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Jan. 13, 2015 Speaker: Shaun Briley – La Jolla/ Riford Library Branch

Shaun Briley has seen the book business from all sides: published author, retailer, marketing hack for a publishing company and finally librarian. Briley started his career as a journalist working for a British conglomerate that sent him to the Persian Gulf to cover the war against Saddam Hussein. Later, he […]

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Jan. 6, 2015 Speaker: Fredrick Clerie – San Diego Rock Church – Hopestart Inernational

  I was born in Haiti, “the poorest country in the Western hemisphere”, and I lived there for 16 years. I came to the US to get a college education, intending to return to Haiti and work alongside my dad who was doing church planting work there. Negative political developments […]

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Dec. 16, 2014 Speaker: Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D., Ebola Virus

Erica Ollmann Saphire

Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D. is a Professor of Immunology and Microbial Science at The Scripps Research Institute. Her research explains how and why viruses are pathogenic and provides the roadmap for medical defense. Her team has explained how the viruses drive themselves into cells, how they suppress immune function, where […]

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Dec. 9, 2014: Dipak Gupta, SDSU, Understanding Terrorism & Social Conflict

Dipak K. Gupta

Dipak K. Gupta is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at San Diego State University.  He served as the Founding Director of undergraduate program in International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR). In 1997, he was awarded Albert W. Johnson Distinguished Lecturer, the highest research award for the […]

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High School Interact Clubs And Rotary Club Of La Jolla Join Forces To Build 21St House In Mexico For Needy Families

The home design is 16x20 feet with a small sleeping loft. The homes are unheated, have no running water and no electricity. — courtesy

By Sally Fuller (LJ Light Article) – Volunteers from the Interact Club at La Jolla High and The Bishop’s School were joined by members of La Jolla Rotary to build the 21st home for an impoverished family in Tijuana. You may also read the article HERE on La Jolla Light’s […]

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Nov. 18, 2014 Speaker: Jodi Waterhouse, USD, University of the 3rd Age

Jodi Waterhouse

Jodi Waterhouse began her career at USD 18 years ago when she joined the USD Professional and Continuing Education Department.  During her tenure at USD she has directed many types of programs simultaneously to include Business and Corporate Education (18 years), Family Business Forum (16 years), Event Director of the […]

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Oct. 28, 2014 Speaker: Carmen Chavez, Casa Cornelia – Central American Refugee Children

Carmen Chavez

Beginning last year and specifically in the last few months, there has been an overall increase in the apprehension of Unaccompanied Children from Central America at the Southwest Border.  You may have seen it in the news. An experienced attorney, whose organization provides needed services to these children going through […]

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Nov. 11, 2014 Speaker: Gregory R. Hillgren, Patriots Initiative – Embracing America’s Armed Forces Community

Are you ‘Answering the 21st Century Call’ to support our nation’s armed forces community?  Are you giving time, treasure… or both?  Are you doing so wisely and effectively?  Are you making a difference?  Let’s find out. Mr. Hillgren was a founder and serves as the Chairman of The Patriot Initiative […]

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Nov. 4, 2014 Speaker: Casey B.K. Dominguez, USD – 2014 Midterm Election & Its Aftermath

Casey Dominguez

Casey B. K. Dominguez is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005. Her research specialties are congressional elections, political parties, and the presidency. Dr. Dominguez has published articles on presidential […]

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Oct. 21, 2014 Speaker: Brian Keating, UCSD – Beginnings of Time

Kevin Keating, Photo by Nelvin C. Cepeda

Going to the ends of the earth to glimpse the beginnings of time, Professor Brian Keating is an astrophysicist with UCSD’s Department of Physics. He and his team of 17 students, and postdocs develop instrumentation to study the early universe at radio-, microwave- and infrared wavelengths. He is the author of […]

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Oct. 14, 2014 Speaker: Judy Keene, Next Step Service Dogs – How Dogs Help & Heal Veterans w PTSD


When long-time friend Sally Montrucchio launched Next Step Service Dogs in 2012, Judy was compelled to help such an amazing cause where a small group of people can make a huge positive impact in the lives of wounded warriors with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Judy’s background includes a BA […]

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Oct. 7, 2014 Speaker: Judge David J. Danielsen, San Diego Superior Court – State of the Court

Judge David J Danielsen cartoon

The Superior Court is facing historic budget woes and yet building a 22 story, 71 courtroom central courthouse downtown, all at a time when criminal justice has been turned on its head. What is going on in the Third Branch of government locally? The speaker on October 7 is the […]

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November 25, 2014 Speaker: Herb Johnson, San Diego Rescue Mission

Herb Johnson

Herb Johnson, President/CEO, puts his extensive executive experience to work leading the San Diego Rescue Mission, an organization that, literally day-by-day, makes the difference between life and death for many in our city. Mr. Johnson, who holds a MBA from the Harvard Business School, had a dynamic career in the […]

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Sept. 30, 2014 Speakers: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer & Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman

Mayor Faulconer & Chief Zimmerman
Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer Kevin L. Faulconer was elected to serve as mayor of the City of San Diego following a special election on February 11th, 2014 under the banner of unifying and creating "One San Diego." As the first sitting city councilmember elected as mayor in 50 years, Kevin [...]Show me more

Sept. 9, 2014 Speakers: Kathleen McCartney & Julie Moss, Iron Icons – Former Rivals, Motivational Speaking Team

Kathleen McCartney & Julie Moss


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