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Breakfast Meetingg
Wednesday, June 21st 2017

Breakfast Meeting - 7:30 AM - Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery
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Dr. Beth Kiester

U.S. Immigration Policy: The History, The Narrative, and The Future

Dr. Kiester is an assistant professor in sociology at Albright. She teaches, research methods and statistics, family studies, family, work and family conflict, parenting and technology and immigration transnational families.

What drew her to this field is the "show me your papers” law that was passed in Arizona which was a highly racist policy. In response to this law, Utah came up with the Utah compact which changed the story of who immigrants are and how they are portrayed. It changed the narrative about immigrants.

She got a B.A in Political Science and Sociology from Carroll College, in Helena Montana and an M.S/PhD from Utah State University. She did her thesis on Mothers on the market employer hiring practices and motherhood penalties.

Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, September 13th 2017

Luncheon Meeting - 12:00 Noon - Inn at Reading
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Dr. David Titley, Rear Admiral (Ret.)

Climate Change Erodes National Security

Dr. David Titley currently is Professor of Practice in the Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University, and founding Director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk.  The Center helps organizations and citizens prosper and succeed in today's and tomorrow's weather and climate environment by taking advantage of all the skill in weather and climate forecasts.

Dr. David Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral.  Dr. Titley’s career included duties as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; oceanographer and navigator of the Navy; and deputy assistant chief of naval operations for information dominance.  He also served as senior military assistant for the director, Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 

While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.  After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the chief operating officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Dr. Titley serves on numerous advisory boards and National Academies of Science committees, including the CNA Military Advisory Board, the Center for Climate and Security and the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 

Dr. Titley is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.   He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, September 20th 2017

Breakfast Meeting - 7:30 AM - Location TBD
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Dr. Randall Newnham

After Brexit

Dr.Randall Newnham is an Associate Professor of Political Science atPenn State Berks. His research focuses on the role of the economic aid and sanctions as foreign policy tools. Recent articles include Coalition of the Bribed and Bullied?  US Economic Linkage and the Iraq War Coalition and Nukes for Sale Cheap? Purchasing Peace with North Korea (both in International Studies Perspectives, 2004 and 2008). He has a special interest in Germany, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. This is seen in his book, Deutsche Mark Diplomacy: Positive Economic Sanctions in German-Russian Relations (PSU Press, 2002), and several recent articles on German, Polish, and Russian foreign policy. Dr. Newnham teaches introductory courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and American Government. He also teaches advanced courses on "The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union" and International Political Economy as part of PSU Berks' four-year Global Studies degree.

Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, October 11th 2017

Luncheon Meeting - 12:00 Noon - Inn at Reading
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Ron Granieri

Europe: Old Continent, New Challenges-Post Election EU

Ron Granieri is the Executive Director of Foreign Policy Research Institute’s (FPRI) Center for the Study of America and the West, Editor of the Center’s E-publication The American Review of Books, Blogs, and Bull, and Host of Geopolitics with Granieri, a monthly series of events for FPRI Members.  He is a specialist in Contemporary German and International History with degrees from both Harvard and the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of a Federal Chancellor Scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is a member in the American Council on Germany’s Young Leader Program. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Syracuse University, Furman University, and the University of Tubingen. He is the author of The Ambivalent Alliance: Konrad Adenauer, the CDU/CSU, and the West, 1949-1966 (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2003), and is currently completing a book entitled: The Fall and Rise of German Christian Democracy, From Detente to Reunification, for Oxford University Press.

 
Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, October 18th 2017

Breakfast Meeting 7:30 AM - Location TBD
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Dr. Bonnie Rohde

NAFTA and Asia Trade

Dr. Bonnie Rohde is a business instructor at Albright College. She is a Business Educator & Data Scientist in business intelligence, operations management, entrepreneurship and globalization. Rohde has more than 20 years experience in business planning, information systems and telecommunications prior to joining Albright in 2006.

Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, November 8th 2017

Luncheon Meeting - 12:00 Noon - Inn at Reading
Reservations: Call 610-375-7880 or Email contactus@wacreading.org

P.J. Crowley

Red Line - Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States

In this book, RedLine -Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States, former Deputy Secretary of State P. J. Crowley, one of America’s most insightful national security commentators, unpacks the legacy of American triumphs and failures in Iraq . He argues that presidents have fallen victim to the Iraq Syndrome—the disconnect between politics, policy, strategy, and narrative—that has hampered America’s foreign policy in the Middle East and hotspots throughout the world. In order to maintain America’s global leadership role, Crowley argues that the next president must realign American’s national security politics, policies, strategies, and narrative for the long term. 

Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley is a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University, where he currently teaches courses on public diplomacy and crisis communications. P.J. appears frequently as a national security commentator on national and global television networks. His opinion pieces have been published in a wide range of print and on-line outlets, including The Washington Post, The Guardian and the BBC.

He served as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Spokesman for the U.S. Department of State between 2009 and 2011 under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was the primary U.S. government interlocutor with major media regarding the impact of the release of classified diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks. He resigned from that position after making public comments critical of the government’s pre-trial treatment of Private First Class Bradley/Chelsea Manning. Atlantic Magazine named him as one of 21 Brave Thinkers in 2011.

After leaving the State Department, P.J. held the 2011-2012 Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of Public Affairs, Dickinson College and the Army War College. While there, he authored The Rise of Transparency and Decline of Secrecy in the Age of Global and Social Media for the Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs.

Before joining the Obama administration, P.J. was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, with a particular focus on homeland security in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He authored a number of detailed analyses on security issues, including Safe at Home, a national security strategy to protect the American homeland, improve national preparedness and rebuild the U.S. standing in the world. He remains engaged on these issues as a member of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group. His most recent analysis in this area is Homeland Security and the Post-9/11 Era, published by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

 

P.J. is a retired Air Force colonel and is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991. He served on the National Security Council staff at the White House as a special assistant to President Clinton and deputy press secretary. He deployed to NATO Headquarters in Brussels during the 1999 Kosovo crisis to support then NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, helping to develop a strategic communication capability in support of the NATO campaign.

Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, November 15th 2017

Breakfast Meeting - 7:30 AM - Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery

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Penn State University

Students Studies Abroad

 

Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, January 17th 2018

Breakfast Meeting - 7:30 AM - Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery
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Judge Jeffery Sprecher

Sentencing Reform & Prison Overcrowding

Judge Sprecher will be discussing what improvements have occurred in the six years since the publication of his book, Justice or Just This?. This will be an update on a presentation he delivered to the World Affairs Council several years ago.

Judge Sprecher presides on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas since 1991.

 
Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, February 14th 2018

Luncheon Meeting - 12:00 Noon - Inn at Reading
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Dr. Nina Kollars

War and Technology

Dr. Nina Kollars is Assistant Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College. As a graduate of Ohio State University’s Department of Political Science, Kollars’ most recently published research has been featured in Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, & Survival. Central themes in her work are innovation, adaptation, and organizational design. She is currently working on a book manuscript that focuses on the efforts of war practitioners and organizational responses to their insights and creativity. She is a non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point Military Academy, a member of the Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy, an editorial board member of the Special Operations Journal and a committed professor to her students. Before entering academia, Kollars completed analyses for the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress and the World Bank. 

Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, April 18th 2018

Luncheon Meeting - 12:00 Noon - Inn at Reading
Reservations: Call 610-375-7880 or Email contactus@wacreading.org

Thomas Wright

International Order: Trump's Foreign Policy

Thomas Wright the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Previously, he was executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and senior researcher for the Princeton Project on National Security.

Wright works on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, Donald Trump's worldview, the future of Europe, and Asian security. His book “All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and Future of American Power” will be published by Yale University Press in May 2017.

Wright has a doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a bachelor's and master's from University College Dublin. He has also held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a post doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Wright's writings have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Orbis, Survival, The Washington Quarterly, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and The Washington Post, as well as a number of international newspapers and media outlets.

Wright’s affiliations include the Fulbright Commission, Ireland, vice chair and board member International Politics Reviews, Palgrave Macmillan, editorial board.