Guest Speaker Program

The Guest Speaker Program Committee aims to bring before the membership individuals with deep experience and expertise, to address political and economic topics (international and domestic) as well as religion, literature and the arts.

Members and guests meet for coffee at 9:30 a.m.  The program begins at 10 a.m. and runs roughly one hour.  Toward the end of each talk, members write out questions, which fuel at least thirty minutes of active Q&A.  The speaker then lunches informally with a smaller group.

Some recent speakers:

U.S. Engagement with East Asia: The View from Singapore.  His Excellency Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the United States (February 2016)

Being Xi Jinping: China’s Constricted Policy Space.  David Finkelstein, Director, China Studies Division, Center for Naval Analysis (November 2015)

Magnificent Delusions: US-Pakistan Relations.  Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, 2008-2011 (September 2015)

Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China.  Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (April 2014)

An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines.  Noel Izon, documentary filmmaker (September 2014)

Linkages Across Asian and Middle Eastern Art.  Carol Huh, Contemporary Asian Art Curator, Freer/Sackler Galleries (January 2013)

India’s Troubled Democracy.  Sadanand Dhune, South Asia columnist, Wall Street Journal (September 2012)