Upcoming Events: International Relations

Mon 3/7

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

Date: Mon, March 07, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM

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 early 2016.

Tue 3/22

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Women Fostering Women As Change-agents Through Global Mentoring

Date: Tue, March 22, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

Trish Tierney, Co-founder, Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange; Former Executive Director, Institute of International Education
Barbara Bylenga, Co-founder and Executive Director, SHE-CAN (formerly Open a Door)
Julie Roberts, Health-care Executive; SHE-CAN Lead Mentor—Moderator

The panel will discuss how organizations are leveraging personal one-on-one connections and resource sharing in shifting the global female leadership paradigm. Represented organizations on this panel have experience in building female leadership through directly connecting women and girls in developing countries with professional women in the U.S. who help them access higher education, technology resources and—most important—connect them with a global network of professionals who help them succeed.

Wed 3/30

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National Security, Privacy, and Freedom of Expression Online

Date: Wed, March 30, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression; Author, HRC 2015—Report on Encryption and Anonymity in Digital Communications
In conversation with Jacob Foster, Attorney, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP; Served in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

A vibrant debate has arisen over whether encryption and anonymity online are essential to free expression or a threat to national security. While law enforcement contends that technological backdoors to encryption are necessary to prevent terrorists from "going dark," the Report by Special Rapporteur Kaye concludes that the right to free expression depends on freedom from electronic surveillance. Join us for a discussion of the future of online privacy in light of the Snowden disclosures, the rise of ISIS, and the encryption debate.

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Joe Lurie: Perceptions and Misperceptions in a Globalized Polarized World

Date: Wed, March 30, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus, International House, UC Berkeley; Author

The Commonwealth Club is offering an encore performance of Joe Lurie's recent sold-out program in San Francisco. Inspired by a West African proverb that says “The stranger sees only what he knows,” Joe Lurie shares a feast of cross-cultural stories and misadventures, exploring the deeper cultural messages that escape people who hear largely what they’re used to hearing and see mostly what they’re used to seeing.

Gleaned from his years of research, travel and managing Berkeley’s International House, Lurie reveals how cultural filters distort perceptions of others in the worlds of immigration, diplomacy and business. One reviewer of Lurie’s book observed, “Already I can hear the reader calling out to a friend across the room, ‘Wait, you’ve got to hear this!’”

Wed 4/6

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Running with Rhinos: Stories from a Radical Conservationist

Date: Wed, April 06, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Who would take on the most dangerous volunteer fieldwork around?

Edward Warner, Author; Philanthropist; Former Exploration Geologist

Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the wilds of sub-Saharan Africa. Few if any laymen like Warner have been invited to care for them in the wild, some of the most dangerous volunteer fieldwork around. It gave him the opportunity to pursue and refine his emerging philosophy of radical conservationism, to cultivate partnerships between local communities and private landowners in Africa, and to export the lessons about land and wildlife management back home to the United States. 

Tue 4/26

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Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

Date: Tue, April 26, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM

William Carlsen, Author, Journalist

In 1839 explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood trekked through the jungles of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, investigating the remains of the Maya civilization. After their journey through disparate and widely scattered ruins, they changed forever the world's view of the widespread, advanced Maya society. Carlsen, formerly a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and Pulitzer finalist, traveled the explorers’ 2500-mile route himself to prepare for writing the book.

Mon 5/16

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM

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 rest of 2016.