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Luncheon Meeting
Friday, April 7th 2017

NOTE DATE CHANGE Luncheon Meeting-12:00 Noon-Inn at Reading
Reservations: Call 610-375-7880 or Email
For Prepaid Reservations: Click HERE

David Satter

Putin and Russian Corruption

Satter was born in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Chicago and from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. From 1976 to 1982, he was the Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times of London. He then became a special correspondent on Soviet affairs of The Wall Street Journal. He is currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a fellow of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He has been a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In the 1990s, Satter wrote extensively about post-Soviet Russia. In an article in The Wall Street Journal Europe, April 2, 1997, he wrote: “When the Soviet Union fell… the moral impulse motivating the democratic movement had to become the basis of Russia’s political practices. The tragedy of the present situation is that Russian gangsters are cutting off this development before it has a chance to take root.”

David Satter is the author of four non-fiction books about Russia, It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past (2011), Age of Delirium: the Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union (1996), Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State (2003), and The Less You Know,The Better You Sleep (2016).

Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, March 22nd 2017


Dr. Eric Trager

Arab Fall: Why Egypt's Tahrir Square Revolution Failed

Eric Trager, the Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute, is an expert on Egyptian politics and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He was in Egypt during the 2011 anti-Mubarak revolts and returns frequently to conduct firsthand interviews with leaders in Egypt's government, military, political parties, media, and civil society. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, and the New Republic.

Trager is the author of Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days (Georgetown University Press, 2016) which chronicles the precipitous rise to power of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, culminating in the election of President Mohamed Morsi in 2012, and its sudden demise just a year later. The book also assesses the current state of Egyptian politics and the prospects for a reemergence of the Brotherhood.

Dr. Trager has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where his doctoral research focused on Egyptian opposition parties. From 2006-2007, he lived in Egypt as an Islamic Civilizations Fulbright fellow, where he studied at the American University in Cairo and received his M.A. in Arabic studies with a concentration in Islamic studies. He served as a research assistant at The Washington Institute from 2005 to 2006 upon graduation from Harvard University with a degree in government and language citations in Arabic and Hebrew.

Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, March 8th 2017


International Womens Day


This breakfast meeting will feature a panel discussion on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). The panelists are:

Julia Vicente, Superintendent, Wyomissing School District
Andi Funk, CEO, Cambridge Lee
Lisa Frye, Chair of Computer Sciences and IT, Kutztown University
Shruti Modi, Manager of Data Platforms, Penske Truck Leasing

Wednesday, February 15th 2017

Great Decisions 2017 Discussion Groups

Great Decisions 2017 discussion groups will be starting in January thru March and usually extending over an 8 week period. 

Discusion groups will be conducted at the following locations:

  • The Heritage - contact Cheryl Anderson - 484-269-5145. Monthly meetings starting on January 26, 2017.
  • The Highlands - contact Shirley Reigel Ferreri - 484-628-7664. Weekly meetings starting on February 22, 2017.
  • Jewish Cultural Center - contact Amanda Hornberger - 610-921-0624. Weekly meetings starting on March 6, 2017
  • Phoebe Berks - contact - Carol Orts - 610-927-3412. Weekly meetings starting on February 7, 2017.
  • Wyomissing Library - contact - Colleen Stamm 610-374-4304. Weekly meetings starting on March 1, 2017.

The topics this yeare are:

  1. The Future of Europe
  2. Trade and Politics
  3. Conflict in the South China Sea
  4. Saudi Arabia in Transition
  5. U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  6. Latin America's Political Pendulum
  7. Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  8. Nuclear Security
Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, February 15th 2017


Cathy Curran-Myers

Paris Climate Agreement

Currently, Cathy Curran-Myers is an Assistant Professor at Alvernia University, July 2012 – Present. She teaches Environmental Law and Policy, Sustainability, Conflict Resolution, Business Law, and interdisciplinary water issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Formerly she served as Executive Director, Bucknell University Environmental Center, Bucknell University, July 2010 – July 2012. At Bucknell, she led a team of environmental professionals and scientists to support interdisciplinary teaching, research and learning on environmental and sustainability perspectives, with initiatives on the Susquehanna River Watershed, Human and Natural Communities, Marcellus Shale Impacts, and campus greening and taught courses in Environmental Law and Policy.

From February 2009 – July 2010, she served as Special Assistant for PA Recovery, Pa Dept of Environmental Protection, and was responsible for the deployment of Pennsylvania's federal and state economic stimulus funds in environmental or energy programs to good projects to create jobs by investing in PA's water and energy infrastructure. She also served as Deputy Secretary for Water Management, Pa Dept of Environmental Protection, May 2003 – July 2010, and was responsible for policy development and implementation of all state programs related to water administered by the PA DEP, including drinking water, wastewater and sewage, stormwater, water infrastructure, flood and drought management, streams, rivers and wetlands, water quality, water planning and conservation. She represented PA on interstate watershed commissions, including Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna River Basin Comm'n, Delaware River Basin Comm'n, Great Lakes Comm'n, Ohio River Sanitary Comm'n, and the Interstate Council on Water Policy.

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