Friday, February12, 2016, The Japan – South Korea Identity Crisis: Implications for the U.S. and Asia, Brad Glosserman, Executive Director, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Noon, Fountaingrove Inn, Camelot Room

101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa


Members: $30; Non-members: $35

Reservations due 2/5


In November 2015, for the first time in over three years, leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea converged on Seoul for a trilateral summit. 


As host, South Korean Park Geun-hye also held bilateral meetings with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Brad Glosserman follows, analyzes, and reports on tensions between these three countries and their impact on the United States. Recently, he coauthored the book, Japan-South Korea Identity Crisis. He is wrapping up another book on the impact of the March 11, 2011, triple catastrophe on Japan.


Mr. Glosserman’s commentary on and analysis of U.S. foreign policy and Asia regularly appears in media worldwide. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, he was a member of The Japan Times editorial board. He holds a J.D. from George Washington University, an M.A. from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. from Reed College.




Thursday, February 25, 2016, Disaster Medicine in Disasters Around the World, Dr. Joshua Weil, M.D., FACEP, Emergency Physician and Assistant Physician-in-Chief for Hospital Operations, Kaiser Hospital, Santa Rosa


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

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members & SLV free: Visitors $5


It takes courage, stamina, and commitment to quickly mobilize and go around the world to disasters that nobody expects. Dr. Josh Weil (and other doctors from Northern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group) has volunteered at massively destructive and deadly natural disasters, including the tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004, the 2005 Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana,  the 2010 earthquake Haiti, and most recently Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.


As a boy growing up in Northern California, Dr. Weil sailed extensively as a crewman; as a young adult, he decided to become a physician. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago and returned to California to complete his residency training. Dr. Weil serves on many medical boards and volunteers locally. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife, three children, and many pets.




Friday, March 11, 2016, The U.S. and China Are Rivals, Adversaries and Partners.  Where Does All This Lead?, Thomas Hout, Visiting Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey



5:15 p.m. No host cocktails;  6 p.m. Meal; 7 PM Program

Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club

333 Country Club Drive, Santa Rosa


Members: $42; Non-members: $47

Reservations due 3/4


The U.S. and China are increasingly defining each other’s world.  The two compete now in every field---economics, diplomacy, science, military, etc.---yet are surprisingly alike and need each other’s cooperation to get what each wants.  This makes for a complicated future.


Thomas Hout is an international strategy consultant and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Fletcher

School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Medford, MA.  He also teaches every year at the University of Hong Kong School of Business.  Hout was a partner at the Boston Consulting Group for 22 years, and has lived and worked in Boston, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.  He has taught executive education at Harvard Business School and served on the HBS Publishing’s Board of Editorial Review.


Thomas Hout received a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University.




Thursday, March 24, 2016, A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures, Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley’s International House, and author


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

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members & SLV residents free: Visitors $5


The well-traveled WAC audience is in for an evening of adventure, listening to Joe Lurie tell how to navigate the minefields of misunderstandings that arise because of cultural differences. He authored the recently-released book, Perception and Deception: A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures ( Ambassador Martin Brennan writes: “Joe Lurie's book provides ‘...the deeper cultural messages that escape people who hear largely what they’re used to hearing and see mostly what they are used to seeing.”


Joe Lurie has spent his life observing and reporting on these differences. He served in the Peace Corps in Kenya and has directed programs in France, Kenya, and Ghana for the School for International Training. He has served as V.P. for American Field Service programs in the U.S., among other assignments.   


Mr. Lurie holds an advanced degree and diploma in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal. At Berkeley, Lurie led fundraising efforts which provided over $20 million for scholarships and renovation projects. 


There will be a book signing with the author following the presentation.





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