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Come and join us for a tour of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. The SQCC has graciously agreed to host us so that we can learn more about Omani culture and the rich history between the US and Oman. The itinerary for the event includes a tour of the SQCC's permanent exhibit, a lecture on Oman's culture, and a chance to explore the Tolerance and Understanding Exhibition before it concludes at the end of August! Please confirm RSVP by Wednesday 21st August so that we can provide the SQCC with a list of attendees for security purposes. https://www.sqcc.org/
Who is president Nayib Bukele? What is the CICIG? Will Panama and the US keep ongoing relations or strengthen ties with China? Will this new wave of Central American leaders finally put an end to corruption? Will they be able to curve migrations from their homelands? Picking back up our Americas elections series which last year included talks addressing the elections and new presidents of Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela; we are now diving into discussions about the new president of El Salvador and Panama as well as the upcoming second elections in Guatemala. Picking back up in the winter with the elections in Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia.
"Published in Italian in 1972, Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities" consists of a sequence of imaginary dialogues between the Venetian traveler Marco Polo and the Tartar emperor Kublai Khan. In the course of these discussions, the young Polo describes a series of metropolises, each of which bears a woman's name, and each of which is radically different from all the others. The descriptions of these cities are arranged in eleven groups in Calvino's text: Cities and Memory, Cities and Desire, Cities and Signs, Thin Cities, Trading Cities, Cities and Eyes, Cities and Names, Cities and the Dead, Cities and the Sky, Continuous Cities, and Hidden Cities. Although Calvino uses historical figures for his main characters, this dreamlike novel does not really belong to the historical fiction genre. And even though some of the cities that Polo evokes for the aging Kublai are futuristic communities or physical impossibilities, it is equally difficult to argue that Invisible Cities is a typical work of fantasy, science fiction, or even magical realism."