Upcoming Programs

Upcoming 2018 Programs — Save the Date


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

Jonathan Miranda, Director of Strategy-Technology, Salesforce
Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 p.m. Newman Auditorium (located in Emeritus Hall #15-16 on campus map)
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

Click here for Campus Map  (Auditorium & parking highlighted)

*Members, Nonmembers & Public:  No Charge
*Mandatory Parking Fee: $4 — Please Carpool
No registration necessary.

What is AI? How will it affect us in our ordinary lives?

Jonathan Miranda has the coolest job title ever – ‘Futurist’.   He will explain AI and walk us through the changes we can anticipate in our everyday world. Find out what a typical day in your life could be like five years from now.  Will jobs disappear or simply change in interesting and efficient ways?  He will explain new medical innovations and their impact on hearing aids, facial recognition through new eyeglasses and life-saving surgery.  Jonathan will explore the positive side of technology and how we can best navigate the trail ahead.

Bring your questions – there will be an open Q and A session

* Due to the importance 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.  Parking is available in E lot and in the parking garage (C on map).  SRJC will ticket those cars who do not have a Paid ticket on the dashboard.

This program is presented by the World Affairs Council Sonoma County (wacsc.org) with assistance from Tech Bay Area Advocates (http://techbayarea.org)

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


The Challenges of Globalization: Are Tariffs The Answer?

Friday, November 9, 2018
Noon, Legends at Bennett Valley Golf Club
3330 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa

Members: $29; Nonmembers: $34

Florence Bouvet, Professor of Economics, Sonoma State University; Co-Chair, Economic Interest Section, European Studies Association

After discussing the main reasons why governments typically levy tariffs on imported and exported goods, Dr. Bouvet will explain who tends to benefit and who tends to get hurt by the imposition of tariffs. She will also discuss the recent use of tariffs by the Trump administration, focusing on the current trade frictions with China and some of our more traditional partners (Canada, Japan, and the European Union).

Dr. Bouvet’s research interests are in the areas of European economic integration, economic inequality, economic voting, and international economics. Her recent works have been published in journals including Applied Economics, Electoral Studies, China Economic Review, Economic Modelling, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Economic Inequality, Région et Développement, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and Modern Economy. Originally from France, Dr. Bouvet received her B.A. and M.A. from the Political Science Institute of Paris (Science-Po) and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Lloyd von der Mehden, Sponsor


Switzerland: #1-Rated Country in the World; What Might America Learn from Them?

Thursday, December 6, 2018
7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members and SLV residents: No Charge
Nonmembers: $5 donation

Walter Niederberger, U.S. Correspondent for Tages-Anzeiger, Switzerland’s largest daily newspaper

Switzerland has been recently rated the world’s #1 country by U.S. News and World Report. (The United States has been ranked #8 in the same survey.) How is Switzerland doing so well? What can we learn from them? Be ready…we can learn a lot!

In tonight’s program, Joe Leadem, from the World Affairs Council Program Committee, will interview Mr. Niederberger, who will share his thoughts on Switzerland. Walter has previously been a political correspondent for the Associated Press (AP) in Switzerland and the capital newspaper Der Bund. He currently reports on U.S. economic affairs. In 2016 he published his first book, Trumpland–Portrait of a Divided Nation for the German-speaking market. He and his wife live in Healdsburg.

Please join us for this discussion of Switzerland. We have a lot of questions for Walter, and maybe you do, too! Who knows where it will lead? Maybe we can find answers to some of the issues facing America…in the Alps of all places!

Joe Leadem, Sponsor



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.


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