First Friday Forum Kicks off New Season of Amazing Speakers in 2022

(Courtesy Dr. Michael Baker)
As the United States continues to have a tenuous relationship with North Korea, First Friday Forum presents the timely topic, “Crisis on the Korean Peninsula and a Rational Way Forward” with Dr. Michael Baker.

    With an impressive slate of speakers, First Friday Forum (FFF), sponsored by the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, begins the 2022 season Jan. 7 and run through June 3 at 10 a.m.
    Popular repeat presenter Michael Baker titles his January talk, “Crisis on the Korean Peninsula and a Rational Way Forward.” 
    For the foreseeable future, programs will be webinar events with the possibility of adding on-campus, in-person lectures, depending on the status of COVID-19 and resolution of any technology issues. 
    The goal of the team in charge of the series is to provide lectures of importance and interest to help inform the community about our ever-changing world.
    “We are happy we can reach out to the Lamorinda public, and beyond, in this way,” said Mike Rusk, chair of FFF. “Our team works hard to provide a wide variety of topics with top-notch presenters. We are always welcome to suggestions as to topics or speakers.”
    After Baker, other lecturers already have intriguing titles set that hint at their subject matter. Marilyn Chase speaks Feb. 4 about “Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa.”
    On Mar. 4, Juan Guajardo will explain “Mexican Culture in the Context of the Complex US-Mexico Relationship.”
    Larry Toy on Apr. 1 won’t be fooling anybody with his lecture, “The 5% We Know and the 95% We Don’t Know.”
    Amos Guiora’s provocative “Armies of Enablers: Survivor: Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults” is set for May 6.
    And lastly, Ryan Timpte presents on June 3 with “The Impact of the Pandemic on Children and Families.”
    Look for webinar links for each event beginning in January at or in The Orinda News.

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