This Week

 January 3 FIRST TUESDAY

10:00 a.m. New Member Chat in the Library Ask your questions and learn about AAUW St. Paul with other new members and a member of the Membership Committee. We gather for coffee and conversation in the Library.

10:00 a.m. Coffee and Conversation in the Great Hall

10:45 a.m. Branch Announcements

11:00 a.m. Prospects for U.S. Foreign Policy in the Post-Obama Era Tom Hanson, Our new president will face many global challenges upon taking office later this month. Conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the rise of ISIS are impacting our relations with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. China and Russia are asserting themselves anew in Asia and Europe. How should the US respond? We remain committed to human rights, but how can we best promote our values abroad? And how should the US respond to security threats that arise from failing states strained by population growth and unemployment in an era of globalized trade and rapid technological change? Mr. Hanson is a former U.S. Foreign Service Office with the Department of State who served in East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia Mr. Hanson currently serves as Diplomat in Residence at the Alworth Institute for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is also program secretary of the Committee on Foreign Relations Minnesota and is a member of the Great Decisions Advisory Committee at Global Minnesota. Jan Anderson, International Issues Committee

12:00 a.m. Luncheon

1:00 p.m. From Art, to Architecture, to Art Glass, Josephine A. Geiger What image pops into your head when someone talks about stained glass? This ancient art form has its origins in practicality and storytelling; windows letting in wide expanses of sunlight and illustrating biblical stories. Contemporary art glass encompasses a wide range of purposes in the secular life across private, public, and corporate spheres. Ms. Geiger brings a distinctive modern style to an ancient art form illuminating the geometry of nature and the northern landscape. Born and mostly raised in Wisconsin, Josephine A. Geiger graduated from the University of Minnesota with a professional degree in architecture and an undeclared concentration in fine art. Ms. Geiger now lives in St. Paul, where she works in her glass studio. Carolyn Oliver, Cultural Arts