Thu, 30 October 2014
The Cold War was a strategic success for the United States and its allies, but since 9/11 we have been challenged, not by global threats, but by multiple, regional instabilities, which collectively disrupt the global order and call into question the rule sets and institutions – largely the product of U.S. initiatives -- that have functioned for six decades. These challenges require a fundamental re-evaluation of American Global Strategy to confront the very different world of the 21st Century. Join us for a program by Ambassador Thomas McNamara, former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Ambassador to Colombia, Special Assistant to the President, Ambassador-at-Large and Senior Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor to The Secretary of State. His postings overseas include Colombia, Soviet Union, Congo, and France.
Direct download: Rotary_10.28.14_-_Ambassador_Thomas_McNamara_-_American_GLobal_Strategy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT
Tue, 21 October 2014
Due to a recording error, this podcast abruptly begins several minutes after Mr. Cirincione begins speaking - Rotary apolgizes that the full program is not available.
US and Iranian negotiators may be just weeks away from an historic agreement to contain and limit Iran's nuclear program. But the region is now thrust into new wars and shifting alliances as ISIS militants pour out of a disintegrating Syria, laying claim to vast tracts of Iraq. The United States finds itself in a de facto tactical alliance with Iran as Revolutionary Guard forces fight ISIS on the ground while US airpower strikes from above. Can ISIS be stopped? Will negotiators strike a deal before the November 24 deadline? Can any deal truly prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb? Would a deal open the door to a broader U.S.-Iranian rapprochement? Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and a member of Secretary Jon Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, tracks this issues closely and shared his answers to these and other crucial questions.
The A.D. Robertson Fund of the United Nations is a special fund within the RCM Community Trust created by the family of past president Robbie Robertson to provide educational programming to Rotarians and the community about the humanitarian and peace building work of the United Nations. This program will honor the 69th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
Tue, 14 October 2014
Stem cells can now be easily made from any individual patient. We also now can turn these stem cells into most of the cell types that make up the body including nerve cells, heart cells, and liver cells. Although stem cells could offer an inexhaustible supply of ‘spare parts’ that could be used to repair damaged tissues, as is the case for diabetes and Parkinsons, a lot of work still needs to be done before stem cell transplants become routine. Stem cells, however, have other uses that can have immediate impact on treating disease. Dr. Steve Duncan, Marcus Professor of Human and Molecular Genetics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and director of MCW’s Program in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology, will explain how stem cells can mimic complex human diseases in the laboratory and offer a new way to identify drugs that can be used to treat disease in patients.
Direct download: Rotary_10.14.14_-_Dr._Steve_Duncan_-_Impact_of_Stem_Cells_on_Treating_Disease.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT
Tue, 7 October 2014
MMAC President Tim Sheehy will speak on the findings and potential outcomes of the Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force. Comprising 50 community leaders from Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties, the task force was launched in late 2013 in response to two developments: the NBA announcement that the BMO Harris Bradley Center no longer meets league requirements and a Public Policy Forum report that found other signature regional assets – most notably the Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts -- are also at risk due to chronic capital shortfalls.
Direct download: Rotary_10.7.14_-_Tim_Sheehy_-_Milwaukee_Cultural_and_Entertainment_Needs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT