Dec 6: IFAW – Ending the Ivory Trade 

International Fund for Animal Welfare -Protecting Elephants & Ending the Ivory Trade

When: 7 pm
Where: Feng Huang Zhu Yunnan Restuarant and Bar – 凤凰竹 西城区 旧鼓楼大街铃铛胡同25号
jiu gulou dajie lingdang hutong 25
Directions: Take subway to Gulou Dajie (鼓楼大街), and take exit G. Turn left out of station and walk for 5 minutes until you see the restaurant. It has ‘Yunnan restaurant and bar’ in English on the outside.

Please RSVP for a spot!

Elephants are threatened by habitat loss, conflict with humans, and ivory poaching.

IFAW is striving to reduce these disturbing trends.

Our presenter will discuss the various aspects that are a part of the ivory trade from its source to transit to consumption and how IFAW has been addressing these issues.

Come learn about the commodity that goes into trinkets, decorative items, and jewelry and how it has driven the species to the brink of extinctionand what YOU can do about it.

About the speaker:

IFAW conducts behavior change communication campaigns in key consumer countries. Through public outreach, IFAW educates consumers about the cruelty, conservation impacts and illegality of wildlife trade.

An independent study of an IFAW ivory demand reduction campaign in China showed that their customised, multi-pronged approach has been effective in reducing purchases of ivory products.Many ivory buyers are unaware of the cruelty and conservation impacts of poaching elephants. Through media partnerships in China, Germany, France, the UK, South Africa, the Netherlands and the US, IFAW has shared its animal welfare message with millions of travelers and potential consumers of ivory.

Nov 8: Mahmoud Darwish: Poetic insight into the modern history of Palestine

Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 7 pm

Location: 天厨妙香素食馆(朝外店) Tianchumiao Vegetarian Restaurant 朝阳区朝外大街乙6号朝外SOHO大厦D座2楼0260号(京广桥西) 010-59001288 Reservation is under “Lin 林“

Often called “the poet of the resistance” ,  Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008 ) managed to constantly defy any strict definition of who and what he is or wants to be. He wrote the Palestinian declaration of independence in 1988 and many poems of resistance that are an integral part of every Arab’s consciousness. But he also wrote a lot about love and death; he wrote poems that can be easily understood, and others that are so mystifying that many critics could not begin to decipher. He was a real lover of Palestine. He simultaneously remained confident in his open and honest relationship to poetry and his readers. “When I move closer to pure poetry, Palestinians say go back to what you were. But I have learned from experience that I can take my reader with me if he trusts me. I can make my modernity, and I can play my games if I am sincere.”

 About the speaker: Saadah Saadah is a Ph.D candidate at the Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing in economics and political relations. He tought in Al-Quds University, Palestine before moving to Beijing where he has been living for the past 6 years.