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October 2016

Event Start DateEvent
10/09/2016 Film screening #OO (Occupy Oakland)
Sunday, October 9
7:00 pm
Omni Commons Ballroom
4799 Shattuck Ave. Oakland 94609
Benefit screening of new documentary by Kevin Pina about the Occupy Movement on the 5th anniversary of Occupy.
We will also have an update about the elections in Haiti that take place that day with Pierre Labossiere and an update on the Love Not Blood Campaign with Oscar Grant's uncle, Cephus (Uncle Bobby) Johnson.
Proceeds go to Haiti Action Committee and Love Not Blood Campaign.
$10-20 sliding scale
(No one turned away for lack of funds)
10/13/2016 A Day in Solidarity with African People, on Thursday, October 13th at 6:30 pm at Akwaaba Hall, Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland will address the role of white people in ending the rampant police violence targeting black people in the United States.

Part of a nationwide campaign sponsored by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the event will build national support for the black-led Uhuru Movements quest for justice for the murder of three African teenaged women by Florida sheriffs deputies this year.

Kunde Mwamvita, mother of Dominique Battle, one of the three murdered teenagers and a courageous fighter for the black community, will travel from Florida to speak at the event.

Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African Peoples Socialist Party, leader and founder of the Uhuru Movement, will deliver the keynote address.

Penny Hess, Chair of the African Peoples Solidarity Committee, the organization of white people working under the Uhuru Movements leadership to build white solidarity with Black Power will speak to the audiences on the role and responsibility of white people in the black freedom struggle.

The event will feature culture, light refreshments, and a question-and-answer session.

To RSVP or for questions call 510-871-3342 or email
10/13/2016 Book Party for Nuclear Heartland Revised Edition

Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley

This book is a guide to the 450 land-based missiles of the United States. It is edited by Arianne Peterson, and by our speaker, John M. LaForge of Nukewatch, an educational project based in Wisconsin which raises public awareness of nuclear weapons, reactors and waste.
Dr. Helen Caldicott states that every American should read this book, learn that under our farms and prairies are the ICBMs with nuclear warheads and take on the entities that imperil our survival. Much of the original content was by the late Sam Day who was most helpful to our SJC on past anti-nuclear actions.

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Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.


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10/14/2016 SINS INVALID
Birthing, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom

Featuring World Premiere Performance by:

Visual Art By


Please Note: Show contains explicit content

ODC Theater 351 Shotwell Street / 17th Street
in the Mission District of San Francisco
Wheelchair accessible
Please refrain from using scented products so that all community members may attend

Friday 10/14 and Saturday 10/15* at 8pm
Sunday 10/16 at 7pm
*October 15 Performance is ASL interpreted and Audio Described

Tickets: $25 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Box Office: and cash at the door

Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project celebrating the power of embodiment & sexuality, stripping taboos off disability to offer a vision of beauty that includes all bodies and communities.
10/17/2016 Seventy years ago, from the ashes of World War II, the United States created the Fulbright program to further the promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students and scholars in the fields of education, culture and science. Though our world has changed in the ensuing decades, the fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.

Now operating in 160 countries, more than 360,000 students and scholars have participated in Fulbright Programs since its inception in 1946. Together with World Affairs and the Fulbright Association, we commemorate Fulbright at 70 years.

This event will reflect on the programs accomplishments, explore its relevance in today's interconnected world and consider what Fulbright might achieve over its next 70 years. UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, a Fulbright Alumnus, will deliver a keynote address, which will be followed by a moderated discussion.

A reception hosted by the Fulbright Association will follow.

Monday, October 17, 2016
6:00PM - 8:30PM
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA


Nicholas B. Dirks
Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

Stefan Schlüeter
Consul General, Consulate General of Germany

Mary Ellen Schmider
Executive Director, Fulbright Association

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


Jeffrey L. Bleich
CEO, Dentons and Vice-Chair, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
10/18/2016 On October 18, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger will speak at the National Committee on US China Relations tenth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections. Dr. Kissinger will share insights from his many decades of efforts to strengthen the Sino-American relationship during this live broadcast of the event from 4:00 - 5:00 PM.

CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 70 cities throughout the United States. During this exclusive screening, you will have the opportunity to send questions directly to Dr. Kissinger and gain incredible insights you won't get anywhere else. In addition to his years as national security advisor (1969-1975) and secretary of state (1973-1977), Dr. Kissinger also taught at Harvard University and is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. While national security advisor, Dr. Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Nixons 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations.

As part of our "ENGAGE" series, the livestream will be followed by an in person discussion from 5:00  5:30 PM with Harry Harding, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia and specialist of Asia and U.S.-Asian relations.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
4:00PM - 5:30PM

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


Harry Harding
Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia

Henry Kissinger
Former 56th Secretary of State, and Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
10/19/2016 Watch the third and final presidential debate at World Affairs on October 19 starting at 6 pm. Enjoy wine, beer, snacks and plenty of discussion as the candidates face off in what is to be a lively debate. Free for World Affairs Members; $10 for Non-members. To attend, visit
10/20/2016 Screening of: Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson

Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley

"Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson" is an exciting film packed with ideas on how we can overcome the fears that fuel endless war. It is also the heroic story of the courageous dedication of Brian, a longtime friend of the Fellowship, who lost his legs at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in 1986.

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

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


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016  7:00 PM

RALPH NADER  Activist & Author of Breaking Through Power: Its Easier Than We Think

Cubberley Theatre
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

General: $15 Members; $25 Non-Members;
Premium: $40 Members; $45 Non-Members
Students: $8 (with valid ID)

In this unprecedented election year, Nader makes an inspired case about how he thinks our country canand mustbe democratically managed by communities guided by the U.S. Constitution, not by big business or the wealthy few.
Nader has fought for decades to give Americans back their political voice. He draws from his own experiences and shares his core political beliefs on how we can protect our rights to ensure democracy for all.
10/20/2016 The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most complex and polarizing conflicts in modern history. Nearly seventy years after the foundation of Israel and fifty years since the beginning of the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank territories, the struggle between the two sides seems to be almost as far from a resolution as when it first began.

How can Israeli and Palestinian leaders move toward a sustainable peace? Is a two-state solution the answer? Can the US and the international community help to bridge gaps and bring the two sides together? Join us for a conversation about the prospects for achieving peace and why it matters so much to the US and the world.

This event will be live streamed and live tweeted. Follow along on Twitter with #worldaffairslive and like us on Facebook to view the live stream and be notified of future events.

** Due to the popularity of this event, guests are strongly encouraged to pre-register for this event.

Please note, large bags will not be permitted into the theater. **


Maen Rashid Areikat
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, The General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States

Jeremy Ben-Ami
Founder & President, J Street


Janine Zacharia
Former Jerusalem Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent, The Washington Post
10/21/2016 2016 Bioneers Conference
October 21st-23rd

Marin Center
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903

Join us for 3 days of inspiration and solutions! The Bioneers Conference highlights breakthrough ideas for solving our most pressing ecological and social challenges. Themes this year are Biomimicry, Climate Stewardship, and Gender Equity.

Speakers include Bill McKibben of, Eve Ensler of V-Day, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez of Earth Guardians, Vien Truong of Green For All, and Climbing PoeTree. Also Jane Benyus of the Biomimicry Institute will present a $100,000 prize to the winner of the inaugural Ray of Hope Prize for the best biomimetic design to address food systems, from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Plus! Free events on-site including the Family Fair, Change Makers fair, hands-on demonstrations, and much more!

Free parking on site.

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10/25/2016 IF Connect | Photo Exhibition: From Orissa to Nagaland

The outlying regions of Northeastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal are rarely visited by outsiders. This fascinating region is manifestly diverse: Buddhist Nepal and Sikkim, Hindu Bengal and Orissa, Muslim Bangladesh, Protestant Nagaland and Mizoram, and the Tibeto-Burman tribes of Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland and Meghalaya. These cultures have coexisted here for centuries.

Photographer Eugene Reshetov seeks to present each destination through the eyes of a street wanderer, a quiet observer. In his view, the best way to capture the essence of a place is through the faces of its inhabitants and, true to that statement, this exhibit highlights the people of various walks of life that he encountered on his journey through South Asia.

Reception and exhibition viewing from 6:00-8:00 PM. Remarks by Eugene Reshetov begin at 7:00 PM.

The exhibition is open for complimentary viewing Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and during World Affairs programs.

The International Forum is a globally minded young professionals group that hosts social and networking opportunities at World Affairs. To learn about other International Forum events and ways to get involved, please join our membership or visit the International Forum section of the website.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
6:00PM - 8:00PM

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


Eugene Reshetov
10/27/2016 PDA-San Francisco presents a free public forum:
The AfterBern: What comes next after the Sanders campaign?

Impressive as the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign was, it may have been the easy part. The question we face now is whether we can keep it going.
At our October Forum, we will hear reports from five separate new organizations that hope to do just that:

San Francisco Berniecrats which seeks to involve Sanders campaigners in local politics

In Solidarity, a network of mostly west coast Sanders activists

Bay Area for Bernie, the umbrella group that coordinated local Sanders activities

Our Revolution, the official campaign spin-off that is backing candidates and ballot questions nationwide

Brand New Congress, an organization started by former campaign staffers that aims to run as many as 400 congressional candidates across the nation in 2018

Thursday, October 27th " 7:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Center, Fireside Room
1187 Franklin Street (corner Geary Blvd.), San Francisco
San Francisco Muni lines # 31, 38, 47, 49. Street parking available.
" Wheelchair accessible "
" Snacks and beverages served "
Sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America¬San Francisco (

November 2016

Event Start DateEvent
11/01/2016 FACEBOOK LIVE | Remarks by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Please join World Affairs and the Marines' Memorial Association for a conversation with General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr on Tuesday, November 1.

General Dunford is the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nations highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman on October 1, 2015, General Dunford served as the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He previously served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2010 to 2012 and was Commander, International Security Force and United States Forces, Afghanistan from February 2013 to August 2014.

This event will be live streamed and live tweeted. Follow along on Twitter with #worldaffairslive and like us on Facebook to view the live stream and be notified of future events.

Register here. Registration opens at 5:00 PM and the event starts at 5:30 PM.

This program is part of the George Shultz Lecture Series.


Joseph F. Dunford
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Department of Defense

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
5:30PM - 6:30PM

Marines' Memorial Theatre
609 Sutter Street, Second Level
San Francisco, CA
11/03/2016 Empathy: The Bridge for Our Countrys Social Divide

Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 PM refreshments, program 7-9

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley

This evening will address the extreme polarization highlighted in this election year and help us learn ways to talk to and understand those who think and feel differently than ourselves. Well begin with the film: Love Hate and Everything in Between.
Empathy - a subject increasingly tested by world events and studied by scholars - is put under the microscope in this documentary. Can empathy resolve issues of aggression and subjugation, where wars, politics and economic sanctions have failed? Love Hate and Everything in Between looks into the world of neuroscience, psychology, education and technology to explore the extraordinary relevance of empathy in todays increasingly interconnected world.
After the film empathy expert Edwin Rutsch will lead us in small interactive groups that will allow us to practice empathy skills and experience the power of active listening. (Edwin directs the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and is founder of the International Empathy Trainers Association. The centers website is the internets most comprehensive portal for empathy related material including interviews with over 300 experts on the topic.)

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This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Citizens Climate Lobby, and BFUU's Social Justice Ctee.
Suggested donation $5-$10. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

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11/08/2016 IF Connect | Election Night Viewing Party

Hot off the heels of the third and final presidential debate, we return again on Election Day with a live stream of the results.

Guests can enjoy beer and wine, snacks and games and raffle prizes. Discuss with fellow viewers the key issues during the debates and beyond, the unconventional campaign trail and what the newly elected President's first 100 days will look like. No matter your party preference, join us for what is sure to be an election night to remember. You will not want to miss this event.

Reserve now for your front row seat to the most talked about presidential campaign in recent history.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA
11/09/2016 Diplomat Luncheon: Remarks by the Consul General of Mexico

US-Mexico relations, which include strong historical ties, was a hot topic during the US Presidential election. The two countries share a 2,000 mile border and $531 billion in two-way traded goods in 2015. Many policy issues impact both sides including trade and economic reform, migration, citizen security, drug control, the environment, entrepreneurship and innovation, and education exchange.

Mexico's Consul General in San Francisco, Gemi José González López, will explore these and other important aspects of the bi-lateral relationship over lunch. Under Mexican President Peña Nietos administration, Mr. López has acted as General Director of Government Relations, Chief of Staff of the Secretary of Communications and Transportation, and Deputy Attorney General for the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. He also led the Press Office at the Mexican Mission to the UN, wrote the book "El Sistema Politico Mexicano" (The Mexican Political System), and is a Professor of Environmental Law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City.

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

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 November 4.


Gemi José González López
Consul General, Consulate General of Mexico


Terry Vogt
Managing Director, Terra Global Capital

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
11:45AM - 1:15PM

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA
11/15/2016 The Making of a Diplomat

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, effective diplomats are more crucial to our countrys success than ever before. But what makes an effective diplomat, and can these skills be taught?

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is the U.S. governments premiere foreign affairs training academy, preparing diplomats to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad. Foreign languages to leadership skills, technical issues and tradecraft competencies, FSI prepares the governments foreign affairs professionals to face the challenges of working in every country around the globe. What does a day in the life of a diplomat-in-training look like? What new challenges do diplomats face in a rapidly changing and chaotic world? What knowledge and capabilities must they possess in order to be successful? What are best practices in diplomatic training, and how are these practices changing? Technology and remote learning are reshaping education today; how can technology and new online learning strategies be leveraged?

Ambassador Nancy McEldowney draws upon her current role as the Director of the Foreign Service Institute and her past experience as Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria and as Chargé and Deputy Chief of Mission in Turkey and Azerbaijan to address these questions on the future of U.S. diplomacy and American leadership in the world.


Nancy McEldowney
Director of the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:30PM - 7:30PM

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA
11/17/2016 Globalization and the Next Administration

Globalization has been one of the most influential economic forces of the last century. The Internet has connected the world in ways that would have been unfathomable just a few years ago, China and other emerging nations economic fluctuations have impacted international markets, and terrorism has caused the biggest refugee flows in decades. It is no secret that many issues related to globalization such as trade, immigration, and climate change have been at the forefront of the current US elections.

What policy decisions related to globalization will the new president face, regardless of who wins in November? What immediate actions should the next administration take? Jeffrey Garten, who served in the Nixon, Ford, Carter and Clinton administrations and is also dean emeritus at the Yale School of Management, will share his views.

Through the riveting stories of ten extraordinary visionaries, Jeffrey Garten's new book, "From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives" explores how globalization has changed world history and continues to shape our lives.


Jeffrey E. Garten
Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management, and Author of "From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives"


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

Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:30PM - 7:30PM

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA
11/18/2016 Asian Views on Americas Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance

The 2016 election campaign has revealed mounting skepticism on economic and trade issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership; security, such as on the Korean peninsula; ASEAN and other regional institutions; the new South Asian geopolitical landscape and the rise of China; anxiety about an American withdrawal from Afghanistan; maritime law; and other non-traditional security issues.

Across the Pacific, Asian leaders are deeply concerned about Americas long-term support and Washingtons political will to sustain its long-standing international security commitments. Most Asian nations want the United States to continue its long-standing, strategic balancing role, but they also welcome a rising China that can spur economic growth and development. Can the countries of the region have both without generating conflict and instability? And if so, how?

The next US president must skillfully navigate these and other complex issues in Asia and immediately devote high level attention to the region, according to a forthcoming policy report by The Asia Foundation. Slated for release in November, Asian Views on Americas Role in Asia presents policy recommendations for the incoming administration.

Hear from prominent Asian and American public policy experts and former government officials with deep insight into the past record of US-Asian relations and the Obama Administrations ongoing initiatives. For more than six decades, and across 18 countries in Asia, The Asia Foundations networks and comprehensive development programs provide access to a wide range of US and Asian leaders, both inside and outside of government, who can provide these perspectives.

Friday, November 18, 2016
11:45AM - 1:15PM

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

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