Speaker Date Topic
Rita Abrams Oct 20, 2020
The Mill Valley Song Turns 50! - Rita Abrams Shares Her Story.
The Mill Valley Song Turns 50! - Rita Abrams Shares Her Story.
Two-time Emmy Award winner Rita Abrams describes how her smallest musical creation became the biggest legacy of her musical career. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-YaWE0zu-c

Dick Spotswood Nov 03, 2020
We’ve Voted. Now What? - Election Aftermath
We’ve Voted. Now What? - Election Aftermath

Dick Spotswood will discuss what we can expect in the next few months as votes are counted, returns disputed and the results announced.

Helen Zia Nov 17, 2020
Last Boat out of Shanghai and What that Great Escape Means for Today.
Last Boat out of Shanghai and What that Great Escape Means for Today.
Bay Area author Helen Zia discusses her latest book " Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution" , a deeply moving chronicle of the extraordinary ordeals and exodus of four ordinary Chinese in a world torn by war and fractured by ideology. Their experiences in fleeing China and their struggles to survive as exiles and refugees in the US, Hong Kong, Taiwan and wherever the diaspora would take them are mirrored by an untold exodus of millions of others then and throughout human migrations from catastrophe, and will likely provide insights to people of Hong Kong and other hot spots today. Marin's Amy Tan, author of "The Joy Luck Club" noted: “Zia’s portraits are compassionate and heartbreaking, and they are, ultimately, the universal story of many families who leave their homeland as refugees and find less-than-welcoming circumstances on the other side. I read with a personal hunger...”
Her book was one NPR's "Best books of the year" and finalist for a  national PEN America book award. As.the San Francisco Chronicle review wrote: "a fascinating read as a missing chapter of modern history finally coming to light. What makes the Shanghai story unique is that the real human cost of the massive exodus has remained a mystery. Official records, if any, are suppressed, and research in this area has been sketchy. " Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution"  . . . fills a gap in our collective memory.
 

 


   

  

 

 

Colonel Lee Lange Dec 01, 2020
Honoring the Fallen
Honoring the Fallen

One of the most important and least known duties in the Marine Corps and in all the other US military branches is the Casualty Assistance Call Officer. Headquarters Marine Corps utilizes a nationwide network to identify Marine officers and senior enlisted members for this duty. Once assigned, these Marines' primary duties is to notify the next of kin of fallen Marines. Once notification is made, these Marines are responsible for follow-up visits to explain military benefits and to provide military honors if requested by the family. These assignments are some of the most difficult in the Marine Corps. Every Marine in this duty understands this is the very least they can do to honor the service of fallen Marines and help families deal with the loss of their loved one. "Honoring the Fallen" explains this process and why it is so important to those serving and their families. 

Sanja Kulenovic Jan 05, 2021
The Spirit of Sarajevo: A Story of Resilience
The Spirit of Sarajevo: A Story of Resilience
For centuries, Sarajevo was known as a crossroads of cultures -- a peaceful place that valued a variety of religious traditions and ethnic heritages. It was a vibrant capital city that shone on the global stage and even hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. But the rise of nationalism within former Yugoslavia led to a brutal conflict that threatened to wipe away the city’s legacy of openness and tolerance. For nearly four years, Sarajevo was under armed siege--the longest one of any city in the history of modern warfare. When it was finally lifted, Sarajevo was left a broken city marked by crumpled buildings … the scars of mortar shells … and shattered families beset by grief. 
 
Yet still, somehow,  the spirit of Sarajevo never wavered. This book is a story of life under siege, created from unimaginable misery and degradation. It is a story about resilience and determination, which now, more than 20 years after the siege ended, serves as an example for all of us as we navigate a confused, frightened world of being “under siege” during this pandemic.