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September 2019

KURDISTAN: AN ISLAND OF STABILITY IN A TURBULENT MIDDLE EAST 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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Alice Paul: Women’s Suffragist with Hallie Vaughan

September 18 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Alice Paul was a vocal leader of the 20th Century women's suffrage movement. Born on 1/11/1885 in Mount Laurel, NJ, she was brought up with the Quaker traditions of gender equality and working to improve society. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1905 and would earn 4 more degrees in her lifetime. She joined the National American Women's Suffrage Association and led the Washington DC Chapter. After splitting with NAWSA and forming the National Women's Party, she organized parades and pickets,…

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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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Fulbright Scholarship Program with Waldo Alvarado

February 19, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Waldo Alvarado is Director of Equity & Diversity for the Reading School District. PA certified K-12 Principal and Secondary School Counselor. Former Fulbright scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Professional Degree in Psychology from Universidad Cetroamericana "José Simeon Cañas" (UCA), El Salvador. 

External consultant for Corwin's Deep Equity & The American School Counseling Association (ASCA)’s Site-Based Training Network. Waldo has presented professional development workshops for school districts, private corporations, and colleges. Cost $10.00. For reserations: call 610-375-7880 or email contactus@wacreading.org

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