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Previous Speaking Events

 

An Evening with Mike Otterman and Stuart Rees

23 February 2007
Politics in the Pub
The Gaelic Club
Level 1, 64 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills, NSW

American Torture Melbourne Launch

Michael Otterman in conversation with Tim McCormack
6 March 2007
Readings Books and Music
Lygon St., Carlton, VIC

Michael Otterman lecture: American Torture

8 March 2007
New Internationalist Bookshop
Trades Hall, Cnr Lygon and Victoria St, Carlton, VIC

American Torture Sydney Launch Michael Otterman in conversation with Ian Bickerton

14 March 2007
Gleebooks
Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW

Michael Otterman lecture: American Torture

26 March 2007
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Sydney, NSW

Michael Otterman in conversation with Raj

Purohit, Director, CGS
23 April 2007
Washington College of Law
American University
4801 Massachusets Ave NW
Washington DC

American Torture New York Launch 15 May 2007

Book Revue
313 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743

American Torture London Launch

Michael Otterman in conversation with Stephen Grey
17 May 2007
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
17–25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Michael Otterman in conversation with Tom Porteous, Director, HRW

23 May 2007
Stratford Library, London
The Grove, Stratford E15 5EL

American Militarism, Sydney Writers Festival Participants: Michael Otterman, Ian Bickerton

Facilitator: Alison Broinowski
1 June 2007
Venue: SDC 4
Sydney, NSW

On Torture, Sydney Writers Festival Participants: Michael Otterman, Raimond Gaita

Facilitator: Mick O’Donnell
3 June 2007
Venue: SDC 1
Sydney, NSW

Amnesty International Australia Tour

5 June – 26 June 2007

The Truth about American Torture, co-presented w/ Sydney Ideas

5 June 2007
York Theatre, Seymour Theatre Centre
University of Sydney, NSW

The Truth about American Torture 7 June 2007

Social Sciences Lecture Theatre
University of Western Australia
Perth, WA

The Truth about American Torture 12 June 2007

Sue Benner Lecture Theatre
Metro Arts
109 Edward St, Brisbane QLD

The Truth about American Torture 14 June 2007

Caos Café
Adelaide, SA

The Truth about American Torture 14 June 2007

Devonport Respite Centre
Devonport, Tasmania

The Truth about American Torture 26 June 2007

Feddish (BMW Terrace), Federation Square
Melbourne, VIC

The Military Behaving Badly with Michael Otterman 18 July 2007

Trompf Soiree
58 Boundary Road, Wahroonga, NSW

The Road to Guantanamo with Michael Otterman Film screening and Q&A

16 August 2007
Union Theatre Lounge, Tower L3
University of Technology, Sydney

Amnesty International USA Tour, 7 September – 2 October 2007

Searching for Enemy Combatants in the “War on Terror”: U.S. Policies of Extraordinary Rendition and Detainment

Michael Otterman with George Daly, 
Azadeh N. Shahshahani, and Hassan El Menyawi
7 September 2007
St. John’s Baptist Church
300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte NC

American Torture: Book discussion 10 September 2007

Olsson’s Books
418 7th St., NW (between D & E Sts)
Washington , DC 20004

American Torture: Book discussion, co-sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions

17 September 2007
Webster University (Albuquerque Campus)
8500 Menaul NE Suite B-395
Albuquerque, NM 87112

American Torture: Book discussion, co-sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions

17 September 2007
University of New Mexico School of Law
1117 Stanford NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

American Torture: Book discussion, co-sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions

18 September 2007
College of Santa Fe
O’Shaughnessy Theater in Benildus Hall
1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505

American Torture: Book discussion, co-sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions

18 September 2007
Collected Works Bookstore
208B West San Francisco, Santa Fe, NM 87501

American Torture: Book discussion, co-sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions

20 September 2007
San Diego Public Library
820 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101-6478

Torture in Iraq Progressive Students for Change Presents: ‘Students Against the Iraq War’

25 September 2007
Admisssions Bldg Forecourt
Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Ave. 
Riverside, CA 92506

Michael Otterman: Meet the Author 25 September 2007

Back to the Grind Coffee House
3575 University Ave.
Riverside, CA

American Torture: Book discussion 1 October 2007

Newburyport Public Library
94 State Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

American Torture: Book discussion 2 October 2007

Chester C. Corbin Public Library
2 Lake St.
Webster, MA 01570-2699

Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors and Approaches

4 October 2007
NYU Center for Global Affairs
Wagner at the Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, Second Floor Conference Room
New York, New York

The Truth About American Torture

7 November 2007
Bellabook Café
Church St., Bellingen, NSW

The Truth About American Torture

Bond University Seminar Series
9 November 2007
Theatre 4 University Centre
Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland

 

Tuesday 11th May 2010 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

3:00pm – Erasing Iraq Launch

Michael Otterman, Richard Hil & Paul Wilson

Plumbing Trades Employees Union

52 Victoria Street

Carlton South VIC 3053

Tony Murphy, Federal President of PTEU to do the launch

 

Thursday 13th May 2010 – LAKE TAUPO, NEW ZEALAND

5:30 – 6:30pm

Erupt Lake Taupo

Michael Otterman Erasing Iraq

Michael Otterman is a human rights consultant and author who has extensive experience investigating and advocating against human rights abuse— with particular focus on torture, terrorism and displacement.

The coauthor of Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage and author of American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond, willl talk about his work in conversation with celebrated New Zealand journalist Ingrid Leary.

 

Friday 14th May 2010 – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Auckland Writers’ Festival

1.302.30PM

MICHAEL OTTERMAN: ERASING IRAQ

ASB THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE

May 1st 2010 marks the sevenyear anniversary of George W Bush’s proclamation of the endof hostilities in Iraq and the infamous ‘Mission Accomplished’ message. Mike Otterman’s book, Erasing Iraq, outlines those ‘accomplishments’ at over one million Iraqi dead, five million refugees, and utter decimation of an entire culture and way of life that will reverberate for generations. He shows in unparalleled detail the devastating human cost of the past two decades of American intervention in Iraq, and argues that western governments and the mainstream media continue to ignore or play down the human costs of the war on Iraqi citizens. Indepth interviews with Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan and Western countries provide a comprehensive and moving account of the Iraqi people’s tragedy rarely heard. He discusses the tragedy of Iraq with chair Sean Plunket.

 

Saturday 15th May 2010 – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Auckland Writers’ Festival

10.0011.00AM

FORGOTTEN VICTIMS IN A POST 9/11 WORLD

LOWER NZI ROOM, AOTEA CENTRE

Join Michael Otterman and Antony Loewenstein as they talk with Kris Gledhill about international law and torture, terrorism and war in the world’s hot spots. From Iraq to Syria and Palestine to America and Australia, the post 9/11 ‘war on terror’ has transformed our understanding of justice and retribution. Both authors will discuss their extensive experiences in the Middle East and beyond and examine the stories of forgotten victims ignored by the mainstream media.

 

Sunday 16th May 2010 – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Auckland Writers’ Festival

1.002.00PM

RELIGION: WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?

ASB THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE

Religion, faith, and the existence of God are under the microscope daily, and have taken onnew meaning and influence in the 21stcentury. Adrian Wooldridge, Schumpeter columnist for The Economist, examined how and why religion is booming around the world and revealed its vast effects on the global economy, politics and culture in his book God is Back (coauthored with Economist editor John Micklethwait). Michael Otterman’s book onthe impact on the Iraqi people of the war, Erasing Iraq, and Antony Loewenstein’s analysis in My Israel Question of the ongoing conflict in Israel/Palestine can’t escape the elephant in the room. The panelists discuss their divergent views on the global and regional rise of religion and its impact on everyday lives, particularly on the vulnerable residents in war torn parts of the world. Chair: Sean Plunket.

 

Monday 17th May 2010 – BLUE MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Sydney Writers’ Festival

Erasing Iraq

Date: 17/05/2010

Start: 13:30

End: 14:30

Venue: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

1547 Katoomba Street, Katoomba

Facilitator: Sara Dowse

Event Type: Conversation

American journalist, human rights activist and author, Michael Otterman talks to Sara Dowse about his new work, and the human cost of carnage.

 

Wednesday 19th May 2010 – GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA

Bond University

Queensland Launch

feat. Michael Otterman, Richard Hil and Paul Wilson

more details to follow

 

Thursday 20th May 2010 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Sydney Ideas Open

Human Costs of Carnage: Iraq Voices Unearthed

Michael Otterman and Richard Hil

Sydney Law School foyer, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus.

Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm

What are the human costs of the conflict in Iraq? Otterman and Hil will present a human portrait of the Iraqi Diaspora as told by those who experienced it first-hand: Iraqis themselves. For their new book, Erasing Iraq (Pluto 2010), Otterman visited Syria and Jordan to speak with Iraqi refugees about their lives before, during and after the 2003 US-led invasion. Richard Hil travelled to Sweden where he interviewed members of the world’s largest Iraqi exile community outside the Middle East. Otterman and Hil will recount the real world experiences of many of the Iraqis they met, plus contextualize the current five-million-plus Iraqi refugee crisis with relevant history of the conflict.

 

Friday 21st May 2010 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Sydney Writers’ Festival

Extreme Activism

Start: 14:30

End: 15:30

Sydney Philharmonia Choir Studio Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Facilitator: Michael Otterman

Donna Mulhearn risked her life as a human shield in Iraq. She talks to Michael Otterman, coauthor of Erasing Iraq, about her book Ordinary Courage.

 

Saturday 22nd May 2010 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Sydney Writers’ Festival

We Need To Talk About America

Start: 17:30

End: 19:00

Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney

Facilitator: Anne Summers

Event Type: Debate

Why is the “world’s greatest democracy” struggling to lead? American writers Lionel Shriver, Reza Aslan, Raj Patel, Josh Neufeld, and Michael Otterman tell Anne Summers about the state of their union.

 

Monday 24th May 2010 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

1:30 – 2:45pm

Deleting Iraq

Panel Event – Michael Otterman and Richard Hil

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

 

July 22, 2010 – NYC

Erasing Iraq USA Launch

7pm

Revolution Books

146 W. 26th Street, NYC

212-691-3345

 

July 25, 2010 – NYC

Two Occupations — Palestine and Iraq

featuring Antony Loewenstein

1pm, July 25, 2010

Revolution Books

146 W. 26th Street, NYC

212-691-3345

 

Sunday, 22 August, 2010 – NYC

Panel Discussion on Psychologist Participation in CIA/Pentagon Torture

PRESS RELEASE

A panel discussion on the involvement of psychologists in torture will be held on Sunday, August 22, at 3:00 PM in the Red Room Theater, 85 East 4th Street, NYC. The discussion will follow the 1:00 PM performance of Alternative Methods at the First Floor Theater at La MaMa, 74A East 4th Street. The panel will feature the full cast of Alternative Methods, director Josh Liveright, playwright Patricia Davis, plus three experts on torture: Michael Otterman, human rights consultant and author of American Torture and Erasing Iraq: the Human Costs of CarnageSteven Reisner, Ph.D, an eminent psychologist who has led his field in opposing the involvement of psychologists in torture and calling for accountability; and, Nathaniel Raymond, director of Physicians for Human Rights’ Campaign Against Torture and the organization’s lead investigator into the role of health professionals in American interrogation policy. Other experts will be announced as they are confirmed.

In addition to the August 22 performance, Alternative Methods will be performed at LaMama as part of the New York International Fringe Festival on: Sunday, August 15 at 8:15; Friday, August 20 at 5:30 PM; Wednesday, August 25 at 8:15 PM; and Saturday, August 28 at 9:45 PM. The play just finished a successful run in Washington, DC, at the Capital Fringe Festival, where the Washington City Paper called it “very well written and performed . . . very successful.“ The DC Theater Scene called the play “interesting and thought-provoking,” commended the “outstanding, all-equity cast,” and selected the play for its Social Consciousness Award.

Written by Patricia Davis and directed by Josh Liveright, “Alternative Methods” features Hend Ayoub, Charlie Kevin, Julie Kline, John Greenleaf, and Alok Tewari. See www.alternativemethodstheplay.com for more information.

 

Sept., 2, 2010 – Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane Writers Festival feat. Paul Wilson and Richard Hil

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: Red Box

Criminologist and forensic psychologist Paul Wilson, together with Richard Hil, interviewed Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan and western countries to get the Iraqi perspectives on the run-up to the 2003 US invasion.

More info here

 

Ubud Writers Festival – Ubud, Indonesia

Thursday 7 October 2010

0945 – 1045

Citibank Lounge

MAIN PROGRAM

The Hidden Voices of War

What are the human costs in the global war against terror?  Mike Otterman, Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage, and Antony Loewenstein, My Israel Question, both work to bring to light the forgotten stories of occupation, dispossession and torture. They discuss the ongoing human tragedies in the Middle East and beyond.

 

Ubud Writers Festival – Ubud, Indonesia

Thursday 7 October 2010

1200 – 1500

John Hardy Estate

SPECIAL EVENT

Long Table Literary Lunch

Join our exclusive Long Table Lunch in the grounds of John Hardy Jewellers breathtaking estate that fuses bamboo architecture with the best in contemporary design. Be amazed and inspired, rub shoulders, swap email addresses or just wine, dine and giggle with 20 of our acclaimed writers while sharing an organic Balinese village feast for which John Hardy’s is famous. It doesn’t get any better than this.

 

Ubud Writers Festival – Ubud, Indonesia

Friday 8 October 2010

1115 – 1215

Neka Museum

MAIN PROGRAM

The State of the Union

Join our diverse line up of US-based writers as they debate and illuminate the preoccupations and politics of writing in a post Obama America. Rabih Alameddine, Lisa Teasley, Mike Otterman, Robin Hemley, Ioannis Gatsiounis.

 

Ubud Writers Festival – Ubud, Indonesia

Saturday 9 October 2010

1800 – 1900

Bar Luna

Love Bites

Bar Luna celebrates literature with a twilight gathering of the Festival’s hottest authors telling tales of love, longing and other assorted edibles. Look sultry, sip on cocktails, munch on teeny tapas and enjoy some mischief at Ubud’s literary ‘salon terrible’.

Featuring Shane Maloney, Mike Otterman, and Berislav Loncarevic.

 

Ubud Writers Festival – Semarang, Indonesia

Thursday 14 October 2010

200 – 400

Soegijapranata Catholic University

Writing on War and Social Turmoil

Writers narrate their experiences in carrying out research for their books and their creative process. In the first half (2 pm-3 pm) of the discussion the moderator will conduct a brief interview with all panelists followed by a reading session, during which  the speakers will read  excerpts from their respective books. In the second half (3 pm – 4 pm) the speakers will answer questions from the discussion’s participants.

Featuring Mike Otterman, Patrick Allington and Triyanto Triwikromo.

 

“No Place Called Home” – Hoboken, New Jersey

Friday 22 October 2010

730 PM

Mile Square Theatre @ Monroe Center
720 Monroe Street #E202
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Michael Otterman and Kim Shultz in conversation following the performance of, “No Place Called Home.”

Traveling to the Middle East to interview Iraqi refugees and hear their stories, Kim accidentally falls in love with one of them. This is that unexpected story–a story of an American woman and an Iraqi man, a story about one refugee and 4 million, a story that wasn’t supposed to be a love story.

 

“No Place Called Home” – New York City

Thursday 28 October 2010

730 PM

The Cell Theatre
338 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Michael Otterman and Kim Shultz in conversation following the performance of, “No Place Called Home.”

Traveling to the Middle East to interview Iraqi refugees and hear their stories, Kim accidentally falls in love with one of them. This is that unexpected story–a story of an American woman and an Iraqi man, a story about one refugee and 4 million, a story that wasn’t supposed to be a love story.

 

“No Place Called Home” – Washington DC

Thu, Mar 17, 2011 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

BUSBOYS and POETS (5th and K)

Michael Otterman and Kim Shultz in conversation following the performance of, “No Place Called Home.” Traveling to the Middle East to interview Iraqi refugees and hear their stories, Kim accidentally falls in love with one of them. This is that unexpected story–a story of an American woman and an Iraqi man, a story about one refugee and 4 million, a story that wasn’t supposed to be a love story.

“Veterans For Peace” – Washington DC

Fri, Mar 18, 2011 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

BUSBOYS and POETS (5th and K)

5pm (Cullen Room) – Veterans For Peace – Join us for a gathering featuring great music and an inspiring discussion! Information about weekend actions at the White House and Quantico. Speakers include Medea Benjamin, Chris Hedges, and David Swanson. Music by Deadwood, with special guest Watermelon Slim. Buy your own food and drink. There will be a raffle for a complete set of Watermelon Slim’s great blues recordings and other prizes.  Suggested donation $10.

Connections that Count: Using Social Media for Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday, March 29, 2011; 2:30PM; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC

Social media applications—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and blogs—are cutting-edge tools that everyone can use to make an impact. In this session, panelists will assess the power of social media to effect societal change and discuss how you can strategically integrate social media into your D&I efforts.

Speakers:

– Joe Gerstandt, Speaker and Writer

– Jessica Faye Carter, Founder and CEO of Heta Corporation

– Mike Otterman, Author and Writer, Catalyst

– Emily Troiano, Director, Catalyst

Covering Invisible Wars

Thursday, April 7, 2011; 4PM; Brown University, Providence, RI

‘Covering Invisible Wars’ will bring together three prominent journalists to discuss their work investigating elements of the current wars that have not been fully accounted for by the U.S. government and most national media outlets. As the U.S. withdraws combat troops from Iraq, begins a similar withdrawal from Afghanistan, and comes to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the panel will address what new opportunities and challenges exist for focusing public attention on the continuing development and consequences of U.S. wars.

“Silenced Voices of War” – Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney

Sunday, 22 May 2011

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

What are the human costs in the global “war on terror”? Mike Otterman, ‘Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage’ and ‘American Torture’, and Antony Loewenstein, ‘My Israel Question’ and ‘The Blogging Revolution’, both work to bring to light the forgotten stories of occupation, dispossession and torture. They discuss the ongoing human tragedies in the Middle East and beyond. What is the media not telling us about Iraq, Egypt, Iran or Palestine and why aren’t we listening to indigenous voices from the region? How can social media allow us to hone in, and amplify, these hidden voices?

Richard Hil and Michael Otterman’s “Erasing Iraq” – Fairfield High School, Sydney

Monday, 23 May, 2011

Private event for students and parents, featuring a discussion about Erasing Iraq, plus workshops on the writing process.

“What the **ck is Going On?” – Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Sydney

Wednesday, 25 May, 20116

PM – 8PM

Are we in an era of war without end? How can we get out of it?

The body of Osama bin Laden lies at the bottom of the sea. Bombers fly over Libya, while troops fire on demonstrators in Yemen and Bahrain, and Israel tries to starve the newly united Palestinians into submission. War intensifies in Afghanistan as Iran looms large in neo-conservative cross-hairs and Iraq smoulders from the sociocide committed by the US, Australia and allies. But a new peace movement is emerging…

Speakers:

  • Michael Otterman, author, American Torture and Erasing Iraq: the Human Costs of Carnage;
  • Antony Loewenstein, author, My Israel Question and The Blogging Revolution;
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director,Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

Admission by Gold Coin Donation to finance public advocacy by Australia’s only Peace Centre. Old Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney. More information: arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au 9351 7686

“Hidden Voices of War” – Free University of Bellingen

Thursday, 26 May, 2011

6:30PM – 9PM

Why do we hear so little from the victims of our wars? Writers Michael Otterman and Antony Loewenstein explore the realities of conflict in Iraq, Palestine, Egypt and the broader Middle East. What do the Arab revolutions say about the future of the region? What impact will the killing of Osama bin Laden have on the so-called war on terror? How do we hear the hidden voices, and amplify them?

RSVP by May 22 – jojones1960@hotmail.com

Developing Partnerships, Leveraging Synergies, & Mitigating Risks: How Diversity/Inclusion, Legal & Affirmative Action Compliance Teams Can Collaborate to Drive Effective Business Strategies

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2011 Northeast Region Corporate ILG Meeting
Johnson & Johnson, Inc.
501 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator: Tammy Palazzo, Competitive Edge Consulting
    • Diversity and Social Media: Mike Otterman, Catalyst, Inc.
    • The Collaboration b/w D&I, Employment Law, and AA/EEO Functions:
    Barbara McCormick, Asst. General Counsel, Johnson & Johnson
    • Diversity and the Regulatory Landscape: Jon A. Geier, Partner, Paul
    Hastings
    • Diversity and Performance/Talent Management: Jason Capili, PwC
    • Global Strategy, Local Implications: Elizabeth MacGillivray, Mercer

“No Place Called Home” Post-Show Talk-back – New York City

Sunday, October 2, 5PM

Revolution Books, 146 W. 26th Street

World Can’t Wait is sponsoring a reading/showcase of No Place Called Home. Michael Otterman and Kim Shultz in conversation following the performance.

“No Place Called Home” Post-Show Talk-back – New York City

Tuesday, October 18, 12PM

Bronx Community College Playhouse

Michael Otterman and Kim Shultz in conversation following the performance.

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 “Building Bridges: The Tools of Public Diplomacy” – Syracuse, New York

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, 2:45 – 4 PM

Syracuse University, Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall

The fourth annual Public Diplomacy Symposium, “Building Bridges: The Tools of Public Diplomacy,” will include four panel discussions designed to spark dialogue about the use of public diplomacy tools, specifically in the Middle East and North Africa. Follow on Twitter at #supd2011.

The panel, “Lending a Hand: Humanitarian Aid and the Government” will be held at 2:45 p.m. Panelists include Charles Benjamin, president of the Near East Foundation; Nicholas Armstrong, research fellow at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism in the Maxwell School; Meaghan O’Keefe Douglas, program officer at John Snow Inc.; and Michael Otterman, human rights consultant and author of “American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond” (Pluto Press, 2007) and “Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage” (Pluto Press, 2010). Moderator is Renée de Nevers, associate professor of public administration in the Maxwell School.

 

“No Place Called Home” short reading, panel discussion and art exhibit – New York City

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:30 PM

Illuminated Metropolis Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 529, New York, NY 10001

Michael Otterman and Kim Shultz in conversation following the performance.

Left Forum 2012 – NYC

March 17-18, 2012, 12PM – 2PM

Pace University, New York City Campus, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038

Panel: What War?  US Turns from War on Iraq to Permanent Occupation

Despite the Obama administration’s announcement that U.S. combat troops
are finally leaving Iraq, giving rise to the popular perception that “Iraq
war is over,” this is not really the case.   The U.S. has been forced to
withdraw its military units—in part because it couldn’t forge a new
“status of forces” agreement with the Iraqi government. But thousands of
U.S. diplomats, military contractors, CIA operatives, and other support
personnel will remain in Iraq after the end of the year. The U.S. will
still have tens of thousands of troops, as well as air and naval power and
various military alliances in the Middle East and Central Asia. And 23,000
of those troops will be stationed directly across the border in Kuwait.

The “status of forces” agreement is in compliance with a treaty that Bush
and Maliki made three years ago.  The Obama administration, through the
State Department, pursued very hard the plan to keep U.S. fighting forces
in Iraq beyond this year.  It was the Maliki government, which in general
has been very compliant to its U.S. funders, who balked at allowing U.S.
military to stay because the terms demanded by Obama included immunity
from local prosecution for the troops.

The largest U.S. embassy in the world is in the heart of Baghdad. The
State Department will continue to have some 5,000 security contractors and
4,500 other support contractors in Iraq, as well as a significant CIA
presence and U.S. officials have stated there will be a continuing
military relationship with Iraq that will include the training of Iraqi
forces.

United National Antiwar Coalition National Conference – Stamford, CT

March 23-25, 2012, 4PM – 5:30

Stamford Hilton Hotel, CT

Workshop: What War? US Turns from War on Iraq to Permanent Occupation

GOALS (Educational, Organizing, Skills Training, Networking/Movement-building,  Strategizing, Action Planning, etc.):     Educational information from panelists who are expert on the subject of Iraq & US military invasion; Networking with others at the conference to keep mobilizing against the continued presence in Iraq; Spreading the knowledge gained from the workshop out to people who may consider the Iraq “war” over; and, Providing materials which are informative, descriptive, enlightening, and helpful through the education process and giving the tools necessary to continue anti-war and anti-militarism work.

Catalyst Awards Conference – Waldorf=Astoria, NYC

March 28, 2012, 3PM – 4:15 PM

Men Advocating Real Change: Join the Movement

Join us at the launch of MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) the first online community for professional men committed to making real change in the workplace. On MARC, members can share observations, best practices, and advice about gender and inclusion—from men’s perspectives—and become part of an influential movement for greater equity at work. In this session, meet the official MARC bloggers—all world-renowned experts in gender and masculinity—and get a sneak peek of the MARC website and its innovative subject matter. Help shape the conversations on MARC and join the movement!

Moderators: Mike Otterman, Social Media Manager, Catalyst & Jeanine Prime, Ph.D., Vice President, Research, Catalyst

Panelists (subject to change): Martin N. Davidson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Business Administration, Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia; Lars Einar Engstrom, Author and Senior Partner, EdcolbyAB; Michael S. Kimmel, Ph.D., Sociologist, Author, Lecturer; Amitabh Kumar, Head of Media and Communication at the Centre for Social Research; Frank McCloskey, Retired Vice President of Diversity for Georgia Power; Bill Proudman, Founding Partner and COO of White Men As Full Diversity Partners; Graeme Russell, Ph.D., Consultant; Michael Welp, Ph.D., Founding Partner of White Men As Full Diversity Partners

“No Place Called Home” – York College, New York City

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:00 PM

Michael Otterman and Kim Shultz in conversation following the performance of “No Place Called Home.”