Walter Turner brings a comprehensive knowledge of African history and current events to his talks on South Africa and U.S.-Africa foreign relations. Mr. Turner is a Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at the College of Marin and Chair of the Department.
Ariel Vegosen is a Fair Trade and media social justice activist. She currently works for Dr. Bronners Magic soaps and is well known for giving workshops at many conferences including four United Students for Fair Trade events. Most recently she was in Jenin, West Bank Palestine meeting with Canaan Fair Trade farmers and working on the coexistence olive oil program.
Iraq Veterans share their first-hand knowledge and a critical analysis of the occupation of Iraq. Their voices are unique, poignant and bridge divides across the political spectrum. The actions the Iraq Veterans are taking to end the occupation are inspiring and the leadership, strength and courage they offer to the peace movement invaluable.
Mary Ann Wright has been a career military woman, a State Department diplomat, and for the past few years an influential spokesperson in the anti-war movement. Ann Wright grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas, and attended the University of Arkansas, where she holds a Master's and a Law Degree. She also has a Master's Degree in National Security Affairs from the US Naval War College. In her junior year at the University of Arkansas, she attended a three-week Army training program after meeting with a visiting Army recruiter. That experience helped inform her decision to join the service.
Ray Ybarra Maldonado is a human rights activist, writer, filmmaker, photographer, and public speaker. Born in Douglas, AZ, Ybarra Maldonado's mother was born just a few miles to the south in the town of Agua Prieta, Sonora.
Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. A native of North Carolina, Professor Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College. He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College, the University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College.