Author Archives: Michael K. Barbour

About Michael K. Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.

Innovation And Leadership: March 2nd Veteran Entrepreneur Panel

Note this event with a fellow Bay Area veterans organization.

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There’s still time to register for our next Entrepreneur Panel!  

Veteran Entrepreneur Panel & Networking
at the Marines’ Memorial
2 March 2020 – 6pm

Chris Hsu

Chris Hsu

Co-founder and CEO of Zibo

Zach Scheel

Zach Scheel

Co-founder and CEO of Rhumbix

Kimberly Shenk

Kimberly Shenk

Co-founder and CEO of Novi

Jackie Space

Jackie Space

Co-founder and Senior VP of Business Development of BMNT

In addition to talking about the transition from military to civilian careers and leadership, our March Panel will discuss something all 4 of our panelists share– a focus on innovation.

Our panelists will be Chris Hsu, CEO of Zibo, Zach Scheel, CEO of Rhumbix, Kimberly Shenk, CEO of Novi, and Jackie Space, Senior VP at BMNT. (Full bios on the event landing page HERE) Our moderator will be Marines’ Memorial Board member and President of DoUnto, Susannah Stokes.

Monday, 2 March 2020 at 6pm
Marines’ Memorial Club – 609 Sutter Street (@Mason), San Francisco
Marines’ Memorial Members – FREE, Non-Members – $10
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5:30 Doors open, no-host bar available
6:00pm-7:00pm Panel Discussion
7:00pm-8pm Networking

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CAN Announcements

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Next Week: Knowledge Borders: Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada–US Border Region, feat. Prof. Kathrine Richardson
Lecture | March 3 | 12:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Key elements of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal with temporary labor mobility, and should ideally make the temporary movement of professionals easier across the border of all NAFTA countries. However, this is arguably not the case in emerging sectors such as high technology. Dr. Richardson’s book, Knowledge Borders: Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada-US Border Region, examines the movement of technology professionals across the Canada-U.S. border, focusing on Vancouver, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. It asks whether current policy is an impediment to the development of high-tech clusters, and presents new models and policy approaches for the development of an innovation cross-border region.
Kathrine E. Richardson is an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University. Her research specializes in the mobility and retention of highly skilled professionals, and how they influence the development of urban systems. She received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2006, and did a post-doc at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In addition to teaching, Dr. Richardson is currently working on her second book.
Plus: Two Additional Talks Coming March 10 & 17!
We’re excited to announce that Canadian Studies will be adding two special lectures to our colloquium in March, featuring the two finalists for our postdoctoral competition. We’ll be sending out a special announcement soon, so stay tuned for more information!
March 12: Get Ready to Give Big!
The Big Give, Berkeley’s annual day of giving, is approaching fast. On March 12, show your support for Canadian Studies by giving a gift of any size online. And this year, your gift could help us win thousands of dollars in special contest prizes – at no extra cost to you!
Want to learn more? We’ll follow up with how you can help as the big day gets closer, but you can click here for a preview of the contests. We hope you’ll join us then!
Cosponsored Event: Register for Housing Justice Conference at UC Berkeley, March 13-15
NOTICE: Please do not forward this invitation or otherwise share it. Attendance is limited and we’d like to privilege participation among community organizers, policymakers, students and faculty in sponsoring departments, and those actively working issues of housing justice.
We are excited to open up registration for attending “Power at the Margins II: Mobilizing Across Housing Injustice.” The gathering will bring together over 140 scholars and community organizers working on issues of housing justice from across the Bay Area, US, and other countries in discussion across 25 sessions.
Seeking a change in the current scenario where academia, activists, and practitioners perform separately, our goal is to create a dedicated space for all who engage in work at the margins of traditional housing to come together. Sessions will address a range of issues including:
· Defending and expanding affordable housing
· Legal, civil, and human rights struggles of housing and homelessness
· Intersections and alliances between housing justice and other movements including labor, health, environmental, gender, and racial justice.
· Solidarity, lessons, and collaborations between academia and community organizing
The event will take place at Wurster Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The gathering will commence with a plenary panel “Defending Housing” Friday, March 13 5:30 – 7pm. It will then continue with full days of sessions on Saturday and conclude Sunday, March 15 at 1:30pm. For the schedule and list of panels and participants click here.
Registration is free, but limited. We encourage you to register ASAP to secure a spot. Registration is for the full day of sessions on Saturday and/or Sunday. We hope you will be able to join for both. The Friday evening plenary does not require registration and is open to the public. Click here to register!
Event Report: Mental Health and Refugees: The Eritrean Case
Earlier this month, our friends at the Center for African Studies organized a great event on mental health care for Eritrean refugees in Canada. The event, “Mental Health and Refugees: The Eritrean Case”, was co-sponsored by the Canadian Studies Program, and featured Yohannes Ferdinado Drar, a social worker at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center.
Mr. Drar spoke about his work with Eritrean refugees in Canada, and the particular challenges they face. The event attracted a diverse audience of over 60 people, including students, faculty, and members of the local Eritrean community. It generated a lively discussion, and attendees offered many insightful questions and comments. Students showed particularly high interest in the subject.
The event also introduced many to the beauty of Eritrean culture, as attendees were treated to a coffee ceremony including traditional coffee, himbasha (Eritrean soft bread) and popcorn.
Events From Our Friends at the Canadian Consulate
March 3: Vishtèn at Freight & Salvage
Musical performance | 8:00 p.m.
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley
For close to fifteen years, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the-moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Canada’s east coast has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world.
Click here for tickets and more information.
March 24: Techplomacy: Global Leaders Wrestling with Big Tech
Panel discussion | 6:00 p.m. | Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco
The effects of unchecked technology growth have become apparent in the wake of major political events, privacy breaches, and social transformations. We need to make sure that our democracy sets boundaries for the tech industry—and not the other way around.
In a town hall-style panel discussion, techplomacy leaders from Canada, Switzerland, and Denmark will be available to answer questions and take suggestions about how governments can (or should) use tech policy to shape the future of our societies.
Click here for tickets and more information.
Canadian Studies Program
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Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720


Premiere Issue Of MDFF News

A veterans focused newsletter that we wanted to share.

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Premiere Issue of MDFF News

The eNewletter of the Memorial Day Flowers FoundationRead the articles below or download the PDF version

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Countdown to Memorial Day 2020: Help Us Honor the Fallen
Memorial Day Weekend is just 3 months away. Thanks to our local partners, more than 40 cemeteries are participating in flower tributes this Memorial Day Weekend. Several are new to MDFF this year including Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Nearly a million fallen heroes rest in these cemeteries and we need help to place a flower at every grave. If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring flowers for our cemeteries, we’d love to hear from you. And, it’s not too late to organize a flower tribute at a cemetery of your choice.Volunteer Spotlight: Michaila Sheedy
Michaila Sheedy is a junior at Notre Dame of Maryland University, who volunteered for MDFF for the first-time in 2019.What inspired you to be a volunteer?
I was inspired to work with MDFF because of their mission to serve those who have sacrificed themselves to give us freedom. If placing a flower at a single grave is my way to thank those who have fought for me, then I would place a thousand more. To me this act wasn’t volunteer work, it was my duty.

What did it mean to you?
Working with MDFF was a true inspiration for me. It was a moment of American unity. All the groups of people that were able to come together and support a cause was truly amazing. It is moments like this where you cannot help but reflect on how fortunate you are to be a part of something bigger. The experience was humbling for me.

What is your message to others?
Be thankful for your opportunities and use them to give back to others. There is no greater gift in life than service so find any way possible to do so. The American spirit is so unique so what better way to embody it than helping MDFF.

Focus on Flowers: Colombia
MDFF receives flowers from Ecuador, Colombia, United States (California), and Ethiopia
Colombia has more than 130,000 different plant species and roses are by far the most common. On one farm alone, you’ll find 30 different colors of roses.  Colombia is the largest rose supplier to the United States and last year, Colombian growers generously donated 100,000 roses to the Arlington National Cemetery tribute.

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The Worst Nazi War Criminal You’ve Never Heard Of…

An item from a fellow veterans organization in the Bay Area.

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The Hidden Nazi Book
Dean Reuter, Author

Meet the Author with Dean Reuter, author of The Hidden Nazi
11 March 2020 – 6pm

Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel – 609 Sutter St, San Francisco

He’s the worst Nazi war criminal you’ve never heard of…

Sidekick to SS Chief Heinrich Himmler and supervisor of Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, General Hans Kammler was responsible for the construction of Hitler’s slave labor sites and concentration camps. He personally altered the design of Auschwitz to increase crowding, ensuring that epidemic diseases would complement the work of the gas chambers.


Why has the world forgotten this monster? Kammler was declared dead after the war. But the aide who testified to Kammler’s supposed “suicide” never produced the general’s dog tags or any other proof of death.


Dean Reuter, Colm Lowery, and Keith Chester have spent decades on the trail of the elusive Kammler, uncovering documents unseen since the 1940s and visiting the purported site of Kammler’s death, now in the Czech Republic.


Their astonishing discovery: US government documents prove that Hans Kammler was in American custody for months after the war—well after his officially declared suicide.


And what happened to him after that? Kammler was kept out of public view, never indicted or tried, but to what end? Did he cooperate with Nuremberg prosecutors investigating Nazi war crimes? Was he protected so the United States could benefit from his intimate knowledge of the Nazi rocket program and Germany’s secret weapons?


The Hidden Nazi is true history more harrowing—and shocking—than the most thrilling fiction. Learn more about this fascinating story at the Marines’ Memorial on 11 March.

This is a free event; please RSVP by clicking the link below or calling 415-673-6672 ext 238.

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How to beat the bomber

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Military Milestones
How to beat the bomber

How to beat the bomber

Story by Sharon Adams

Ten years ago on Feb. 19, an improvised explosive device was found under a major road in Afghanistan.

The device was placed about 10 metres down a small culvert—out of reach of equipment, impossible to shield. A robot couldn’t finish the job. There was nothing for it but to send in someone—a volunteer—to defuse the nasty thing.

Corporal Dale Kurdziel put up his hand. He had only been in the country a few months, on his first tour to Afghanistan, working with the counter-IED task force.


Front Lines
Art exhibition reflects a changing environment and the military’s evolving role

Art exhibition reflects a changing environment
and the military’s evolving role

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

A new exhibition of works by artists “commissioned” by the Defence Department reflects Canada’s changing environment and the evolving roles of the country’s military in the wake of an intense 13 years fighting a war in Afghanistan.

Six civilian artists made up the eighth group to participate in the non-paying Canadian Forces Artists Program since 2001. A selection of their work—22 photographs, three videos, and a drawing—is on display in the Canadian War Museum’s Exhibition Hall until May 18.


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This week in history
This week in history

February 18, 1942

Newfoundlanders rescue 185 from U.S. warships driven onto the rocks in a storm; 203 perish.


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