Globalization and Its Cultural Disconnects

16 Jan 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm PST

At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16th, the Commonwealth Club of California in association with the Northern California Peace Corps Association will feature Joe Lurie, RPCV/Kenya, who will speak on “Globalization and Its Cultural Disconnects”. 

Based on his recently released, expanded edition of the award-winning Perception and Deception: A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures, Joe Lurie will present a spirited and insightful exploration of cross-cultural miscommunications in an increasingly globalized, polarizing world. With YouTube, tweets, refugees and fake news rapidly crossing cultures without context, Lurie shares a timely, intriguing and sometimes tragic array of intercultural encounters gone wrong because of cultural misperceptions across the globe, in the worlds of migration, diplomacy, commerce and technology. David Lennon, former managing editor of the Financial Times, called Lurie's book “brilliant!” According to Lennon, the book offers: “Terrific and timely insights and tools for understanding culture clashes in a hyper-connecting world.”

An RPCV/Kenya, Joe directed programs in France, Kenya, and Ghana for the School for International Training, and served as Vice-President for AFS Intercultural Programs in the U.S. and National Study Abroad Chair for NAFSA: Association of International Educators. His writings have appeared in Harper’s MagazineU.S. News & World Report and were highlighted on National Public Radio. He is co-author of “Close Encounters of a Cross-Cultural Kind”. 

In honor of his distinguished service as Executive Director Emeritus of UC Berkeley’s International House, its Board of Directors and UC Berkeley alumni established The Joe Lurie Returned Peace Corps Gateway Fellowship, an endowed doctoral fellowship.

Come learn more about Joe Lurie’s latest thoughts on the political scene worldwide and how it impacts cultures.  Bring your friends.

Location: Commonwealth Club; 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Date:  January 16, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 non-members, $10 Club and NorCalPCA members, $8 for students (with valid ID)

NOTE:  After the program, Joe Lurie will sign his book, “Perception and Deception: A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures”

To redeem the discounted ticket price of $10.00, visit the direct event page:

1.       Select the number of tickets desired at the bottom of the event page (each ticket-buyer will only be able to purchase two tickets at the discounted rate).

2.       Select “Add to Basket” and proceed to check-out.

3.       At the check-out page, enter Promotional Code:  PERCEPTION (keep in mind that coupon code is CASE SENSITIVE).

4.       If there is any trouble redeeming the coupon online, it can also be used by calling the Club’s automated ticket line at 415-597-6705.

For more information, please contact Karen Keefer, RPCV/Nigeria & Liberia +

X-staff/PC-HQ, at

16 Jan 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm PST

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