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HONEST CONVERSATION ON CUBA:
TO UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEX REALITIES OF CUBA TODAY

Professor Alonzo Smith, Montgomery College
and Reverend Lynn Strauss

Wednesday March 25th, 2015, 7:30-9:30

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville
Founders Hall, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, MD

   

Alonzo Smith, a member of UUCR and an adjunct professor of history and political science at Montgomery College, has traveled to Cuba twice in the past year.  He is a student of Cuban history and culture.  As the U.S. takes steps to normalize relations with Cuba, join us in a dialogue on this historic change in U.S. foreign policy.  Bring your questions!  All are welcome! 

This is a joint offering of the Adult Faith Formation Committee and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

Among the issues we’ll explore are:

  • The influence of Cuba’s history
  • Health care
  • Faith and religion
  • LGBT identities
  • Democracy and human rights
  • Sustainable agriculture and the environment
  • Cuba and the USA
  • Cuba and the  world

Informational handouts will be available

    Free and open to the public   



RE-SCHEDULED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER:

Peace Action Montgomery:
Demystifying Syria and ISIS

Saturday, April 11, 7 - 9:00 p.m.
(re-scheduled from February 21, 2015
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
100 Welsh Park Dr, Rockville 
(5-minute walk from Montgomery College Rockville)

Learn about the bitter and largely misunderstood situation on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

Raed Jarrar will address the root causes that led to the creation of ISIS and other violent groups in the Middle East.  Mr. Jarrar is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East.  He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, and is a frequent guest on national and international media outlets. Hiis most recent article,  “ B is for Billion: What Military Cuts?” was published this week in Common Dreams.  Raed Jarrar is policy impact coordinator in the Washington, D.C., office of the American Friends Service Committee.

Dr. Younes Parsa Benab will discuss the role of fundamentalism in the greater Middle East, including in Iran and Israel. A retired dean and professor of political science at Strayer University, Dr. Benab is author of the two volume book, One Hundred Year History of Iranian Political Parties and Organizations (1904-2004) and over a hundred other articles.

Phyllis Bennis, an analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies, is a prolific writer on the Middle East and appears often in national media discussions of U.S. foreign policy. Last week, she joined MSNBC's The Last Word to discuss why current U.S. military strategy against ISIS isn't working and what alternative strategies should be used instead. Her talk at our forum is entitled “The Global War on Terror 2.0—ISIS and Obama’s Wars.”

Ask questions and talk informally with the speakers.  Join other members of the audience for refreshments.  Purchase crafts from Afghanistan to benefit the Afghan Women's Fund, supporting projects for women and girls, such as schools, clinics, and women's cooperatives.

RSVP at Peace Action Montgomery or contact Peace Action Montgomery through their Facebook page or Web site.

 



PEACE AND JUSTICE STUDIES HAS ITS FIRST COURSE!

Do you wish to live in a more peaceful and just world? 
If you want to know how you could help create such a world,
register for PHIL 209.


This course introduces peace and justice thought in Western and Eastern philosophic literature. 
It explores how the Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions address the
issues of peace and justice in individual, family, communal, national, and global life.


Printable flyer (.doc)                                                         Printable syllabus (.doc)                                                 Bibliography (.docx)


Congratulations to Professor Tulin Levitas for creating the course
and shepherding it through the approval process!



  INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

International Peace Day, September 21, 2014


UNITED NATIONS DAY

Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in 1945 on October 24th, 2014


HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 on December 10, 2014


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If you would like to help plan events on your campus for United Nations Day,
Human Rights Day, or International Peace Day, please contact Professor Pat Ruppert at (240) 567-5242


Events page last updated March 24, 2015


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