WACISC has just launched an exciting podcast series, entitled Visions and Voices on Global Issues.
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.
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 Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher.
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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.