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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: a tough transition to democracy

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

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. For the last 30 years,…

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East Penn today, locally, nationally and internationally

January 15, 2020 @ 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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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

Sponsored by the Diversity, Inclusive, Global Committee of the YMCA 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:…

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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

Sponsored by Comcast, Inc. 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…

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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

Sponsored by Vice Admiral Daniel Cooper, ret USN 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…

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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 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 a…

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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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