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WACISC has an exciting podcast series, entitled Visions and Voices on Global Issues

You will recognize some of the participants in these podcasts.  We have asked our guest presenters for our regular WACISC meetings to sit down with Ron for a more in depth look at the subject they presented at our event.  In addition, we have added other interviews with special people who are doing very special things around the world trying to help those in need.  These podcasts are also available on Amazon Music, Google PodcastsiHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher.  

If you have an idea or comment please reach out to us at:  wacinlandsocal@gmail.com.

These conversations are hosted by Ron Osborn, PhD, an Associate Professor of Ethics and Philosophy at La Sierra University.  Ron is well suited for serving as our moderator for these podcasts having grown up in Thailand, Taiwan and Zimbabwe.  He was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wellesley College, and a Fulbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar.

Episode 18: Alexandra Rose Howland (1990, US/UK) has lived in the Middle East over the last decade, creating work that aims to challenge and expand the ways that geopolitical events are communicated. Her background as an abstract painter informs her practice, resulting in multidimensional projects that use images, found objects, interviews and video. Through her work, she seeks to generate a more expansive understating of how conflict is portrayed. She has shown internationally with both solo and group exhibitions including Leave and Let Us Go (solo), FOAM Museum Amsterdam, Road to Mosul (solo), London, Textured to Only Us (solo), Los Angeles.  Leave and Let Us Go was published by GOST Books in 2021.

Episode 17A Conversation with Erin Kamler, an award-winning writer, composer, musician, and academic researcher.

Episode 16Retired Admiral Phil Davidson brings a wealth of experience in national security affairs, strategy development, and risk analysis, as well as regional security insights in the Indo-Pacific, in Europe, and in the Middle East.
Admiral Davidson was the 25th Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this capacity, he led the United States’ oldest and largest combatant command, consisting of nearly 380,000 personnel, and held the responsibilities for all U.S. military activities across the Indo-Pacific, covering half the globe, from 2018 to 2021.

Episode 15: Mark N. Katz is Professor of Government and Politics at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government and has held numerous fellowships with prestigious institutions.  He has done immense research on Russian foreign policy and shares his knowledge and expertise given this leader’s history. Links to many of his publications can be found at www.marknkatz.com.

Episode 14: A Mix of Observation, Activism and Understanding the Immigrant Community Living Amongst Us. Dr. Julie Goodman-Bowling completed her Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Biola University and certification in TESOL. She earned her master’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton and doctorate from the University of Nevada. A cultural anthropologist, her experience includes travels to countries such as Paraguay, Ukraine, Israel, and Mexico. Her professional background includes training students of all ages for short-term, cross-cultural work and socio-cultural awareness. Her most recent research considers the cultural effects of day-labor among (im)migrant workers in urban Los Angeles. Dr. Goodman-Bowling’s core interests deal with issues of globalization, trans-migration, and transnationalism. Additionally, she has developed a background in medical anthropology, particularly as it relates to globalization, inequalities, and healthcare access. Dr. Goodman-Bowling also highlights the importance of qualitative and quantitative social science research. Finally, Dr. Bowling is certified in Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) studies from UNR and seeks to incorporate discussion of such important topics of culture in each of her courses. Dr. Goodman-Bowling serves as Associate Professor of Anthropology for undergraduate students in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and works with the masters and doctoral programs of social work at California Baptist University.

Episode 13: Dr. Ash Melika is a Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at California Baptist University.  He is very knowledgeable on the diversity of the Middle East and touches on some of the most interesting cultures and people on the planet.  Dr. Melika is a recognized authority on the minority cultures in the Middle East with over 25 years of research. 

Episode 12: Dr. Minton-Ryan is a Professor of Sociology at Cal Baptist University.  Her current research is on the impact of trauma-informed educational support groups for young women in the central region of Malawi.  Among all her travels, Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, has become her main focus in providing access to education and much needed resources to the often times forgotten trauma victims.  Learn more about the Benita Africa Ministry:  https://www.facebook.com/Benita-Africa-492110400913745

Episode 11: Author, Sharlene Hayton, tells the story of Kangaroo Kay, a historical biography about Chip Cathcart Kay, a tea planter from Malawi.
You can purchase her book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Kangaroo-Kay-Historical-Biography-Triumph/dp/B08NWZBKMJ

Episode 10: Dr. Maria Armoudian talks about her new book, Lawyers Beyond Borders. Dr. Armoudian is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, the host and producer of the radio program, The Scholars' Circle, and the author of three books. She has published widely on human rights, environmental politics, communication, and good governance. Before coming to Auckland, she served as a commissioner in the city of Los Angeles for six years and worked in the California State Legislature for eight years, working on many issues ranging from environmental sustainability to good government and corporate reform.

Episode 11: Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning journalist who has previously worked for NBC-LA, CNN, and Al Jazeera America. Her writing and reporting has also appeared in TIME, Vanity Fair, Al Monitor and the Huffington Post. Tara has spent much time in the Middle East covering the ongoing Syrian conflict - in particular the Syrian refugee crisis and the MENA region at large. As a result of her work in the field, in 2016 Tara founded Art of Hope - the first US nonprofit that's strictly focused on providing trauma-relief and mental health support through Art Therapy for Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in Lebanon. After nearly four years of reporting and writing, her debut book The Heartbeat of Iran was released on June 1st 2021. 

Episode 10: Dr. Ronald Mataya is currently Professor of Global Health in the Center for Leadership in Health Systems at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. As an obstetrician/gynecologist, he developed an interest in public health early in his carrier. In 1996, he won a one-year US government scholarship, the Hubert Humphrey Research Fellowship, which allowed him to study for a non-degree program in health policy, planning and management at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta.

Episode 9: Taroub Harb Faramand, MD, Founder of WI-HER, is dedicated to serving the underserved through projects on Justice, Women’s Empowerment, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in over 35 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.  

Episode 8: Happy 60th anniversary to Peace Corps!
A year after its global evacuation, Peace Corps plans for a return to countries around the world as conditions allow. What will that post COVID-19 presence look like for Peace Corps?  Kate Raftery, Expert Consultant at Peace Corps, has dedicated over 50 years to numerous humanitarian projects. 

Episode 7: Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Efforts in an Era of Climate Change
Dr. Dunbar has been a Marine Biologist for 23 years and works in the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences (EBS) at Loma Linda University (LLU).  He is a Professor of Biology and continues to direct the Graduate Biology (MS and PhD) programs in EBS.  This provides many opportunities to carry out field and lab research in the area of marine biology, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Episode 6: Ryan Sinclair, PhD is an environmental microbiologist who manages several water projects in the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley.  His research includes several projects with local partners in wastewater management, water quality, and household hygiene, as well as a project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts investigating the risks of infectious disease for children who live near failed on-site wastewater systems in California. 

Episode 5: Fascinating interview with Paul D’Anieri, PhD, on Russia, the Ukraine, and the West, providing a brief historical perspective on relations between Russia and the Ukraine and the relevance of this relationship for the incoming Biden Administration and US foreign policy.  Dr. D’Anier is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, University of California, Riverside who has written extensively on this subject.  He helps answer questions and provides background on how and why Putin tries to eliminate his opponents by poising.  In 2019 he published Ukraine and Russia:  From Uncivilized Divorce to Uncivil War.  

Episode 4: Ambassador Ron Neumann, current President of the American Academy of Diplomacy sat down with Ron Osborn to talk about his decades long career in the Foreign Service, and to provide us with a glimpse of what challenges the incoming Biden Administration will face in January in the international arena.  He is articulate and explains the complexities of foreign affairs in an easy to understand style that is refreshing.    

Episode 3:  Michael Auslin, PhD, Author and Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, walks us through what could be the next steps in US/China relations as he explores the options the next Administration will have as we move further into the new decade.  Based on his new book, Asia’s New Geopolitics, Auslin is able to break down the complex foreign policy issues we face in enlightening and understandable terms.

Episode 2: Our host, Ron Osborn talks with Dr. Netteburg an OBGyn about her life as a missionary doctor in Bere, Chad—one of the more remote places in West Africa.  Dr. Netteburg has found her calling working at a 100-bed hospital where she offers hope and surgically treatment to women who suffer from vesicovaginal fistulas.  Her work is amazing and the results are life changing for her patients.   

Episode 1:  Dr. Scott Nelson, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Haiti Adventist Hospital, talks about what it is like living, working and trying to help those in need in the region’s poorest country.  He answers questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it’s impacted the hospital and people of Haiti, and provides insight into the healthcare needs and challenges of the people in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince.

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