Wednesday, August 17, 2016,
WORLD AFFAIRS GALA SUMMER AFFAIR
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.,
Quail Inn, Oakmont
7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa
Members and guests: $29 per person
Reservations due 8/10
time for the Annual Picnic! Shrug off those dog days of summer and
get ready to have a great time! Like last year, we will unfold the
blankets and open up the wicker baskets at the Quail Inn at Oakmont
for our summer get together. Please join all of us, family and
friends, on Wednesday, August 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. We have
summer weather to view the beautiful golf course and Mayacamas
Mountains from the terrace at Quail Inn.
Music will serenade us while we savor the bountiful buffet of
grilled tri tip, salads, and dessert
provided by Quail Inn. A quiz or two will test your world affairs
knowledge, with prizes for the winners. In addition to wine prizes
for the quiz, we will again raffle off four $25 book certificates to
Copperfield's Books. Please note that we will not have the
traditional book sale this year, as our experience in recent years
was that the logistical hassles far outweighed the financial
benefits. Keep your books on your bookshelves!
Please mark your calendars for this special day when we can all come
together for a good time, great conversation, and to celebrate our
wonderful World Affairs Council community.
Friday, September 9, 2016,
2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa
Members: $29; Non-members: $34
Reservations due 9/2
Tamin Ansary is an Afghan-American
author who excels, through his fascinating books, at telling the
historically complicated and multi faceted story of Afghanistan. Mr
Ansary will speak about his native country and its role in the world
in a way that his books do. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the
World Through Islamic Eyes gives a vivid picture that often
differs from the Western perspective. One of his more recent books
Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan
has been described as an epic drama, thriller, tragedy, and
surreal farce. One of his earlier books, West of Kabul, East of
New York describes his reaction shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
All of these books and others have made Mr. Ansary an expert on all
the literary ways that Afghanistan and it's challenges can be
described. His talk will be enlightening and provide us with a
cultural perspective we seldom hear or know about.
are on a first come first received basis but no later than Sept.2.
Checks and reservation forms can be mailed to WACSC, please note
that it is for the 9/9 program; P.O. Box 1433, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.
Further information at 707 573-6014. The author's books will be
available for sale.
Thursday, September 22, 2016,
ELECTRIFYING A BILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT FRYING US ALL,
Dr. Daniel R. Soto, Assistant Professor, Department of
Environmental Studies and Planning, Sonoma State University
7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members & SLV free: Visitors $5
Despite over one hundred years of electricity, over a billion people
still lack reliable access to it. At the same time, many other
people consume much more energy than is necessary to get the
services they desire. Energy efficient technologies are key to
extending energy to all citizens of the globe while keeping our
climate as stable as possible. Dr. Soto has worked in projects to
lower the technical and economic barriers to energy access in Mali,
Uganda, and Indonesia.
Dr. Soto is an Assistant Professor at Sonoma State University, where
he teaches courses focused on energy and the environment. He
completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Earth Institute, working
on solar micro-grids in Mali and Uganda. He earned his Ph.D. in
Applied Physics at Stanford University, his M.S. in Physics from San
Francisco State University, and his B.S. from Stanford.
Pat Givens, Sponsor