The Fistula Project – Salt Lake City

Date:  Sunday, October 23, 2011
Speakers:  Will and Linda Chamberlain

Before the year 2000, Will and Linda Chamberlain were busy with their family of three active teenagers and their jobs, Will an anesthesiologist at St. Mark’s Hospital and Linda a French teacher at Salt Lake Community College. A trip to Uganda that fall, added another dimension to their world, that of working with girls who chose not to be circumcised. As they grew to know the girls, hear their stories, live and work in Uganda, the subject of Fistula came to their attention. Having just returned from Uganda last month, they look forward to sharing stories of their journey with you.

“We will begin with a brief explanation of FGM, Female Genital Mutilation and how this work led to our interest in Fistula Repair in Uganda. With photos and possibly a short video we will take the audience along with us on our recent journey to Kitovu Hospital in Masaka, Uganda where the surgeries were performed.”

Knitting Project:  You can help by knitting! If you are a knitter, please bring US size 10 needles (6.0 mm) and worsted weight yarn (only washable yarn please). Cast on 40 stitches, or whatever you need to make an 11 inch square in garter stitch. You are invited to knit during the forum presentation. The speakers will have more information about this charitable project including where you can drop off your finished knitted squares.

Speaker-Suggested References and Resource
“A Walk to Beautiful” – free streaming video on Netflix or NOVA.
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


China and the United States: Cooperation and Friendship or Conflict and War?

Date:   Sunday October 9, 2011
Speaker:  Tim Chambless

Tim Chambless is an Associate Professor/Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah and is the Academic Outreach Coordinator for the Hinckley Institute of Politics. He earned a B.A. at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Utah. Last month, in Beijing, China, he delivered a keynote address at an international conference attended by over 300 delegates from 30 nations. His speech stressed the need for international cooperation and friendship in a dangerous world. Tim is married to Cathy Chambless, and father to a son Ross and daughter Dominique.

Thesis: Today China and the U.S. are unsure competitors, but they can be effective partners.

Problems: Beginning with the end of World War II and the emergence of the Cold War, China and the United States have been rivals. For 17 years (1955-1972), diplomatic relations were non-existent until rapprochement opened a new era of international trade. Today we live in a dangerous world complicated by poverty and ignorance, suspicions and spying, and magnified by fears of weapons of mass destruction and threats of terrorism.

Solutions: Communication and coordination. Friendship and cooperation. Team-work in confronting many of the world’s problems. The world’s two largest economies can work together to improve standards of living and the world’s food supply, improve environmental quality for clean air and clean water and safe food for world consumption. These nuclear powers must work together to keep the world safe―from nuclear disaster to threats from terrorists.

Speaker-Suggested References and Resources:
Books Highlighting Problems of Conflict and Cooperation between China and United States –

Aaron L. Friedman, A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia, (2011)
Andrew Erickson (editor) and Lyle J. Goldstein and Nan Li (authors), China, The United States, and 21st -Century Sea Power: Defining a Maritime Security Partnership (2010)
Edgar Snow, Red Star Over China, (1937)
George H.W. Bush and Brent Scowcroft, A World Transformed (1998)
Harrison E. Salisbury, The Long March: The Untold Story
Henry Kissinger, On China, (2011)
John Halliday and Jung Chang, Mao: The Unknown Story (2005)
Henry Kissinger, Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy, (1957)
Richard McGregor, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, (2011)
Tom Clancy, The Bear and The Dragon, (2000)