Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst, believes the U.S. attack on Iraq was a war of aggression. Adeed Dawisha, a Miami University political science professor originally from Iraq, believes the U.S. occupation must continue until the country can govern itself. The two meet to discuss the war from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in Xavier University's Kelly Auditorium in Alter Hall. No reservations are required. For more information, call Kristen Barker at 513-579-8547.
Salute Leading Women
Former Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls is the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual Celebration of Women Luncheon on March 2. Cincinnati Leading Women hosts the luncheon to honor women who have become role models and mentors to others. Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. The program is at the Grand Ballroom of the Millennium Hotel downtown.
The Color of Justice is a documentary about the history of race riots in Cincinnati. A screening of April Martin's film will be followed by a discussion at the University of Cincinnati's TUC Great hall on at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 For more information, call 513-556-6115.
Ask the School Superintendent
Come ask questions of Cincinnati School Superintendent Rosa Blackwell. This is a unique way for parents and other concerned citizens to directly address the school superintendent with questions, concerns and suggestions. Forums run 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Riverview East Academy in the East End and March 28 at Roll Hill School in North Fairmount.
Learn to be a Mayor
The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Legacy young professionals' group is sponsoring forums to provide information and guidance to people considering a run for public office. The first session is 5:25 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory speaks about why he felt called to public service and the role leadership plays in politics.
A panel of Northern Kentucky political leaders will also take questions from the audience. Reservations are required. The program is at the Chamber Center, 300 Buttermilk Pike in Ft. Mitchell. Call 859-578-8801 or visit www.nkychamber.com to register.
Defending Economic Rights
Joseph Wronka, professor of social work at Springfield College and author of Human Rights in the 21st Century, will talk about basic economic rights: Are they necessary, do we need them and what is the way forward? Part of the Vision of Hope speaker series, the talk will include questions from the audience. Hosted by Xavier University's Peace and Justice Programs the program is from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Schiff Family Conference Center at the Cintas Center. For more information, call the Rev. Ben Urmston at 513-745-3320.
King's Work Examined
"A Day of Dialogue" is designed to examine the work and life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Large and small group sessions provide an opportunity to discuss class and poverty, community engagement and gender equity. Xavier University's Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the event at the Gallagher Student Center from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 12. For more information, call Paul James at 513-745-3181 or visit www.xavier.edu/oma.
Truth Commission: Poverty Solutions
The Cincinnati Welfare Rights Coalition, in collaboration with the Let Justice Roll Campaign, Citizens for Economic Justice, Cincinnati ACORN and other concerned groups holds a Truth Commission about solutions to poverty. The meeting is at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at New Prospect Baptist Church, 1829 Elm St. Truth commissions are meeting across the nation as part of the national Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. For more information, call Lynn Williams at 513-381-4242.
For the first time, the Community Building Institute is sponsoring a Pre-Summit Kickoff Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 3, the night before the fourth annual Neighborhood Summit. The guest speaker is Jim Diers, liaison to Seattle communities for the University of Washington Office of Partnerships and first director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Participants will receive copies of Diers' book, Neighborhood Power: Building Community the Seattle Way. Reservations are required. The cost is $15 per person. Register at http://www.investinneighborhoods.com/register.html.
The fourth annual Neighborhood Summit focuses on neighborhoods sharing their success stories -- from anti-drug efforts to community development to implementation of Clean & Safe projects. Sessions include court watch, environmental justice, securing grants and zoning. Members of city council and the city administration will present programs on the city's top priorities and issues, including abandoned buildings, arts and culture, crime and safety, education, finance and health. Mayor Mark Mallory will speak and be available throughout the day for informal assemblies. The summit meets 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Xavier University's Cintas Center. Register at http://www.investinneighborhoods.com/register.html.
City Council Works Nights, Sort of
Cincinnati City Council will meet at least three nights in 2006. Council has scheduled meetings at 6 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 25, May 10 and Sept. 20. Citizen forums begin at 5:30 p.m. Those wishing to address council must fill out a request card prior to the beginning of each Citizen Forum.