Upcoming Events: International Relations

Mon 9/29

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Human Trafficking of Foreign-Born Individuals into the Bay Area: Stories of Hope and Survival

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Discover trends, patterns and stories about survivors.

Jadma Noronha, Human Trafficking Program Manager, SAGE Project
Hediana Utarti, Ph.D., Community Project Coordinator, Asian Women's Shelter

The SAGE Project and The Asian Women Shelter are two of the leading Bay Area agencies responding to human trafficking. Founded on the principles of peer (survivor) leadership, for 20 years SAGE has provided trauma-focused healing services to survivors of all forms of human trafficking. Asian Women's Shelter (AWS) was founded in 1988 to address the needs of women, children and transgender survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, especially those who are immigrants and refugees. Utarti and Noronha are the coordinators of the human trafficking component in their agencies, and their presentation, focusing on international citizens who have been trafficked into the Bay Area, will highlight trends, patterns and stories of overcoming violence and adversity.

Tue 9/30

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Timothy Garton Ash

Date: Tue, September 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, Oxford; Columnist, The Guardian; Twitter @fromTGA

Bill Clinton said that China trying to control the internet was like trying to nail jello to the wall. But the Chinese Communist Party has been trying to prove him wrong; all over the world sovereign states are attempting to reassert their control over the internet. American private powers such as Google and Facebook are coming under sustained criticism, not least in Europe. Is the internet losing its original libertarian promise? Has the United States — and Silicon Valley — mishandled this over the last 20 years? What can still be done about it? Timothy Garton Ash is leading a major, 13-language research project in free speech at Oxford University, (which can be viewed at http://wwwfreespeechdebate.com/en). He is also writing a major book on global free speech in the age of mass migration and the internet. He will discuss one of the major challenges of our time.

Timothy Garton Ash is professor of European studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, and a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He is the author of nine books of political writings or "history of the present," including The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin & Prague, The File: A Personal History, In Europe's Name and, most recently, Facts are Subversive. He writes a widely syndicated column on international affairs in The Guardian and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, among other journals. Awards he has received for his writing include the George Orwell Prize.

Here's a chance to hear him identify the current threats to free speech.

Mon 10/6

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The Business Solution to Poverty

Date: Mon, October 06, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Mal Warwick, Co-author, The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers

More than 60 years after the rich nations of the world began acting to end poverty, and after the expenditure of more than $2.5 trillion, more people today are living on $2 a day or less than the total population of the planet in 1950. Despite continuing optimism from the World Bank and the United Nations that they’re on track to eradicate poverty, Mal Warwick argues that traditional methods have failed and that only the private sector possesses the resources and the incentives to do the job. This lively presentation will explain how entrepreneurs and existing businesses can design, produce and market income-generating products that will enable 2.7 billion $2-a-day customers to lift themselves out of poverty.

Wed 10/8

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Peace Corps in Ukraine

Date: Wed, October 08, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Put a human face on the people living in a country facing an uncertain future.

Julia Lee, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ukraine 2011-2013
Jing Li, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ukraine 2010-2012
Kyle Borley, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ukraine 2010-2012
Morgan Roth, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ukraine 2011-2013
Kayla Trunececk, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ukraine 2013-2014

Five recently returned Peace Corps volunteers who served in diverse regions around Ukraine discuss the lives they shared with the people in their communities. In big cities and small towns, east and west, the daily interactions of these volunteers put a human face on the peoples, young and old, living in a country facing an uncertain future.

Tue 10/21

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Latino/a Culture, Heritage and Conservation for the Environment

Date: Tue, October 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Explore this community's history of conservation.

Adrianna Quintero, Senior Attorney; Director, Latino Outreach, Natural Resources Defense Council
Gary Segura, Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a Studies, Stanford University
Anita Martinez, Retired College Educator; Environmentalist; Community Health and Safety Activist

Most people don't automatically label Latinos and Latinas as environmentalists. A deeper look at family, home and community values reveals a long-standing generational commitment to conservation and the wise use of everyday resources in daily life. California's changing demographics all point to a tremendous potential for local, national and worldwide political environmental progress as we listen and learn about the conservation practices of our Latino and Latina families and communities.

Mon 10/27

Go to TechWomen: Advancing Women’s Leadership in Africa and the Middle East

TechWomen: Advancing Women’s Leadership in Africa and the Middle East

Date: Mon, October 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A panel discussion with leaders in STEM fields.

Speakers TBA

Join us for a panel discussion with four emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields from Africa and the Middle East who are in the Bay Area as participants of TechWomen. TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, launched under the leadership of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2010. TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in STEM from Africa and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams and inspire women and girls in their communities. This is achieved through a five-week professional mentorship and exchange program for 78 participants hosted at leading companies in the Bay Area. This panel will share their experiences on the program and their goals and dreams for their returns to their home countries.

Mon 1/26

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Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

Date: Mon, January 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Join the filmmakers to discuss their new murder mystery movie.

Dayna Goldfine, Emmy-award winning filmmaker; Co-creator, Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
Dan Geller, Emmy-award winning filmmaker; Co-creator, Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

“The most irresistible film of 2014,” is what the San Francisco Chronicle calls Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden. The documentary presents a cache of home movies made by settlers who go off to live on a remote Galapagos Island in search of Eden. Their search for paradise turns dark when one of their own is killed. Come hear how Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller became interested in producing this engaging, Hitchcock-meets-Darwin mystery.