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Tuesday - December 1, 2015 - 5:45pm to 7:00pm
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

Ocean Country: One Woman's Voyage from Peril to Hope in Her Quest to Save the Seas

Join us on December 1 at Holy Names University of Oakland for an evening of music, poetry, and a conversation with author Liz Cunningham, who will discuss her important new book.

Ocean Country, with a foreword by Carl Safina is an adventure story and a call to action, a meditation on the state of the seas and the story of finding true hope in the midst of urgent environmental crises. Twenty-one percent of royalties are being donated to the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund. That percentage was chosen because it’s the percentage of oxygen in each breath we take. Over half of that oxygen comes from plants and algae in the ocean. The New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund aims to protect and promote ocean biodiversity through funding of small-scale, time-sensitive, community-based programs.

For more information about Ocean Country, click here

This event closes the Fall 2015 APPSI Speaker Series, which is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute in partnership with the CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) at Holy Names University. Special thanks to our promotional co-sponsor: the HNU Sophia Center for Culture and Spirituality.

Program:
5:45-7:00 p.m. Lecture and Conversation (with a poetry reading by Joanna Macy and musical performance by Juliane Poirier and John Ruch)
7:00-7:45 p.m. Reception and book signing

Pricing:
Free and open to the public

The HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA) is located at 3500 Mountain Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619. Limited parking is available at the VCPA and also along Mountain Boulevard. Click here for a campus map. For additional inquiries, please contact Professor Chiho Sawada.



Tuesday – November 10, 2015 – 5:45 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series
Conversation with SF Giants Vice President of Public Affairs
and Director of Minor League Operations




Are you a fan of Bay Area baseball? Do you want to learn about running a professional franchise - including player evaluation, budget management, and the latest technologies in baseball operations? Are you interested in a career in sports management or public relations? Then join us at Holy Names University on Nov. 10 for a special event featuring two leaders from the San Francisco Giants Front Office.

* Shana Daum, Vice President, Public Affairs and Community Relations
* Yeshaya Goldfarb, Director, Minor League Operations and Quantitative Analysis

Shana Daum has been with the Giants for 16 seasons, and is responsible for the creation and management of community programs and initiatives, business public relations and media activities, and player relations. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and received her master’s in sports management from the University of San Francisco. Daum lives in Oakland with her husband, Rick, and their daughters Eleanor and Grace.

Yeshayah Goldfarb has just completed his 15th season with the Giants. He helps run the minor league operations on a day-to-day basis, including spring training camp, roster formation, player evaluation, budget management and affiliate team liaison. Additionally, he provides statistical analysis on major league, minor league, and amateur players for purposes of roster construction, player acquisition and development. He is also responsible for seeking out and incorporating new technologies and data into baseball operations information systems. Goldfarb graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, San Diego. A former pitcher and team captain, he played four seasons with the Tritons and was elected most inspirational Player by his teammates and also presented with the John Roth Memorial Award (Charlie Hustle) by the coaching staff in 2000. Goldfarb and his wife, Miranda, have a daughter, Eliana, and a son, Ezra, and reside in Oakland, CA.

Inquiries about this program can be directed to JPRI Director Chiho Sawada at sawada@hnu.edu.

Program:
5:45 - 7:00 pm Discussion and Q&A
7:00 - 7:45 pm Reception & Networking

Registration:
FREE and open to the public.

This program is presented by JPRI and the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University, and is made possible by generous support from the Wu Chen Lew Zurinaga Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.



Thursday – October 22, 2015 – 6 PM
Public Policy Institute of California
Bechtel Conference Center
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series – California Dreaming: Exporting California Wines to China



China’s wine market has grown dramatically during the past decade and a half. China is now the world’s fifth largest importer of bottled wine, whereas in 2000 it ranked just 51st (according to the USDA). The country is already the biggest export market for French Bordeaux wines, and consumes large quantities of Australian and Argentine varietals and blends. How are wines from other countries and regions—in particular, California wines—faring?

Join us as we welcome experts from the United States and Asia to explore the latest trends in the Chinese and Hong Kong wine markets as well as California’s place in them. How are Chinese wine tastes and consumption patterns changing? How have government-mandated austerity measures in China and the strong dollar affected wine sales in China? What are the main obstacles that California winemakers face, and what can they and their representatives do to succeed in China? Ultimately, will success depend on cooperation as much as competition?

Speakers:
* Linsey Gallagher, Vice President of International Marketing, The Wine Institute
* Chris Beros, China Office Director, The Wine Institute
* C. T. Wong, Deputy Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco
* Patrick Lloyd Hatcher(moderator), Senior Fellow, Japan Policy Research Institute

Program Agenda:
5:30 - 6:00 pm Registration
6:00 - 7:15 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:15 - 8:00 pm Reception & Networking

Registration:
Click here to register.

This program in the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series is presented by JPRI in partnership with Asia Society Northern California.

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their participation and support: Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University; Epicurean Group; Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco; K&L Gates; Public Policy Institute of California; The Wine Institute.



Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 5:45pm to 7:00pm
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

Jewel City: Art from the Pan-Pacific International Exposition
Illustrated lecture by Melissa Buron
Associate Curator of European Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


2015 marks the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the San Francisco world’s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the city’s reconstruction following the great earthquake of 1906. The grand exposition covered 76 city blocks and boasted national and international pavilions showcasing innovation, industry, and the arts. At the heart of the PPIE was one of the most ambitious art exhibitions ever presented in the United States, encompassing more than 11,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, in addition to a significant array of public murals and monuments.
Jewel City revisits this vital moment in the inauguration of San Francisco as the West Coast’s cultural epicenter. The landmark exhibition at the de Young reassembles more than 200 works by major American and European artists, most of which were on display at this defining event. Jewel City shares examples that signal the key artistic trends of 1915, from the conservative to the avant-garde. [Source: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco]

This event is part of the Fall 2015 APPSI Speaker Series presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute at Holy Names University, in partnership with the HNU CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures.



Wednesday – September 30, 2015 – 12:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs
275 Battery Street, Suite 2600
San Francisco, CA 94111

The Poverty Alleviation Forum

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JPRI is pleased to partner with Give2Asia to promote the Poverty Alleviation Forum, which will be held on September 30 in downtown San Francisco. The forum will explore locally led solutions for poverty alleviation in three consecutive panels that discuss (1) innovative programs in education, (2) community-managed disaster preparedness and recovery, and (3) social impact investing in China.

Registration
Learn more about the Poverty Alleviation Forum and reserve your seat at the following link.
www.give2asia.org/forum

Forum Agenda
12:00 - 12:45 Reception and Informal Buffet Lunch
12:45 - 5:00 Forum Sessions

Session I: Education & The Keys to Poverty Alleviation

Mr. Ramji Raghavan, Founder & Chairman, Agastya International Foundation

Agastya International is an Indian education trust and non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India that aims to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and build confidence among economically disadvantaged children and teachers in rural India.

Mr. Peter Mach, Founder, Ama Education Foundation
AMA Education Foundation gives financial support to teachers and prospective teachers in Vietnam, as well as providing them with proper training and development programs. AMA's goal is to improve the quality of education in Vietnam gradually by inspiring and improving one teacher at a time.

Mr. Saeed Malik, Founder, Bright Star Mobile Library
The Bright Star Mobile Library (BSML) aims to develop reading habits in children during their most formative years through an interactive library experience. In teaching children to value books and seek answers they are provided tools for their success within the school system and as responsible and aware citizens.

Session II: Community-Led Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Ms. Marge De La Cruz, Executive Director, Guiuan Development Foundation, Inc.
The Guiuan Development Foundation, Inc. is a Filipino non-profit organization based in Guiuan, Eastern Samar whose mission is to address the unchecked degradation of marine resources in absence of social and financial support, helping build greater community resilience in a disaster prone region of the Philippines.

Mr. Isaac Bekalo, President, International Institute Of Rural Reconstruction
IIRR is a well-established leader in the area of rural development across Asia, Africa and elsewhere. Based in the Philippines, and originally founded in China, IIRR works with leaders in rural communities to understand best practices and share information to help farmers and families thrive.

Session III: Emergence of Social Impact Investing in Mainland China

Mr. Liu Wenkui, Secretary General, China Foundation For Poverty Alleviation
China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) is a non-governmental organization committed to poverty alleviation in China by helping the poor, delivering benevolences and upholding harmonious social development.

Mr. Zhang Hongyan, Founder & Ceo, Venture Avenue
Venture Avenue aims to empower the development of a more effective and efficient philanthropy sector in China, through capability enhancement, effective use of funding, and social impact tracking and evaluation for social ventures, NGOs and their investors.



Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 5:45pm to 7:00pm
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

"Pacific Worlds" Curator Lecture

Please join us for this opening event of the Fall 2015 APPSI Speaker Series—an illustrated lecture by Dr. Suzanne Fischer, Associate Curator of Contemporary History and Trends at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). Dr. Fischer will tell us about an exciting new exhibition at OMCA that coincides with the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Celebrating the vibrant historic and cultural relationships, past and present, between the Pacific Islands and California, Pacific Worlds examines the deep and many-layered histories of this region’s interactions with the Pacific, and explores the on-going connections between Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians, along with Filipinos, Native Californians, and American collectors and colonists.

Turning the familiar idea of California as the western frontier on its head and re-positioning the State as “the East Coast of the Pacific,” Pacific Worlds weaves together never-before-seen objects and ephemera from the Oakland Museum of California’s collections along with contemporary California Pacific Islander artwork and community voices. Through the exhibition, visitors will experience how Pacific Islanders in California today maintain cultural practices including dance and music, food, fiber arts, tattooing, surfing, and other practices. [Source: OMCA website]

The Fall 2015 APPSI Speaker Series is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute at Holy Names University in partnership with the HNU CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures.


Monday – September 28, 2015 – 12:15 PM
Holy Names University
Cushing Library Glass Lounge
3500 Mountain Boulevard Oakland, CA 94619

School of Americas Watch Seminar: Responding to Police Militarization and the Immigration Crisis




Join us for a brownbag lunch seminar with María Luisa Rosal, field organizer for School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch)—a grassroots movement that works through non-violence to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation/WHINSEC). She recently began a nation-wide speaking tour. She will address connections between militarized police training in the United States and in Latin America. She will also talk about militarization as a root cause of migration, and bring into focus human rights violations in Mexico.

FREE and open to the public.

Presented by JPRI in partnership with SOA Watch, the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute, and the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement at Holy Names University.



Wednesday – April 22, 2015 – 10 AM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
event_042215Join us at Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland Hills for an illustrated lecture by Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley. In this riveting lecture—“From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men”—Dr. Hayes tells the story of his groundbreaking research and his journey from a small community in South Carolina to an internationally known advocate for more critical review and robust regulation of commonly used chemicals that pose immediate and long-term threats to public health and the ecosystem.

This lecture is part of HNU Earth Week 2015—presented by JPRI and the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) in partnership with Campus Ministry, the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement, and the CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures.


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Wednesday – April 20, 2015 – 10 AM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Green Monday: Partnerships for Sustainability Across the Asia Pacific

event_042015Join us at Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland Hills for an illustrated lecture by Katie Cantrell, executive director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition and U.S. project manager of Green Monday.

Established on Earth Day 2012 in Hong Kong, Green Monday is a social enterprise group that promotes global sustainability through green lifestyle choices and food rescue initiatives. Green Monday is a flexible platform that enables corporations, restaurants, schools, and the general public to join global efforts in reducing our carbon footprint, promoting sustainable management of water resources, while enhancing food security and social justice. Come learn how you too can participate in Green Monday!

The Green Monday lecture and lunch specials are part of HNU Earth Week 2015—presented by JPRI and the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) in partnership with Campus Ministry, the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement, and the CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures. We are grateful to Rufino Quicho of the Epicurean Group for creating the Green Monday lunch menu. Inquiries about the Green Monday lecture and lunch specials can be sent to Professor Chiho Sawada (sawada@hnu.edu).


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Wednesday – April 1, 2015 – 6 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Oakland International Film Festival Preview: Anthony Lucero’s East Side Sushi

event_040115Join us at Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland Hills to enjoy a special preview of the 2015 Oakland International Film Festival (OIFF). David Roach, OIFF founder and executive director, will offer welcoming remarks and tell us about the highlights of this year’s festival. Filmmaker Anthony Lucero will screen excerpts from and talk to us about the making of his award-winning film East Side Sushi—which was shot entirely in Oakland and will be featured in the opening night of the 2015 OIFF.

Film Synopsis: East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef. Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast—very fast. She can slice and dice anything you throw at her with great speed and precision. Forced to give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job, Juana lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. It is there she discovers a new friendship and a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far-removed from everything she has ever known. While working in the restaurant’s kitchen, Juana secretly observes the sushi chefs and eventually teaches herself to make a multitude of sushi. Her creativity sparked, Juana’s reignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the “wrong” race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream. (Source – http://www.eastsidesushifilm.com/synopsis.htm)

Program
* 6:00-7:15 PM   Conversation with directors + Film Screening (excerpts)
* 7:15-8:00 PM Reception

FREE and open to the public. Presented by JPRI in partnership with the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) and the CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) at Holy Names University.


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Wednesday – March 18, 2015 – 6 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Notes from Mexico: Oakland East Bay Symphony Preview Event

event_031815Join us at Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland Hills for a special program featuring Michael Morgan (Music Director and Conductor, Oakland East Maestro Morgan will tell us about his innovative “Notes from” series that explores the world through music. This talk—and accompanying performances by musicians from the Oakland East Bay Symphony—will focus on the upcoming installment of this series, “Notes from Mexico,” which presents symphonic works by Mexico’s major twentieth-century composers as well as beautiful folk songs. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Maestro Morgan’s insights on a range of musical topics from the art of conducting to the role of music in cultivating diverse, compassionate communities.

Our program will close with a special performance by singer/songwriter Diana Gameros, who recently received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation for her work in music and social justice activism.

Program
* 6:00-7:15 PM  Lecture and Q&A
* 7:15-8:00 PM  Reception

FREE and open to the public. Presented by JPRI in partnership with the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) and the CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) at Holy Names University.


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Wednesday – February 25, 2015 – 6 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture

event_022515Join us at Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland Hills for an illustrated lecture by Christina Hellmich (Curator in Charge of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the de Young Museum in San Francisco) about an exciting new exhibition at the de Young Museum of San Francisco.

Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture features 120 pieces from the collection of Richard H. Scheller, composed of classic and iconic sculptures as well as more unusual examples that challenge commonly held assumptions about African art. The geographical breadth of the collection and the variations in its depictions of the human form will allow viewers to explore both the histories and the formal qualities of these works of art. Approximately 110 cultural groups are represented by sculptures spanning several centuries and encompassing a broad range of styles, from realism to abstraction. In their original contexts, these objects represented ancestors, expressed community values, and served religious and ceremonial purposes. For example, Luluwa artists carved bwimpe (power figures) that expressed ideals of beauty as a moral virtue through their highly intricate coiffures and stylized scarification marks, and rituals associated with these sculptures offered protection to women and their children. (Source: de Young Museum website)

Program

* 6:00-7:15 PM  Lecture and Q&A
* 7:15-8:00 PM  Reception

FREE and open to the public. Presented by JPRI in partnership with the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) and the CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) at Holy Names University.




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