The Ascent of Woman

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The Roses of Pasadena: Art, Food, and Entrepreneurial Women

Fri, Sep 17 2010 - 9:00am

The Roses of Pasadena:
Art, Food, and Entrepreneurial Women
 

September 17-19, 2010

Sitting at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena has played a key role in California’s history. In 1886, it became the second incorporated city in Southern California after Los Angeles. Today, it is an upscale community with a thriving arts, cultural, and entertainment scene, best known for the Tournament of Roses Parade that takes place every New Year's Day. Read more »

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The Taste for Civilization

Tue, Aug 31 2010 - 6:00pm

The Taste for Civilization

Janet A. Flammang, Professor and Chair of Political Science, Santa Clara University; Author, The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society

The recent deterioration of family mealtime traditions raises questions about the concomitant lack of civility in America’s political and civil discourse. Are our dining rooms the fundamental education foundation of our civility? Read more »

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Symphony of the Soil

Tue, Aug 31 2010 - 6:00pm

Symphony of the Soil: Women in Film

Deborah Koons Garcia, Filmmaker, Lily Films, Mill Valley

Filmed on four continents, Symphony of the Soil is a multi-part documentary film series that examines soil in all of its complexity. By gaining an understanding of the mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we can come to appreciate the complex nature of this precious resource. Come enjoy a special work-in-progress screening of select clips from the film series. Read more »

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The Women of Israel: A Remarkable Diversity

Fri, Aug 27 2010 - 12:00pm

The Women of Israel: A Remarkable Diversity

Donna Rosenthal, Author; Journalist; Television Producer
Rita Semel, Vice Chairwoman, SF Interfaith Council - Moderator

Rosenthal will describe the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of Israeli women – Christians, Jews, Muslims, Druze – who range from the radically modern to staunchly traditional. Some work in high tech, the government or the military, while others practice polygamous marriages, march in gay pride parades, or support the religious fervor of their husbands. Read more »

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Somali Women Promote Peace and Political Participation Amid Armed Conflict

Fri, Aug 27 2010 - 12:00pm

Somali Women Promote Peace and Political Participation Amid Armed Conflict

This program is cancelled

Asha Hagi, Co-founder and Chairperson, Save Somali Women and Children

Despite the suffering and marginalization experienced in a patriarchal, patrilineal society, some Somali women have challenged the cultural paradigms. Read more »

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Scenes from "Becoming Julia Morgan"

Thu, Aug 26 2010 - 6:00pm

Scenes from “Becoming Julia Morgan”

Belinda Taylor, Playwright
Sabrina Klein, Producer

Julia Morgan has been described as California's most famous architect and the United States' most famous woman architect. An elusive and fascinating personality, she pursued ambitious career goals when architecture was exclusively a man’s profession. Scenes from the award-winning "Becoming Julia Morgan" will be performed by actors and narrated with commentary, by playwright Belinda Taylor. Read more »

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Kate Kendell: National Center for Lesbian Rights

Thu, Aug 26 2010 - 6:00pm

Kate Kendell

Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

The NCLR’s precedent-setting case victories have literally re-written the law, changing the legal landscape for LGBT individuals and families. Kendall stands at center stage in our nation’s discussion of civil rights and social justice. Topics explored will include the role of women in securing economic parity, marriage equality and parenting rights. Read more »

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The Status of Women in Technology: the Ongoing Challenges of Retention and Advancement

Wed, Aug 25 2010 - 6:00pm

The Status of Women in Technology: The Ongoing Challenges of Retention and Advancement

Caroline Simard, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Executive Programs, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

While the ascent of women has been a reality in many spheres of society, change has been uncharacteristically slow in the realm of high technology. Yet technology is omnipresent in our lives and a major driver of economic growth. Read more »

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Jackie Speier: What Is a Woman Worth?

Tue, Aug 24 2010 - 6:00pm

What Is a Woman Worth?

Jackie Speier, Member of Congress, (D-CA)
Jan Yanehiro, Director of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University; Broadcast Journalist - Moderator

With more than 20 years in national, state and local political work, Speier has set precedents for women and what they are worth in creating state and national politics and policies. Read more »

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Remembering Afghan Women

Mon, Aug 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Remembering Afghan Women

Katherine Brown, Truman National Security Project Fellow; Former Communications and Public Events Advisor, U.S. Embassy Kabul; NGO Worker; Former White House Staffer
Olga Oliker, Senior International Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation

Following the overthrow of the misogynistic Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the situation for women seemed to enter a promising era. A Ministry of Women was established, and a new constitution guaranteed women 25 percent representation in the legislature. Read more »

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