Global Issues 2017-2018
Community Center Auditorium
The goal of the Global Issues lecture series is to examine issues that are changing our world by understanding the historical context and viewpoint from abroad, and to stimulate new thinking and social change for the benefit of current and future generations.
|General Admission||$35/lecture||All four lectures $125|
|Reserved Seating||$60/lecture||All four lectures $200|
|Sponsorship||$150/lecture||All four lectures $500|
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 4:00pm
Shyla Raghav, Conservation International
Global Climate Policy
Planet Earth contains an astonishing variety of landscapes and climates. Since life began, around 4,000 million years ago, it has gone through extraordinary changes in its climate and in the species that live on it. But now it seems that our planet is being transformed — not by natural events, but by the actions of one species: mankind.
Shyla and her interdisciplinary global team engage with key partners to amplify Conservation International’s successful climate change strategies, which demonstrate that ecosystem-based mitigation and adaptation offer tremendous opportunities for meeting the climate challenge. Having attended nearly a decade of United Nations climate change negotiations at the international level on climate change adaptation, she works closely with partners through innovation and research, demonstration projects, and amplification to bring nature-based solutions for climate change to scale.Buy Tickets
Sunday, February 4, 2018 | 4:00pm
Martin Walker, Author, Historian and International Policy Director
“Europe: A Near-Death Experience”
Martin Walker is back again! In his talk he will explain that the cardinal principle of the U.S. strategy since 1945 has been to foster the emergence of a Europe at peace – whole, free and advancing to a common democratic destiny in the Atlantic partnership. That strategy, broadly successful, is now in disarray on both sides of the Atlantic. Can it, should it, be revived? Martin Walker has a vast knowledge of global events and relationships. He is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations, and a senior scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Since graduating Balliol College in Oxford, England, he has taken on a variety of impressive positions, including Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of United Press International (UPI), and, in a 25-year career with the Manchester Guardian newspaper, serving as bureau-in-chief in Moscow and the U.S., as well as European editor and assistant editor. Mr. Walker is also a regular commentator on the BBC, CNN, Inside Washington and NPR.
Martin Walker is also the talented author of the Inspector Bruno series of mystery novels that has sold over one million copies worldwide and is published in 15 languages.Buy Tickets
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 4:30pm
John Pomfret, International Journalist and Author
The two-century-old relationship of China and America:
What could it mean for today’s geopolitics and for our future?
John Pomfret is an award-winning journalist and author. He was a correspondent in China for the Associated Press and Bureau Chief for the Washington Post in Beijing. During the 1980s as a foreign correspondent, he covered wars in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Sri Lanka, Iraq, southwestern Turkey and northeastern Iran. His recent book, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present, is the first narrative history of America’s relationship with China, and describes how deeply America has and continues to inspire the Chinese. He received his BA and MA from Stanford University and was one of the first American students to study in China following the Sino-American rapprochement. He wrote about his experiences and his Chinese classmates at Nanjing University in his 2006 best seller, Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. He speaks and writes Mandarin, was recently a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Beijing and was awarded the Asia Society’s Osborne Elliot premier award for the best coverage of Asia. John and his wife, Mei Zhang, entrepreneur, author and founder of Wild China, have three children and live near San Francisco.Buy Tickets
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 4:00pm
Dr. Robert Barylski, President of Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning and Expert on Russian Policy
Putin, Trump, and Clinton: What Happened and Why
Dr. Robert Barylski will present a realist assessment of Putin’s drive to defend Russian national interests and our responses to Putin. He will answer questions such as: Was Putin’s meddling in American presidential elections driven by resentment towards Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration or part of a deliberate scheme to divide and weaken the United States and the Western alliance? Did the Cold War’s end allow toxic partisanship to flourish in the US and the Western alliance? Does Putin need better relations with the West to meet his goals in Ukraine and Syria? What does his Eurasian strategy imply about the relative importance of Europe, China, and the United States to Russia’s long term needs? What do Americans need to know about Russia’s substantial and growing Muslim population and Islamic factors in Russian domestic and foreign policy?Buy Tickets