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January 2020

East Penn Today, Locally, Nationally, and Internationally

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

In seven remarkable decades, East Penn Manufacturing, headquartered in Lyons, Pennsylvania, has grown from a one-room shop with a product line of five automobile batteries to one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers with over 10,000 employees, 450 product designs, and hundreds of awards for manufacturing and environmental excellence. East Penn manufactures and distributes throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico and has a growing footprint elsewhere internationally in Europe, Asia, and Australia.  Chris Pruitt, President and CEO, will address…

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Venezuela: a tough transition to democracy

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

For Video playback, click HERE Dr. Paul D. Esqueda, Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Berks and a Professor of Engineering, will discuss Venezuela during the World Affairs Council’s Jan. 8 luncheon program. He will give an update on main events in Venezuela during 2019 and will share his vision of a potential transition to democracy. Esqueda’s areas of interest are project management, negotiations and operations management. He has a particular interest in developing negotiation case studies.…

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December 2019

Making Sense of the Iranian Escalation with Behnam Ben Taleblu

December 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

SPONSORED BY WEIK CAPITAL MANAGEMENT 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…

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November 2019

Global Volunteers with Tom McMahon

November 20, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

VOLUNTEER VACATIONS…WITH “GLOBAL VOLUNTEERS” Short term (1-3 week) volunteer vacations are becoming increasingly popular among individuals and families who love to travel, experience different cultures, and make a working contribution to improve people’s lives. Since 1984, more than 33,000 people ranging in age from 10 to 92 have served others through the Global Volunteers program. Volunteers primarily work with children teaching conversational English, math and life skills….also with seniors in crafts, light tasks in organic gardens, and building maintenance such…

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Brazil Wants Results: Less Violence, Economic Growth, and Respect for the Rule of Law with Anna Prusa

November 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

For video replay, click HERE Anna is currently an Associate at the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center. Before joining the Brazil Institute, Anna was at the Albright Stonebridge Group and U.S. Department of State’s Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs. While at the State Department, among other roles, she assisted in preparations for President Obama's 2011 trip to Brazil and Chile and covered regional security issues, including coordinating State's participation in the 2011 Latin American follow-up to the…

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October 2019

The Politics of Division with Terry Madonna

October 16, 2019 @ 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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Crisis in U.S. Immigration Policy: Headache along the U.S. – Mexican Border with Lawrence Cohen

October 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

For video replay, click HERE 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…

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September 2019

Alice Paul: Women’s Suffragist with Hallie Vaughan

September 18, 2019 @ 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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Kurdistan: An Island of Stability in a Turbulent Middle East with Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman

September 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

For video playback Part 1, click HERE For video playback Part 2, click HERE 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…

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7th Annual Global Oscar Film Series at Penn State Berks

September 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
PA United States

This fall, the Global Studies Program at Penn State Berks will host the 7th Annual Global Oscar Film Series.  These are 4 of the 5 finalists for last spring's Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. All films are free and open to the public. Here is the Global Oscar Film Series schedule for the fall semester: "Roma" (Mexico)  Tuesday, September 10, 6:15 pm, Luerssen 005 "Cold War" (Poland)  Tuesday, October 8, 6:15 pm, Luerssen 005 "Capernaum" (Lebanon)  Tuesday,…

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