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PressPass - September, 2014

Los Angeles Area:

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12:00 pm

WHAT:  Africa —Vision and Priorities for the Next 50 Years (Lunch)

WHO:  Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Head of the African Union Commission and former South Africa Minister of Health

WHERE:  Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel, 11461 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90049

CONTACT:  Michele Dilworth, 415-293-4600,



WHEN:  Thursday, October 2, 2014, 5:30—7:00 pm
WHAT:  USC Center on Public Diplomacy - BBC Forum: “Does Soft Power Really Matter”

WHO:  Moderator Ritula Shah, BBC Host and Presenter; Panelists:  P.J. Crowley, Global Communication Fellow, George Washington University; Robert G. Kaufman, Professor, Pepperdine University; Olga Oliker, Associate Director, RAND; Jay Wang, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

WHERE:  Wallis Annenberg Hall L105A, 3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

CONTACT:  Stacy Ingber, 213-821-5556,


San Francisco Bay Area:

WHEN:  Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 pm
WHAT:  Human Trafficking of Foreign-Born Individuals into the Bay Area:  Stories of Hope and Survival

WHO:  Jadma Noronha, Former Human Trafficking Program Manager, SAGE Project; Hediana Utarti, Ph.D., Community Project Coordinator, Asian Women's Shelter

WHERE:  Commonwealth Club of California, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

CONTACT:  Riki Rafner, 415-597-6712,



WHEN:  Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 12:00 pm
WHAT:  Slovakia at the Core of European Integration

WHO:  Andrej Kiska, President, Slovak Republic. Presented in association with The World Affairs Council of Northern California.

WHERE:  The Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

CONTACT:  Riki Rafner, 415-597-6712,



WHEN:  Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm
WHAT:  Europe-Russia Relations: The Impact of EU Expansion

WHO:  Speakers: Miroslav Lajcak, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic; Michael McFaul, Professor of Political Science at Stanford and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute; Norman Naimark, Director of the Stanford Global Studies Division and Professor in East European Studies; and Kathryn Stoner, Faculty Director of the Stanford International Policy Studies and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute.

WHERE:  Fisher Conference Center, 326 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305

CONTACT:  Courtney Richardson, 650-725-2563,



WHEN:  Thursday, October 2, 2014, 4:15 pm
WHAT:  New Trends in Startup Company Acceleration:  Toward the Rise of the Global Startup

WHO:  Speakers:  Gen Isayama, Co-Founder and CEO of the World Innovation Lab.

WHERE:  Gates Computer Science Building B01 – 353 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

CONTACT:  Siejen Yin-Stevenson, 650-724-0096,