Upcoming Events: International Relations

Wed 3/4

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Who Is Putin?

Date: Wed, March 04, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Ilya Ponomarev, member of the Russian State Duma

Ilya Ponomarev, Opposition Member, Russian State Duma; Chair, Innovations Subcommittee of Duma; Technology Entrepreneur

Who is Vladimir Putin: powerful tyrant or cornered ex-KGB officer who became Russian President? What is the end game for him? How should the White House handle the crisis between Russia and the West? Join our discussion with a leader of the Russian opposition. Hon. Illya Ponomarev was the only State Duma member to vote against the accession of Crimea to the Russian Federation. In August he learned that the Kremlin had banned him from returning to Russia.

Thu 3/5

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club Planning Meeting

Date: Thu, March 05, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Discuss international issues and plan programs.

All interested Club members are welcome to attend our bimonthly, one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for 2015.

Tue 3/10

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International Careers: Explore the World As You Work

Date: Tue, March 10, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
A panel of worldly experts.

Terry Vogt, Managing Director, Terra Global Capital
Lisa Reinsberg, Executive Director, International Justice Resource Center
Vaido Vald, Superintendent, Skanska – Global Project Development and Construction Group
Nikki Sayres, Senior Director of Field Representation and Operations, The Asia Foundation

Have you ever thought of taking your sharply honed professional skill set overseas? Perhaps to use your management expertise to help shape the next green building complex in Denmark? Or your legal and human rights knowledge to push for the fair treatment of migrant workers in China? Our panel of international specialists from private industry and the nonprofit sphere will discuss opportunities for international work in various disciplines. Learn about the rewards and possible pitfalls of working abroad. Following the program you will have the opportunity to talk directly with the speakers.

Wed 3/25

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The Universe's Plastic Planet Called Earth

Date: Wed, March 25, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Plastic is everywhere!

Anna Cummins, Executive Director and Co-founder, 5 Gyres Institute; Elected Fellow, Sings World Quest, 2011; Noted Researcher in World Wide Plastic Contamination

Betsy Rosenberg, Creator and Producer, The Green Front/Progressive Radio Network; Green Blogger, HuffPro; Commentator, Fox News

For decades throughout the world, plastic and plastic materials designed to last forever have entered our lives and the worldwide environments in which we live. Plastic is everywhere from plastic bags and wrappings to plastic toys, furniture, household and manufactured items that we buy, use and throw into mountains of non-disposable, non-destructible and non-reducible man-made trash. Today worldwide landfills, oceans, dump sites and beaches are already packed with plastic products that contain large and microscopic particles – polluting earth, ground and air sources and resources. Join our speakers in the discussion of the worldwide use of non-destructible plastic that pollutes our environments and our lives with trillions of tons of manufactured plastic that are sold, used and discarded throughout the world and will not go away.

Wed 4/8

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Dining Practices Around the World

Date: Wed, April 08, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With Syndi Seid, Founder of Advanced Etiquette

Syndi Seid, Founder, Advanced Etiquette

Have you ever been afraid of committing an unintentional cultural faux pas at a business dinner? Or perhaps you’re just curious about how different cultures around the world approach eating? Back by popular demand is our resident etiquette expert, Syndi Seid, to lead us through a lively discussion on how people dine in different countries. She’ll touch on the similarities and differences of eating with your hands, chopsticks and flatware, so for added fun, bring your own pair of chopsticks and a spoon, knife and fork to practice how to properly use these items. We’ll also be discussing how to eat appropriately with your hands so as not to be perceived as a barbarian! Seid's prior Commonwealth Club appearances sold out, so be sure to make your reservations early.

Mon 4/20

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When Cultures Collide

Date: Mon, April 20, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
International communications experts share the advances to bridging cultural gaps.

Richard D. Lewis, Linguist; Founder, Richard Lewis Communications; Founder Berlitz Schools; Author, When Cultures Collide; Knight Commander, Order of the Lion of Finland
Michael Gates, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School; Vice-Chairman, Richard Lewis Communications
Craig Martin, Founder, Martin Global Leaders – Moderator

Unforeseen cultural differences are frequently the source of misunderstandings between individuals, nations and businesses. Cultural predispositions that inform our sense of self and nationality have especially far-reaching implications for organizations working across the globe. Understanding these factors and predicting how differing cultures will interact and allow (or hinder) effective communication, cooperation and decision-making is a source of great advantage, particularly in today's interconnected and inflammable world. Among the leaders of this approach are Richard Lewis and Michael Gates, international communications experts who will share with us the advances brought to bridging cultural gaps through the globally respected Lewis Model.

Thu 5/7

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club Planning Meeting

Date: Thu, May 07, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Discuss current international issues.

All interested Club members are welcome to attend our bimonthly, one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for the remainder of 2015.