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May 2019

The Transatlantic Relationship in an Era of Great Power Competition with Consul General David Gill of Germany

May 30 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Your World Affairs Council of Greater Reading is excited and proud to have been selected by The World Affairs Councils of America as one of the top World Affairs Councils in the U.S. to take part in Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship. This comprehensive and collaborative initiative is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and supported by the Federation of German Industries. The goal is to create a positive understanding of the strong economic, social and political…

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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

Sponsored by: Hillcrest Racquet Club 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…

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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

Sponsored by Rosie DeWald In loving memory of Sam DeWald 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…

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October 2019

Crisis in U.S. Immigration Policy: Headache along the U.S. – Mexican Border with Lawrence Cohen

October 10 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Mr.Cohen will describe current US immigration policy, examination the roots of the crisis on our southern border, and raise questions about the current, unsustainable situation. Lawrence Cohen is a retired diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. During his Foreign Service career, Mr. Cohen served in Mexico, Honduras, India, Hungary, Nigeria, Brazil, and Afghanistan. His Washington, D.C., assignments included stints in the Office of Environmental Policy working on bilateral U.S.-Mexico and NAFTA issues, and as State Department Desk Officer to…

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The Politics of Division with Terry Madonna

October 16 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

G. Terry Madonna is Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. He is also the Director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. In the early 1970s, he served as County Commissioner of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. To Register: Call (610) 375-7880 or email contactus@wacreading.org Cost to attend: $10 all attendees

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November 2019

Brazil with Paulo Sotero

November 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Paulo Sotero, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute, has covered the evolution of his native Brazil and U.S.-Brazilian relations for nearly forty years as a journalist and analyst. An award-winning reporter, he worked for publications across his country before serving as the longtime Washington correspondent for O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil’s top dailies. A frequent guest commentator for the BBC, CNN, NPR and major newspapers in Latin America and beyond, Sotero has taught at Georgetown…

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Global Volunteers with Tom McMahon

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

Thomas M. McMahon was the Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania from January 5, 2004 to January 2, 2012. McMahon was re-elected Mayor in November 2007 for a second four-year term, with 5,847 votes, or 66.5%. He served as Mayor until January 2012. McMahon declined to run for a third term. McMahon was born in Rochester, New York. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in engineering. McMahon then obtained a master's degree in engineering with a…

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December 2019

Iran with Behnam Ben Taleblu

December 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Behnam Ben Taleblu is a senior fellow at FDD where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Behnam previously served as a research fellow and senior Iran analyst at FDD. Prior to his time at FDD, Behnam worked on non-proliferation issues at an arms control think-tank in Washington. Leveraging his subject-matter expertise and native Farsi skills, Behnam has closely tracked a wide range of Iran-related topics including: nuclear non-proliferation, ballistic missiles, sanctions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the foreign…

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January 2020

Venezuela with Prof. Paul Esqueda

January 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Dr. Paul D. Esqueda is the Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Berks and a Professor of Engineering. His areas of interest are project management, negotiations, and operations management. He has a particular interest in developing negotiation case studies. For the last 30 years, Esqueda has been primarily dedicated to administration in academic institutions. Past positions include Division Head of Engineering, Business, and Computing at Penn State Berks; Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Administration…

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February 2020

Haiti After the Earthquake with Prof. Adam John

February 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Adam John is an Associate Professor of French and Spanish. He holds a Ph.D. in French and Francophone cultures and civilizations from the Pennsylvania State University. Adam M. John is an associate professor of French and Spanish and the director of the interim program in Martinique. His research interests include Haitian literature and culture, French language media and post-colonialism. He teaches courses on the Caribbean, France and French-speaking Africa. To Register: Call (610) 375-7880 or email contactus@wacreading.org Cost to attend: Members $23…

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