Discussion Groups for November 2019

To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.

WACMB Discussion Group meetings are free and open to the public.


MPC

While MPC Discussion Group Meetings are normally held on the second Monday of the month, MPC is is closed on November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day. Therefore the November meeting will be held on November 4 from 4:00-5:30 pm in Room 101, Social Sciences Building. Parking is available for $3 in Lot D.

This month’s topic is “Turmoil in Hong Kong.” Participants will explore the genesis of the current turmoil in Hong Kong. Possible outcomes also will be discussed.

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OLLI/CSUMB

Following up on October’s luncheon topic, the November OLLI discussion group will address the current turmoil in Hong Kong .

During the regular school year, meetings are on the third Monday of the month, from 4:00-5:30 at the CSUMB Ryan Ranch Location. Parking is free. Note: please RSVP for this group at either csumb.edu/olli or (831) 582-5500 so that you can receive course communications.

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The Passport for October 2019

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format. 

Turmoil in Hong Kong: Social Inequality and Political Failures are Rupturing the Community

Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since 1997, is undergoing unprecedented social and political turmoil. In his presentation to the World Affairs Council, Michael Ipson will examine the underlying issues that have fueled the protests in Hong Kong, including enormous disparities in wealth, a housing crisis, the legacy of colonial rule, hesitant political reform, and the younger generation’s growing estrangement from China. He will also analyze the actions of the various stakeholders in the dispute and sketch out possible outcomes.

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WACMB coordinates two ongoing discussion groups, which are free and open to the public. Each month, the group selects the topic for the following month’s discussion.

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WAC in Profile: Peggy Field

Peggy Field, the co-chair of WACMB’s Office Administration and one of the smiling faces that greet you at our luncheons, has been involved with our organization since 2010. She has made Pacific Grove her home since 2009, after seven years in San Francisco and 40 years in “the Valley of Heart’s Delight.” Living, working, and playing during the Golden Age of Silicon Valley seems to her to be the greatest of historical good fortune.

Psychology presented itself as her life’s calling while a freshman at UCSB, from which she graduated with a dual major in Philosophy and Psychology. Although she planned to go to medical school, a summer job at NASA’s Ames Research Center launched Peggy on a five-year detour into Space Sciences; she worked on the Pioneer Project and “Grand Tour” mission, experiencing exciting launches at Cape Canaveral and celebrations at the Monkey Bar. Those experiences opened doors and set a high bar for life. Peggy’s serpentine trajectory continued when she landed a position as Human Resources Director for Spectra-Physics, again setting a high bar for leadership integrity and best practices management, as well as cutting edge technology. Toss together a few more years in corporate management, add five years in graduate school, and a brilliant mentor; stir and mix, and voila! Peggy became a Psychologist.

Now holding a PhD in Clinical and Organizational Psychology, with a dissertation on Systems Archetypes in a Learning Organization, Peggy began a 30-year psychology practice, with 20 of those years in Cupertino. Her practice attracted business and technical people suffering personal and professional fallout from high performance lives, and ultimately led to the door of Apple Computer, where she worked as Corporate Psychologist. Peggy currently works as a consulting scholar for Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara.

“Always in community” is one of Peggy’s foundational personal philosophies. Her favorite activity is her 36- year-running Saturday night date with her husband, Terry Field.


Program Report: Isebill Gruhn

We were honored to have Dr. Isebill Gruhn from UC Santa Cruz speak on Europe in Turmoil at our August luncheon. From Brexit to Italy’s ongoing government problems to the general rise of nationalist-populist movements, the European project has not seen such disarray since it began in the aftermath of World War II.

Gruhn noted that European integration, from NATO to the European Union, was designed to end the persistent warfare that had plagued Europe through increased interdependence. Integration would also produce economies of scale for the modern world. The US played a critical role in advancing Europe’s integration.

Europe’s current turmoil has two primary causes. First, the EU’s enormous expansion following the end of the Cold War allowed poorer countries of Eastern Europe to join, leading to a shift of large amounts of resources from richer to poorer countries within the EU. Those transfers generated significant resentment and alienation in Britain, Germany, and elsewhere among the original EU countries, creating lots of “unhappy people” who adopted new forms of nationalism out of national resentment. Second, under the Trump administration, the US is no longer committed to an integrated Europe, expediting the turmoil.

While these two causes are primary, other issues have fed into the resentment, including the mass immigration of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, and the overbearing approach by the EU administration based in Brussels. The rise of right-wing populist movements in many European countries does not bode well for the future of an integrated Europe


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This is the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). Founded in 1951, the council is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs. WACMB is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, EIN-770301206. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. WACMB sponsors monthly luncheons, discussion groups, and student scholarships.

Corporate and institutional support for the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is provided by:

  • California State University Monterey Bay
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Rancho Canada
  • Horan & Lloyd Law Firm

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Discussion Groups for October 2019

To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.

WACMB Discussion Group meetings are free and open to the public.


MPC

Meetings are on the second Monday of the month, from 4:00-5:30 pm in Room 101, Social Sciences Building. Parking is available for $3 in Lot D.

October’s topic is “The Iranian Powder Keg.” What caused the current tense relationship between the US and Iran? How likely is armed conflict between the two?

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OLLI/CSUMB

Following up on September’s luncheon topic, the October OLLI discussion group will address relations between the US and Mexico.

During the regular school year, meetings are on the third Monday of the month, from 4:00-5:30 at the CSUMB Ryan Ranch Location. Parking is free. Note: please RSVP for this group at either csumb.edu/olli or (831) 582-5500 so that you can receive course communications.

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Luncheon on October 29, 2019

Topic

Turmoil in Hong Kong: Social Inequality and Political Failures are Rupturing the Community

Speaker

Michael Ipson

International Banking Consultant

Overview

Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since 1997, is undergoing unprecedented social and political turmoil. Peaceful protests against a proposed extradition agreement with China have led to an outburst of discontent about the inequities of Hong Kong society, the growing Chinese presence there, and the stagnation in the governmental reform that was supposed to culminate in universal suffrage in the election of Hong Kong’s head of government.

In his presentation to the World Affairs Council, Michael Ipson will examine the underlying issues that have fueled the protests in Hong Kong, including enormous disparities in wealth, a housing crisis, the legacy of colonial rule, hesitant political reform, and the younger generation’s growing estrangement from China. He will also analyze the actions of the various stakeholders in the dispute and sketch out possible outcomes.

Michael Ipson first resided in Hong Kong from 1966 to 1968 as an exchange student. He returned to conduct research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and then worked in Hong Kong as an international banker from 1982 to 1986 and 1988 to 2005. With permanent Hong Kong residence status, he has regularly traveled there during the past 15 years, including during the Umbrella Movement in 2014.

Ipson received his BA from UC Berkeley, an MA in East Asian Regional Studies from Stanford, and an MBA from DePaul University. He was a candidate in Chinese and Vietnamese History at Harvard, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Agenda

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 – 2:00 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • House Salad with Ranch Dressing
  • Panko Crusted Chicken with Sherry Cream Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta with Marinara Sauce

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by October 24 for this October 29 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

To register by mail, fax, or phone, click here to view or download the Luncheon Reservation Form in PDF file format and follow the instructions.

To register and pay online with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal, click here.

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park Headquarters
(formerly Rancho Canada Golf Club)
4860 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Luncheon on September 20, 2019

Topic

Relations Between the US and Mexico

Speaker

Dr. Alex M. Saragoza

Professor Emeritus,
University of California, Berkeley

Overview

A revised NAFTA has been ratified by Mexico, but not formally approved by the US or Canada; “El Chapo” is in prison, but drugs continue to enter the US; funding of the border wall has received the Supreme Court’s approval to go forward but continues to be a contentious issue between the administration and Congress. Meanwhile, the newly elected left-of-center populist president of Mexico appears unsure how best to accommodate the US regarding the border and migration. He faces a public increasingly unimpressed with his handling of various issues, especially his dealings with the US. This seems exacerbated by the overwhelming dislike among Mexicans toward the American president for whom those issues will figure prominently in the 2020 election.

In his remarks, Professor Alex Saragoza will examine the three issues that vex the contemporary relationship between the US and Mexico: the revisions of NAFTA, the illegal drug trade, and immigration and border enforcement.

Alex M. Saragoza earned his PhD in Latin American history from UC San Diego, specializing in the field of modern Mexican history. He was Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley, Director of the UC Center in Mexico City, and a founder of UC’s US-Mexico Studies Program. He was the chief editor of Mexico Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic. In 2012, he was a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Paris, France. Dr. Saragoza was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award from the Osher Lifelong-Learning Institute at UC Berkeley. He is Professor Emeritus of History in UC Berkeley’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

Agenda

  • Friday, September 20, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 – 2:00 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • House Salad with Zesty Italian Dressing
  • Alaskan Cod Topped with Grape Tomato Vinaigrette
  • Steamed Rice
  • Green Beans
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta Primavera

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by September 16 for this September 20 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park Headquarters
(formerly Rancho Canada Golf Club)
4860 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

The Passport for September 2019

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format. 

Relations Between the US and Mexico

In his remarks, Professor Alex Saragoza will examine the three issues that vex the contemporary relationship between the US and Mexico: the revisions of NAFTA, the illegal drug trade, and immigration and border enforcement.

Click the dateline above to read more.


WACMB coordinates two ongoing discussion groups, which are free and open to the public. Each month, the group selects the topic for the following month’s discussion.

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Welcome to our New Members

The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay is pleased to welcome our new members:

  • Barry and Kim Bedwell
  • Kristen Carlson
  • Luke and Linda Dilger
  • Robert Grant
  • Elsa Haas
  • Jeanne Herrick
  • Carol Johnson and Bill Savage
  • Joanne Kelly
  • Linnea and Michael Kwasny
  • Holly Mikkelson
  • Aziz Popal
  • Coleman Smith
  • Frank and Linda Southers
  • Barry and Kathleen Swift

WACA Announces the 2019 National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America (our umbrella organization) invites you to attend its annual National Conference, which will be held November 6-8 at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s topic is “The Eight Forces Shaping the Global Economy.” Speakers include the following:

  • James Baker, former Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, and White House Chief of Staff
  • Chuck Hagel, former Senator and Secretary of Defense
  • Molly Kinder, Senior Advisor to the New America National Network
  • Richard Stengel, former Undersecretary of State and editor of Time Magazine.

The WACA National Conference offers unparalleled opportunities for learning, networking, and professional development. There will be keynotes, panel discussions, luncheons, off-site visits to think tanks, and a special reception at the embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

The Mayflower Hotel, which opened in 1925, is one of DC’s landmark spaces. Its downtown location places you right in the center of things. Walk to the National Mall, the Smithsonian, the White House, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Rock Creek Park. To travel more widely, hop on Metrorail, which you can access at the Farragut North station, less than two blocks away from the Mayflower.

Special Early-Bird registration rates are now available. For further information or to register, go to https://www.wacaconference2019.com.


Help Our Organization Grow!

Did you know that most of our new members find WACMB through our current members? You can help our organization to continue to grow by spreading the word about the advantages and opportunities that membership in WACMB brings. How?

  • Bring a friend to a luncheon
  • Mention our organization at a social gathering
  • Take home a few brochures to pass around.

Have you noticed that we’ve been doing some advertising lately? It’s just another step we’re taking to tell the community about WACMB. We welcome members’ suggestions about other ways to help our organization grow. Send your suggestions to wacmb@redshift.com!


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This is the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). Founded in 1951, the council is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs. WACMB is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, EIN-770301206. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. WACMB sponsors monthly luncheons, discussion groups, and student scholarships.

Corporate and institutional support for the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is provided by:

  • California State University Monterey Bay
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Rancho Canada
  • Horan & Lloyd Law Firm

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Luncheon on August 22, 2019

Topic

Europe in Turmoil

Speaker

Dr. Isebill Gruhn

Professor Emerita,
University of California
Santa Cruz

Overview

Immigration.  Brexit.  An unraveling nuclear deal with Iran.  A populist surge.  Trade tensions. Climate change……  The European Union and Europe in general face myriad and sometimes overwhelming challenges.  Many believe the conflict between an old establishment and new challenges will define future European politics. Our guest, Dr. Isebill Gruhn, will examine the current issues, their political and economic consequences, and the prospects for the future.

An expert and widely published scholar in international politics and international law,  Dr. Gruhn joined the faculty of the University of California Santa Cruz in 1969.  She taught in the politics department and twice chaired the department.  During her tenure she also served as Social Science Dean and Academic Vice Chancellor.  Much of her work has focused on African and European Affairs with an emphasis on development politics, human rights, and international law and international institutions.  Prior to teaching at UCSC she taught at Oberlin College.

Dr. Gruhn received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California Berkeley and her M.A. in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C.  She was born in Leipzig, Germany and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve.    

Agenda

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 – 2:00 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Caesar Salad
  • Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Fettucini Alfredo

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by August 18 for this August 22 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park Headquarters
(formerly Rancho Canada Golf Club)
4860 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923