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. 

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November, 2018 Programs

Thursdays at THE REMINGTON CLUB II, 16916 HIERBA DRIVE, Rancho Bernardo

Located behind Vons Market.  (Please do not park in the Club’s parking area)

Regular schedule:  Coffee Social 9:30 a.m.;

Speaker 10:00 a.m.; Question & Answer 11:10 a.m. until Noon.

November 1 – Our member Tibor Varga, will address Migration and Refugee Issues Past and Present - A Central European Perspective. There is complex motivation for migration and a mixed track record of successful integration and prosperity of migrants in their new homelands. Multiple factors are all at play and affect the outcome. Looking at Central Europe and its ethnic, religious and cultural tapestry, survival of the adaptable and paranoid will be explained. Tibor Varga received a BS in Water Resources Engineering. He has experienced the aftermath of WW2, the Hungarian uprising, the Yugoslav civil war, survival in a refugee camp and life as an emigrant.

 November 8 – Our guest Ronald F. King will talk about EU Political Developments in the Visegrad Countries (Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). The lecture will explore the rise of the xenophobic ultra-right in Europe, with a prognosis that is not at all optimistic. At the most recent national day celebration in Poland, tens of thousands of extreme nationalist and other far-right demonstrators paraded through the streets. In Hungary, 78% have strongly negative feelings toward immigrants from outside the EU. Ronald F. King is a professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. He earned graduate degrees from Oxford and the University of Chicago.  He was recently senior specialist to Tyumen State University in Siberia, and a ‘Profesor Onorific’ from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania.  Please contact Tibor Varga for the Round Table Lunch,

 November 15 – Our guest Linda Keller, Vice Dean at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, will discuss The Quest for Justice at the International Criminal Court, outlining its creation and its complex jurisdiction that limits situations it can address. She will highlight a controversial case against a former child soldier and the current U.S. administration’s attitude toward the court.  Professor Keller graduated from the University of Richmond and Yale School of Law. She taught international human rights law before joining TJSL in 2003. She has published many articles on international criminal law, human rights, women’s rights and torture and she served at the ICC in the Pre-trial Chambers handling the Kenya cases in 2011.

 November 29 – Our member Tom Reeve (J.D.) will present, How Universal Today is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Adopted by the United Nations in 1948? The UN's 70-year old Declaration expresses many political as well as social ideals. But the present world's diverse views on "human rights" are found in two more recent and competing documents:  the Declaration on the Human Rights In Islam in the 'Cairo Declaration', and the Asia World Conference on Human Rights in the 'Bangkok Declaration'.  Tom will examine the differences among these three declarations. Tom Reeve graduated from the US Naval Academy and New York State University Law School. He was working with Thomas Buergenthal future Judge of International Court of Justice. Served in Judge Advocate’s General Corps in the US and overseas, and after his Navy career Tom practiced law at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps as a litigation attorney.


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