Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA
As Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, Leon Panetta shares with audiences his candid insights on global politics and world affairs, U.S. intelligence, defense and cyber security strategies and the global economic challenges of the 21st century. Commended by President Obama as “a man who hasn’t simply lived up to the American Dream, but who’s helped us protect it,” Panetta’s successes in office are marked with major historical milestones such as guiding the military’s formal exit from Iraq, beginning troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and ending a NATO campaign which ridded Libya of Moammar Gadhafi. At the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency during the height of the Iraq war, Panetta was most notably responsible for overseeing the operation that resulted in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. As Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, Panetta is credited with being a powerful negotiator in balancing budgets, honed while serving as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and his years chairing the House Budget Committee while a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lauded for his integrity, honesty and character, Panetta served as an Army intelligence officer and received the Army Commendation Medal along with numerous other awards throughout his distinguished career. Panetta is co-founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan study center which helps meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
LISA LING & LAURA LING
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Acclaimed journalists and authors
With many gripping stories to tell, the Lings will detail the harrowing experience of one sister’s arrest in North Korea and another sister’s fight to set her free, along with other stories full of compassion and hope.
Lisa Ling is the executive producer and host of Our Americaon the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). In the first two seasons, she embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin and got exclusive access inside an anti-gay religious movement. She also witnessed the manifestation of PTSD in returning veterans of war and went undercover to investigate the under-age sex trafficking of minors in the nation’s capital.
Laura Ling, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women in 2009, was detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. She and a colleague were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States. She has since sought to shine a light on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Political Strategist, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, Bestselling Author, Fox News Contributor & WSJ Columnist
With over two decades of experience in the political arena, Karl Rove is an iconic political strategist, whose provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day have made him one of the most sought-after political pundits of our time.
Karl Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as “…unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.” Washington Post columnist David Broder has called Rove a master political strategist whose “game has always been long term…and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match.” Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, has called him “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation… He knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.” Before Rove became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes, and non-profit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden. As a Fox News contributor, Rove provides a “genuine feel of inside knowledge,” says David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun television critic. Megan Garber, of the Columbia Journalism Review, says Karl Rove has “focused his punditry on what he knows best: strategy.”
BENJAMIN CARSON, M.D.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon and Inspiring Storyteller and New York Times Best-selling Author
Ben Carson’s remarkable journey from tough, inner-city youth to history-making neurosurgeon celebrates and illustrates the power we all have to excel and influence others.
As the son of a single mother in a tough urban neighborhood, Carson was running with the wrong crowd and failing in school, feeling as though he had no way out. He could easily have spiraled downward, but he chose another path. Driven by a passion for science and helping those less fortunate, Carson pursued medicine and he would ultimately become one of the most respected neurosurgeons in the world. Carson’s riveting presentation inspires audiences to take charge of their lives, no matter what obstacles confront them. Soft-spoken yet charismatic, Carson commands the stage. He captivates people with a compelling presentation that’s humorous, insightful and thought provoking─showing them the keys to turning great challenges into still greater triumphs. Carson had to take his own advice recently when an aggressive form of cancer struck and his focus turned to survival and recovery. It was just the latest chapter in Carson’s life, once again proving the power of the determined mind. Carson’s life is chronicled in the original TNT movie, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. He is author of several books including the New York Times best seller, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.
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PALM DESERT, Calif. – Pianist, composer and author Bill Marx will perform a musical concert called “From Motion Picture to Concert Music and Vice Versa” to raise funds for Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus. The concert will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the campus’s Indian Wells Theater.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the Indian Wells Theater box office at (760) 341-6909.
The concert will be a presentation of his musical compositions for films and concert. Two concert compositions by Marx will be performed by a Los Angeles String Ensemble conducted by Gary Berkson. “Fantasy for Piano & Strings” will feature College of the Desert faculty member and pianist Dan Waddell. The program also includes introductions, narrative and anecdotes by Marx.
Marx is a native of Los Angeles. He studied composition at the Juilliard School of Music with Bernard Wagener and in Los Angeles with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. His musical accomplishments are varied. Among the many concert works he has written that have attained worldwide exposure include concertos for violin, harp, alto saxophone, flute and piano. Marx has composed for motion pictures, television, theater and ballet. He has also produced, arranged and performed with many jazz and pop artists, including two albums with his father, Harpo Marx.
As a piano soloist, Marx has recorded many albums including his current “Echoes Anthology,” a tribute to the music of the world’s great songwriters. As a stage performer for years, he has combined his piano artistry with humorous anecdotes about the life and times he shared with his father Harpo, both personally and professionally as his arranger/conductor.
The Library of Congress of the United States has designated Bill Marx as the official spokesperson of the Marx Brothers for the National Film Registry, which promotes the preservation of American motion picture classics.
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For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107 or email@example.com.
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The Living Desert Presents Zoobilee Gala! Creature Comforts on Feb 16, 2014 at The Renaissance Esmeralda, Indian Wells, California.
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Zoocademy Awards- Annual Gala
Sunday, February 16th, 2014
at The Renaissance Esmeralda, Indian Wells, California
Tickets: $250 Individual Ticket (Sponsorships Are Available)
Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m.
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The Living Desert’s Annual gala is themed Zoocademy Awards (with a nod to the Oscars). Cocktails, dinner, wine auction, live music, and our new theme of Zoocademy Awards will create an event that is at once fun and inspiring. All proceeds from Zoocademy Awards will benefit our animals, many of whom are endangered or can’t live on their own in the wild. In addition, the event supports the protection of over 1,200 acres of desert wilderness, and helps The Living Desert continue to be a major educational resource for teachers and students throughout the Valley and across the globe.
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The Premiere Cultural Weekend of the Year Where Art Meets Design
PSFAF is strategically scheduled over the popular President’s Day weekend (Feb, 13-16) traditionally one of the most highly populated weekends of the year in the region. The Coachella Valley explodes in population from 400,000 permanent residents to over 800,000 during this prime time 3 day weekend.Additionally, thousands of design lovers, interior designs and architects will already be planning their visit to the Convention Center as the fun and well attended 14th Modernism Show and Sales is held in the adjacent exhibit hall. It’s a rare opportunity for the region’s second-home owners, art loving snowbirds, and weekend visitors to experience not only modernism design- but the very best in post-war and contemporary art. The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair is the Desert’s largest and widest selection of fine art, ever- with $100 million in art for acquisition, 2,500 important works of art showcased by 60+ renowned galleries from around the world.
The Premiere Art Fair in the Southwest During the Height of the Season
The third annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2014 returns to an eagerly awaited audience. The 2013 edition successfully uncovered one of the nations’ best kept secrets – that the Palm Springs region is a sparkling cultural mecca during the winter. In 2013, a substantial 12,000 acquisition oriented art lovers flowed into the Palm Springs Convention Center. The results were stunning with millions of dollars in art sales recorded by the 53 exhibiting galleries. Many attending art cognoscenti referred to the fair as “the best looking art fair in Southern California”. Anchored by the region’s most revered dealers, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair in 2013 demonstrated that the wealthy, acquisition/art driven resort community will support a major international art event.
The Press Document the Success
The show attracted a flurry of rave reviews on Examiner, Coachella Valley Art Scene, ArtInfo and theDesert Sun. The press were eager to define and document the discovery a new market of art lovers who were ready, willing and able to embrace and support such a stellar entry in the art fair circuit.
Fairgoers were Dazzled and Impressed
The desert was buzzing after opening night as fairgoers were amazed by the world-class quality of the post-war and contemporary art on display, the impeccable production standards which included 12 ft high walls, awe-inspiring common are public installations and an impressive speaker program. The 2013 fair will raise the bar even higher.
An Art Oasis in the Desert
Once the playground of movies, captions of industry and world leaders, the region has evolved into a respected art oasis in the Southern California desert with a vibrant cultural scene devoted to the visual arts. It home to an expanding major arts museum (5,000 member The Palm Springs Art Museum- our opening night beneficiary), a vibrant art gallery scene (with 20 + galleries) and a remarkably strong base of highly savvy art patrons and collectors. The region is comprised of some of the highest -income zip codes on the west coast,, such as Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Indian Wells. After the rousing success of the first year, Palm Springs region is set to be the gracious host to the second year edition. – with festivities beginning February 14, St Valentine’s Day 2013, at the spectacular and readily accessible Palm Springs Convention Center.