FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, GUNS VS. BUTTER: SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION OR THE POCKETBOOK ELECTION? Dr. David McCuan, Professor of Political Science, Sonoma State University; faculty member with U.C. Davis-Sonoma State Joint Doctorate


Noon, Fountaingrove Inn, Camelot Room

101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa


Members: $30; Non-members: $35

Reservations due: 10/28


American elections traditionally focus on the economy and the condition of voters pocketbooks. The 2016 cycle is distinct. Dr. McCuan discusses changes in the American electorate that are altering issues of importance to voters. The economy still matters, but foreign affairs, security policy, and international events increasingly drive elections and public opinion. We look at the impact of world events on our presidential election and the likely implications for governing after the cheering ends.


Prior to coming to SSU, Dr. McCuan was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Governmental Affairs, UC Berkeley, and an Assistant Professor at the California Maritime Academy. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. Dr. McCuans research interests include American Politics and International Relations, focusing on the impact of “direct democracy” ballot measures. McCuan writes commentary and makes frequent appearances on all major media outlets.

Linda Lambert, Sponsor




THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2016, WHOSE HERITAGE IS THIS? Dr. Margaret Purser, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Sonoma State University


1:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall

Green Music Center

Sonoma State University


No admission charge.                               

$5 parking fee will apply,

payable via kiosk on campus.



WAC and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) are pleased to jointly sponsor this unique event, which we hope this is the beginning of an ongoing and fruitful partnership. SSU’s new president, Dr. Judy Sakaki, will make welcome remarks. To get on the roster for this event call 1-866.955.6040, select option 4, between 10 AM and 6PM, Monday-Friday, and tell them you are with "WACSC" .


A Syrian militant group destroys the World Heritage ancient site of Palmyra, loots similar sites and sells the artifacts on the international art market. The island nation of Kiribati petitions for international heritage funding to preserve its identity as a people and culture when its physical location disappears under rising seas. These examples and dozens more illustrate the increasingly complicated concept of “heritage” in the early 21st century. Scholars, officials, pundits, and advocates alike struggle with what the term “heritage” means. Dr. Purser will explore how global heritage policies and the lucrative, politically-salient global “heritage industry” play a role in stoking certain conflicts and mediating between other conflicting parties. 


Dr. Purser received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. Having been at Sonoma State University since 1989, she now serves as chair of the Anthropology Department. She teaches courses in historical archaeology, cultural landscape studies, and contemporary heritage studies, and supervises thesis research design and implementation in the master's program in Cultural Resource Management.


                                                                                     Lane Olson, Sponsor




Cindy Nofziger, Founder and Executive Director, Schools for Salone & Dr. Robert Heavner, former Board Member for Schools for Salone; clinical psychologist


7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members & SLV free: Visitors $5


Ms. Nofziger works to build schools and train teachers in Sierra Leone. Dr. Heavner provides therapy services to African asylum refugees who have survived trauma and torture in conflicts of war and political suppression. Ms. Nofziger and Dr. Heavner will describe the challenges of creating indigenous partnerships, anticipating crises, and addressing fundamental needs in education and health through international initiatives.


Schools for Salone (SfS) partners with vulnerable villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to rebuild the schools devastated in the ten-year civil war that ended in 2002. Since 2005, SfS has constructed twenty schools and three libraries, numerous water wells, latrines and sanitary stations, provided learning materials, scholarships, and more. In addition, SfS strives to increase access to education for children who otherwise would be unable to go to school. Early in 2016, a new reproductive health education initiative was launched. During the Ebola crisis, SfS immediately sent funds for health education, sanitation supplies, and emergency food relief, thus preventing the spread of Ebola into their school communities.


Both Cindy and Robert were Peace Corps Volunteers in Sierra Leone. The couple live in Seattle.

                                                                                Linda Lambert, Sponsor


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Reservation and Cancellation Policies.

Luncheon and Annual Dinner reservations have become increasingly popular and are filling our venue capacities more rapidly than ever. While this is greatly appreciated by the WACSC Management Board, it requires the implementation of some practical controls, as follows:

Reservations must be cut off one week before the date of the event. If your reservation is received after the published deadline it will be returned and your name will be placed on a waiting list.

Cancellations will be honored if you call us at 707-573-6014, at least 48 hours before the event. This same number can be used to ask questions about WACSC programs and policies. You will receive a refund in the mail. If you need to cancel less than 48 hours before the event we cannot issue a refund because your meal will be charged to the Council. Cancellations made before the 48 hour deadline may allow members on a waiting list to attend.

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