2005-2006 Archives for the Ohlone College World Forum

The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

An older man comforting a younger man. Ohlone College World Forum: The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict.The Israeli Perspective

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2006
  • Dr. Noel Kaplowitz, U.C. Davis
  • Speaker: 12:00pm (noon) - 1:00pm
  • Q & A: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Epler Gymnasium (Building 9)

Speaker Biography: Dr. Noel Kaplowitz

Noel Kaplowitz received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science and International Relations and did postdoctoral work at Yale in Political Psychology. Professor Kaplowitz has taught International Relations and Middle East Affairs at Berkeley, UCLA, and U.C Davis.  

Dr. Kaplowitz's research has included hundreds of hours of in-depth interviewing with Arab and Israeli leaders and officials on their national self-images, perceptions of the other, and attitudes towards issues in conflict. He has published on the "Arab-Israeli Conflict" and on "Cultural and Psychological Dimensions of International Relations" in a variety of professional, peer-reviewed journals.

The Palestinian Perspective

This was the first part of a two-part World Forum on The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict.

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2006
  • Dr. Hatem Bazian, U.C. Berkeley, Islamic Law & Jerusalem's Islamic History
  • Download the flyer (PDF, 8.3 MB)

Speaker Biography: Dr. Hatem Bazian

Dr. Hatem Bazian, received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies and Ethnic Studies. Dr. Bazian is a lecturer in Near Eastern Studies and Ethnic Studies Departments at Berkeley and specializes in Islamic Law and Jerusalem’s Islamic history. Dr. Bazian’s forthcoming book, Virtual Internment: Arabs and Muslims and the War on Terrorism, documenting the civil and human rights impacts on the impacted communities will be published in Fall 2006.

The African Continent and World Hunger

Africa Hunger Facts

  • One in three Africans are malnourished, and about half of its nearly 700 million people live on less than $1 a day; most (80 percent) live on less than $2 a day.
  • Income growth in Africa barely has kept pace with population growth, remaining below 2.5 percent and causing Africa’s share of the world’s absolute poor to increase from one-fourth to nearly a third.
  • Very thin young child.This is the second worst food crisis in Niger's history. —Photo credit: BBC.
    Despite its immense size, only 430 million areas in Africa—less than one-fifth of the entire United States—are considered suitable for farming. Land degradation is a major threat to Africa’s agricultural productivity growth.
  • Any effort to develop agriculture and improve household food security must include a focus on women. Most African farmers are women, and female headed households are more prone to hunger and poverty. African women generate two-thirds of Africa’s agricultural production, and participate in trade and processing.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa entered the new millennium as the one area of the world where hunger is both pervasive and increasing.
  • Most Africans are small-holder farmers. Poverty keeps them from investing in land improvements, irrigation and fertilizer. Thus, African farmers are extremely vulnerable to drought, flooding, and political conflict.
  • A problem most African countries have is providing sufficient food for their people. The reasons for this are complex and include declining world prices for commodities as well as escalating debts.
  • The rapid spread of AIDS also affects hunger. In some African countries, between 30 percent and 40 percent of adults are infected.
  • Conflict also affects hunger in Africa. In 2001 civil conflict and war affected 16 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Internal conflicts interrupted progress in countries, such as Uganda, that have achieved a measure of food security in recent years.
  • Bags of white food outside warehouse.Ghana: Warehouse near Accra. Filling sacks for food distribution. —Photo credit: FAO.
    In eastern Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia continue to suffer from prolonged periods of drought. The pastoral regions of these countries are the most vulnerable, and almost 2 million people in the Horn of Africa received emergency rations from World Food Program in 2001.

[From Hunger Facts on the Stand With Africa website.]

Speaker Biography: Mutombo M'Panya, Ph.D

Mr. Mutombo M'Panya is originally from Congo/Zaire. He received his Ph.D from the University of Michigan in Planning and Management of Natural Resources, and was an instructor in their School of Public Health. As a Fellow of the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, he also was coordinator of NGO projects. He has had more than 20 years of experience working with NGOs and has served on various boards, including International Development Exchange, World Neighbors, and the Center for Global Health.

Man with ox working in field.Central African Republic: In the northern region of the Central African Republic, an Italian catholic mission is teaching farmers to switch from hand cultivation to oxen-drawn farm implements. —Photo credit: H. Chazine, FAO.

Mutombo worked on USAID projects in Africa involving health planning, nutrition, and manpower training. He worked as a consultant with UNDP and the World Bank, and with health and nutrition projects for the Community Systems Foundation, and consulted on maternal health projects in Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Currently, Mutombo is the director of the Science and Humanities Integration Project at Sonoma State University, where he teaches in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies. He also teaches and lectures in epidemiology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

[Photos are from the Hunger Notes website published by the World Hunger Education Service.]

Global Environmental Sustainability: The Natural Step Approach

What is Sustainability?

The practice of sustainability is about creating new ways to live and prosper while ensuring an equitable, healthy future for all people and the planet.

The Natural Step takes an upstream approach to sustainability and addresses problems at the source. We begin by understanding the broader system within which problems occur and develop effective, durable solutions to the environmental and social issues of the new century.

Understanding Sustainability, The Natural Step.

Speaker Biography: George Basile, Ph.D.

The Natural Step logo.George Basile came to The Natural Step in 1999. Since then George has been involved in research and consulting services in the area of sustainability, in the U.S. and internationally. George advises the management of Fortune 500 companies and other organizations on how to integrate sustainability into both near and long-term strategies. Recently he has worked directly with senior teams from FedEx Kinko’s, the Home Depot, McDonald's, and the Bank of America. George has also presented widely to the public and to expert audiences such as the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences.

George received his undergraduate training in Physics at the University of California, Irvine and his doctorate in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on the faculty at Stanford University, developed a research field in emerging technology and sustainability at University of California Berkeley and has been a Vice President for Business Development at Neomorphic, a bioinformatics business.

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