Association to Host Two March Events
On March 10, at noon, the Alameda Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the College of Alameda will host a midday discussion in observance of International Women’s Day globally celebrated on Sunday, March 8. Dr. Ndola Prata, a physician, professor and medical demographer, who was educated in Angola and served as head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics of Angola, will speak.
Prata’s current research and teaching based at UC Berkeley focusses on sub-Saharan Africa: her expertise is in family planning, maternal and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and mortality. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of reproductive and maternal health interventions that maximize distribution and financing mechanisms to increase access to contraceptives, particularly for the underserved populations.
Prata believes more women in leadership roles means more policies that are pro-health and pro-children. As an example, she points to Rwanda, where some 65 percent of the parliament is female. Rwanda’s maternal mortality ratio decreased by 77 percent between 2000 and 2013 and under-five child mortality has been reduced by more than 70 percent. These policies also have an effect on poverty levels, economic sustainabilty and Rwanda’s efforts on global climate change.
The discussion takes place at the College of Alameda Building F Student Center, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy. Admission is free. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Register at https://dr-ndola-prata.eventbrite.com.
Alameda Authors Series
AAUW is also sponsoring three more conversations with local authors in the Stafford Room of the Alameda Main Library at 1550 Oak St. All the conversations are free and open to the public.
- Wednesday, March 11, 6 p.m.: Mark Greenside will discuss his memoir (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living. The book details Greenside’s daily adventures in his adopted French home, where the simplest tasks are never straightforward but always end in a great story.
“How to shop, drive and eat in France have their own sets of rules, and (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living tackles them with a soupçon of humor, said David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen and L’appart Learning. “From buying a lamp to mastering mollusks (oysters), and learning the right — and wrong ways — things are done in France, Mark Greenside perseveres and succeeds.”
Greenside has been a civil-rights activist, Vietnam War protestor, anti-draft counselor, Vista Volunteer, union leader and college professor. His stories have appeared in The Literary Review, Cimarron Review, The Nebraska Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, The New Laurel Review, Crosscurrents, Five Fingers Review and The Long Story, as well as other journals and magazines. He is the author of the short story collection, I Saw a Man Hit His Wife. He lives in Alameda, where he continues to teach and be politically active, and Brittany, France, where he still can’t do anything without asking for help.
To reserve a seat, see https://markgreenside-aauw2020.eventbrite.com
- Monday, April 20, 6 p.m.: Edna Cabcabin Moran will speak on her life in art and books including her award winning title, Honu and Moa. To reserve a seat, see https://ednacabcabinmoran-aauw2020.eventbrite.com
- Wednesday, May 20, 6 p.m.: Bronwyn Harris will speak on her new nonfiction title, Letters from the Inside: Hope Beyond the Classroom and the Cell.
For reservations see https://bronwynharris-aauw2020.eventbrite.com.