Remarks by His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland

On the occasion of Earth Day 2014, the World Affairs Council and the Commonwealth Club are delighted to host the President of Iceland to speak about the impact of climate change on the Arctic and how affected nations must address the ensuing challenges.

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EAST BAY | Russia, the West and the Crisis in Ukraine

What brought Ukraine's crisis to its current state? Professor Edward Walker will discuss the domestic and geopolitical roots of the Ukraine crisis, Russia’s interests and objectives and policy options for the United States and its Western allies.

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2014 Student Ambassador Global Issues Fair


Come learn about the Student Ambassadors and their global issue projects.

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MARIN I Religion on the Battlefield

UC Berkeley professor Ron Hassner will discuss the relationship between religion and warfare and the pervasive role of religion on the modern battlefield.

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IF Book Club | First World, Ha, Ha, Ha!: The Zapatista Challenge


The IF's monthly Book Club connects readers with international interests to share contemporary works of both fiction and non-fiction.

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Global Poverty: What Everyone Needs To Know


More than one billion people live in abject poverty today. Thomas Nazario, founder of The Forgotten International, will discuss these "forgotten people of the world" and what can be done to solve global poverty.

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A Conversation with Helene Gayle


For more than 50 years, CARE has been serving individuals and families in the world's poorest communities. President and CEO Helene Gayle will discuss her experiences with CARE and in the fields of public health and international development. This event will be livestreamed.

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POSTPONED | Digital Tools for an International Classroom


Come learn how to bring the world to your classroom! Google’s education team will introduce and demonstrate new educational tools and resources that teachers can use to enhance their teaching and to engage students.

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POSTPONED | Freedom and Power in the Digital Age


Join Victoria Grand, director of communications and policy at YouTube, for an exploration of how we define freedom and power in a new internet era and what it means to be connected in today’s world.

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America in 2050: Towards a New National Identity?

In the coming years, the US will experience drastic social, racial and economic shifts. Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center will discuss how these changes will affect our national identity.

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