Upcoming 2018 Programs — Save the Date

Climate Change and Us — Up Close and Personal

Thursday, September 20, 2018
7:30 p.m. Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV: No Charge;   Nonmembers: $5

Grant Ballard, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer
Point Blue Conservation Science, Petaluma

With a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland and a B.A. in English from Cornell, Dr. Ballard will bring his knowledge of the Antarctic and climate change in general to help us understand what is happening to our world. He will discuss global marine conservation and the condition of and changes to sea ice globally. He has consulted on a global basis, specifically with Korea and China, allowing him to measure how the efforts of the U.S. stack up to that of other nations. Are we doing enough? Do we need to do more? What is the forecast for our future?  Dr. Ballard is one of the leading researchers and authorities on the Adelie penguins of the Antarctic. Closer to home, he has researched what impact the sea level rise will have in the San Francisco bay area for we humans, marshlands, and local wildlife.

Join us as we get a close up and personal view of what our future could be and what we can do to help preserve our environment.
Heather McLintock, Sponsor


Why Terrorism Continues to Threaten International Security

Friday, October 12, 2018
Noon,  Flamingo Hotel
2777 – 4th Street, Santa Rosa

Members: $35; Nonmembers: $40

Martha Crenshaw, Ph.D., Stanford University

Our speaker argues that it is a mistake to assume that terrorism has been defeated with the collapse of the ISIS caliphate project in Syria and Iraq.   She explains that although terrorism is officially no longer a top national security priority, the danger isn’t going to go away anytime soon even if the U.S. turns its attention to Russia and China.  The threat of terrorism is both persistent and intractable.

Dr. Crenshaw is a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Professor of Political Science, by courtesy, at Stanford University.  From 2005 to 2018 she was a lead investigator with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, a Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Artificial Intelligence – What It Is and Its Effects Now and in the Future 

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 p.m. Newman Auditorium
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

*Members, Nonmembers & Public:  No Charge
*Mandatory Parking Fee: $4.

Jonathan Miranda, Director of Strategy-Technology, Salesforce

What is AI? When will it be coming?  How will it affect us whether we are Seniors, Millennials or newborns?

Jonathan Miranda, a ‘Futurist’ will walk us through the changes we can anticipate in our everyday world.  He will explain the truth behind AI, discuss the jobs of the future and assure us that not everyone will lose their jobs and sit around doing nothing, but rather, the jobs will still be there but will change in interesting and efficient ways.  He will discuss new business models, emerging technologies and what a typical day in your life will be like five years from now. As a challenge to the prevailing negative media about the Terminator taking away all of our jobs, Jonathan Miranda will explore the positive side of technology and how we can best navigate the trail ahead.

Jonathan has a B.Sc in computer science from UC Davis.
Joe Clendenin and Heather McLintock, Sponsors

Thank you to Tech Bay Area Advocates (http://techbayarea.org) for their assistance in the presentation of this program.

* Due to the relevance of this topic we are inviting students and the public to join us.  We recommend you arrive early for seating.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  The parking lot on Elliot Street is the closest and has a fee.  SRJC will ticket those cars which do not have a Paid ticket on the dashboard.


Programs That Round Out the Year:  Save the Date
More Details to Follow

Friday, November 9 at Noon:  Tariffs: Who is Paying What?
with Dr. Florence Bouvet,
Professor of Economics, Sonoma State University

Thursday, December 6 at 7:30:  Switzerland
A conversation with Swiss journalist Walter Niederberger and
WACSC’s Joe Leadem





Please make your check payable to WACSC and send it with the completed reservation form to World Affairs Council, PO Box 1433, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

When we announce a forthcoming WAC luncheon program, we request that you mail your reservation form and check to arrive no later than one week before the event. Most venues require this amount of time in order to be properly staffed and for the chef to order the right quantity of food for our event. Also note that we will take reservations through the week prior to the luncheon date, or until we reach capacity. It is always a good idea to send your reservation as soon as you can so as not to be disappointed.

If your reservation arrives after the deadline date or capacity has been reached, you will receive a notification and your check will be returned. You may request to be added to a wait list for reservations by leaving a message at the WACSC phone number:

We accept cancellations and provide refunds up to 72 hours before the event. For example, if there is a luncheon on Friday, we can accept your cancellation and send you a refund if you have called the above mentioned phone number to cancel before noon on the preceding Tuesday. After that time, we cannot provide a refund, since we are obligated to pay the venue for the reservation, even if you do not come.


Many of us just can’t eat all the food that we are often served at our WAC luncheons. Wishing not to waste food, we may have asked for a “doggie bag.” Depending on where you were and whom you asked, you may have been told that the venue does not allow food to be taken away. How can that be? There is enough here for another meal!

A ‘NO DOGGY BAG’ policy applies at some of our luncheon venues. This is the restaurant’s food safety rule, not a WACSC policy. The reason is primarily related to liability that the restaurant would have, should you get sick from the food you take home. Sometimes, food taken home may sit in a car a bit too long and develop bacteria that could make you ill.  Please understand that the venue is not being mean, but, rather, they do not want to take the risk of any adverse health effects.