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May 2020

India and Pakistan with Dr. Sudip Ghosh

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PA United States

Dr. Sudip Ghosh is an associate professor of business at Penn State Berks. His scholarly and teaching interests include corporate finance, banking and financial regulations, macro-monetary economics, and corporate social responsibility. He has presented pre-conference workshops and conference sessions at international conferences. Dissertation Topic: "Risk Based Capital Requirements and the U. S. Loan Market" This event starts at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, May 27th. Members are invited to join by Zoom and participate in the live Q&A. Zoom details will…

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Climate Change with Dr. Spencer Stober

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PA United States

Dr. Spencer S. Stober is a Professor of Biology at Alvernia University, Reading, PA, USA.  He has taught Biology for 30 years including undergraduate courses in genetics, botany, and environmental science.  Since earning his doctorate at Temple University, with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, he teaches graduate courses in leadership and supervises dissertations.  In 2005 he received Alvernia’s Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was awarded the Neag Professorship…

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CANCELLED: Ground Level in China: 27 Years of Change with Tom Wessner

May 20 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Mr. Wessner will be presenting his personal account of the impact of China’s entry into the world economy and, possibly, challenge some of the conventional views that most Americans have about China.  His presentation will focus on the history and governance of China, recent evolution of business and what this has meant for the people living in China - - and the rest of the world. Originally from Kutztown Pennsylvania, Tom Wessner has had…

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China’s Road into Latin America with Dr. John Stanley

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PA United States

For Video replay, click HERE Dr. John Stanley is originally from the Philadelphia area. He earned his BA from Moravian College in 1994 and later earned his Masters and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) where he focused on China’s history and politics. He currently holds the position of Professor in the History Department of Kutztown University where he teaches classes in World History, general East Asia, and more focused classes on Chinese history…

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CANCELLED: Turkey – West Relations with Dr. Oya Dursun Ozkanca

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca is the College Professor of International Studies (Endowed Chair) and Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College. A native of Turkey, she received her BA in Political Science and International Relations at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, and MA and PhD in Government at the Univesity of Texas in Austin. Her research interests include Turkish foreign policy, tranatlantic security, European politics, the Balkans, and peacebuilding missions. Dr. Dursun-Ozkanca is the author of…

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Europe in the Age of Corona – with Ron Granieri

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PA United States

For Video replay, click HERE Ron Granieri is an FPRI Templeton Fellow, the Executive Director of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West, Editor of the Center’s E-publication The American Review of Books, Blogs, and Bull, and Host of Geopolitics with Granieri, a monthly series of events for FPRI Members.  He is a specialist in Contemporary German and International History with degrees from both Harvard and the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of a Federal Chancellor Scholarship from the…

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April 2020

CANCELLED – Ukraine: A Personal Perspective with Dr. Timothy Medianick

April 29 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Dr. Timothy Medianick, Boulevard Dental Associates, Kenhorst, is a native of Ukraine. One of 10 children, his family immigrated to the United States when he was 13. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Dr. Medianick is a graduate of Messiah College and the Temple University of School of Dentistry. Dr. Medianick has returned to Ukraine twice in recent years to perform much needed dental services and plans another trip this May. He has treated soldiers in…

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U.S. relations with the Northern Triangle with Dr. Kirwin Shaffer

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PA United States

For Video replay, click HERE Dr. Kirwin Shaffer is Professor of Latin American Studies. He teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean History, Latin American Studies, Global Terrorism and Political Violence, Dissent, and International Literature and Film. When not teaching, he continues research on transnational anarchism in the Americas. In 2005, he published his book Anarchism and Countercultural Politics in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba (University Press of Florida). In 2013, he published his second book Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and…

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CANCELLED – Excursion 2020

April 22 @ 8:00 am
PA United States

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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March 2020

CANCELLED – Women in Elective Office: Challenges and Opportunities with Judy Schwank, Sandy Graffius, and Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz

March 19 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC With the ratification of the 19th Amendment, August 20, 1920, women gained the right to vote in the United States. One hundred years later, women are realizing an increasingly stronger presence in elective offices across Pennsylvania and the nation. A panel of three Berks County elected officials, moderated by Lynn Brown, president, World Affairs Council of Greater Reading, will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women today in seeking and holding elected office. State Senator…

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