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Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Breakfast Meeting - 7:30 AM - Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery
Reservations: Call 610-375-7880 or Email

Dr. Solomon Lausch

The Peace Corps: JFK to Today

Dr. Lausch will review the history of the Peace Corps since its establishment in 1961 by executive order of President John F. Kennedy.  A panel of returned Peace Corps volunteers, Solomon Lausch, Carla and Michael Mannix, and Alexa Tyler Bordner, representing respectively the first decade, the middle years, and the recent years of Peace Corps activity around the world will present their perspectives and anecdotal accounts of their years of service.  The program will conclude with an engaging Question and Answer session with the audience.

Dr. Lausch is well known to all of us as a member of the board of directors of our World Affairs Council, as executive director of Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC) and as past superintendant of the Schuylkill Valley School District.

Dr. Lausch began his professional career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia, teaching English as a second language.

Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, February 13th 2018


Dr. Nina Kollars

War and Technology

Sponsored by Sam Dalal

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. 

Breakfast Meeting
Friday, January 19th 2018


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, January 10th 2018

For video playback, click HERE

Dr. Shreeyash Palshikar

Dangerous Neighborhood: A Historical Background of the India-Pakistan Tensions

Sponsored by Weik Capital Management

Dr. Shreeyash Palshikar is an Assistant Professor of History at Albright College. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, where he received a Fulbright fellowship to research in India. He also holds a B.A. from Amherst College, and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. Before coming to Albright two years ago, he served in the intelligence community as a South Asia political analyst. 

Dr. Palshikar works on language politics and democracy in South Asia, with a focus on modern India. He is currently completing a manuscript analyzing how formation of linguistic states relates to the development of India’s democracy with a special focus on the area around Bombay/Mumbai city. He has previously analyzed how vernacular propaganda helped create emotional appeal for an opposition political coalition, and revealed how a contemporary political party appropriated rhetoric of a 1950s regional-linguistic movement. He teaches courses on World History, South and East Asian History and the global history of magic

Great Decisions Discussion Groups
Monday, January 1st 2018

Great Decisions 2018

Great Decisions discussion groups for 2018 will be starting at various times after January 1, 2018. 

For information and starting times, contact the following:

  • Heritage of Green Hills - contact Cheryl Anderson at 484-269-5145
  • The Highlands at Wyomissing - contact Shirley Riegel-Ferreri at 484-628-7664. Sessons running weekly at 10:00 AM March 7 - April 25.
  • Jewish Community Center - contact Amanda Hornberger at 610-921-0624. Sessions running weekly at 10:00 AM March 5 - April 23.
  • Lititz Group - contact Steve Franz at 717-656-0353
  • Phoebe Berks Village - contact Carol Orts at 610-927-3412. Sessions running weekly at 2:00 PM starting February 6.
  • Wyomissing Library - contact Colleen Stamm at 610-374-4304. Sessions running weekly at 7:00 PM starting February 21. 

Discussion topics for 2018 are:

  • The waning of Pax Americana?
  • Russia’s foreign policy
  • China and America: the new geopolitical equation
  • Media and foreign policy
  • Turkey: a partner in crisis
  • U.S. global engagement and the military
  • South Africa’s fragile democracy
  • Global health: progress and challenges


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