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Ambassador Thomas McNamara - American Global Strategy
10/28/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers Register

Memorial Hall

The Cold War was a strategic success for the United States and its allies, but since 9/11 we have been challenged, not by global threats, but by multiple, regional instabilities, which collectively disrupt the global order and call into question the rule sets and institutions – largely the product of U.S. initiatives -- that have functioned for six decades. These challenges require a fundamental re-evaluation of American Global Strategy to confront the very different world of the 21st Century. Join us for a program by Ambassador Thomas McNamara, former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Ambassador to Colombia, Special Assistant to the President, Ambassador-at-Large and Senior Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor to The Secretary of State.  His postings overseas include Colombia, Soviet Union, Congo, and France.

Steve Fronk - Local Homeland Security
11/04/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers Register

Memorial Hall

Steve Fronk is the Director of the Milwaukee Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security as well as the point of contact (POC) for the Southeast Wisconsin Urban Area Security Initiative.  As such he manages and oversees collaborative efforts concerning disaster prevention, response and recovery in a 5 county region including Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties.  In his presentation to Rotary, Steve will give an overview of EMHS and what do they do, and talk about what individuals can do to take care of themselves and their families, as well as what businesses can do in order to stay in business when a disaster hits.

Timothy McMahon - Catastrophic Catalyst: The Great War and the Twentieth Century
11/11/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers Register

Memorial Hall

In honor of Veterans Day, Timothy G. McMahon, Associate Professor of History at Marquette University, will speak on "Catastrophic Catalyst: The Great War and the Twentieth Century." In the decades after the Great War (1914-1918), a common refrain was that the war had changed everything.  Certainly, when one considers the impact of the war—from the men lost to adaptations on the home fronts to the emergence of new states—observers could make a great case that the uncertainties with which we became familiar in the twentieth century were unleashed by events of those few years.  This talk will highlight three of of the most important, including new state rivalries, the implications of total war, and the unmet desires of people for stable homelands.

Charles Franklin & Craig Gilbert - Election Analysis
11/18/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers Register

Memorial Hall

After one of the most contentious, most expensive and closest gubernatorial races in the nation, join us for expert analysis of the campaign with pollster Charles Franklin of Marquette University Law School and "Wisconsin Voter" columnist Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as they break down who won and why and what is likely to come next. Wisconsin has been one of the most politically divided states in the nation, particularly in the Milwaukee metro area. Will this stark polarization continue? And if it does, what does it mean for citizens? What does it mean for our long tradition of good government?  Rotarian Dave Haynes, Editorial Page Editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will moderate. This is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club. 

Matt Wisla - Doing Business in China
11/25/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers Register

Memorial Hall

Matthew Wisla spent nine years working in China helping American companies succeed in the world’s most challenging and dynamic market.  He will discuss what businesses large and small need to know in order to win in China today. Also, what it’s like for businesses operating in China and engaging with government bureaucrats, the Communist Party and a host of competitors and challenges. Mr. Wisla co-founded the Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations forum for the American Chamber of Commerce in China and later become the organization’s Vice President of Communications.  Previously he led the Corporate and Government Relations practice in China for the leading global consultancy Fleishman-Hillard.