Taxes Around the World

Taxes Around the World

T.R. Reid, Award-winning Journalist
January 25, 2019 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Journal Auditorium
7777 Jefferson Blvd. NE

Do Americans pay more tax or less than citizens of other rich democracies? (Answer: far less). Could our tax system be fairer? Could it be simpler? (Answers: Yes, and Yes). Reid will take us on a world tour of tax systems and the efforts to reform them and will show how the design of a tax system can enhance rather than hobble economies. Doing our taxes will never be America’s favorite pastime, but Reid will give us useful ideas as we cope with the tax reform changes. +More Info

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Architecture of India

Architecture of India

Sanjay Kadu & Sajini Badrinarayan, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
February 10, 2019 (Sun), 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Museum (Ventana Salon)
2000 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

In their presentation, two brilliant Indian-American architects –  Sanjay Kadu and Sajini Bandrinarayan – will give you a splendid introduction to the Indo-Saracenic Architecture style of the great Mysore Palace, Dravidian architecture in south India, and the Indo-Portuguese architecture with Mughal influence adorning Goa’s landscape. They will also provide insight into the principles that guided ancient temple designs and its influence on Indian Architecture. +More Info

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China’s Great Gamble:  Can China’s Government Create a Technological Superpower?

China’s Great Gamble: Can China’s Government Create a Technological Superpower?

Barry Naughton, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
February 22, 2019 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Journal Auditorium
7777 Jefferson Blvd. NE

Over the past several years, China’s government has launched an unprecedented effort to steer its economy through a new technological revolution and create a vast new infrastructure network knitting together China and its Asian neighbors.  Less widely noticed, China’s leaders are attempting to achieve this through an entirely new model of a “government-steered market economy.”  China’s efforts create new sources of risk and have already led to intensified friction with the United States.  Professor Naughton will describe and discuss what we know right now about the bigger picture, the likely balance of success and failure, and what is at stake. +More Info

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NATO in the 21st Century

NATO in the 21st Century

Lt. General Frank Kisner
March 1, 2019 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Journal Auditorium
7777 Jefferson Blvd. NE

The NATO Alliance’s first 40 years were focused on a defense of Western Europe from USSR attack, but following the events of the last decade of the 20th century there was much speculation on a change for NATO strategic guidance, and yet nearly two decades after the Fall of the Wall, and after NATO opened its membership to nations from the former Soviet Union, why does Russia maintain its top-of-the-list position as the principal antagonist? Frank Kisner will provide an overview on NATO, on what the Alliance is doing today, and share perspectives on how member nations have been influenced by the past, affected by the present, and what that might mean for future relations with Russia. +More Info

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What is Hinduism?

What is Hinduism?

V.M. (Nitant) Kenkre, UNM
March 10, 2019 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Museum (Small Auditorium)
2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Dr. Kenkre will discuss aspects of Hinduism including its scriptures such as the Bhagwad Geeta, considered a central representative of Hindu philosophical thought, and also Patanjali’s Yogasutras, associated often with the practice of Yoga. He will describe some of the varied religious practices of the Hindus including Yadnya and Pooja, and touch upon the origin and aspects of a few customs puzzling to outsiders, for instance the notorious caste system. +More Info

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