinton was seduced into promoting the Erie Canal. This is a compelling book. Review by Dr. Robert Kirk
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