The complicated world we live in is illuminated a bit more every week at the North County Chapter’s Thursday Morning Forum in Rancho Bernardo. These free, weekly talks address a range of global topics in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Forums begin with a coffee social at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10 a.m. and Q&A from 11:10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited and no reservation is needed. 

Unless otherwise indicated, Forums are held at the Remington Club (Phase II), 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA 92128. Parking is available in the adjacent shopping center. 

For more information, contact Farouk Al-Nasser at

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October Programs

October 3rd: We welcome our member and aerodynamicist, William Thayer, who will explain how wind turbines work and why they have a promising future in many countries. Denmark produces 44% of its electricity from wind turbines today, but will produce 80% in the future.  The UK produces 15% of its electricity today from wind and has future projects that could lead up to 50% of its electricity coming from wind. The US produces 7% of its electricity from wind today, but this could rise to 35% in a decade. Our speaker will explain why location is critical but distance is not.

October 10th: We welcome Joshua Wilson, V.P., National Border Patrol Council, Local 1613, who will present, The Reality of Protecting the International Border by the Border Patrol and Other National Security Agencies – Where Are We Today?  Our speaker has 14 years of personal border experience and degrees in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. He will be speaking in his capacity as a union official, not as a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol. Reservations for the Round Table Lunch following the presentation should be sent to Tom Reeve at

October 17th: We welcome Dr. Narendra Kumar, speaking on Dalits in Contemporary India: Concerns and Challenges.  The Indian Constitution calls for the uplift of Dalits, formerly called “Untouchables,” but this has proven a complicated process both economically and politically particularly in the current revival of right-wing politics.  The reaction has at times been to reinterpret Hinduism or to turn away from it altogether or, alternatively, to seek political power. Dr. Kumar is Professor in Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.  Reservations for the Round Table Lunch following the presentation should be sent to Kiki Munshi at

October 24th: We welcome Dr. Patricia Marquez, speaking on Venezuela Today, Crisis and Every Day Life in a Failed State.  Venezuela is currently plagued by corruption, the collapse of basic services and institutions, massive migration, hyperinflation, and political repression. In just few decades, the country went from being an economy with tremendous oil wealth to a bankrupt society in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Dr. Márquez is Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.  Reservations for the Round Table Lunch following the presentation should be sent to Mehdi Sarram at

October 31st: We welcome our member Dr. Farouk al-Nasser, speaking on Sudan, a brief history from its inception to the present.  Sudan’s recorded history goes back to Nubia, 3000 BC and has been turbulent.  Most recently the civilian revolt of December 2018 led to Omar Bashir’s removal by the military, but it is unclear if this will lead to democracy.  It’s also unclear whether US policy toward the new government will be effective.

For further information, email Cy Chadley at

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