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March 2017

Event Start DateEvent
03/02/2017 Screening of : Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Thursday, March 2, 6:30 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

How do our eating habits affect climate change? Transition Berkeley invites you to view COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET a ground breaking documentary that takes a sobering look at a destructive industry that is threatening the health of our planet. The film documents this industrys impact on species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and more. Learn how we can be part of the solution.
Before the film our special guest, attorney Jeff Pierce with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will talk about efforts to combat the environmental harms of industrial animal agriculture, and highlight ways our individual choice to consume fewer animal products can help solve the problem. He'll also discuss policy changes that can be implemented at the local level to address the impacts of animal agriculture on the environment.
After we watch COWSPIRACY well have a time for discussion and planning local actions. Please bring vegan snacks to share for the social gathering at 6:30. The program begins at 7pm.

For more info: info@transitionberkeley.com
website: http://www.transitionberkeley.com

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and BFUU's Social Justice Ctee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

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03/07/2017 President Trump and the Future of USAsia Relations: A View from the West Coast

6:00 - 8:00 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

Join Asia Society, The Asia Foundation, Commonwealth Club, and World Affairs for a unique dialogue featuring the leaders of four of the Bay Areas most prestigious public affairs and non-profit organizations, who will look at the presidency of Donald J. Trump and what it will mean for Americas relationship with Asia and the world. Held within the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, the dialogue will examine more closely a persistent divide between California and the Bay Area, and the rest of the country, on the future direction of this nation. The dialogue will examine how the Bay Area, and the state more broadly, views Americas relationship with Asia, as well its place in the world on global issues such as trade, security and climate change. What are some of the primary issues of importance to the Bay Areapolitically, economically, culturallyas it relates to US-Asia relations and are they similar or different from the rest of the country? Has the state and the region evolved differently from the rest of the country in how they perceive Americas relationship with Asia and the world, and if so, why?

SPEAKERS
David D. Arnold
President, The Asia Foundation

Dr. Gloria C. Duffy
President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club of California

N. Bruce Pickering
Vice President of Global Programs, Asia Society and Executive Director, Asia Society Northern California, Asia Society

Jane Wales
CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

MODERATOR:
Mina Kim
PM Anchor and Forum Friday Host, KQED

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1683.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
03/07/2017 New Members Meeting of the
San Francisco chapter of
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
March 7, 2017, at 6:30 pm

We are a non-partisan group dedicated to gun violence. Participation is NOT limited to moms!
This event will be held at a private home in San Francisco.

To receive location info and rsvp, please visit:
https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/5548

For more info about our organization, please visit https://momsdemandaction.org/

We hope you will join us in reducing gun violence!
03/08/2017 Happy Hour with the League of Women Voters of San Francisco

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM
Tonic SF, 2360 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Are you interested in getting more involved in local issues? Want to meet people who share your concerns about protecting voting rights? Then spend International Women's Day with the League of Women Voters of San Francisco at our FREE happy hour on March 8. Members and non-members are welcome, so invite your friends!

While you're mixing and mingling, be sure to enjoy Tonic bar's cocktailsand tip generously. Tonic will donate the evening's tips to the League of Women Voters of San Francisco's nonpartisan voter education and advocacy programs (www.lwvsf.org).

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/675931005942962/
03/08/2017 International Women's Day Town Hall

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

6:30 - 8:00 pm

"Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity." Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Novelist

From the Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca Falls in 1848 to the UNs First World Conference on Women in Mexico City, womens rights have come a long way. Today, the Bay Area is home to many who continue to strive for the future of women locally and globally.

Join World Affairs on International Womens Day to commemorate these milestones by hearing stories of empowerment from the advocates themselves. Enjoy a series of lightning talks on their impressive work followed by a chance to speak candidly about womens rights, the disparate challenges women still face and what fuels the passion to fight for women worldwide.

SPEAKERS

Linda J. Calhoun
Executive Producer, Career Girls

Ana Teresa Fernández
Multimedia Artist

Musimbi Kanyoro
President and CEO, Global Fund for Women

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $10 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1683.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
03/09/2017 ENGAGE | President Trump and Executive Power

World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

6:30-7:45 pm

In the first months of the new administration, multiple questions have arisen about President Donald Trump's approach to executive power. Join us for a discussion that will focus on the White House's policy on immigration. We will discuss the law and policy of the executive order suspending immigration from seven majority Muslim nations under the Immigration and Naturalization Act and the US Constitution.

Does the president have the authority to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and tax Mexican imports or currency transfers to pay for it? What can the president do in the absence of legislative action and when and where does the judiciary step in? Has President Trump gone too far or simply not framed the orders correctly? Daniel Farber, Peter Schuck, and John Yoo, three of the nations leading legal scholars, respond to these questions and more, illuminating the limits of the executive power.

As part of our "Engage" series, this event features a post-discussion Q&A, when you will have the chance to participate directly with the speaker and gain incredible insights that you won't get anywhere else.

SPEAKERS

Daniel Farber
Sho Sato Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law

Peter Schuck
Visiting Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law

John Yoo
Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1683.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
03/09/2017 Screening of: 13th

Thursday, March 9, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

The words of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution were supposed to guarantee that slavery and involuntary servitude effectively were outlawed. With the exception of punishment for a crime where the party shall have been convicted. Thats the loophole. And as detailed in Ava DuVernays The 13th, the injustice system in America has not changed all that much since the earliest days of slavery. The statistics DuVernay puts onscreen say it all: African-Americans make up 6.5% of the U.S. population but a whopping 40% of the prison population  in a country with the highest level of incarceration in the world; up more than tenfold since 1970 and existing mostly to put away black and Latino men. It all comes down to money. That was the driving force in the beginning, when slavery effectively was ended, but the South had to figure out a way to balance the economics when suddenly short about 4 million slaves. Using the loophole in the 13th Amendment, Southerners started putting blacks in prisons for petty reasons and used them as a workforce without calling them slaves. Today the practice is very much alive, overcrowding our prisons and filling them with minorities, the most vulnerable and underprivileged among us.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee as part of our Conscientious Projector series.

Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

Ph: 510-275-4272 or email: cyn4justice@gmail.com

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03/13/2017 Intelligence Wars: A Discussion with General Michael Hayden

Marines' Memorial Theatre
609 Sutter Street, Second Level
San Francisco, CA

6:30 - 7:30 pm
Due to the popularity of this event, please try to arrive early. Doors will open at 5:45PM.


General Michael Hayden is the only person ever to lead both the CIA and NSA. For 10 years, he was a key player in some of the most important events in the history of American national security. Now, at a time of ominous new threats and political change, General Hayden will share an insiders perspective of America's intelligence wars.

What role did US intelligence play in the wake of terrorist threats, a major war and the technological revolution? What was the transformation of the NSA after 9/11? Why did the NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the collection of domestic phone records? What else was set in motion during this period that formed the backdrop for the infamous Snowden revelations in 2013?

General Hayden is a retired United States Air Force four-star general, former director of the NSA, principal deputy director of National Intelligence, and director of the CIA. His recent book, "Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror," is a behind-the-scenes account of his experiences within our national intelligence operations. His goals for writing it are simple: No apologies. No excuses. Just what happened.

SPEAKER:

General Michael Hayden
Former Director of the NSA and CIA

MODERATOR:

Jane Wales
CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

World Affairs members are $15.
Non-members are $35 and students are $10.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1683.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
03/15/2017 Diplomat Luncheon: US-Russia Relations Under the New Administration


World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

One of the most discussed foreign policy questions since Trump was elected is the future of US-Russia relations. The Consul General of Russia in San Francisco, Sergey Vladimirovich Petrov, will share his perspectives over lunch. How can we expect US-Russia relations to develop under the new administration? What are the potential impacts of their bilateral relationship for the rest of the world?

Doors Open: 11:45AM
Lunch: 11:45AM - 12:15PM
Program: 12:15PM - 1:15PM

This event is part of an ongoing luncheon series with diplomats in the Bay Area and abroad to provide an opportunity for members of World Affairs and the public to engage with the Consulate community and learn more about events in key countries.

RSVP required by March 13.

SPEAKER:

Sergey Vladimirovich Petrov
Consul General of the Russian Federation, Consulate General of the Russian Federation

World Affairs members are $25.
Non-members are $40.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1683.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
03/22/2017 The Power of the Political Voice: Women as Voters, Candidates and Activists

6:30 - 7:45 pm

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

A new spirit of advocacy and activism to elevate womens political voice  as voters, candidates, leaders, and activists is being felt worldwide, and especially so across Asia. With a number of elections taking place in 2017 in the region, womens leadership and active engagement in public and political life is critical to shaping Asia's future.
The Asia Foundation has an impressive track record of supporting womens groups and womens movements to ensure strong representation of female candidates for political office as well as womens safety and security in voting. Beyond formal political participation is the vital role grassroots activists play in advocating for policy and legal reform. Crucial in all of this is a wider commitment to shifting power and resources to women in order to achieve gender equality and engaging men as allies in this work.
In an interactive session facilitated by The Asia Foundations Womens Empowerment Program Director, the Foundations country representatives from Timor Leste, Indonesia, and Vietnam will share insights and priorities to advance womens political participation and gender equality in Asia in the time ahead.

Light refreshments will be served.

SPEAKERS:
Michael R. DiGregorio
Country Representative, Vietnam, The Asia Foundation

Sandra Hamid
Country Representative, Indonesia

Susan Marx
Country Representative, Timor-Leste, The Asia Foundation

Jane Sloane
Director, Women's Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation

World Affairs members are $10.
Non-members are $20.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1693.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
03/23/2017 SYRIA, ISIS, TRUMP and MIDDLE EAST MAYHEM:
What Progressives Should Know

Thursday, March 23 " 7:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Center, Chapel
1187 Franklin Street (corner Geary Blvd.), San Francisco

Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Dr. Zuness books include Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism and Western Sahara:War, Nationalism & Conflict Irresolution (with Jacob Mundy). He lectures widely and writes for several leading political blogs, including the Huffington Post.

Co-sponsored by San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America (SanFranpda@aol.com) and Unitarian Universalists for Peace and Justice-San Francisco
03/28/2017 Disaster Preparedness: Views from the Epicenter

6:30 - 7:30 pm

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

Two years ago, the world reacted when two massive earthquakes struck Nepal and destroyed entire areas around Kathmandu and whole villages in hard-to-reach mountain regions. With international partnerships, many have been able to recover while others still struggle even after the eyes of the global community have turned elsewhere. These and other parts of Asia are the most natural disaster-prone region in the world. How can the international community do more than just react to the next disaster? What does community-led disaster prevention look like in Asia and how is technology being harnessed to address these needs?

Birger Stamperdahl, CEO and President of Give2Asia, Isaac Bekalo, President of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, and Meena Palanappian, Founder and CEO of Atma Connect will discuss the future of disaster preparedness while examining what resiliency looks in the face of limited resources on the ground. With experience spanning the globe, these experts will lead a discussion on how Asias communities are rebuilding and preparing in anticipation of future catastrophes. These innovations will have planning implications for not only Asia but the rest of the world in years to come.

SPEAKERS
Isaac B. Bekalo
President, International Institute for Rural Reconstruction

Meena Palaniappan
Founder & CEO, Atma Connect

Birger Stamperdahl
President and CEO, Give2Asia

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members $20; Students $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1698.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
03/29/2017 INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club is hosting a conversation about LGBTQ Rights: Whats at Stake?. on March 29, in partnership with SF Pride. A diverse panel, including 2016 SF Pride Grand Marshal Mia Satya, SF Board of Education President Matt Haney, Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts, and moderator Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell will answer questions like: what are the impacts of executive orders, actions, and legislation under the current administration, and how are citizens getting involved?

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When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: The Commonwealth Club. 555 Post Street, San Francisco, 94102

What: LGBTQ Rights: Whats at Stake?

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbtq-rights-whats-at-stake-tickets-31762046135?aff=Outreach

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/195354204278067/

03/29/2017 Technology and the Future: A Vision of Our Lives in 2050
6:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

Our lives in 2050 will be vastly different than today. Rapidly advancing technology is changing everything from food production to health care, energy output, manufacturing and the military balance. Innovations already in development include brain-computer interfaces, vat-grown cruelty-free meat, knitted cars and guided bullets among many others. Technology which once seemed like science fiction is now reality - and even old news - where can we possibly go from here?

The Executive Editor of The Economist, Daniel Franklin, explores how technology will shape the future in his recent book, Megatech: Technology in 2050. His insights are based on extensive interviews with distinguished scientists, industry leaders, academics and acclaimed science-fiction authors who are at the forefront of the most exceptional inventions and sinister trends.

Where will technology be in 2050, and how will it affect the way we live? What does this mean for the job market and how we perform our work? In what ways can we prepare for the opportunities as well as the dangers that await?

SPEAKER:

Daniel Franklin
Executive Editor, The Economist

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1699.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
03/30/2017 Sharing the Nordic Experience  Creativity, Innovation and Equality

6:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

The Nordic countries are established global leaders with regards to gender equality, healthcare, innovation, environmental stewardship and education. The World Economic Forums 2016 Global Gender Gap Report ranked Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden as the top four countries for gender equality. And according to the European Commission report, 94% of Finns, 90% of Swedes and 87% of Danes are satisfied with their healthcare. The Global Innovation Index also ranked Sweden the second most innovative economy last year, with the other Nordics solidly and consistently in the top 25. What explains these impressive figures?

Finnish Ambassador to the U.S., Ms. Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador András Simonyi of the Johns Hopkins Universitys Center for Transatlantic Relations, and Norways Consul General, Ambassador Hilde Janne Skorpen, will take us on a journey through the Nordic region. They will share insights about their successes where many other OECD nations have struggled, and candidly talk about the challenges that lie ahead. They will also discuss current transatlantic relations from a Northern European perspective.

SPEAKERS
Kirsti Helena Kauppi
Ambassador of Finland to the United States

András Simonyi
Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Hilde Janne Skorpen
Consul General, Royal Norwegian Consulate General

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1706.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.

April 2017

Event Start DateEvent
04/04/2017 Jane Mayer: Behind Dark Money

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017  7:00 PM

Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Price:
General: $15 Members; $22 Non-Members;
Premium: $40 Members & $50 Non-Members (Includes a copy of book and priority seating)
Students: $8 (with valid ID)

Who are the people bankrolling our political system?
Mayer, author of Dark Money takes us behind the scenes and exposes the powerful group of individuals who are shaping our country.

She traces the billions of dollars spent by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys and uncovers their influences on policies related to climate change, the economy and more.

Mayer also discusses the results of the 2016 election and what the future might entail if these elite billionaires continue to drive decisions at the state and federal levels.

http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2017-04-04/jane-mayer-behind-dark-money
04/05/2017 Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

Join INFORUM for a candid discussion with Alyssa Mastromonacoand learn what its like to be an insider in the competitive world of politics and media. Mastromonaco will answer questions about Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House, her memoir documenting her career to date as a national political operative and communications expert.

Mastromonaco spent nine years working for President Barack Obama, where she oversaw the planning and setup of presidential events, the hiring of presidential personnel and all Oval Office operations. Early in President Obamas political rise, Mastromonaco established herself as an integral member of President Obamas inner circle, helping Obama with key decisions (such as selecting Joe Biden as his running mate)with lots of lessons learned along the way.

After leaving the White House, Mastromonaco shifted her focus to the global media landscape as COO of Vice Media, helping the company grow its powerhouse brand. Mastromonacos book includes stories about her ascension to Washington, D.C.s political power list and also provides insightful advice for young women who are looking to make their mark on the world.

When: Wednesday, April 05, 2017; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: The Commonwealth Club. 555 Post Street, San Francisco, 94102

What: Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alyssa-mastromonaco-running-the-obama-white-house-tickets-31974401295?aff=Outreach

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1804300846454279/
04/06/2017 Capitalism & Democracy: Can They Co-Exist?

Thursday, April 6, 6:30 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane?
Please join Transition Berkeley for a short film: How Class Works, an animated overview by Richard Wolff. The film will be followed by a talk and discussion led by local author and distinguished Marxist scholar Richard Lichtman, who has taught at UC Berkeley, SF State, and the Wright Institute. His topic will be Marxism 101: Capitalism and Democracy - Can They Co-exist? Is capitalism the root cause of the climate crisis? How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane? If capitalism is the problem, what alternatives do we have? Well discuss these issues and more.
Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7:00 pm.

For more info: info@transitionberkeley.com
website: http://www.transitionberkeley.com

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and BFUU's Social Justice Ctee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

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04/11/2017 ENGAGE | US-Russia Relations: Illusions vs. Reality

6:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

Tension in US-Russia relations is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War. Russias 2012 invasion of Ukraine, Putins continued support of the Assad regime in Syria along with the unprecedented accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election have fanned these flames. While the political legitimacy of Putins Russia is predicated on rebuilding its global prominence among its neighbors in both Europe and the Middle East, all at the expense of the United States, the new Trump administration has indicated that they will prioritize healing the relationship. Is it possible that Trumps pro-Russia approach will lead to stronger US-Russia cooperation, or is the relationship too broken to fix?

How can we signal to Russia that interference in our domestic politics is unacceptable and will have repercussions? What can we do to reduce the risk of an accidental or unintended NATO-Russian military confrontation? In what ways can we collaborate with Russia on fighting terrorism and eliminating nuclear threats in the Middle East?

Andrew Weiss, Director of Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will share his perspectives on the future of US-Russia relations as well as key policy recommendations to manage the bilateral relationship.

SPEAKER:
Andrew Weiss
Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1716.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
04/12/2017 North Korea: On the Verge?

6:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

North Korea has threatened the United States with a merciless nuclear attack. While not a new threat, they may soon be capable of actually making good on that promise. North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, has recently been pushing to develop a missile capable of hitting the US, as witnessed by a series of tests. The likely target? California.

Meanwhile, escalating military tensions in the region have further isolated the nation both politically and economically, setting the stage for long-standing internal human rights abuses to worsen. Situations involving political prison camps, unresolved disappearances and the abduction of Japanese and South Koreans are all cause for concern. Add to that savory list, power struggles within the family itself. According to Malaysian authorities, Kim Jong-un's half-brother was recently murdered with chemical weapons in an airport in Kuala Lumpur, further escalating tensions.

How serious is the risk of a North Korean nuclear attack? How will Trumps reaction and willingness to work with our allies in the region influence the situation? And what obligation, if any, does the international community have to intervene on any and all fronts? Experts Philip Yun, Director of the Ploughshares Fund, and Daniel Sneider, Associate Director for Research at Stanfords Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, will share their insights.

SPEAKERS
Daniel Sneider
Associate Director for Research, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

Philip W. Yun
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Ploughshares Fund


World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1708.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
04/13/2017 Sam Altman: Social Change and Startups

Sam Altman, President, Y Combinator; Co-chairman of OpenAI
Nellie Bowles, Silicon Valley Correspondent; Moderator, Vice News Tonight

Sam Altman, 31, has been one of Silicon Valleys brightest stars for years as a founder, investor and president of Y Combinator. But, more recently, Sam and Y Combinator have both been making headlines for their involvement in some of todays most contentious political and social issues.

Y Combinators new "basic income project," based in Oakland, will give 100 families a minimum wage with the goal of exploring alternatives to the existing social safety net. Sam has also been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and has backed "track Trump," an online tool that monitors the promises President Trump delivers on, and those on which he comes up short. Y Combinator also recently welcomed the ACLU into their winter 2017 class and will help the ACLU turn its recent $24 million donation haul into concrete actions and organizational growth. Finally, Sam is in the beginning stages of a new project focused on finding a way to reduce housing costs through the creation of a smart city prototype.

Sam was named president of Y Combinator, Silicon Valleys largest startup incubator, in 2014. Y Combinators portfolio includes heavyweights, such as Airbnb, Dropbox and Stripe. Sam began his tech career as CEO of Loopt, which was acquired in 2012 and was included in Y Combinators first round of funded companies in 2005. Sam is also a personal investor in several of todays most successful startups, including Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit, Asana and Pinterest.

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: The Commonwealth Club. 555 Post Street, San Francisco, 94102

What: Sam Altman: Social Change and Startups

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sam-altman-social-change-and-startups-tickets-32067007282

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1371160469614869/
04/15/2017 Project Drawdown Pre-Book Launch
Ten years after An Inconvenient Truth, no organization or individual has created a plan to reverse global warming, until now.

Come hear Paul Hawken present the findings of his new book, DRAWDOWN, at Impact Hub Oakland.

Buy Tickets: http://oakland.impacthub.net/event/drawdown-pre-book-launch-w-paul-hawken/


EVENT SCHEDULE

6:00PM
Doors Open
Food and drink by Calavera available for purchase

6:45PM
Presentation by Paul Hawken with special guests John Roulac, founder of Nutiva, and Vien Truong, Director of Green for All.

8:15PM
Pre-order Drawdown at the event and have a bookplate signed by Paul Hawken
Food and drink by Calavera available for purchase

This event is sponsored by:
Dr. Bronner's, Nutiva, The Fruit Guys, Lotus Foods, and Spirit Rock

Buy Tickets: http://oakland.impacthub.net/event/drawdown-pre-book-launch-w-paul-hawken/
04/27/2017 Global Issues Night 2017

6:00 - 8:00 pm

WHERE
World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA

Humans are divided between those who can still look through the eyes of youth and those who cannot.  Dave Eggers, "What Is the What"

The World Affairs Education Program is proud to present the 2017 Student Ambassador Global Issues Night.

Join World Affairs to celebrate our student ambassadors as they present the global issue projects they have worked on throughout the year. Enjoy presentations on water issues in China, economic empowerment for women in Mongolia, girls education in South Sudan, the effects of militarization on civilians living in the Middle East, and the treatment of East Asian refugees. Student presentations will provide background information on these topics and make suggestions for how people in the Bay Area can address these global concerns.

Refreshments and hors doeuvres will be served.

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1715.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
04/29/2017 On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the African People's Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) will host the Uhuru Health Fair from 11am to 4pm at Akwaaba Hall at 7911 MacArthur Blvd in Oakland.

Get Fit for the Revolution: It's Our Only Solution! is the rallying cry of this community solutions-oriented fair which will offer free health screenings, interactive fitness workshops, entertainment, food giveaways, vendors, information on alternative health options as well as information on APEDF institutions.


To get involved or support the Uhuru Health Fair, contact 510-763-3342 ext. #3 or email oakland.volunteer@uhurufurniture.org

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