Marina Oborotova

Russian Leaders: from Gorbachev to Putin

Dr. Marina Oborotova, CFIS-AIA
April 12, 2015

Russia is in the news again, and will stay there for as long as we can see. We need to look at the country again trying to understand its political trajectory from 1985 to 2015. Oborotova will tell the story of Russia’s evolution focusing on three recent Russian leaders – Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin.

Richard Samuels

Japan – Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia

Dr. Richard Samuels, MIT
March 20, 2015

For the past sixty years, the U.S. government has assumed that Japan’s security policies would reinforce American interests in Asia. The political and military profile of Asia is changing rapidly, however. Professor Samuels will explore how changes in the regional security environment have intersected with changes in domestic Japanese politics to shape Japan’s grand strategic choices.

The Traveling Tea Leaf – A Global Journey

Robin Scala, The Fragrant Leaf
March 8, 2015

Since its discovery over 2,500 years ago in China, tea has influenced cultures and societies around the world. Explore the adventurous journey of tea – from its origins in China to its spread to Japan, Tibet and onward to the West. Learn how the tea leaf changed cultures, empires, economies and the daily lives of people.

Howard French

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

Dr. Howard French, Columbia University
February 27, 2015

Dr.French will give a revealing account of China’s burgeoning presence in Africa. He will present a fresh perspective on the unknowns of modern Sino-African relations: why China is making the incursions it is, just how extensive its cultural and economic inroads are, what Africa’s role in the equation is, and just what the ramifications for both parties—and the watching world—will be in the foreseeable future.

Ambassador Jackson

U.S. Policy in Africa

Ambassador Robert Jackson, U.S. State Department
February 13, 2015

Ambassador Jackson will focus on U.S. Policy in Africa – what it is and what it isn’t and why. He will discuss various “hot spots” and provide insight into what the U.S. Government is doing to combat Ebola. This is a rare opportunity to listen to one of the best informed experts on Africa.

Ned O'Malia

The Religions of India

Dr. Ned O’Malia, University of New Mexico
February 8, 2015

Many world religions have grown from the fertile spiritual soil of India. Not only Hinduism, with its many branches, but Buddhism and Sikhism also originated in India. The Jains, Roman Catholics Muslims and Jews have also had a long history. This is a rich soup. This lecture will look at many of these traditions and their role in the life of India.

Milan Vaishnav

Modi’s India: Change You Can Believe In?

Dr. Milan Vaishnav, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
January 30, 2015

The 2014 Indian general election in May, the largest democratic exercise in history, produced a landslide victory for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its controversial leader, Narendra Modi. In this lecture, Dr. Milan Vaishnav will reflect on the election results and Modi’s performance in his first seven months in office to evaluate how India’s economy, society, politics, and foreign policy have changed, and how they have not.

Ned O'Malia

The Wonders of India: Art & Architecture

Dr. Ned O’Malia, University of New Mexico
January 11, 2015

India has endowed the world with extraordinary achievements in architecture. It possesses 28 world heritage sites and many more under consideration. This lecture will examine a few of the best known of these structures: The Taj Mahal, the Rajput era Pink Palace of Jaipur, and the erotic temples of Kuranjuro. We shall also discover some lesser known marvels of India, the massive Chhatrapati Shivaji Railroad terminus of Bombay, Fatehpur Sikri and the outlandish Victoria Memorial of Kolkata. Dr. O’Malia will illustrate his talk with wondrous slides from his travels to India.

Changes in Health Care: How did a Private Practice in NM Become a National Leader?

Changes in Health Care: How did a Private Practice in NM Become a National Leader?

Dr. Barbara McAneny
November 2, 2014

Dr. McAneny will describe how a local Oncology practice became a nationally recognized leader in health care policy by describing the journey through the changes in health care that are affecting our country. She will explain the forces affecting health care, why it is so expensive and what changes New Mexico Cancer Center has made to provide improved care at a lower cost. She will also address the cost of international health care.

JCC Book Fest

JCC Book Fest and Author Series

When: October 19 – 29, 2014
Where: Jewish Community Center (5520 Wyoming NE, Albuquerque)

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David Sklar

Health Care Systems in U.S. and Developed Countries: an Interesting Comparison

Dr. David Sklar M.D, University of New Mexico
October 5, 2014

The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world even though the quality of care appears to be lower than in many developed countries. This lecture will discuss lessons we can learn from other countries to improve the health care provided in the U.S. and look at promising models currently under development in the U.S. We will consider access to health care, cost of health care and quality of health care and how these three important factors affect each other. We will then consider possible delivery system changes that could help to align cost, quality and access for a better future health care system.

Dale Alverson

A Brave New World: Telemedicine & eHealth – Transforming Systems of Care in New Mexico and the Global Community

Dr. Dale Alverson M.D, University of New Mexico
September 14, 2014

Access to appropriate healthcare services are major challenges in New Mexico and across the Nation. During this period of potential unprecedented healthcare transformation in the United States, there will be opportunities to provide improved healthcare for all citizens as outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, so-called “Obamacare”, as well as address the “Triple Aims” needed to address achieving better health at a lower cost, in which Telemedicine and Health Information Technologies can play an important role.

Brian Kennedy

Global Aging: How Societies Adapt

Dr. Brian Kennedy, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
August 24, 2014

In the past five decades, individual life expectancy has increased by 15 years in almost every country in the world. Technology and preventive care have significantly improved global public health, but the resulting demographic shift brings new challenges. How are the public experts, scientists and business leaders approaching an aging society? Learn about the emerging trends of aging populations around the world.

Marina Oborotova

Russia & Ukraine: The Crises Continue

Dr. Marina Oborotova, AIA
July 27, 2014

Although it seems that the situation in Ukraine has stabilized a bit after the presidential election, the crises in and around that country are far from over. Dr. Marina Oborotova, President of CFIS-AIA, will give a special talk about the situation in Russia and Ukraine right after her return from Russia. She will give you the freshest news and an “insider” analysis about a crisis that is certain to continue for a long time. She will provide you with information that you will not see in the American media.

Martha Burk

Paths to Leadership in the 21st Century

Dr. Martha Burk, Ms. Magazine
May 2, 2014

The talk will explore the progress of women in the U.S. as compared to other countries, and factors that have allowed women in other parts of the world to reach a critical mass in leadership where American women have not.  She will also explore how American women can use their political and cultural experience to help women in emerging democracies succeed in taking leadership positions while avoiding some of the early mistakes that were made in the U.S.