When: May 9, 2012
From: 04:30 PM - 06:45 PM
Presenter: Judy Richardson
Topic: Myanmar/Burma – Mysterious and Heroic: A Little Known Country
NEW LOCATION!: Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, at the Southwest Annex–across the patio from the Forum
Cost: $15 CIR Members; $20 Non-members & Guests
NEW FORMAT: Cheese and crackers will be available before and during the event. Wine may be purchased for $7.00 per glass beginning at 4:30 pm. Soft drinks will be provided at $2.00 each. Seating will be at round tables of eight. The speaker will begin her presentation promptly at 5:oo pm.
Join Judy Richardson for a conversation about Myanmar/Burma, which will enhance your awareness and pose questions about the future of this mysterious and little known country.
Judy Richardson will discuss Burma through her experiences while on contract with the U.S. Embassy, during work with local and international non-governmental organizations and through friendships with local residents and ex-pats. Her insights also evolved from being a casual student of Burmese history and journeys throughout the country.
Judy will discuss little known facts about Burma, one of the world’s most ignominious and schizophrenic countries, hidden for over 60 years by a brutal and repressive military government. Topics will include current U.S. attention and sanctions, China’s influence, Burma as the crossroads of Asia, North Korea as a wild card, numerology as a guiding principle in governmental decision making, an on-going civil war, repression, Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for democracy, the wealth of natural resources, industrial parks, and a well hidden defense industry and nuclear ambitions.
“Data are very unreliable. Facts are negotiated more than they are observed in Myanmar,” according to Burma historian, David Stenberg, Georgetown University; therefore, slides will help you visualize the reality.
Judy, a CIR member, is Founder and President of Global Education Fund, a non-profit organization that assists marginalized people in the developing world and New Mexico.
Judy will begin her presentation promptly at 5:00 p.m. followed by questions and answers. Attendees are welcome to continue table conversations and enjoy wine at their tables after the close of the Q&A period. Group reservations can be made at the nearby Yummy Cafe beginning at 7:00 p.m. to give attendees the opportunity to continue conversations with the speaker. Donald Chang, owner of Yummy Cafe, has offered to donate 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds to CIR.