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05/03/2018 - Talk: Coolies and Model Minorities,the Weaponization of Asian America
Come celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month with Dr. Sumun Pendakur! In her high-energy talk, she'll explore what the possibilities for liberation look like through drawing on the lessons of the past and by highlighting the student activism of today. Dr. Pendakur will dive into her own personal journey as an Asian American student activist and educator. She will explore how Asian Americans are used in the American racial project, from the model minority myth to horizontal oppression to the embeddedness of anti-Blackness. Join us!

Admission/Cost: FREE

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

Thursday, May 3 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For more information, please e-mail: or visit:
04/20/2018 - Lecture: War and Peace in Ukraine
Public lecture, followed by a discussion about the current situation in Ukraine, with a specific focus on the ongoing war: its precursors, consequences and prospects for the future. Two distinguished scholars, Paul D'Anieri and Mikhail Alexseev, will be presenting their research. The discussion will be moderated by Svitlana Krasynska.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace
Justice Building Conference Room 248 and 249
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Friday, April 20 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 269-1552 or visit:
04/21/2018 - Sucr Bien-Sr!: French Conversation
Join us for French conversations, gourmet food and French music!

We warmly invite you to join us as we enjoy French conversations while tasting delicious French gourmet food and hot beverages in a delightful French music ambiance!

Enjoy cupcakes, macarons, crepes, madeleines, coffee and chocolate.

Admission/Cost: FREE

House of France
2100 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, April 21 - 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
04/28/2018 - Polynesian Princess Lunch
Aloha! Break out the seashells and coconuts and set sail to The Melting Pot for a Polynesian Princess party!

We're making waves this month with the return of our very popular, "Fondue Fairytale." Join us for a luau fit for royalty to meet a Polynesian Princess and learn about Polynesian culture.

Each special guest in attendance will receive a souvenir photo with the Polynesian Princess and a goodie-box filled with treasures and treats to take home. Costumes are welcomed and recommended! Please note: our honored guests can dress as any prince or princess of their choosing. Just like our Polynesian Princess, we respect a child's journey to find their own identity.

Guests will enjoy a three-course meal of cheese fondue, entree and chocolate fondue plus some Polynesian-themed drinks. We'll have "mocktails" for the kids and cocktails for the adults.

Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited.

View the menu here

Admission/Cost: $19.95 - $29.95

The Melting Pot
8980 University Center Ln
San Diego, CA 92122

Saturday, April 28 - 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

For more information, please visit: Facebook Event Page
04/15/2018 - Palestinian Children Relief Fund Benefit Dinner
The Palestine Children
04/19/2018 - Discussion: Successes and Stumbling Blocks in San Diego's Jewish Past
One of the characteristics that distinguishes San Diego is the fact that Jews have been here since the beginning of statehood, and have helped build the city. While Jews were part of San Diego
04/15/2018 - Talk: Breaking Into Travel Writing
Turn your writing skills into a travel career. Travel journalist Maggie Espinosa will show you how to sell your vacation stories to publications. This class will teach you how to access editors; decipher editorial guidelines; compose a query; negotiate contracts; qualify for press trips; find unique story angles; delve into social media; become a published author and much more.

Admision/Cost: $45 - $54

The Ink Spot
Barracks 16 #202
2730 Historic Decatur Road
Liberty Station
San Diego, CA 92106

Sunday, April 15 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
03/22/2018 - Discussion: First Annual Distinguished Lecture on US-Mexico Relations
Join the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies for its First Annual Distinguished Lecture on U.S.-Mexico Relations.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who has been at the helm of Mexico
03/06/2018 - Discussion: Green Movement in France
Environmental issues in France are more important than ever, with groups pushing for green jobs, renewable energy, public transportation, and banning GMOs. But can this win elections? What does this mean for France? A monthly French culture lecture series presented by the San Diego French American School. With light refreshments.

Admission/Cost: FREE

La Jolla Riford Library
7555 Draper Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

Tuesday, March 6 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 552-1657 or visit:
03/21/2018 - Discussion: The Return of Religion and China's Future
Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches and mosques
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