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October 2019

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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Issues Impacting the Middle East with Ambassador Ido Aharoni

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PA United States

Mr. Aharoni is a 25-year veteran of Israel's foreign service, including serving for six years as Consul-General in New York, overseeing the operations of Israel’s largest diplomatic mission worldwide. He has been recognized for his contribution to the field of public diplomacy from national Jewish organizations and other social-impact charities. He is the Founder of two annual public diplomacy conferences: BTC (Broadening the Conversation 2011-2014) and the Beyond Conference (2015 to present.) In 2015, he was awarded Honorary Governor by…

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November 2019

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

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 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

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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December 2019

Making Sense of the Iranian Escalation with Behnam Ben Taleblu

December 11 @ 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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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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UGI Utilities with Brad Hall

January 15, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Mr. Hall joined UGI in 1982 and held several leadership positions during his tenure with the company. Initially a member of the utility business, where he held leadership roles in marketing and rates, Mr. Hall moved on to lead UGI’s corporate development program in 1994. Mr. Hall oversaw the company’s highly successful expansion into Europe and began UGI’s natural gas marketing business. He was named president of the Energy Services segment in 1995 and since that time has grown the…

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February 2020

Haiti 10 Years 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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March 2020

Half of Heaven: Why Women are Needed in National Security with Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese

March 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

International Women's Month speaker: Joan Johnson-Freese Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese is a University Professor, holds the Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Chair in Science, Space & Technology, and is former Chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval War College (NWC). In her faculty capacity she teaches Security Studies to US military officers and security practitioners from the United States and over 50 other countries. She has also been part of the Government Department faculty of Harvard Extension School and…

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April 2020

Meddling in Democracies with Jessica Brandt

April 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Jessica Brandt is the Head of Research and Policy at the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Her research interests include international security, multilateral institutions, and the geopolitical consequences of state fragility. Jessica previously served as special adviser to the president in the Executive Office and as an associate fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings, an International and Global Affairs fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs…

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May 2020

Turkey’s Challenges with Dr. Oya Dursun Ozkanca

May 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Sponsored by Sudhir Dalal, CPA Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca is an Associate Professor at the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Legal Studies, and the Director of the International Studies Minor 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.…

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October 2020

AFRICA with John Prendergast

October 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

In the latter half of the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s, Prendergast worked for a variety of organizations in the U.S. and Africa, focusing primarily on peace and human rights. At the end of 1996, he joined the National Security Council as Director for African Affairs and thereafter served as a special adviser to Susan Rice at the United States Department of State. As a special adviser, Prendergast was a member of the team behind the successful two-and-a-half-year U.S.…

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