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World Workshop #21: "THE RISE OF THE DRONES" + Dinner

1/24/14 @6:00 pm in CSUF Hum 123.  This event is part of the Left Bank's "World Workshops" series (NOW ON FRIDAY EVENINGS).  Today's theme: THE RISE OF THE DRONES.  Co-hosted by Dr. Hélène Domon and Ryan Johnson.

"The use of drones by domestic US law enforcement agencies is growing rapidly, both in terms of numbers and types of usage. As a result, civil liberties and privacy groups led by the ACLU - while accepting that domestic drones are inevitable - have been devoting increasing efforts to publicizing their unique dangers and agitating for statutory limits. These efforts are being impeded by those who mock the idea that domestic drones pose unique dangers (often the same people who mock concern over their usage on foreign soil). This dismissive posture is grounded not only in soft authoritarianism (a religious-type faith in the Goodness of US political leaders and state power generally) but also ignorance over current drone capabilities, the ways drones are now being developed and marketed for domestic use, and the activities of the increasingly powerful domestic drone lobby. So it's quite worthwhile to lay out the key under-discussed facts shaping this issue."  Robert Greenwald


(If you want to be a speaker, please see instructions below.)

• Hélène Domon, professor of French Studies at CSUF: "Basic Problems with Drone Warfare." 

• Ryan Johnson, Zeitgeist OC Chapter: "Introducing 'Unmanned'."

• (your name! )

FILM:  "Unmanned: America's Drone Wars," documentary by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films, October 2013.  We have special permission to show this one-hour documentary that investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere.  The film highlights the stories of 16 year old Tariq Aziz, killed by a drone in 2011; and school teacher, Rafiq ur Rehamn, whose mother was killed and children hospitalized due to a drone strike in 2012. Unmanned includes more than seventy interviews.  Prominent among these are a former American drone operator; Pakistani families of drone victims who are seeking legal redress; high ranking politicians and some of the military’s top brass, warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.  With the intent of humanizing those who have been impacted by US drone policy, Unmanned intersperses these interviews with never-before-seen footage from tribal regions in Pakistan.  The film claims that covert military drone strikes are often imprecise, and result in creating more enemies for the American people, who have little knowledge of how drone victims are targeted and killed.

• Round-Table Discussion.

• After the workshop, we will have dinner in Fullerton.  Details later.


• Give a talk! Anyone at the Left Bank is welcome to submit a proposal for a 10-minute presentation on this topic.  You do not need to be an expert, a teacher or a published writer - just an informed citizen of the Earth who would like to provide insights.

Rules of the game:

1) Email a title and short summary to Helene at [masked] at least a few days before the workshop date;

2) Focus your topic on one theme you would like to emphasize;

3) Your presentation is 10 minutes max, followed by an informal group discussion;

4) A PowerPoint is welcome, but not mandatory.  Lectures, round tables, videos, poetry, slam, spoken word, songs, art, performance and other forms of expression are all welcome.

Cheers, come on, don't hesitate!  Share your knowledge and hopes!  Be part of the people's university where we learn and grow from each other and build tomorrow's world!

Cost:  The workshop is FREE. 

Directions and Parking:  From FWY 57, take Nutwood Exit to the west.  Make a right on Folino Dr. and an immediate left into Parking lot F.  Drive around the curve and park close to Humanities building, which is the tallest building near the parking lot, with a beehive-like wall pattern.  Parking is free on Fridays after 5:00pm.

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  • Eric C.

    The Left Bank of Orange County is a light in the darkness. I fully support it and the untiring effort of Helene Domon. I may have said something disagreeable and rude in my rsvp, but that's just me being old and stubborn. I apologize if I hurt feelings.

    3 · January 24, 2014

    • Helene D.

      love you Eric! :)

      January 24, 2014

    • Ryan J.

      I'm used to interacting with people who are woefully uninformed, so that's not hurtful. It can be irritating when thoughtless opinions carry a disproportionate influence on others and oneself, like Rush Limbaugh. People don't know/understand enough to inoculate themselves against the BS. By capitalizing on our less discerning, primitive reactions, we slow progress by distracting ourselves from meaningful problem resolution. Sometimes, growing older teaches us to acknowledge our limitations with grace, but not always.

      1 · January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry for a late change to our RSVP, our dog just had a seizure....need to take her to vet

    January 24, 2014

  • Gwenny

    Do new members/attendees hafta give talks (ie.mandatory) here? Just discovered this event today so unsure of rules. Advance thx for any/all replies, cheers! :-)

    January 24, 2014

    • Helene D.

      No, you don't have to give a talk. You may just attend. And have dinner later of course!

      2 · January 24, 2014

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