Sunday Symposium: Marrianne McBride & Perry Ritenour

  • Harriet Palk

DECEMBER 2: Marrianne McBride: 80 is the New 60: Rethinking Aging

Remember the days when we didn’t trust anyone over 30? Well, look at us now! Today’s seniors are more energized and active than ever before. Developments in science and technology, vaccines, antibiotics and improved hygiene have led to a vibrant senior population. For instance, did you know that 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured? Come learn what you need to know for a happy and healthy long life.

Marrianne McBride was formerly with the United Way of Sonoma-Mendocino-Lake serving as Vice President of Resource Development and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Cloverdale. She is a seated member of the Sonoma County Health Action and is on the leadership team of Aging Together Sonoma County.

DECEMBER 9: Perry Ritenour: WAR WITH CHINA? WHEN? WHERE? WHY?

War with China? Unthinkable! Why would China and America ever resort to open military conflict against one another? Both countries are so closely linked economically and financially that open warfare would be economic suicide for China and at least a severe financial dislocation to America. Often conflict originates from a series of smaller events that accumulate over time until one of the protagonists believes that he has no choice but to engage in open conflict. That protagonist today may reside in either Washington or Beijing. Open warfare may now be an option for a rising China and a withdrawing America. When, where, and why are key questions to be answered in this lecture.

Oakmont resident Dr. Perry Ritenour is a history graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Chinese Studies. He has studied the Chinese language and has written articles for publication. Perry is an Army veteran who served in Asia

for several years as an Army intelligence officer during the Vietnam War and then traveled extensively throughout Asia as a bank executive and academic researcher.

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