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April 2017

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04/04/2017 Jane Mayer: Behind Dark Money

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017  7:00 PM

Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Price:
General: $15 Members; $22 Non-Members;
Premium: $40 Members & $50 Non-Members (Includes a copy of book and priority seating)
Students: $8 (with valid ID)

Who are the people bankrolling our political system?
Mayer, author of Dark Money takes us behind the scenes and exposes the powerful group of individuals who are shaping our country.

She traces the billions of dollars spent by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys and uncovers their influences on policies related to climate change, the economy and more.

Mayer also discusses the results of the 2016 election and what the future might entail if these elite billionaires continue to drive decisions at the state and federal levels.

http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2017-04-04/jane-mayer-behind-dark-money
04/05/2017 Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

Join INFORUM for a candid discussion with Alyssa Mastromonacoand learn what its like to be an insider in the competitive world of politics and media. Mastromonaco will answer questions about Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House, her memoir documenting her career to date as a national political operative and communications expert.

Mastromonaco spent nine years working for President Barack Obama, where she oversaw the planning and setup of presidential events, the hiring of presidential personnel and all Oval Office operations. Early in President Obamas political rise, Mastromonaco established herself as an integral member of President Obamas inner circle, helping Obama with key decisions (such as selecting Joe Biden as his running mate)with lots of lessons learned along the way.

After leaving the White House, Mastromonaco shifted her focus to the global media landscape as COO of Vice Media, helping the company grow its powerhouse brand. Mastromonacos book includes stories about her ascension to Washington, D.C.s political power list and also provides insightful advice for young women who are looking to make their mark on the world.

When: Wednesday, April 05, 2017; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: The Commonwealth Club. 555 Post Street, San Francisco, 94102

What: Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alyssa-mastromonaco-running-the-obama-white-house-tickets-31974401295?aff=Outreach

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1804300846454279/
04/05/2017 World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

The Philippines and the South China Sea have been prominent in the news recently both in the domestic and international fronts. Last year, the Philippines won the arbitral proceedings it initiated against China on the issue of the South China Sea. The decision rendered by the Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague has been touted as historic, unprecedented and a game-changer. China, however, declared that it does not recognize the Tribunals decision.

This year, the Philippines is the Chairman of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In the recent years, ASEAN has served as the forum for the discussions with China on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC). As Chairman of ASEAN, how will the Philippines intend to address the issue of the South China Sea? Will it still push through with the COC?

As one of the brains behind the legal strategy on the South China Sea and lead negotiator on the ASEAN-China Working Group on the Implementation of the DOC and discussions on the COC, the Consul General of the Philippines in San Francisco, Henry S. Bensurto Jr., will share his insights on the matter.

Doors Open: 11:45AM
Lunch: 11:45AM - 12:15PM
Program: 12:15PM - 1:15PM

This event is part of an ongoing luncheon series with diplomats in the Bay Area and abroad to provide an opportunity for members of World Affairs and the public to engage with the Consulate community and learn more about events in key countries.

RSVP required by April 3.

SPEAKER:

Henry S. Bensurto
Consul General, Consulate General of the Philippines

MODERATOR:

Suzanne Eloise Siskel
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, The Asia Foundation

World Affairs members are $25.
Non-members are $40.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1707.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
04/06/2017 Capitalism & Democracy: Can They Co-Exist?

Thursday, April 6, 6:30 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane?
Please join Transition Berkeley for a short film: How Class Works, an animated overview by Richard Wolff. The film will be followed by a talk and discussion led by local author and distinguished Marxist scholar Richard Lichtman, who has taught at UC Berkeley, SF State, and the Wright Institute. His topic will be Marxism 101: Capitalism and Democracy - Can They Co-exist? Is capitalism the root cause of the climate crisis? How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane? If capitalism is the problem, what alternatives do we have? Well discuss these issues and more.
Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7:00 pm.

For more info: info@transitionberkeley.com
website: http://www.transitionberkeley.com

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and BFUU's Social Justice Ctee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

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04/11/2017 ENGAGE | US-Russia Relations: Illusions vs. Reality

6:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

Tension in US-Russia relations is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War. Russias 2012 invasion of Ukraine, Putins continued support of the Assad regime in Syria along with the unprecedented accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election have fanned these flames. While the political legitimacy of Putins Russia is predicated on rebuilding its global prominence among its neighbors in both Europe and the Middle East, all at the expense of the United States, the new Trump administration has indicated that they will prioritize healing the relationship. Is it possible that Trumps pro-Russia approach will lead to stronger US-Russia cooperation, or is the relationship too broken to fix?

How can we signal to Russia that interference in our domestic politics is unacceptable and will have repercussions? What can we do to reduce the risk of an accidental or unintended NATO-Russian military confrontation? In what ways can we collaborate with Russia on fighting terrorism and eliminating nuclear threats in the Middle East?

Andrew Weiss, Director of Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will share his perspectives on the future of US-Russia relations as well as key policy recommendations to manage the bilateral relationship.

SPEAKER:
Andrew Weiss
Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1716.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
04/12/2017 North Korea: On the Verge?

6:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

North Korea has threatened the United States with a merciless nuclear attack. While not a new threat, they may soon be capable of actually making good on that promise. North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, has recently been pushing to develop a missile capable of hitting the US, as witnessed by a series of tests. The likely target? California.

Meanwhile, escalating military tensions in the region have further isolated the nation both politically and economically, setting the stage for long-standing internal human rights abuses to worsen. Situations involving political prison camps, unresolved disappearances and the abduction of Japanese and South Koreans are all cause for concern. Add to that savory list, power struggles within the family itself. According to Malaysian authorities, Kim Jong-un's half-brother was recently murdered with chemical weapons in an airport in Kuala Lumpur, further escalating tensions.

How serious is the risk of a North Korean nuclear attack? How will Trumps reaction and willingness to work with our allies in the region influence the situation? And what obligation, if any, does the international community have to intervene on any and all fronts? Experts Philip Yun, Director of the Ploughshares Fund, and Daniel Sneider, Associate Director for Research at Stanfords Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, will share their insights.

SPEAKERS
Daniel Sneider
Associate Director for Research, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

Philip W. Yun
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Ploughshares Fund


World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1708.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
04/13/2017 Sam Altman: Social Change and Startups

Sam Altman, President, Y Combinator; Co-chairman of OpenAI
Nellie Bowles, Silicon Valley Correspondent; Moderator, Vice News Tonight

Sam Altman, 31, has been one of Silicon Valleys brightest stars for years as a founder, investor and president of Y Combinator. But, more recently, Sam and Y Combinator have both been making headlines for their involvement in some of todays most contentious political and social issues.

Y Combinators new "basic income project," based in Oakland, will give 100 families a minimum wage with the goal of exploring alternatives to the existing social safety net. Sam has also been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and has backed "track Trump," an online tool that monitors the promises President Trump delivers on, and those on which he comes up short. Y Combinator also recently welcomed the ACLU into their winter 2017 class and will help the ACLU turn its recent $24 million donation haul into concrete actions and organizational growth. Finally, Sam is in the beginning stages of a new project focused on finding a way to reduce housing costs through the creation of a smart city prototype.

Sam was named president of Y Combinator, Silicon Valleys largest startup incubator, in 2014. Y Combinators portfolio includes heavyweights, such as Airbnb, Dropbox and Stripe. Sam began his tech career as CEO of Loopt, which was acquired in 2012 and was included in Y Combinators first round of funded companies in 2005. Sam is also a personal investor in several of todays most successful startups, including Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit, Asana and Pinterest.

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: The Commonwealth Club. 555 Post Street, San Francisco, 94102

What: Sam Altman: Social Change and Startups

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sam-altman-social-change-and-startups-tickets-32067007282

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1371160469614869/
04/14/2017 Active Hope: Rise, Love, Resist!

Friday, April 14, 6:30 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

Speakers include Joanna Macy, Antonia Juhasz, Donald Goldmacher, "Heist" film, co-founder Berkeley Progressive Alliance; Shahid Buttar, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Mike Rufo, Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Rev. Earl Koteen, Sunflower Alliance; Tracy Rosenburg, Oakland Privacy Working Group; Michael Wong, Veterans for Peace; Susan Harman, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland; Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley Cares; 350.org Bay Area; April 29 Climate Mobilization; Codepink Women for Peace; Indivisible Berkeley; Diablo Rising Tide, and more!
Music: Lydia Violet (tentative), Betsy Rose, Mike Rufo, Francis Collins, more!
An evening for conscious activists, organizers, musicians, writers, poets, artists, thinkers who work for justice, peace, the future. The concept for Active Hope events is meeting outside our silo issues - seeing common threads, connecting the dots, drawing from each other the inspiration and courage to act. We will again bring multi-issue activists and organizers together to hear, speak, network, collaborate, strategize. Groups will present briefly across the activist spectrum environment, social justice, civil liberties, peace and anti-militarism, health care, education, jobs, immigration, and more-- all with an emphasis on action opportunities.
Sponsored by CodePink Women for Peace, Golden Gate Chapter

Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

For more info, contact: cynthia_papermaster@yahoo.com

04/15/2017 Project Drawdown Pre-Book Launch
Ten years after An Inconvenient Truth, no organization or individual has created a plan to reverse global warming, until now.

Come hear Paul Hawken present the findings of his new book, DRAWDOWN, at Impact Hub Oakland.

Buy Tickets: http://oakland.impacthub.net/event/drawdown-pre-book-launch-w-paul-hawken/


EVENT SCHEDULE

6:00PM
Doors Open
Food and drink by Calavera available for purchase

6:45PM
Presentation by Paul Hawken with special guests John Roulac, founder of Nutiva, and Vien Truong, Director of Green for All.

8:15PM
Pre-order Drawdown at the event and have a bookplate signed by Paul Hawken
Food and drink by Calavera available for purchase

This event is sponsored by:
Dr. Bronner's, Nutiva, The Fruit Guys, Lotus Foods, and Spirit Rock

Buy Tickets: http://oakland.impacthub.net/event/drawdown-pre-book-launch-w-paul-hawken/
04/22/2017 Welcome to Earth Day SF 2017!

https://www.facebook.com/events/197968994009926/

This year we are going all out to bring the public the most educational, impactful and festive Earth Day Celebration to date. The festival will feature amazing top notch entertainment, dynamic panel discussions and speakers at our Eco Teach In section, organic celebrity chef showcase, organic and vegan food courts, wine and beer gardens, clean energy zone, cutting edge earth friendly products, an electric vehicle showcase, kids zone and our hugely popular Silent disco stage.
We are thrilled to present our 50th Anniversary of the Summer of love Tribute Stage, showcasing past and present Psychedelic Rock, Funk and Groovy World Beat performers. Our Psychedelic Eco Fashion Show is not to be missed and our kids zone is rockin Be sure to Get Involved in our day long Rally and Teach In promoting real time actions, peaceful resistance and a forum of talks , Education and Solidarity .

Let your voice be heard !!! Join Us for a full day of Eco Activism, Education and Celebration of Mother Earth !!!
04/26/2017 The City of Tomorrow

6:30 - 8:00 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

Brexit. Make America Great Again. Backlash against open-door policies for refugees. Instead of cooperation between and among people with different backgrounds, we are seeing increasing division and fear. How can some of the most controversial events and divisive public policies be addressed? More livable cities may be the answer.

The environment we live in, the buildings we occupy, the land we use  all greatly impact our biology and psychology, and can determine our social and economic status. Greater access to public space, for example, promotes integration of residents and positively influences their sense of security and livability of an environment. If viable solutions start at the city level, we can look to places like Copenhagen as a model utopia: easy access to social services, modes of transportation, resources and most of all, trust in one another.

What role does the design of a city play in overcoming the rising inequalities we witness today? What challenges prevent cities in the US and others around the world from becoming the Copenhagen of tomorrow? What makes a city livable and how would societies around the world be different if livability was prioritized?

Program: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Meet-and-Greet: 7:30 - 8:00 PM

SPEAKER:
Blaine Merker
Director, Team Lead, Gehl

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $10 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1719.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
04/26/2017 The Giving Code: A 21st Century Guide to Philanthropy

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017  6:30 PM

Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Price:
General: $5 Members; $10 Non-Members;
Students: Free (with valid ID)


Why are Silicon Valley's nonprofits struggling to meet demand in one of the wealthiest and most sophisticated regions in the world?
A new report, The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy by Alexa Cort├ęs Culwell and Heather McLeod Grant, found that despite a nearly $5 billion boom in philanthropy in Silicon Valleydriven by a 150 percent increase in individual giving from 2008 to 2013the region's nonprofits are struggling to keep up with growing demand for their services.
The report reveals a shocking prosperity paradox in Silicon Valley with skyrocketing wealth found alongside growing displacement of vulnerable populations and declining quality of life.
Our panel, comprised of prominent philanthropists and local nonprofit leaders, will take a deeper look into Silicon Valleys giving culture.

http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2017-04-26/giving-code
04/27/2017 Global Issues Night 2017

6:00 - 8:00 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

Humans are divided between those who can still look through the eyes of youth and those who cannot.  Dave Eggers, "What Is the What"

The World Affairs Education Program is proud to present the 2017 Student Ambassador Global Issues Night.

Join World Affairs to celebrate our student ambassadors as they present the global issue projects they have worked on throughout the year. Enjoy presentations on water issues in China, economic empowerment for women in Mongolia, girls education in South Sudan, the effects of militarization on civilians living in the Middle East, and the treatment of East Asian refugees. Student presentations will provide background information on these topics and make suggestions for how people in the Bay Area can address these global concerns.

Refreshments and hors doeuvres will be served.

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1715.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
04/27/2017 REFINERY TOWN: How the Richmond Progressive Alliance took over the city Chevron used to own
A talk by Steve Early and Melvin Willis

These inspiring victories in Richmond would not have been possible without the prior development of a multi-issue, multi-racial progressive organization. Our country obviously needs a great deal of change at the state and federal levels. But laying a solid local foundation, like activists in Richmond have done, is an important first step toward overcoming working-class alienation from politics and resulting low voter-turnout rates.

Bernie Sanders, from the Foreword to Refinery Town

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 " 7:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Center, Chapel
1187 Franklin Street (corner Geary Blvd.), San Francisco

Steve Earlys new book, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, tells the story of the Richmond Progressive Alliance. Since 2004, RPA candidates have won 10 out of 16 races for mayor or city council against corporate-backed Democrats, giving them a five-member super-majority on the Richmond council.

Melvin Willis is a 26-year old a rent control campaign organizer who finished first in a field of nine candidates for Richmond Council last November. He is now helping to implement rent control regulation, a rollback of recent rent hikes affecting thousands of Richmond tenants, and new legal protection against their being evicted without just cause.

Co-sponsored by San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America (SanFranpda@aol.com), Democratic Socialists of AmericaSan Francisco (www.facebook.com/dsasanfrancisco/) and Unitarian Universalists for Peace and Justice-San Francisco
04/29/2017 On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the African People's Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) will host the Uhuru Health Fair from 11am to 4pm at Akwaaba Hall at 7911 MacArthur Blvd in Oakland.

Get Fit for the Revolution: It's Our Only Solution! is the rallying cry of this community solutions-oriented fair which will offer free health screenings, interactive fitness workshops, entertainment, food giveaways, vendors, information on alternative health options as well as information on APEDF institutions.


To get involved or support the Uhuru Health Fair, contact 510-763-3342 ext. #3 or email oakland.volunteer@uhurufurniture.org
04/29/2017 Rock & Reel: An Irish Dance Benefit for Standing Rock

Saturday, April 29, 6:00 PM-11:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

Live Irish music from musicians from the community, including former members of the Elderberries and the band Alatriel. Even if you don't know how to dance, you can join in a dance lesson, bring a potluck dish and enjoy the social scene, and listen to a knowledgeable speaker on issues facing the Standing Rock and DAPL protestors' legal fight. Or consider buying a ticket as your donation to this important cause.
Let's come together as a community to support policies and movements for clean water and human rights. Please share this ticket link and help spread the word to the community! The protest camps have been evacuated and the battle is now in the courts where legal motions to stop the DAPL are being heard. If a minimum of $1,000 is raised, all proceeds will go to Earthjustice, the legal group representing Standing Rock in current court battles, earmarked for Standing Rock legal defense. Otherwise all proceeds will go to the Sioux Tribe of Standing Rock to be used as they deem best for their legal defense expenses. Watch our music video with a sample of Irish music. Playing along is our custodian Richard Sandling on the drum, and our Board President Doug Chambers on the bones. https://youtu.be/G86SaTZEJIk
Schedule: 6 PM (potluck/speaker); 7 PM (dance lesson); 8 - 10 PM (dance with live music); 10 PM - 11 PM (acoustic hour)

Tickets at: http://bfuu4standingrock.brownpapertickets.com

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee
Suggested donation $10-$50 sliding scale
Wheelchair accessible.

BFUU phone: 510-841-4824

May 2017

Event Start DateEvent
05/01/2017 How Do We Make the World We Want to Live In?
World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Our world is full of would-be change agents including campaigners, lobbyists, and officials. Goals may vary ranging from improving public services or reforming laws and regulations, to guaranteeing human rights and negotiating fairer deals for all but each of us aspires to transform the world in some way. A wide array of issues exist across the globe, but change is possible.

Despite all of this, few resources exist where social activists can turn to for advice and inspiration. Duncan Green, Oxfam's Senior Strategy Advisor, offers just this in his recently published book, "How Change Happens." Drawing upon top research and his own experience working at one of the largest international social justice NGOs, he joins us to discuss practical solutions for social and political change.

As individuals and as organizations, how can we most effectively use our resources to create the world we want to live in? How can broader social norms and political movements lead to change? Will it ever be possible to fundamentally alter underlying power structures at the root of so many of the world's inequalities?

SPEAKER:
Duncan Green
Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam

MODERATOR:
Sarah Lucas
Program Officer, Global Development and Population, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20, Students $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1712.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
05/04/2017 Screening of : Normal Is Over

Thursday, May 4, 6:30 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

Normal Is Over is a compelling and visually rich film directed by award winning investigative journalist Renee Scheltema. Her film chronicles the way humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet: species extinction, climate change, depletion of critical natural resources and industrial control of our food production. This unique documentary examines how our economic and financial system connects these issues and offers SOLUTIONS that could be implemented immediately, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time. Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7:00 pm.

For more info: info@transitionberkeley.com

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and BFUU's Social Justice Ctee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

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05/09/2017 The Big Stick: A Conversation with Dr. Eliot Cohen about the Use of Force

World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Theodore Roosevelt once famously said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in reference to his stance on foreign policy. Today, many Americans - wary of waging another war and maintaining a military presence abroad - question this approach.

But given the threats posed in today's increasingly dangerous and nuclearized world, can the US afford to shy away from hard power? Can diplomacy be divorced from military power? Would deploying forces and strengthening our naval or military presence to thwart Russian hostilities, irrational regimes and China's transgressions in the South China Sea serve to weaken America's interests and security?

Dr. Eliot Cohen, a former senior advisor to George W. Bush, professor at Johns Hopkins University and renowned political commentator, will make the case that hard power remains essential for American foreign policy. Sharing insights from his recent book, "The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force," Dr. Cohen will provide a nuanced argument for the use of force in the service of American security and ideals.

This program is co-organized by Johns Hopkins SAIS San Francisco Club and World Affairs. SAIS alumni are invited to attend a private pre-program reception and book signing with Dr. Cohen from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Please use your SAIS Alumni promo code to register. The World Affairs program will begin at 6:30 PM.

SPEAKER:
Eliot Cohen
Robert E. Osgood Professor, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20, Students $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1702.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
05/10/2017 Failure to Adjust: Americans Left Behind in the Global Economy

World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

6:30 - 7:30 pm

The US Presidential elections were a wake-up call to many that millions of Americans are angry and want drastic change. While our new global economy has benefited many, they feel that they have been left behind losing their livelihoods and income to companies abroad. As a nation, we need to do something about these issues, although Trump's promises and actions to pull out of international trade deals may not be the only or best solution.

The problem, according to Council on Foreign Relations Edward Alden, is not globalization itself, but the failure of domestic policies to address its associated challenges. US policymakers have long recognized the challenges that Americans would face in the new global economy, but mainly looked the other way.

In his book, Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, Alden explains why support for free trade is disappearing, and how to improve the situation for citizens whose lives have been negatively impacted by it. What can we do to minimize these impacts, and how can we build a workforce that is adaptable and resilient to rapidly changing global markets? What potential federal policies would develop more internationally competitive industries and improve the overall American economy?

SPEAKER:
Edward Alden
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

MODERATOR:
Jane Wales
CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20, Students $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1713.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
05/11/2017 Screening of: The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

Thursday, May 11, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

Set during the Cold War era of nuclear hair-trigger brinkmanship, without hostile intent, a Soviet sub runs aground on a sandbar off of a fictional New England town close to Gloucester Island in Massachusetts. The inept Captain, played by Theodore Bickel, just wanted to get a closer look at America. As the submarine crew tries to extricate themselves, chaos ensues, and hysteria and paranoia reign among the inhabitants of the small Massachusetts island village. The 1966 film had a profound impact on both American and Soviet leaders. It is one of the few films actually mentioned in the Congressional record. Norman Jewison was also personally invited to Moscow, where he reported that the Russian crowd was transfixed by the scene featuring the little boy who falls from the bell tower, and the Soviets and Americans cooperate to save him.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee as part of our Conscientious Projector series.

Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

Ph:510-275-4272

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05/11/2017 Make the resistance delicious! On May 25, Montanans head to the polls to elect their only member of Congress. Democrat Rob Quist has an excellent shot at besting his Trump-loving Republican opponent and claiming the first flipped House seat post-inauguration. Help support this campaign while learning how to Bake Your Own Amazing Bagels!

Thursday, May 11, 6-9 pm, at a commercial kitchen in West Berkeley (ADA accessible)
Bagel Queen Laurie Leiber helps you make, shape, and boil the dough, finish with seeds, bake to golden perfection. Then eat your handcrafted, freshly baked bagel with appropriate toppings. Suggested donation is $50-$75, every penny of which goes to support Rob Quist  Montanan for Congress.

This workshop is inspired by Sister District Project,* an organization committed to resisting the nasty Trump agenda by turning Congressional districts from red to blue.
Join us in making resistance delicious!
*Please note that this is an SDP-CA13 event that we have organized locally, and it is not an official Sister District Project event or endorsement.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-the-resistance-delicious-tickets-33947348433?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
05/14/2017 Paul Robeson: A Portrait in Story & Song

Sunday, May 14, 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

The Rockin Solidarity Labor Chorus presents Paul Robeson: A Portrait in Story & Song, a musical biography of the great African American artist, athlete, and activist. The script is based on material gathered by Alex Bagwell, who interviewed many of Robesons associates while they were still alive. The concert will trace Robesons journey from his youth in New Jersey to Rutgers University and eventually to concert stages around the world. It also addresses the 1949 Peekskill concert, which was disrupted by racist thugs, and Robesons encounter with the House Un-American Activities Committee. The Chorus will sing many of the spirituals and folk songs from Robesons repertoire, in new arrangements by its director Pat Wynne. Since 1999, the Rockin Solidarity Labor Chorus has been helping to keep alive the long traditions of labor and progressive culture in the Bay Area.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee

Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

contact Pat Wynne for more info: 415-648-3457

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05/17/2017 Twitter and Tear Gas: Social Media and Political Mobilization

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

6:30 - 7:30 pm

From #BlackLivesMatter to Trump #Resistance, from the Arab Spring to the failed Turkish coup, the world has been captivated by political movements in the digital era. But the decentralized nature of social media-fueled activism is both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. Resilient, but leaderless. Responsive, but undisciplined. Are these new technologies truly changing the nature of protest, or are they merely updating the ways in which we observe them? And what does all this mean in the age of the Tweeter-In-Chief?

Zeynep Tufekci, a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times and one of the leading experts on collective actions coordinated by social media, examines the trajectories of these modern protestshow they form and why they have difficulty persisting in their long-term quests for change.

SPEAKER:
Zeynep Tufekci
Contributing Opinion Writer, New York Times; and Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20, Students $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1726.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
05/23/2017 Asia's Rise and America's Decline: From Obama to Trump and Beyond

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Is American influence in Asia and around the world set to decline? In the years following the global financial crisis, the US has increasing ceded its leadership in the world, while China has rushed in to fill the gap left behind. Based on the inward-looking economic nationalism of the Trump administration, some say this trend is poised to accelerate.

Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times, terms this phenomenon Easternization - the tectonic shift of the worlds center of gravity from West to East, and from the US to China. Though obscured by the headlines of the day, in the not-so-distant future we may come to view this, as Rachman does, as the momentous transformation of the young century.

How is the growing wealth of Asian nations transforming the international balance of power? Will Trumps temperament lead to war or peace with Asian nations? After striving for years to be a part of Europe, is Russia now returning to its Asian roots? How would a shift to the East shape all of our lives? This event is co-organized with the Mechanics Institute.

SPEAKER:
Gideon Rachman
Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times


World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20, Students $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1714.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.

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06/14/2017 Adam Lashinsky, Journalist, Fortune; Author, Inside Apple, Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination

Uber makes complimentary and controversial headlines every day. Since its 2009 launch, its been influencing the minds and phones of millions worldwide. But what do we really know about Uber, and, more importantly, what lies ahead?

In the last eight years as a leader in the on-demand economy, Uber has battled lawmakers and competitors in emerging markets, facing protests and riots in cities from Paris to Mumbai; it has hustled to build the first self-driving car while also responding to major employee allegations. CEO Travis Kalanick is known as a ruthless businessman, appearing in the news almost as often as the Silicon Valley giant he runs. With competition from the likes of Google and Lyft, the company is valued at billionsand now theres talk of an initial public offering (IPO). Uber continues to rise in value and global impact even while questions around finances, leadership, valuation and the future continue to arise. The question remains: What else should the public know?

Join Adam Lashinsky, journalist and best-selling author of Inside Apple, for a conversation about his new book, Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination. Lashinsky will dive deep into the Uber universe, discussing whats on the horizon for the company the world cant stop talking about.

Location: 555 Post St., San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. book signing

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-a-wild-uber-ride-with-adam-lashinsky-tickets-33223085142?aff=Outreach

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