August 19, 2015,
WORLD AFFAIRS GALA SUMMER AFFAIR
5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Quail Inn,
7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa
Members and guests: $27 per person
Reservations due 8/12
Back to the past! It's time to awaken
again from those dog days of summer, put down the picnic tablecloth,
and enjoy the festivities at beautiful Quail Inn, Oakmont Golf Club.
We have ordered up the same great menu we enjoyed last year with
sunny blue-sky weather and views of the Mayacama Mountains and
Oakmont Golf Course.
While dining we will be serenaded with
guitar music. Wine, beer, and
drinks from a full bar will be available for purchase. With many
favorable comments on the menu from last summer, we thought a repeat
of that wonderful buffet spread was in order, so BBQ chicken will
again be the main dish, with delicious salads and scrumptious
dessert rounding out the fare.
To further enliven things, we will give
away four $25 gift certificates for Copperfield Book Store and
bottles of wine at each table. Be sure to keep your ticket stub when
you check in, as your number might be the lucky one!
For our annual Book Sale, please bring
your donated “world affairs-type” books; then buy as many sale books
as you can! It all goes to support your World Affairs Council.
Come join your World Affairs Council
friends and meet new ones at this annual festive gathering. You will
find a reservation form below or in this issue of Perspectives.
Your Council volunteers are looking
forward to seeing you at this great summer event!
September 11, 2015,
THE NORDIC COUNTRIES: WHO ARE THEY AND WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL?
Hilde Janne Skorpen, Norwegian Consul General
Noon, Fountaingrove Inn, Camelot
101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa
Members: $30; Non-members: $35
Reservations due 9/4
What makes the
Nordic countries tick? Why do these small countries at the northern
edge of Europe consistently rank highest in the good life by most
indicators? Why are more and more countries looking to the “Nordic
model,” and what exactly does it consist of?
backdrop, Dr. Skorpen will examine the historical experiences of the
Nordic countries--their cultural characteristics and the political,
social, and economic factors that together shape this distinctive
region. Russia, the U.S., Canada, and the Nordic countries are
together the custodians of one of the world’s most fragile regions,
one that is also endowed with an abundance of natural resources. Dr.
Skorpen will examine the challenges to sound management of the
Arctic in the present political climate.
A top priority of
Dr. Skorpen is supporting Norwegian startups that seek to attract
investors and draw inspiration from the innovative spirit of Silicon
Valley--at the same time promoting mutual business and investment
opportunities in areas such as green technology, life sciences and
health, and creative industries.
Dr. Skorpen took
up the post as Norway’s Consul General in San Francisco in August
2013, serving the 13 westernmost states of the U.S., including
Hawaii and Alaska. Previously, she served as Foreign Ministry Senior
Advisor to the Norwegian National Defense College; she has also been
Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-proliferation to the U.N. in
Geneva. She was posted as well to the Norwegian delegation to NATO
in Brussels. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Boston
University. Dr. Skorpen will be accompanied by her husband, retired
army Col. Ole K. Stubben.
Thursday, September 24, 2015,
SOUTH AFRICA: THE FUTURE OF AN ILLUSION? Patrick Connolly, World
7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members & SLV free; Visitors $5
Connolly will discuss the development of the Afrikaner/Anglo
establishment in South Africa and its ultimate ceding of political
power to the largely black African National Congress (ANC) in 1994.
He will review the phenomenon of Nelson Mandela and the “Rainbow
Nation,” and then assess the troubling dynamics of South Africa’s
current society which he feels has yet to fully realize its
potential due to the legacy of the past.
A native of
Johannesburg, South Africa, Patrick Connolly has had a long and
varied career in international business and finance. Most recently,
prior to his retirement, this included the World Bank and the
International Finance Corporation where his work took him back to
Africa to work on the challenges of economic development. He holds a
Ph.D. and master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy at Tufts and Harvard Universities, and a bachelor’s degree
in economics and politics from the National University in Dublin,
Ireland. Dr. Connolly and his wife Agnes reside in Windsor.