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04/11/2016 - Sources of Islamist Radicalism
Weekly discussion roundtable at Civilized Conversation, a non-partisan forum for learning about politics, pubic affairs, religion, and more. New members always welcome.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Panera Bread
5620 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117

Monday, April 11 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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03/19/2016 - Talk: Eunuchs, Scholars, and Concubines
Special lecture with Alex Stewart, Senior Coordinator of Education at SDCHM (San Diego Chinese Historical Museum).

The imperial system established in the Qin (221-206 BCE) and Han (206 BCE-220 CE) Dynasties lasted until the twentieth century, but it was not without internal conflicts.

Eunuchs, concubines, and other members of the emperor
03/22/2016 - Jewish Poets/Jewish Voices
Three outstanding local poets will be featured at the next Jewish Poets-Jewish Voices evening in the Astor Judaica Library of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

Nina Garin is a San Diego native who serves as an arts journalist for the San Diego Union-Tribune and for KPBS. She studied creative writing at SDSU and was greatly influenced by fellow local writer Steve Kowit. Her work has appeared in Kowit's poetry text book as well as in Third Coast literary magazine. She lives in La Jolla with her husband and two daughters.

Nelson Heller was born in the Bronx. He inherited his love for writing from his father, Morris, who wrote poetry and biographies of his Eastern European immigrant parents and relatives. Nelson started writing poetry in high school. In 2009 Nelson was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers' Educational Publishing Hall of Fame. He retired in 2014. Currently, Dr. Heller is Education Advisor to the International Centre for Earth Simulation Foundation and heads its ICESedu Education Advisory Board, encouraging good planetary stewardship and improved public health, safety and well-being through student learning and engagement. Nelson and his wife, Pam live in Cardiff.

Genine Orah Rainbeau-Heart is a native San Diegan with a lifetime passion for art. When she became a Bat Mitzvah, the service included her original poetry. Genine has been privileged to share her poetry, art and heart songs as a guest at numerous events including: Earth Day and Theater of the World festivals, Healing the Earth rituals, The Vagina Monologues, Ghandi-King Peace and Non-violence symposium, and collaborative conscious music performances.Genine Orah lives in Leucadia CA with her husband Don Reed.

Following the featured poets, there will be a half hour of open microphone period when audience members are invited to share their original poems and songs. The evening concludes with light refreshments. There is no charge and all are welcome.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Astor Judaica Library
Lawrence Family JCC
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

Tuesday, March 22 - 7:00 PM

For more information please call: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or email: [email
03/22/2016 - Talk: Alexander the Great and the Amazon Queen
46th Annual Gail A. Burnett Lecture in the Classics, featuring Adrienne Mayor, Research Scholar of Classics and of History & Philosophy of Science at Stanford University.

Mayor is an independent folklorist/historian of science who investigates natural knowledge contained in pre-scientific myths and oral traditions. Her research looks at ancient "folk science" precursors, alternatives, and parallels to modern scientific methods. Mayor's latest book, The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World, analyzes the historical and archaeological evidence underlying myths and tales of warlike women. Her work is featured on NPR and BBC, the History Channel, the New York Times, Smithsonian, and National Geographic and her books have been translated into Russian, Turkish, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Polish, and Greek. Mayor's fossil legend research is featured in the National Geographic children's book The Griffin and the Dinosaur (by M. Aronson, 2014). She is a regular contributor to the award-winning history of science website Wonders and Marvels.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Theater, Conrad Prebys Student Union
San Diego Sate University
6075 Aztec Cir Dr
San Diego, CA 92182

Tuesday, March 22 - 3:30 PM

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03/22/2016 - Talk: Israel's Soft Power - Public Diplomacy in Action
One of the lecture series: Israel in the 21st Century: New Hopes, New Challenges, featuring Dr. Chanan Naveh.

This lecture will focus on Israel
03/28/2016 - Talk: The Changing Geopolitics of East Asia
The Fourth Annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture will feature Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy who will present a talk on "The Changing Geopolitics of East Asia." Ambassador Roy will discuss the implications for the U.S. of the gradual erosion in our air and sea dominance in the western Pacific caused by China's rapid military modernization as well as the factors that limit China's ability to dominate the region. He will address the difficulties China's leaders are encountering in seeking to preserve the essentials of an authoritarian system in a country that is too open to the outside world, both political and economically, to make this feasible over time.

Admission/Cost: FREE (RSVP)

The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club
(Atkinson Pavilion, UC San Diego Faculty Club)
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093

Monday, March 28 - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
03/08/2016 - Talk: A Conversation About Imperfect Activism
Dodai Stewart is Director of Culture and Coverage at Fusion, a multi-platform media company launched in 2013. She was previously the deputy editor at and has written for various publications including Entertainment Weekly, Modern Bride, New York Magazine, Glamour, and the New York Times.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Multipurpose Room
Student Service Center
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093

Tuesday, March 8th - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please contact (858) 534-982 or visit:
03/07/2016 - Talk: Living the Legacy of the Cimarron: Race and Rebellion in Cuba
Viviendo la herencia del Cimarron: raza y rebellion en Cuba/Living the legacy of the Cimarron: Race and Rebellion in Cuba will be presented by Ms. Georgina, born in 1936. She is a Cuban poet and writer for radio, television, and film. She writes on gender, Afro-Cuban history, race, and the African legacy. Her work has been translated into various languages and has won much recognition abroad and in Cuba.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Storm Hall West 011 (Behner Auditorium)
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182

Monday, March 7 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

For more information, please contact (619) 594-1103 or visit:
03/14/2016 - Talk: New Forms of Dissent in Israel-Palestine
Spring Lecture Series: Dissent in Zion held by Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs

Amira Hass is a veteran correspondent for Israel
03/08/2016 - Talk: The Struggle to Report the Truth in Mexico
Join us for the annual Sister Sally Furay lecture, on
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