America, Europe, NATO… and Russia

8232If you want to resolve international conflict, you must begin by understanding everyone’s needs.

Vice Admiral Charles W. Martoglio, US Navy (ret), served as one of our military’s leading strategists, planners, and politico-military advisors. According to Martoglio, “all nations act in their own self interests, all the time, without exception – even the United States.” If you know that, good strategists can look at multiple situations, see where national interests overlap, and can work together to lower the risk of conflict. The goal is to find “zones of cooperation” – areas of overlapping interests, a willingness to work together… and trust.

Within that context, Martoglio returns to Osher to discuss the numerous challenges facing Europe and European cohesion, NATO’s evolution, and its current role in the security of both America and Europe. Martoglio examines how Russia got to where it is today and the motives behind its current activity in Eastern Europe, Syria, and across its periphery. He concludes with an assessment of why America will remain the most powerful nation in the world, economically, diplomatically, and militarily, for generations to come.

Charles W. Martoglio is currently a Senior Research Fellow at UC San Diego and an advisor to the US Department of Defense.

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Jazz Camp

8232 UC San Diego Jazz Camp is a five-day summer program that provides small group and individual instruction to intermediate and advanced jazz musicians, ages 14 through adult. Classes and workshops explore genres and techniques within the broader jazz idiom, including swing, be-bop, jazz-blues, cool jazz, fusion, and improvisation. The all-star faculty is comprised of more than a dozen nationally and internationally renowned jazz musicians and educators, all of whom have extensive backgrounds in performance. The most recent camp faculty included saxophonist David Borgo, composer/pianist Anthony Davis, contrabassist Mark Dresser, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, and drummer Willie Jones III among others.

Each camp culminates in an evening finale concert on the fifth day. Small student ensembles take the stage in the intimate Conrad Prebys Recital Hall to perform standards, improvisations and original compositions, often joined by their faculty coach. The range and depth of talent on display throughout the evening speaks to the rigor and vitality of the camp’s intensive and immersive approach, as the students put their instruction to immediate use.

UCSD-TV has covered every Jazz Camp Finale Concert since 2009, and continues with the 2016 edition. We like to think the resulting program is more than just an entertaining revue of ensembles; it’s also an opportunity to see and hear future jazz stars early in their development, and there are few experiences in the arts more exciting than that.

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Sages & Scientists

8232 Some of the world’s leading thinkers in health and wellbeing gathered for three days in Los Angeles last month, exploring the latest research on the convergence of traditional and holistic medicine. Check out the highlights here, as experts gathered by the Chopra Foundation present on brain health, epigenetics, the microbiome, creativity, and new technologies developed for pursuing and maintaining wellbeing. Oh, and the “Humagram!” Watch Poonacha Machaia, the CEO and Co-founder of Jiyo, in the Technology and Wellness episode as he moderates from afar as a human hologram.

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The Future of Catholicism

8232By putting compassion ahead of doctrinal enforcement, Pope Francis I promises nothing less than a wholesale transformation of the Roman Catholic Church. But, for all of the hope and excitement that he has inspired, is this anything more than just a passing phase? (Francis, after all, will be 80 years old in December. He also has just one functioning lung and is three years into a papacy that he himself has said will probably last no longer than five.) In this month’s edition of “Up Next,” host Marty Lasden examines Francis’s likely legacy, and what that legacy portends for the church as a whole, with Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest who also happens to be one of this country’s most respected church journalists. In fact, back in 2014 President Obama appointed him to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan policy group for which he now serves as its chair. However, for all of the accolades that Reese has received over the years, his career has not been without controversy. And in 2005 one major controversy came to a head when the Vatican’s head enforcer—a cardinal named Joseph Ratzinger who later became Pope Benedict XVI—forced Reese to resign as the editor-in-chief of a Jesuit magazine called “America” for publishing too many articles that dared to question church policy. “In my soul,” says Reese, “I didn’t think there was a conflict [between being a good journalist and being an obedient priest]. “But other people thought there was a conflict. And that’s why I got fired.” Of course, all of that happened well before Francis came along.

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The Fate of the GOP

8232In a country that’s not only becoming less white, but also more urban and secular, does the Republican Party have a future? On this month’s edition of Up Next: Perspectives on the Future of Everything, host Marty Lasden examines the GOP’s prospects with history professor Donald T. Critchlow, author of Future Right: Forging a New Republican Majority.

Being the academic that he is, Critchlow is not what you’d call a typical Republican. Nor for that matter is he an evangelical Christian. But he does insist that his party can and should have a bright future—demographic trends notwithstanding. “The assumption that demographics favor Democrats as the party of the future is wrong,” he writes. “The Democratic base, an uneasy coalition of women, minorities, and young voters, is vulnerable to a Republican takeover.”

Of course, it’s hard to talk about the Republican Party these days without mentioning a certain New York billionaire who made his fortune in real estate before morphing into a “reality” TV star. But as with all of Lasden’s “Up Next” interviews (“The Future of Being Dead,” “The Future of Making Babies,” and “The Future of Space Exploration” included), this one takes us well beyond the news chatter of the day. Among the questions he raises: Can the Republican Party effectively reach out beyond its base at this point without alienating that base? How difficult would it be for a pro-family Republican to say that businesses should be required to provide paid parental leave to their workers? Does Donald Trump’s nomination, in an odd sort of way, signal the waning influence of religion in American politics? And if, in November, Republicans lose by a landslide, which wing of the party is best positioned to pick up the pieces?

With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, this is one “Up Next” episode you don’t want to miss.

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