Instant Issues Brown Bag Luncheons

Bring your lunch or order a sandwich. Our lunchtime programs provide a stimulating break from work or play or life!

From distinguished speakers with topics such as how to make the most of international trade and negotiate across cultures, to discussions by various global experts who willingly share their experiences of people, places, and humanity, Brown Bag lunches cover a variety of subjects and opinions in an hour.

Our speakers bring us news and information that explores the stories behind the international headlines without the twists and turns of media or public relations spins. Best of all, they are approachable, and they always welcome our questions, whether informed or elementary!

The Instant Issues brown bag series is sponsored by United Bank,  Wells Fargo Advisors, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, & A. L. Cignoli Company.  BusinessWest is our media sponsor.

Review our Past Speakers/Topics for examples of recent lunches, then check our Calendar of Events for the upcoming schedule. Automatic updates can be sent to your e-mail address when you join online.

One Response to Instant Issues Brown Bag Luncheons

  1. admin says:

    Ambassador Mark Hambley’s Book List
    On Tuesday, January 17, Ambassador Mark Hambley spoke at an Instant Issues event about the Arab Spring one year on. A member of the audience asked him to recommend three books. Here is his response:

    There are many books out about the Middle East. Some are excellent; a few are awful. And few are truly “objective”– but, then, that is a reflection of the emotion and differing perspectives on the multiple issues which make the region so fascinating and compelling.

    In response to a request, I forward below three titles of books which offer one a perspective on the events of the current Middle East — always keeping in mind the sage advice inscribed on the National Archives in Washington, DC — “Past is Prologue.”

    The titles are:

    (1) 100 Myths about the Middle East, by Fred Halliday

    (2) The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years, by Bernard Lewis, and,

    (3) Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Arab World, by Robin Wright.

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