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February 2019

Cuba At A Crossroads: Family, Revolution & the United States, 1959-2018 with Dr. Robert Portada

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Sponsored Anonymously Dr. Robert Portada is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations. He has expertise in a variety of political science subfields, including international relations theory, modernization theory, democratization theory, revolutionary theory, and security studies. His area of regional specialization is Latin American and the Caribbean, and he has expanded his regional studies to include East Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East.…

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Hawk Mt. Sanctuary: A Global View of Natural Resource Conservation with Keith Bildstein

February 20 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Hawk Mt. Sanctuary: A Global View of Natural Resource Conservation Keith Bildstein Keith is a Ph.D. Zoology. He Joined Hawk Mountain in 1992. Keith oversees programs in Conservation Science and works at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning where he sets priorities and conducts Sanctuary research, and coordinates research by visiting scientists and students. He also is responsible for achieving goals set by the Science Advisors Committee, including leadership and mentorship in global raptor conservation. Finally, Keith directs the Conservation…

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March 2019

International Women’s Day – Laura Hendricks: Creating New Breakthroughs for Women

March 8 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States
$10.00

The last decade has ushered in important changes for women: Entrepreneurship among women has risen steadily, more women have access to financial and other vital services, and women's social mobility has increased. Lauren Hendricks will discuss how we can build on these gains to ensure more women are given the opportunity and resources to succeed and transform their families and their communities. Lauren Hendricks is the Executive Vice President for Global Programs at Grameen Foundation. She was previously Executive Director…

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Israel: Prospects for Conflict Resolution

March 13 @ 12:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Colonal (res) Dr. Lerman Israel: A Study in Conflict Resolution Dr. Lerman is Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies. Previously, Dr. Lerman was deputy director for foreign policy and international affairs at the National Security Council in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. He held senior posts in IDF Military Intelligence for over 20 years. He also served for eight years as director of the Israel and Middle East office of the American Jewish Committee. He teaches in…

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April 2019

Pristine Seas: The National Geographic Society with Dan Myers

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Sponsored by Daniel Cooper, Vice Admiral USN (ret) Dan Myers is the international policy manager for National Geographic Pristine Seas. In this role, Myers works in tandem with governments and civil society to ensure that conservation is appropriately considered in the development of national and regional policy. Myers has an extensive background in environmental policy and communications. Prior to National Geographic, he served as assistant director of communications for former Vice President Al Gore in support of his efforts to build awareness…

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May 2019

Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe with Sheri Berman

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Sheri Berman is a professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research interests include the development of democracy and dictatorship, European politics, populism and fascism, and the history of the left. She is author of books on European social democracy and the fate of democracy during the interwar years, social democracy and fascism in 19th and 20th century Europe and her latest book, Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day is…

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Cryptocurrencies and Their Impact on Global Financial Markets. with Farhad Saboori

May 15 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Farhad Saboori is a professor of economics at Albright College. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, in 1985. His areas of research interest are in applied macroeconomic analysis, including business cycle studies, causes of financial crises, and the impact of oil prices on the economy. He teaches courses in International Trade and Finance, Money and Banking, and Operations Management at Albright College.   To Register: Call (610) 375-7880 or email contactus@wacreading.org Cost to attend: $10 all…

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June 2019

Terror Finance: The War Behind the War on Terror with John Cassara

June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

John Cassara began his 26 year government career as an intelligence officer during the Cold War. He later served as a Treasury Special Agent in both the U.S. Secret Service and US Customs Service where he investigated money laundering, trade fraud and international smuggling. He was an undercover arms dealer for two years. Assigned overseas, he developed expertise in Middle East money laundering, value transfer and underground financial systems. Mr. Cassara pioneered the concept of trade transparency units (TTUs) and…

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September 2019

KURDISTAN with BAYAN SAMI ABDUL RAHMAN

September 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman is the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States of America. Key to her role are strengthening ties between Kurdistan and the United States, advocating her government’s position on a wide array of political, security, humanitarian, economic, and cultural matters and promoting coordination and partnership. Prior to her US appointment in 2015, Ms. Abdul Rahman was the High Representative to the United Kingdom. She was elected to the Leadership Council of the Kurdistan Democratic…

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