Michael Santoro, Associate Professor, Business Ethics, Rutgers Business School
Drawing on personal interviews, documentary sources and almost two decades of visits to China, Santoro assesses the role of multinational corporations in China’s social and political development. Hear how moral integrity (or lack of it) by Western business is having a profound impact on whether economic privatization and growth usher in greater democracy and respect for human rights in China. Read more »
Boris Dittrich, Human Rights Activist; Former Member, Netherlands Parliament
Dittrich will discuss LGBT issues around the world, including efforts to save lives of homosexual men in the Middle East; the anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda, which introduces the death penalty; the role of the United Nations in supporting, or hindering, LGBT rights; and emerging LGBT groups around the world.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on March 16, 2010.
Rev. Kapya Kaoma, Project Director, Political Research Associates; Anglican Priest from Zambia Leading Churches in Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Sandip Roy, Editor, New America Media - Moderator Read more »
Joseph Tuman, Professor of Political and Legal Communications, San Francisco State University; Political Analyst; Author
Nominated for an Emmy for his political analysis, Tuman brings his celebrated explanatory power to The Club to share his knowledge of terrorism with an emphasis on the Middle East. He has taught and conducted research for more than 20 years, published several articles and books, and has been an expert on radio and network TV, including CNN, BBC and ABC. Read more »
Get an inside look at a culturally rich but politically and economically struggling country. Rabinowitz will present a slide show with commentary about her most recent trip to Cuba last year. Rabinowitz has been to Cuba 10 times since 1974, as a volunteer and as part of health care, labor and cultural programs. Her intriguing photos offer an intimate look at Cuba and Cubans today. Read more »
Charles L. Frankel, Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana
Since its independence in 1965, Botswana has experienced rapid growth through a combination of policies, institutions and built-in shock absorbers. It was the world’s fastest growing economy from 1966-97. It has consistently ranked as the least corrupt country in Africa, and less corrupt than nine EU countries. Learn how Botswana has achieved its outstanding successes. Read more »
Omar Dajani, Former Senior Legal Advisor, Palestine Liberation Organization’s Negotiations Support Unit; Former Political Advisor, United Nations Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larson; Associate Professor of Law, University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law George Bisharat, Ph.D., Professor of Law, Expertise in Middle East Affairs Read more »
John Kriken, FAIA, AICP, Consulting Partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
Internationally known city designer Kriken will discuss several of his large-scale commissions in Asia – designing districts within cities, high-density inner cities and entirely new cities. He will also show several notable new buildings in Asia and discuss the cultural and architectural philosophies behind their creation. Read more »